In the February 23 Irish World:


UK-based survivors of the Magdalene Laundries speak after their London meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and how they don’t want to see the mistakes and excesses of the Redress Board – which became a cash bonanza for lawyers – repeated


The Vatican suggests it might be able to speed up the timetable for the election of a new Pope in time for Holy Week or even in time for St. Patrick’s Day


Actor Colm Meaney on splitting his work between the Irish film industry, prime time US TV and Hollywood and the new season of his HBO blockbuster western Hell on Wheels


As Irish and British soldiers prepare for their first joint operation – in Mali –  a growing number of Irish men and women are enlisting in the British defence forces


London’s groundbreaking Soho Masses in Warwick Street  – which welcomed and embraced gay Catholics – ended on Sunday as the congregation has had to find a new home because the church has been given to dissident Anglicans who switched to Rome in opposition to the Church of England allowing women vicars and bishops. Our reporter was there and found – contrary to reports and expectations – it was a warm, joyous and spiritual affair as the packed congregation was told it would be welcomed to the Jesuit Church in Farm Street from March 3.


Ireland’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan will be in London to meet analysts and investors – including the FT and Bloomberg – to tell them Ireland is open for business ahead of the country’s next big bond auction.


Irish teachers who can’t get jobs at home and risk losing their skills are being wooed by recruitment agencies here


Tourism Ireland has Buckingham Palace on its green wish list to join various other global landmarks that are bathed in green light for St. Patrick’s Day


Tributes continue to come in to the man considered by all to be the voice of GAA games


Irish estate agents continue to try to entice emigrants and retirees to buy properties in Ireland with property fairs


David Hennessy attends an accordion performance by Liam O’Connor to launch his album at the unlikely venue of Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Soho


Could a skilled working man’s co-operative from wartime Ireland – the Mount Street Club – in which members traded their skills with each other in lieu of cash provide lessons for today’s Irish jobless


Irish actress Ruth Kearney on leaving the family atmosphere of successful ITV sci-fi fantasy Primeval for the uncertainty of LA’s television pilot season


Marc Isaacs is director of the hit indie documentary film, The Road: A Story of Life and Death, which looks at the world through the eyes of a handful of characters in and around Kilburn. He talks to the Irish World.


Sean Moriarty talks to a young Irish woman about to make her mark on the superbike motor racing circuit


George Furey talks about 35 years on the road with The Fureys % Davey Arthir and the true story about they came together as a band


London’s footballers beaten by one point by Carlow in the Allianz FL Division 4


Shane Horgan tells the Irish World why Ireland can still shape the final outcome of the Six Nations Championship


Former Ti Chonaill Gales manager Paddy Carr talks to us about taking up the reins with Down’s Burren


Eamonn Phelan on the true cost of being  a London inter-county manager





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