THE SAD NEWS OF THE DEATH OF BROADCASTER AND JOURNALIST COLM MURRAY – THE IRISH WORLD’S RACING COLUMNIST AND AWARDS MC FOR MANY, MANY YEARS – CAME TOO LATE FOR INCLUSION IN THIS WEEK’S PRINT EDITION. TRIBUTES TO FOLLOW IN NEXT WEEK’S PAPER AND ON THE WEBSITE.
MEANWHILE in this week’s Irish World: The man leading Ireland’s Constitutional Convention talks about how citizens are shaping a blueprint for a 21st century Ireland…one that may include a role for the diaspora
Daniel O’Donnell appeals to well-meaning fans not to send cards and letters of support following wife Majella’s breast cancer diagnosis as they would not be able to cope with the volume and asks for his loyal fans’ prayers and best wishes instead
Pope Francis appoints an Archbishop for St. Andrew’s and Edinburgh to replace the man who had been the UK’s most senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned earlier this year
The Ireland Fund of Great Britain hands over £10,000 to Southward Pensioners’ Project
Lord Norman Tebbit – who with his wife, friends and colleagues experienced horrific terrorist violence in person – says that he would like not just the British government to be held to account for past acts but also the ringleaders of terrorist atrocities
The family of Mayo man Michael Walsh, who came to the UK in the 1960s, are hoping to trace him in time for his 65th birthday later this year
Debut novelist Donal Ryan, a civil servant from Tipperary, found himself on the Man Booker Prize long list after a work experience intern at his publishers picked his manuscript out of a “slush” pile of unsolicited texts, read it and raved about it to everyone in the office
Ireland’s Information Commissioner and Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly – soon headed for Strasbourg to be the EU Ombudsman – makes a blistering attack on Irish politics accusing the government of “keeping its boot on the neck of parliament” and the Republic of falling far short of the ideals of 1916
Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, speaking on Desert Island Discs, says she regrets leaving the Presidency early to take up a post as UN High Commissioner for Refugees and says the under-resourced office left her “close to breakdown”
Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins calls his first Council of State to examine the constitutionality of Ireland’s new law to allow pregnancy terminations in very limited circumstances if the life of the mother is at risk
St. Anthony’s GAA club in Reading is celebrating its 50th anniversary making it the most senior Irish institution in the Thames Valley town. Damian Dolan looks at its highs and lows..and highs.
A Digbeth boxing club, Small Heath, is to pay its own tribute to Coley Folan next month
The family of soccer star Tony Grealish – who died of cancer in April – will say thank you to the Macmillan nurses who cared for him by hosting a fundraising fun day at his mum’s pub, the Flora, in Kensal Green this week-end
The worst “may” be over for the construction industry in this country, says RICS
Cork actor Dermot Crowley talks to the Irish World about hit TV cop show Luther, working with Idris Elba…and Star Wars
Rosaleen Linehan, who opens in the National Theatre in Pirandello’s Liola, in which the setting is moved from 19th century Sicily to Ireland, tells of how she wants to still be performing on stage when she’s a hundred years old
Cork film director Pat Collins on his unusual docudrama which records the sounds of silence on Tory Island
All the best and latest in folk and trade
John Egan’s Irish dancing coverage
We preview the Fleadh cheoil about to open in Derry
Wexford director Declan Lowney – who directed the first two (funny) series of Fr. Ted – talks about directing Steve Coogan for the big screen in Alan Patridge: Alpha Papa and in Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy…and what RTE can’t really “do” situation comedy.
Our photographers Out&About at an event near you…
And all the best GAA and racing coverage as London manager Paul Coggins speaks of his pride in his team after