NEWS — 18 March 2014

Trafalgar Square becomes a sea of green as the Mayor’s St Patrick’s party is the biggest in its 13 year history with an estimated 125,00o turning up to enjoy the sunshine and entertainment from Mundy, The Commitments, the cast of Once and Riverdance.

Former gangland boss who ordered the murder of Veronia Guerin John Gilligan flees Ireland for the UK after shooting.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) hadn out shamrocks to the Irish Guards for St Patrick’s Day.

Sydney Opera House, Table Mountain in South Africa and The Treasury in Petra, Jordan are just a few of the global landmarks turned green for the patron saint’s holiday.

During Down’s Syndrome Awareness, we talk to musician Simon Kent talks about how his daughter Evie, who has the condition, has inspired his music. We also talk to former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane, whose daughter Elsie has down’s syndrome, about his career and why he felt the need to donate royalties from his recent autobiography to Down’s Syndrome Ireland and Down’s Syndrome Association.

Tributes are paid to outspoken abuse survivor Christine Buckley who forced Ireland to admit the abuse in its institutions, politician Tony Benn and Ireland’s richest man Dr Edward Haughey- all who died last week. 

Belfast-born electronic music producer Max Cooper tells us about his love of science and passion for music.

Kildare singer Michael English talks about his new album.

Rising opera talent Anna Devin talks about opera is becoming more accessible.

Exciting trad band CrossHarbour talk about their forthcoming debut album. 

Derry’s Mairead Carlin tells us about her whirlwind year that has seen her singing with Carly Simon, Don McLean and for President Michael D Higgins as well as joining Celtic Woman.

Twin choreographers Jessica and Megan Kennedy explore male suicide through dance.

We continue to build up to the World Irish Dancing Championships in London next month with John Egan’s coverage of the Sheila Hayes Memorial Feis and David Hennessy’s profiles of the McCarthy O’Rourke School of Irish Dancing and Denise Rochford’s Scoil Rince Rochford. 

Complete photographic coverage of the St Patrick’s festivities in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Huddersfield, Luton and Derby & Nottingham.

IN SPORT…

 We look back on a successful Cheltenham for Irish jockeys and trainers.

We preview London’s footballers round 4 league clash with Carlow by talking to Adrian Moyles.

Meanwhile the hurlers of London and Warwickshire prepare to face Kerry and Leitrim respectively in their league campaigns. 

 

 

 

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