NEWS — 27 May 2014

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Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore is forced to resign as Ireland’s three-year old Fine Gael-Labour coalition is thrown into disarray as voters wreak revenge for broken promisesover the country’s bailout.

An overwhelming response to advertisements looking for cadets in the Irish defence forces illustrates the employment need that remains at home in Ireland. 1,826 applied for just 42 positions. 

All Hallows College in Dublin, who were planning to auction off Jackie Kennedy’s famous letters to Father Joseph Leonard, before reconsidering, is being forced to close after 172 years. Sale of the letters would not have helped, such is their financial need. Gardai have been called to the college in recent weeks due to the discovery that a number of items, including books signed by Jackie and prints by Raphael, have gone missing with total losses estimated to be in the millions. 

There is outrage over the criticism of one Irish soprano not on her voice but on her looks. Tara Erraught was described by The Times as “unappealing”. She has also been called “dumpy”.

Full picture of coverage of London’s Connacht Championship clash with Galway where a large turnout would not let a beautiful day be ruined by the result.

Friends of Shaun Doherty begin their 350 km cycle in honour of their friend and to raise funds for Friends of St Luke’s and Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust. Shaun was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin-Lymphoma in 2011.

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We chat to Seamus McGarvey, the Oscar-nominated director of photography, about bringing Godzilla to life, the responsibility that comes with taking on a book like 50 Shades of Grey and what his advice to young filmmakers would be.

Dublin-born Edwina Hayes, described as ‘the sweetest voice in England’ by Nanci Griffith, tells us about how her song Feels Like Home ended up in a Cameron Diaz movie by chance.

A new documentary Hill Street looks at skateboarding culture in Dublin.

Mick Flannery, whose album is #1 in Ireland, muses on why he doesn’t get invited to play too many festivals: “I’ve set my stall out as such a miserable prick that nobody wants to book me for summer festivals”.

Five page festivals special!

Shelley Marsden talks to the directors of two very different Northern Irish plays at London’s Finborough Theatre.

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IN SPORT…

Paul Coggins and The Exiles have few excuses after a humbling 3-17 to 0-7 defeat on home ground to Galway.

London’s hurlers also taste defeat in their Leinster Championship qualifier with Westmeath which leaves them relegated to Christy Ring action next year.

Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Officer Warren Deutrom tells The Irish World that Ireland is on course to achieve test cricket status.

 

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