In this week’s Irish World
With the costly distraction of a law suit apparently disposed of London GAA is moving full steam ahead to develop a showpiece stadium – not just for London – in Middlesex as it opens its doors to supporters young and old with the launch of the first-ever, official London Supporters’ Club.
In Ireland the Church threatens a showdown with the Fine Gael Labour coalition over legislation allowing abortion where there is a threat to a mother’s life
Pope Francis appointed his first Bishop – he’s Irish and he’s going to Kerry – while at the same time has told officials to fast track the canonisation of murdered El Salvadorean champion of the poor, Archbishop Oscar Romero
Lisa O’Halloran is Liverpool’s newest Rose
The Irish government issues an amnesty for thousands of Irish soldiers who did not want to sit by as Hitler’s Germany ravaged Europe an so enlisted in Crown forces. Many of those pardoned are dead but the gesture is intended to make up for decades of official victimisation and stigmatisation by the Irish State.
The pardons come a week after the once unthinkable sight of a major British Royal in Dublin – Edward, Duke of Kent, the Queen’s cousin – commemorating Ireland’s war dead – and those who were killed in the 1916 Rising.
An Irish man in Britain wants to revive the Irsih art of stick fighting which has been preserved and handed down the generations….in Canada
Luton parents lose their campaign to save school buses
A “mock” court with real judges and lawyers in New York is considering just how guilty Britain was for the 19th century famine in Ireland
For National Fostering Fortnight we have a three page guide to how to become a foster parent or adopt
A young Irish woman, recently graduated from university, expected to be told by her local Employment office that she should emigrate…but she didn’t expect her dad to be told the same. Fiona Maher is now an emigrant…but quite dismayed, angry and disappointed. See her article on page 12.
David Hennessy talks to Jamie Lloyd, director of the forthcoming West End stage musical of The Commitments.
Cathy Jordan talks to the Irish World about her 22 years in trad powerhouse, Dervish…and about their new album
We launch our new, wider, fuller coverage of Irish dancing and our special correspondent John Egan of Feispix
Film director Ken Loach is to film in Ireland again
Lord Sugar (the artist formerly known as Sir Alan) and his crew – including Karren Brady – talk to the Irish World about the latest series of The Apprentice and why they think think there’s life in the old format yet.
A conference in Clare is using the Burren to lay claim to Bilbo Baggins and his creator JRR Tolkien
And the Irish World photographers OUT & ABOUT at a community event near you