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IN NEWS

System failing hundreds being trafficked by sex trade gangs

Campaigners call for urgent action from the British and Irish governments to clamp down on gangs that trade their victims like animals. Robert Mulhern and Niall O’Sullivan report.

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Father-of-three crushed in car by falling tree

An Irishman who helped shape the lives of hundreds of young people was one of the tragic victims of savage storms that battered the south of England last weekend.

Waterford native Donal Drohan, who lived in Harrow with his family, was killed when a falling tree hit his car on Monday morning as he was driving in Watford.

Mother blames son’s death on legal highs 

A heartbroken mother who blames so-called “legal highs” for the death of her son has launched a campaign against shops that sell the toxic substances in Britain.

UK Skunkworks, which advises customers not to consume its products because of the dangers involved, told The Irish Post it is logging all media reports – including a national newspaper – linking it to the death of Jimmy Guichard.

Castaway John exposed as a self-styled wizard

An Irishman searching for a woman to spend a year on a desert island is a self-proclaimed wizard who once sold his sperm on the internet.

John Mcmanus’ plan to cut himself off for a year with a chosen mate, required to be between the age of 25-35, has enjoyed huge mainstream publicity in Ireland.

GAA made contact with clinic for struggling sports stars in days before hurler’s death 

The Sporting Chance organisation, founded by former England and Arsenal defender, confirmed that they were contacted by an individual involved with welfare player issues in the GAA, who made inquiries about their services.

Leamington club marks 50 years 

In November 1963 members of the many families who had left Ireland for leafy Leamington Spa decided to make their mark on their new home by setting up an Irish centre.

Fifty years later St Patrick’s Irish Club is still going strong.

IN ENTERTAINMENT

‘When I had no money I was actually happier in life’

Shane Filan was the most high-profile casualty of Ireland’s property boom. The former Westlife singer went from having £8m to £470 in the bank.

He tells Enda Brady about how losing it all helped him realise who he really is.

”I just wanted to put my arms around him and say ‘I have found you'” 

Philomena Lee’s extraordinary search for the son she was forced to give up is the subject of a major new movie.

Niall O’Sullivan hears her story.

Daniel wows Symphony Hall on eve of tragedy

All the best bits from popular Donegal singer Daniel O’Donnell’s recent gig in Birmingham. The performer had to cancel British shows soon soon after following a family bereavement.

Plus picture specials from Andy Irvine and Damien Dempsey live shows.

Steve Martin reviews

Rí Rá’s film columnist likes what he sees in both Philomena and The Selfish Giant.

IN SPORT

Kingdom’s star is in the ascendancy

The A-list watched from the bank as Kerry won their first title in nine seasons.

Read the match report, plus analysis, stats and reaction to Kingdom’s 1-7 to 0-9 over Tir Chonaill Gaels in this week’s Irish Post Sport.

Preview: London SHC final

Sports editor Ronan Early looks ahead to the county final between St Gabriels and Brothers Pearse on Sunday at Ruislip.

Shane reaction

Clare forward Shane McDonnell finds that having boyband looks allied to scoring a hat-trick in an All-Ireland final can turn your life upside down.

Still minding the house

Gerry Rea has been the heart and soul of Brothers Pearse since the late ’60s. He speaks to Robert Mulhern.

Brian Smith: ‘We’re interested in O’Connor’s future, not his past’

Australian rugby international James O’Connor has been signed by London Irish until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old, who has been capped by the Wallabies 44 times, joins the Exiles from Perth-based Western Force.

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