IN THIS WEEK’S BUMPER CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR ISSUE…
The lonely Irish pensioner who took out an advert to find someone to spend Christmas Day with WON’T be alone this year.
The story of 85-year-old James Gray has taken the world by storm. See how thousands reacted to his plight in this week’s issue.
Worker wins record injury compensation
A demolition worker has won a record pay-out after injuries sustained over a decade operating drills and saws left him unable to continue working in the construction industry.
Birmingham Irishman Thomas Feerick-Kenny, received a £118,000 settlement from his former employers DSM Demolition.
The Pope who has taken the world by storm
Niall O’Sullivan looks back over the first nine months in the reign of new pontiff Pope Francis.
Our photographers, who are based all across Britain, look back at their favourite pictures from 2013.
Our editorial team also have a look back at the stories that moved them most last year; big Irish names we sadly said goodbye to and the most read online stories of the year.
Ri-Ra columnists pick out the best in Christmas film and television to gorge on throughout the festive period.
Joe Giltrap reviews January’s best albums
The music columnist looks at two queens of country music – Loretta Lynn and Lee Ann Womack – both of whom feature on a new compilation Divided & United, out now on ATO Records.
Giltrap also previews January releases from The Gloaming and Beth Nielsen Chapman.
Has technology killed the big Christmas movie moment?
That’s the question Ri-Ra film critic Steve Martin poses in a feature that looks back to a time when half the population would sit down to watch the big TV movie.
All ale to the king
Our thirsty reporter Stout ‘N’ About enjoys a successful trip to The Gardeners in Southfields, south London.
Those are the words of London Irish’s head coach Brian Smith, who says the Exiles can now compete with the Premiership superpowers thanks to the club’s new owners.
The Exiles were recently taken over by a group of businessmen led by Powerday chairman and long-time club supporter Mick Crossan.
Harrell steps into hurling breach
The future of the London hurling team is up in the air going into 2014, with former county chairman Tommy Harrell appointed as interim manager.
Tony Martin: An outsider on the inside track
Tony Martin built his reputation on landing a punt, but now he’s one of Ireland’s most respected horse racing trainers. Robert Mulhern meets him.
London GAA seeks new treasurer after convention
London GAA has been left without a treasurer following it’s annual convention after the county failed to elect anyone to the position Donal Corbett will vacate at the end of the month. Niall O’Sullivan reports.
A look ahead to 2014
Columnists Garry Doyle and Eamonn O’Molloy look ahead to the defining issues in Irish sport – both at international and club level – in soccer and football respectively.