Dublin troubadour James Vincent McMorrow told David Hennessy how he wants to show a vision of Ireland at the upcoming Imagining Ireland showcase at the Barbican, why being Irish is the best thing that ever happened to him and how he approached his new album from a different perspective. “I think it’s going to be […]
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Writer/ director Colm Bairéad told David Hennessy about The Quiet Girl breaking new ground for an Irish language film, a new resurgence for the language and why he wanted to give a child a voice in a time when they were to be ‘seen and not heard’. After proving a sensational success by winning big […]
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Kildare songstress Heidi Talbot told David Hennessy about her new album made after the break up of her marriage, why it was time to make a country record and how she had no masterplan for her career. Recorded in one soundproofed room as she looked after her two daughters and negotiated the split from her […]
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Cork actress Eileen Walsh told David Hennessy about her new play Girl on an Altar, how she is drawn to the work of playwright Marina Carr and why Magdalene Sisters remains so close to her heart 20 years after the film was made. Eileen Walsh is recognisable from screen roles such as the hard hitting […]
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Caseworker Irish Elderly Advice Network 2 days per week £1000 per month (£30000 pro rata) Based in Irish Elderly Advice Network office at the London Irish Centre, Camden Town. Job Description The Irish Elderly Advice Network charity supports older Irish people throughout London. We are looking for an experienced caseworker to join our welfare team […]
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In our monthly Recruitment Round-up, we take a look at some of the prime job opportunities from London Irish and local companies across the UK If you would like to list a job, service or property please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org LECI Groundworks Ltd Experienced Quantity Surveyor Leci Groundworks required to join our team. Candidates […]
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Miles Graham told David Hennessy about his upcoming London headline show, narrowly missing out on being Ireland’s Eurovision hopeful and the time he was very close to asking Gary Barlow for a million quid. If things had gone slightly differently, Miles Graham would be representing Ireland at the semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in […]
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The Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith this weekend present Scannán, a film season focussing on the success of Irish language films in global cinema. From Friday 6 May until Sunday 8 May, the ICC will screen four Irish language feature films followed by director/ producer talks, three award-winning Irish language short films and there will also […]
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Conrad Bryan – a trustee of the Association of Mixed Race Irish – spent his early life in St Patrick’s Mother and Baby home in Dublin, before being sent to an industrial school. A long-time social justice activist, he was one of the few members of Ireland’s Collaborative Forum of Former Residents of Mother and […]
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By David Hennessy The hunger strike of Bobby Sands has inspired a display of contemporary dance that can be seen in London this week. Comrades In The Dark by Caitlin Barnett is described as an exhilarating and visceral portrayal of one man’s attempt to maintain his identity told through poetry, dance and Irish music. The piece […]
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Irish Music and Dance London will next week present a concert to celebrate the life and legacy of renowned traditional musician Joe Burke who passed away last year at the age of 81. A native of east Galway, Joe Burke was a master accordion player who inspired generations of younger musicians. He performed and recorded music for […]
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Actor Daniel Ryan told David Hennessy about his new play that examines a relationship that has come to a crossroads, the enduring success of ITV drama The Bay and why he found he had found his ‘tribe’ when visiting Ireland. Whether his name is familiar to you or not, you are sure to have seen […]
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Brían Mac Gloinn of award-winning sibling duo Ye Vagabonds told David Hennessy about their new album, why they don’t get carried away with awards success and being heckled by their Donegal cousin while onstage in The Lexington. RTE and BBC Folk award winners Ye Vagabonds release their second album Nine Waves next month. The Carlow […]
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Lorraine Nash spoke to David Hennessy ahead of her London debut show at an upcoming Shoreditch music showcase. The Irish Independent named her as one of their acts to watch in 2022 and the Kerry singer- songwriter Lorraine Nash is about to play London for the very first time. Lorraine plays the Breaking Sound showcase […]
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The family and friends of Shane Corrigan, who died in 2018 from SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy), will cycle from London to Achill in August to raise funds for SUDEP Action and Epilepsy Ireland. Shane Corrigan died on 7 January 2018, aged just 23. His sudden death came only three years after he was […]
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Indie folk singer- songwriter Étáin told David Hennessy about her debut single, not being able to kick a GAA ball and why it was so special the time a packed out Whelan’s sang her Irish language song. Glasgow-based Leitrim singer- songwriter Étáin has released her debut Single At Least One. Produced by critically-acclaimed US producer […]
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Brian Finnegan of Flook told David Hennessy about 26 years of Flook, how the band retains its magic after so many years and why it’s strange to hear high court judges and doctors say they grew up with their music. In the 26 years since they first formed, Flook have gone through changes in personnel […]
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Singer- songwriter Síomha told David Hennessy about her debut album, the broad musical education her father (well known trad musician Paul Brock) gave her and returning to the Irish language many years after school. Clare singer- songwriter Síomha combines elements of folk, jazz and neo-soul in her music. She also combines the English and Irish […]
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Sarah McQuaid told David Hennessy about her live album filmed at St Buryan Church in Cornwall, how Ireland started her entire solo career and paying tribute to Bert Jansch with a song from a debut album. With her latest album being acclaimed, singer- songwriter Sarah McQuaid is once again on the road for a six-week […]
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The Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith hosted a night in memory of singer-songwriter John Prine last week on the occasion of the second anniversary of his death (Thursday 7 April). Ralph McTell and John’s son Tommy Prine, both interviewed in The Irish World last week, were among the performers to take part. John’s widow Fiona […]
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Owen O’Neill told David Hennessy about returning to his poetry roots, getting out of Northern Ireland at a fractious time and working with a young Danny Boyle. Owen O’Neill from Cookstown has had success as a comedian, actor, writer and director. He has written scripts for Danny Boyle, Christian Slater and adapted the work of […]
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New York singer- songwriter Rachael Sage told David Hennessy about joining Imelda May on her current UK and Ireland tour, what Ireland means to her and that there are now days when she does not think about her brush with cancer. New York singer- songwriter Rachael Sage has shared stages with names such as Sheryl […]
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ireland has not remained neutral over the disaster Russia has inflicted on his country. In a historic address to the Irish parliament, he said Ireland has supported Ukraine from the first days of the war. Addressing a joint sitting of the Houses of the Oireachtas via a translator, he said: […]
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President Volodymyr Zelensky hushed the Dáil on Wednesday all the way from Ukraine, on a day when the languages of the two countries intermingled inside and outside the chamber. The histories of the two countries are intertwined, the Dail heard, as Mr Zelensky spoke to a state marking 100 years since its foundation. Those sentiments […]
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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has warned Russia that its actions against the Ukrainian people will never be forgotten or forgiven. In a powerful speech to the Irish Parliament, Leo Varadkar said that through modern media, the world has seen the atrocities committed during the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. He made the remarks following an […]
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The Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith will this week host a night in memory of singer-songwriter John Prine. David Hennessy spoke to Ralph McTell and John’s son Tommy Prine, who will be among the performers paying tribute. This Thursday (7 April) is the second anniversary of the death of American country singer-songwriter John Prine. It […]
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Stephen Mangan and Nicola Walker spoke to David Hennessy about the return of the BBC’s divorce law drama, The Split. Stephen Mangan and Nicola Walker returned to screens this week in BBC’s divorce lawyer drama, The Split as it returns for its third and final series. The Split is created by Abi Morgan, the Welsh […]
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A Harlesden- Irish man ran 10k for a Limerick-based hospice. Gary Crowley, whose father came from Cappamore in Co. Limerick, ran an annual 10k run to raise funds for Milford Hospice which serves Limerick, Tipperary and Clare. While he hoped to run the race in Limerick, he did it virtually instead. On Sunday 13 March […]
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Several members of a Kentish Town- Irish family are walking from London to the border of Tipperary to raise funds in memory of their late cousin. The Dawson family have always participated in fundraising for cancer charities ever since a young David Dawson had leukaemia in his teens. Thankfully David recovered and in gratitude, David […]
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London-based Limerick actress Clare Langford is running the Brighton Marathon for Diabetes UK. Clare told The Irish World she was inspired to run the marathon for such a good cause as she has many family members who are affected by diabetes and she has seen the good work done by charities like Diabetes UK and […]
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Matthew Crampsey and James O’Sullivan told David Hennessy about their new band Ceol. Created by Nathan Carter and Liam McKenna, the band aim to bring new life to traditional music. Partly created by Nathan Carter, Ceol are injecting new life into folk music. The quartet of multi- instrumentalists are from all over Ireland and is […]
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Paddy Cullivan, who brings his The Murder of Michael Collins experience to English venues next week, told David Hennessy there is no evidence to support any of the prevailing theories about how Ireland’s rebel leader died and his body should be exhumed for long overdue answers. One hundred years since Michael Collins was shot dead, […]
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Rory Gallagher, former lead singer of The Revs, told David Hennessy about being championed by Bono when they emerged on the scene, returning to music when the pandemic saw him lose his Edinburgh bar and why he can’t use his own name when releasing music. 43-year-old Rory Gallagher, named after but no relation to the […]
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An Army veteran will go on trial later charged with killing a man at a cross-border checkpoint in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. David Jonathan Holden, 52, is accused of the manslaughter of Aidan McAnespie in February 1988. Mr McAnespie, 23, was killed in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone moments after walking through a border security checkpoint. […]
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Bosses from two of P&O Ferries’ rivals are due to meet with Government officials to discuss the fallout from the firm’s widely-criticised move to sack 800 staff. The Department for Transport (DfT) has invited DFDS and Stena Lines for talks on Monday, amid concerns over chaos at ports during the Easter holidays. The department confirmed […]
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Denise Nolan told David Hennessy about releasing her debut album many years after she left The Nolans to go solo and decades after it was recorded. Forty three years since Denise Nolan left the singing sister act to pursue a solo career in 1978, she is releasing her debut album. Denise describes For You My […]
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Country singer Aishling Rafferty told David Hennessy about winning Glór Tíre, her new album and why she had to give up camogie in favour of music. Tipperary’s Aishling Rafferty has been crowed winner of TG4’s country singing competition Glór Tíre and is about to release her second album. But she is still only 20. Aishling […]
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Sam Fender, Sigrid, Villagers, Fontaines D.C., Little Simz, Dermot Kennedy and more will feature in ‘Ireland’s Greatest Small Music Festival: Other Voices’ on BBC Four. Tonight, to honour twenty years of Other Voices, BBC 4 will broadcast a sixty-minute special film celebrating the history and foundations of Ireland’s most internationally acclaimed music festival and television […]
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P&O Ferries has fired 800 seafarers as it is “not a viable business” in its current state. The firm, bought by Dubai-based logistics giant DP World in 2019, said it has suspended sailings “for the next few days”. Workers currently on board ships were instructed by unions not to leave. Coaches carrying agency workers hired […]
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St Patrick’s Day celebrations are taking place across the world, with massive crowds joining events across Ireland. Cities, towns and villages across the country are marking March 17 after the easing of coronavirus restrictions hit celebrations in recent years. People came from far and wide to mark the occasion in Ireland’s capital, Dublin.
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Ronan, Andy, Enda and Joe of The Biblecode Sundays told David Hennessy about reuniting after Ronan left the band in 2019 following the passing of drummer Carlton Hunt. The BibleCode Sundays hold a special place within the Irish community in London. The community connected with them in a way they didn’t with bands from elsewhere […]
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Uachtarán na hÉireann – President of Ireland On this St. Patrick’s Day 2022, as once again the darkness of war rather than the extension of peace covers our world, may I send, as Uachtarán na hÉireann, my warmest greetings and sincere good wishes to our Irish family across the world, and to all those who […]
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By Tony Jones, PA Court Correspondent The Prince of Wales pulled a Guinness trying his hand at the bodhran as he marked St Patrick’s Day with a visit to the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith ahead. The visit precedes his visit to Ireland next week and included a whistle-stop cultural tour from celebrated writers to […]
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A long-awaited public apology to the victims of historical institutional abuse has been made at Stormont. Survivors watched on in the Assembly chamber as a minute’s silence was held before ministers offered an apology on behalf of the powersharing Executive. The apology was delivered by five ministers, representing each of the main parties, in the […]
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Kilburn singer-songwriter Sean Taylor told David Hennessy about his latest album, the moving funeral of his uncle Tony Birtill and when he was only a small child, seeing Donal Lunny play with everyone at the Fleadh in Finsbury Park. Kilburn troubadour Sean Taylor has just returned from some gigs in the Netherlands when he chats […]
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A Harlesden- Irish man is running 10k for a Limerick-based hospice. Gary Crowley, whose father came from Cappamore in Co. Limerick, is raising funds for Milford Hospice which serves Limerick, Tipperary and Clare by running in the Milford Hospice’s annual 10k run. He will also do it this Sunday, the day of his late father’s […]
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A theatre company specialising in bringing Irish theatre to London is staging a tense but hilarious play set in Dublin during World War II to Bread and Rose Theatre in Clapham and The London Irish Centre in Camden. In this year, the centenary of the formation of the Irish State, Strange Fish Theatre Company will […]
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“I can’t believe it,” Michael Flatley told The Irish World of celebrating 25 Years of Lord of the Dance. It was 1996 that Flatley, having found fame starring in Riverdance, launched the dance show capable of playing in arenas and stadiums instead of traditional theatres. The show will kick off a 25 city UK tour […]
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Nilufer Yanya told David Hennessy about her new album, growing up as a ‘patchwork’ of different cultures, her late Dun Laoghaire granny and turning down Louis Tominson’s girl band. With her mix of Irish, Barbadian and Turkish, Nilufer Yanya grew up in Chelsea as a ‘patchwork’ or different things. wLauded for her debut album in […]
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By Mark Dixon Russia is dead set on breaking a democratic nation and democracy itself. It is approaching our king, so our next move is critical. Autocracy is playing a game of chess against democracy, but it’s not a fair game. Autocracy has a queen, fearless and dangerous, but no king. So, it has nothing […]
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