January 12 edition of the Irish World



the Irish World January 12 


As dissident IRA breakaway groups openly threaten the 400 Irish members of the British Army, Royal Navy, RAF and those in the Police Service of Northern Ireland – apparently with impunity and no response from government ministers – the Garda Commissioner promises to act.

Individual Loyalist leaders from the UVF continue to bring disorder onto the streets of Belfast – directing children as young as ten to riot – in the row over flying the Union flag over Belfast's City Hall. Meanwhile some of the protesters say they want to bring their protest to Dublin.

As the emigrants head back to the four corners of the world after their Christmas break with families and friends Sean Moriarty explores why London and the UK is such a jumping off point to the rest of the world for young emigrants. But even as emigration numbers are at their highest since the Famine some fifty or sixty thousand people a year are still applying to live in Ireland.

Britain's Ambassador to the Ireland Dominick Chilcott is to be guest of honour at the GAA's London County Board next month.

Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols has handed over a church used for twice a week gay friendly masses in Soho – usually led by an Irish priest – to a group of dissident Anglicans who are moving to the Catholic church because they oppose women bishops and priests and want their own church.

Pope Benedict, who has since explicitly attacked Ireland for its plans to legalise limited abortion, says in his Epiphany address that clergy and Catholics must resist the "agnosticism" of the modern world that calls for gay rights and women priests.

Twenty years after the X case lawmakers in Ireland take submissions from interested groups – including the church – as they prepare to change Ireland's 19th century abortion law.

A year after Bridie Gallagher's death – the Girl from Donegal – her son recalls her life and inivtes anyone with memories of her to get in touch with him for a book he's writing about her extraordinary life.

Tributes are paid as Warwickshire GAA mourns the passing of Dr. John McAndrew

David Hennessy talks to Villagers front man Conor O'Brien about how he has mixed feelings about the rave reviews his band gets from critics

Irish film director Neasa Hardiman – who won a London Film Award for her screenplay – on how Irish story telling in films has gone global

Actor Martin Delaney talks about his role in Kathryn Bigelow's much anticipated film about the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty

Boyzone star Shane Lynch on his struggle with dyslexia

Mary Dillon on her much anticipated first solo album, North

Box player and singer Tim Edey on combining his solo career with being a support player for the Chieftains and Christy Moore

Writer Frederick Nolan on the revival of Western that has been going on since before Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Five Westerns with Irish links

The Rubber Bandits talk to the Irish World about their Channel 4 success and future plans


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