Ireland en Protestants, Catholics Clash In Belfast; Dozens Hurt A confrontation between Protestants and Catholics in Belfast, Northern Ireland, erupted into violence overnight, injuring 56 police officers and two civilians.<p>"Belfast's main shopping district was turned into a battlefield last night as thousands of loyalists clashed with riot police to prevent a republican dissident rally passing down the city's main thoroughfare," <a href=""><em>The Guardian</em></a> writes.<p>Police say the clashes began when Protestant mobs tried to block a march by supporte Sat, 10 Aug 2013 12:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48196 at Protestants, Catholics Clash In Belfast; Dozens Hurt Teen Passengers Rescued As Tall Ship Sinks Off Irish Coast All hands from the <a href="">tall ship Astrid</a> were safe on Thursday after the vessel, with nearly two dozen teenagers aboard, ran aground on the rocky south coast of Ireland.<p>The Astrid, a 136-foot, two-masted Dutch training ship, issued a "mayday" on Wednesday after it ran up on the rocks near Kinsale, County Cork, prompting what the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, or RNLI, described as a major air and sea rescue.<p>The young sailors were on a training cruise, and the Astrid was "one of 50 vessels taking part in a flotilla-style Thu, 25 Jul 2013 17:32:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47529 at Pitch-Drop Worse Than Watching Paint Dry Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Even if you have been bored watching paint dry or grass grow or water boil, you have nothing on these scientists. An experiment that began in 1944 at Trinity College in Ireland just now has a definitive result - to test whether a thick substance called pitch flowed and dripped. A funnel with the stuff was placed over a jar. Seventy years later students saw a drip forming, set up a camera, and witnessed the drip drop. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:39:00 +0000 47283 at Troubles Linger In 'Shadow Dancer' Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>"Shadow Dancer," is the name of the new film from James Marsh. The director won an Oscar for his 2008 documentary, "Man on a Wire," and his film, "Project Nim," was also a documentary winner at Sundance. But his latest is a fictional film based on very real events, the bloody civil war in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles. Pat Dowell has more.<p>PAT DOWELL, BYLINE: "Shadow Dancer" was adapted for the screen by British journalist Tom Bradby from a filler he wrote in 1998. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:16:00 +0000 47024 at Obama Begins European Trip With G-8 Summit In Ireland President Obama is in Northern Ireland Monday — the first stop on a three-day European visit that includes a G-8 summit meeting and a side trip to Berlin.<p>The president begins his tour with a speech in Belfast, celebrating Northern Ireland's peace process and urging young people in the country to keep it moving forward.<p>Later, Obama joins leaders of other industrial countries at a remote golf resort in County Fermanagh for talks on Syria, trade and the global economy.<p>The G-8 leaders have a working dinner Monday night, and Syria is likely to dominate the discussion. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:26:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 45906 at Obama Begins European Trip With G-8 Summit In Ireland