NEWS — 24 June 2014

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The CEO of Camden’s Irish Centre David Barlow tells The Irish World that the centre’s remit is wider than “just the elderly”, this was response to a representative of Irish Elders saying that its clients and their families no longer find the centre as “welcoming as they once were”. Mr Barlow also says he sees no issue with his Director of Arts Gary Dunne doing his job from Ireland.

Tributes are paid to Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four, wrongly imprisoned for an IRA bomb in what remains one of Britain’s biggest miscarriages of justice, who passed away at the age of 60 over the weekend.

Derek Leinster, a long serving campaigner for survivors of mother and baby homes, says fast action is needed if survivors are to get justice before they passing away. Derek was born in The Bethany Home  and points out the treatment in Catholic and Protestant homes were equally inhumane. 

A London-based Limerick make-up artist Maria Malone-Guerbaa talks to us as her extremely life like looks of faces like Freddie Mercury and Angelina Jolie among others, using herself as the canvas, is creating waves both here and internationally. 

Mrs Brown’s Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll has been reminiscing about his own mother, Maureen who was Ireland’s first female shadow foreign minister.

A new survey says 15% of Irish youth are alcohol dependent. The Health Research Board has found that the young in Ireland are drinking at dangerous levels.

Stuart Sharp, an author and composer, tells us he went from sleeping rough to recording an acclaimed symphony with London Philharmonia Orchestra. Stuart was driven by his dream after the funeral of his son Ben in which he heard the angelic music and did everything necessary to make it happen. It is an amazing story that is now to be made into a Hollywood movie.

Bryan Burroughs talks about Beowulf: The Blockbuster, the one-man show that has its audiences laughing and crying in equal measure.

Sean O’Callaghan tells Shelley Marsden about Beyond Caring, a new play which explores zero hours contracts.

We catch up with Tim Heggarty of the band, Derry.

IN SPORT…

London manager Paul Coggins discusses his future following London’s footballers bowing out of the championship in Limerick at the weekend. Coggins doesn’t confirm his intentions but says the board must act fast whether it is to confirm his extension or naming of a replacement. 

We have a full report of London’s 1-13 to 1-16 defeat to Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds.

Full coverage of the local GAA that took place at the weekend. 

We catch up with Nathan Carter who shares his delight about supporting Garth Brooks, something which was just announced last week.

Three Irishmen have developed an app they say safeguards children from sexting. We look at the serious issue.

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