RETURN OF THE PROXY BOMB – As Fr Alec Reid, the Redemptorist priest know as ‘Chaplain to the peace process’ was buried this week, Northern Ireland saw the unwelcome return of the proxy bombs – innocent people forced to transport bombs into crowded centres. Thankfully, no-one was hurt – this time…
SLAVERY ON A LONDON STREET – the south London street in which three adult women, including Josephine Herivel, originally from Northern Ireland, found themselves psychologically “handcuffed” to a hard-left Marxist cult leader
HOLLYWOOD-IRISH DYNASTY – Jack Huston, grandson of the larger than life Irish American movies director John and nice of movie star Angelica, talks to Shelley Marsden about appearing on the London stage in Strangers on a Train and TV hit Boardwalk Empire
HALL OF FAME FOR ‘AUNTIE PHILLY’ – 51 years performing and still going, Philomena Begley talks about her more than half a century touring and performing in the UK, Ireland and Nashville
WHAT NEXT FOR IRISH RUGBY? Just days after Ireland said it wants to host the Rugby World Cup in a decade from now its players gave one of the most thrilling performances against the All Blacks we’ve ever seen – and saw victory snatched away moments from the end
JOIN RANKS – veteran Irish women’s campaigner Sally Mulready – a tireless advocate for survivors of the Magdalene Laundries – appeals to Irish welfare organisations throughout the UK to help survivors living here get the help they need
DEATH OF A WHISTLEBLOWER – businessman Tom Gilmartin, for many years based in Luton, was buried this week after a long illness. His revelations about planning corruption and bribery in Ireland, derided by defensive politicians led to the 1997 creation of an investigative tribunal. It only published its final report LAST YEAR in 2012 – but he went to his grave with the knowledge the Tribunal found he was right all along about corrupt payments.
FINAL FAREWELL TO HEANEY – packed Royal Festival Hall saw fellow poets, performers and musicians pay special tribute Ireland’s most beloved poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney who died during the summer.
AND IN SPORT – John Mitchel’s are Champions of Britain once again, five years after the Liverpool club last held the title…former London hurling boss Eamonn misses out on the Meath manager’s job to Cillian Farrell…Ireland need All Blacks’ self-belief…win grandstand tickets for Sandown Park…GAA President Liam O’Neill is prepared to throw the GAA’s weight behind Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid…why it’s time to get in early for the 2014 Cheltenham Racing Festival and the best GAA round-up in Britain
All this and more in this week’s print edition of the Irish World