08th March 2008

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NEWS & FEATURES

Adams 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.

Byrne 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.

Fall 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.

U.S. 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.

Ard 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.

School 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 the town.

New 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.

Britain 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.

Family 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.

Premiere 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.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Civil 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.

Colin 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."

The 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.

Black 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.

Kings 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.

Officially 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.

Urban 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.

Stars 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.


SPORTS

The 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.

The 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 medal.

NOWHERE MAN
The dreaded utility man tag hinders O'Shea's progess.

What a joke
"IT'S a compete joke…" That's the opinion of the London hurling manger.

No Love Lost
DESPITE performing woefully in France last autumn both Ireland and Wales remain in Six Nations contention ahead of their Croke Park clash on Saturday afternoon.

Don't back the Irish
Why we should steer clear of our own horses this year.

Lee 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.

Sport 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.

Gatland Makes Changes
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 Slam hopes.

Game 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 Scotland.

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY ON IRISHABROAD.COM

Coughlan to lead St Patrick's Day parade
One of Ireland's most renowned former athletes has been named as the Grand Marshal for this year's St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin.

St. Patrick's Day around the world
St Patrick's Day is celebrated all over the world from Moscow to Montseraat. Find out how and where St. Patrick's Day is celebrated all over the world.

Saint Patrick & St. Patrick's day
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IRISH AMERICA MAGAZINE

One Brief Shining Moment
A story of sunny innocence shattered by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The 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.

The 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 presidential library.

COMMENT & CÁINT

Joe 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.

Joe 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.

Niall 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.

Editorial: After Paisley
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.

Cormac 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 afternoon.

Ireland 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.

Sidewalks: 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.


GREENCARD
Missing Green Card
"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 pregnant...."



ROOTS & HERITAGE

The Irish Born Signatories of the American Declaration of Independence
Fifty-six men signed the Declaration of July 4, 1776. Forty-Eight were born in the American 'Colonies'. Of the eight foreign-born, three were born in Ireland.

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TRAVEL

A 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.



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