Since we reported that James Gray has spent the last decade alone at Christmas, The Irish Post has been inundated with messages of goodwill and gifts from around the world.
People have responded from as far away as Uruguay, Australia and Hawaii as national media in Britain and around the globe have taken up the story of the 85-year-old pensioner.
Niall O’Sullivan, the journalist who broke James’ heart-wrenching story, asks how many other elderly Irish are forgotten about in our community.
In this week’s edition, we look at reaction from around the world as well as publishing some of your messages of support.
Homeless protest calling for action
Fifteen protesters ‘slept rough’ in Westminster over the weekend to highlight the plight of many homeless people who could freeze to death across Britain this winter.
Led by Irishman Ken Gannon, a trustee of the Hope 4 Havering charity which organised the sleep out, the peaceful protest took place on Friday.
President leads tributes to ‘Extraordinary’ O’Toole
Tributes have poured in following the death of Peter O’Toole, the Irish actor who shot to fame in the Oscar-winning Lawrence of Arabia.
President Michael D Higgins said the world had lost one of the giants of film and theatre.
Victim’s relief after ‘Taig of the Day’ podcast host found guilty of racist offence
An Irish woman has spoken out about how vile sectarianism forced her to live a life of secrecy for more than a year.
Scottish-based Angela Haggerty, 27, has had to take special measures to conceal her identity ever since she became the target of vicious and sustained online abuse.
Meanwhile, the Scottish media has been accused of ignoring the poison of anti-Irish ‘hate crimes’. Find out why in this week’s print edition.
Great minds think alike
Fed up of the dull, dreary and uninspiring toys available for children with learning and physical disabilities, a pair of fledgeling entrepreneurs have launched a business that brings ‘style to special needs shopping’ this Christmas.
Fiona Audley interviews the two women behind the venture.
Following on from last week’s look at the best literature of the year, Rí Rá picks out more cultural highlights from the last 12 months.
Enda Brady traces the year that was in Irish television, from Love/Hate to Late Late…; Steve Martin chooses his top ten Irish films of 2013 while Joe Giltrap and Lauren Murphy look back at the best in trad, pop and indie music this year.
New book sheds light on Hunger Strikes
We profile the new book – Hunger Strike, Margaret Thatcher’s Battle with the IRA, 1980-1981 – that forensically examines the hunger strikes of 1980-81 and which has been attracting attention after revealing new details of a secret back-channel between M16 and the IRA and has reinforced assertions that there was a potential deal to end the hunger strike sooner.
Blowing back the years
A new Rory Gallagher box-set links the blues player’s music to his love of crime novels, as his brother Dónal tells James Martin.
Dónal said one of the aims of the project was to highlight the strength of Rory’s songwriting, something that often gets overshadowed by his guitar playing.
Picture specials from around Britain
A bumper edition of picture stories from London, Manchester and Birmingham.
Kingdom’s Kyle Holland scored a 35th-minute point to ignite a stunning fightback in their 3-9 to 2-7 defeat against Ballinderry Shamrocks in the AIB All-Ireland quarter final at Ruislip on Sunday.
A hurling year to forget in London
A comment piece by Gordon Ambrose looks back on a less than successful 12 months for the sport.
Garry Doyle looks at the growing numbers of gaelic games teams that are turning to sports psychologists to get an edge.
Derry were the first to look for the mental edge in 1993. Liam Griffin’s Wexford followed suit. Now Dublin and Mayo are leading the pack in preparation of body – and mind.
‘London Irish must do as it says on the tin’
So said the new owners of London Irish after taking over the club last week.
Irish Post Sport interviews the Exiles’ new president Mick Crossan.
Bob Casey column
The former London Irish captain argues in his latest column that the upcoming fixture against Sale on Friday is a crucial test in determining the Exiles’ fate this season.