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Jim O’Hara, chair of the Irish Cutural Centre in Hammersmith for 13 years. ‘During the 1970s and 80s it was a difficult time for the Irish community here in Britain. One felt self-conscious reading an Irish newspaper.’ Photograph: Joanne O’Brien

Walking around the bright and airy Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, Jim O’Hara still holds the strong strains of the accent he brought with him i(...)

Members of Cultúr Club Hong Kong trying out the new Irish language workbooks.

Learning the Irish language is not easy at the best of times, but that task can be much harder for children abroad whose Irish parents want them to gr(...)

Latest WHO report shows most European countries are on track to reach Health 2020 inititiative targets Photograph: iStock

Smoking, drinking, obesity and “under-vaccination” are hindering progress in the field of health in some European countries but there has been a susta(...)

Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub speaks during a news conference in Ramallah on Wednesday. Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Israel has demanded that soccer’s governing body investigate what it said were threats against Argentinian players that forced them to cancel a match (...)

Mexico bound: all inclusive tips to resorts in Cancun are expected to be in demand from Irish holidaymakers

More than 38,000 people streamed into the RDS Simmonscourt over the weekend for the annual Holiday World Show which was home to more than 1,000 travel(...)

Palestinian protesters gather beside  a heap of barbed wire and  burning tyres during clashes with Israeli forces near the Israel-Gaza border east of the southern Gaza strip city of Khan Younis.  Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem’s main bus station on Sunday, police said, and violence flared near the US embassy in Bei(...)

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security forces near an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Friday. Photograph: Musa al Shaer/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated, scores were hurt and at least one killed in clashes with Israeli troops on a “day of rage” on Friday against (...)

Economist Ronan Lyons estimates that Ireland has about 500,000 less apartments than it should have for the size of its population.

The State’s housing crisis stems from a shortage of apartments, not houses, economist and author of the Daft.ie report Ronan Lyons has claimed. The d(...)

Irish diaspora: the overseas electorate could exceed the 1.7 million people who voted in the 2011 presidential election. Illustration: Digital Vision/Getty

Two weeks after finishing university, in 2013, Dean Duke left Ireland for London and a career as a political lobbyist. He believes that he and other I(...)

Former Bank of England governor Mervvn King. Photograph: Getty Images

The European Union is facing “existential problems” over migration and the single currency for which it does not yet have the answers, former Bank of (...)

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