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In this week’s Irish Post…

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The story ‘the Irish media don’t want you to read’ 

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A story broken by The Irish Post has led to a suggestion in the British press that the mainstream media in Ireland are involved in a ‘cover up’.

Speaking to this newspaper on Monday, Roy Greenslade, the Guardian columnist, said: “The only people who can properly hold the media to account are the media. And if you fail to do that, then you are failing the people.

Buy this week’s paper to find out about the two stories that have been largely ignored by Ireland’s big media outlets.

Community rallies as missing boy, 14, found dead in quarry

A mourning community will raise funeral funds to help the devastated family of a boy who was found dead at the bottom of a quarry.

Tragic Ciaran Sweeney, 14, who has strong Irish roots, was found dead this week after being missing from his Mansfield home since September 14.

Pensioner steals limelight at Global Economic Forum

A London pensioner proved the star of Ireland’s Global Economic Forum as she urged the business elite gathered not to forget their elderly abroad.

At the Dublin Castle event Galway-native Nora Higgins told of the elderly emigrants facing isolation and struggling to remain ‘useful’ in Britain.

Her passionate speech won a huge round of applause and led to delegates queuing up to offer assistance to the Southwark Irish Pensioners Forum, the organisation Ms Higgins chairs.

Crowds flock to pay tribute to construction magnate

Robert Mulhern celebrates the life of the late Patsy Byrne – construction boss, racehorse owner and enthusiastic supporter of GAA.

Byrne was laid to rest last week following a truly remarkable life, writes Mulhern.

Audiences for Love/Hate soar

Nearly a million people watched the premiere of Love/Hate‘s fourth season on RTÉ on Sunday.

In Britain, many Love/Hate fans flocked to Irish pubs across the country to watch last weekend’s much-anticipated season opener. Plans for a fifth season of the IFTA-winning series have been confirmed by RTÉ.

IN ENTERTAINMENT

Festival fever in Liverpool, London and Tyneside

Three major cultural events – the Liverpool Irish Festival, the Tyneside Irish Festival and the London Irish Comedy Festival – all kick off this week. Ri-Ra correspondents pick their highlights.

Sean Taylor interview – Kilburn singer-songwriter

Masterful guitarist and all-round troubadour Sean Taylor tells James Martin how Kilburn – and London – inspired his latest album, Chase The Night.

Stars and stripes and shamrocks – Solas interview

Irish American supergroup Solas have released 10 acclaimed albums and their latest release Shamrock City shows just how far they have come. Joe Giltrap caught up with band leader Seamus Egan.

‘I found myself writing without realising’ – Anne-Marie Casey on her new novel

Anne-Marie Casey tells Fiona Audley how being married to a successful author inspired her debut novel.

Maeve Higgins’ column 

Ahead of her appearance at the London Irish Comedy Festival this Saturday, Maeve tells of the lonely nature of life as a stand-up comic and a performer’s worst fear – death by silence.

IN SPORT

‘Shocked’ Lorcan Mulvey gets London’s first All-star nomination 

London’s full-forward told the Irish Post Sport that the news that he’d become the Exiled county’s first ever All-star nomination in football was announced by the parish priest in at mass in his home place of Bultersbridge in Cavan.

“It has to be the high point in my career, definitely the highest honour,” said a delighted Mulvey.

Good season finishes with the retirement of a true great

Columnist Eamonn O’Molloy pays tribute to retired Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé while reflecting on what was a successful year for Gaelic football.

O’Molloy picks his team of the year, as well as his top-three selections for manager of the year. Meanwhile, columnist Shane Stapleton looks back on the best hurling season ever.

‘The London Irish community were special. They stayed proud’

In an Irish Post Sport exclusive, Eamon Dunphy tells Garry Doyle about his days as a soccer player in Britain and why he has a duty to give an honest, passionate opinion about today’s players.

Exiles hold off Quins

Two tries in four second-half minutes fired London Irish to a valuable 18-13 home win against local rivals Harlequins. James Martin was at Sunbury to see the professional side’s amateur counterparts The Wild Geese record their first victory of the season in a thrilling encounter against league leaders Clifton. Plus a round-up from the Rabo PRO12.

Best game in the world? Then match the effort required for other sports

Sports editor Ronan Early asks whether Ireland’s top hurlers would be able to replicate the effort required of elite cyclists.

An evening with Tommy Bowe

A picture special of the Ireland Fund of Great Britain’s evening with the Ulster, Ireland and British and Irish Lions rugby star at the Doyle Collection’s Mayfair Hotel.

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