NEWS & FEATURES
Plans for United Ireland
WHAT stood out most for neutral observers at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis
(annual convention) in Dublin was the absence of Garda (police) Special
Branch cars outside the RDS venue, a traditional feature of past gatherings
when detectives seized the opportunity to update Intelligence files.
Back in Ireland
JOE Byrne, who surrendered to federal marshals in White Plains, Westchester
County on Tuesday, February 26 in relation to an extradition request
from the Irish government, was escorted back to Ireland on Thursday,
February 28, arriving on Friday morning.
Date for Surgery Death Case
A DATE of September 15 has been named for the trial of New York cosmetic
surgeon Dr. Michael Evan Sachs, the doctor who carried out a face-lift
on a Limerick woman in 2005 who died three days after the operation.
Citizen Death Inquest Delayed
AN inquest in to the death of an American citizen who died after allegedly
being beaten over the head by police has been delayed over arguments
as to whether RUC officers should be forced to give evidence.
fheis plans united Ireland
PLANS to cultivate a path to a united Ireland through a high-powered
taskforce need the backing of the Irish in Britain and across the world
it has been announced.
rocked by second classmate killing himself
A TEAM of counsellors has returned to a Westport school after the body
of a second pupil was found in a disused building at Mill Street in
evidence in body parts sale scandal
PITUITARY glands of dead children were sold by a pathologist in Ireland's
biggest children's hospital to a pharmaceutical company in Britain for
as little as £1.50 each in the early 1980s.
follows Ireland's lead over recycling
When it came to banishing the eco-unfriendly plastic bag Ireland paved
the way and now almost six years later Britain is finally following
the Emerald Isle's green lead.
life can never be the same again
When someone undergoes a life changing experience it does not solely
have an impact on that individual - it has a profound effect on their
entire family and sometimes beyond.
to benefit charity helping struggling emigrants
A CAMDEN-BASED charity which inspired the Gaelic-language film currently
causing a buzz throughout the movie industry will reap the rewards when
it premieres in Britain this month.
War tale is most popular Irish movie of the decade.
The Wind That Shakes The Barley is the most popular home-grown movie
of the last decade according to the Irish Film Board.
Takes a Bath
FAMOUS female-lover Colin Farrell tossed a curveball in the new edition
of GQ magazine. Feast your eyes on this line: "There's something
very basic about rubbing honey on your skin and going steaming with
a bunch of strange Russian men."
Bob and Bush Show
IT'S quite a lovefest in the current issue of Time between President
George W. Bush and Irish rock star turned Africa activist Bob Geldof,
who interviewed our lame duck prez for the magazine during his trip
to the African continent last week.
47 Takes on the War
MARCH is the biggest month of the year for our bloodline. Everything
Irish is hot for the party that starts now and ends sometime later this
month. For one band, this month will be about telling stories from the
front lines of the war.
for the Craic
THE 10th annual Craic Fest arrives this Wednesday, March 5, at Cinema
Village on West 12th Street in Manhattan featuring the strongest lineup
of new Irish films and performers in its eventful history.
the best band in Ireland!
Shell-shocked. That was the reaction of Aslan when they were voted the
best band in Ireland in 2008. It had been a worthwhile struggle to claw
their way back to the very top.
life scene reaches out to cardboard citizens
A POIGNANT example of life imitating art is on show at a London theatre
this month as a troupe infused with Irish people touched by homelessness
tell a fictional tale of a life ruined by poverty.
Pay Tribute to Irish music legends The Chieftains
Some of the world's biggest rock 'n' roll stars are set to pay tribute
to Irish legends The Chieftains in a BBC programme later this month.
FAI stole our game - now they're giving it back
With the new Eircom League of Ireland season starting on Friday, Martin
Doyle finds out what the FAI is doing to promote the game and asks one
of the organisation's biggest critics what he thinks.
Heighway from nowhere to heroism
One moment he was at university studying for his finals, the next he
was playing in front of a packed Kop where he went on to win medal after
The dreaded utility man tag hinders O'Shea's progess.
"IT'S a compete joke…" That's the opinion of the London
DESPITE performing woefully in France last autumn both Ireland and Wales
remain in Six Nations contention ahead of their Croke Park clash on
back the Irish
Why we should steer clear of our own horses this year.
Close to Top Rank Deal
IN a move that will surely put him closer to challenging Kelly Pavlik
(33-0, 29 KOs) for the WBO/WBC world middleweight titles, Limerick native
Andy Lee (15-0, 12 KOs) is in negotiations to sign a promotional agreement
with Top Rank.
Digest : Dunne Confirms His Comeback
BERNARD Dunne will meet former world champion Felix Mechado on his return
to the ring in Castlebar's Breaffy House Hotel complex in April, eight
months after his sensational defeat to Spain's Kiko Martinez cost him
his European title.
WELSH coach Warren Gatland has made four changes to his team as he attempts
to cement the Triple Crown at Croke Park on Sunday – and the former
Ireland boss has identified Ronan O'Gara as the big threat to his Grand
On: Gatland vs. O'Sullivan
THE ink had barely dried on the scoreboard at Croke Park two Saturdays
ago when the first of the Warren Gatland questions was fired at the
Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan just minutes after an emphatic win over
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Brief Shining Moment
A story of sunny innocence shattered by the assassination of President
John F. Kennedy.
Trouble With Irish
With the Irish language under threat of extinction, you would think
the Gaeltacht, small pockets of Ireland where Irish is still spoken,
would be a safe haven for our native tongue. Not so.
Irish in California
In 2005, when it became clear that the Ronald Reagan Pub in Ballyporeen,
Tipperary was no longer a viable novelty to locals or tourists, Irish-American
businessman and Republican booster Frederick Ryan Jr. facilitated the
bar's relocation to Simi Valley, California, also the site of Reagan's
Giltrap : Jail sentences just don't fit the crime
THE SPIN-DOCTORS claim crime is falling yet the prisons are full to
breaking-point for the first time ever.
Horgan : Missing millions a cause for concern
IT is hard not to knock the FAI. Even when they get it right they
get it wrong. Giovanni Trapattoni may well be the most illustrious
manager we have had in a long time but only the FAI could turn his
appointment into a farce surrounding his wages.
O'Dowd: ILIR at the White House
THERE are times in your life in America when a sense of awe grips
as you realize the sense of power this country can project.
THE resignation of Ian Paisley, effective in May, from his position
as first minister of the Northern Ireland government and leader of
the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) marks the end of one of the most
extraordinary eras in Irish public life.
MacConnell: Dear Old Ireland Still Exists
JUST back from Kerry by way of Corofin in The Burren, and I drop into
the Sky Center in Shannon for a newspaper and sundries in the early
Calling: The Polish Murders in Dublin
THE brutal murder of two young Polish men by a gang of Dublin teenagers
in a screwdriver attack on a Dublin street the weekend before last
has shocked everyone here.
Death in a Lonely City
PAUL Devaney is seen standing near the ocean. He'd come from Ireland
to another island, one located between the Bronx and Queens. Devaney
is talking about his great uncle, Mike Kilmurray, who emigrated to
New York City.
"I'M originally from Ireland. In 2004 my husband and I moved to New
York after winning visas via the green card lottery. We stayed for about
a year and a half and decided to move back home in 2005 when I became
rest is as good as a cure
MALCOLM ROGERS visits Lourdes. Lourdes, a sleepy market town on the
edge of the Pyrenees, was once part of England.