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  • Gays For Trump set out priority for president's next 100 days

    The leader of a Donald Trump campaign group has called on the president to remove North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un from power over his next 100 days in office. Peter Boykin, president of Gays For Trump, said “complete regime change” in North Korea should be a priority for the US because of the threat posed by the country. He told the Press Association: “We cannot have crazy people holding the world hostage. “That guy is so close. Even if, let’s just say, Iran had the money, they’d create a weapon, they’d hand it to him, he’s going to shoot it because he’s that nuts. “We cannot allow that to happen in the world.” Boykin said he believed the US could launch a strike on North Korea with “minimal

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  • Teenager knocked unconscious at Laois club game

    Teenager knocked unconscious at Laois club game26 April 2017 A teenager is alleged to have been the victim of a vicious assault during an under-16 club hurling game in Laois. The game between Rosenallis and Clonaslee St Manman’s was abandoned after an ambulance had to be called to the Rosenallis pitch. The stricken Rosenallis player is believed to have been knocked unconscious by an opposing player. The 15-year-old was brought to Portlaoise Hospital where he was kept overnight for observation and released the following day. Gardaí are set to form an investigation into the incident, while Laois GAA are awaiting the referee’s report before proceeding with their own investigation. This is the second

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  • Mourinho must plan without Chris Smalling and Phil Jones

    José Mourinho has been left disappointed after Chris Smalling and Phil Jones declined to meet his challenge about rushing back from injury for a Manchester derby that will also go ahead without Paul Pogba. Mourinho’s insistence that Marcos Rojo’s long-term knee injury meant it was time for Smalling and Jones to be braver has failed to coax either player back for the game at Manchester City. Pogba is missing because of a hamstring injury and the news about Smalling and Jones is a clear setback for Mourinho after two public challenges from the Manchester United manager in the last six days. Smalling came out of a protective knee brace last week while Jones is recovering from a broken toe but an

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  • Bernard doesn't rule out appearing on 'Dancing With The Stars'

    Bernard doesn't rule out appearing on 'Dancing With The Stars'26 April 2017 Dublin's Darren Daly, Bernard Brogan, Eoghan O'Gara and Paul Flynn inspect the pitch before their Allianz FL clash against Kerry at Austin Stack Park, Tralee. Who would like to see Bernard Brogan strutting his stuff on 'Dancing With The Stars'? The Dublin ace hasn't ruled out the possibility of following in Kerry's Aidan O'Mahony's waltzing footsteps – but only when he has hung up his inter-county boots. “I wouldn’t be as good a dancer as Aidan,” the 33-year-old remarked to the Irish Daily Mirror. “You never know I suppose. “I’ve been approached to do certain things but playing with Dublin you can’t commit because you’re

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  • Geezer hit with 12 week ban

    Geezer hit with 12 week ban26 April 2017 Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney. Davy Fitzgerald is not the only high profile manager in hot water with the GAA's disciplinary chiefs as Armagh's Kieran McGeeney has been handed a proposed 12-week ban. The GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee has come up with the punishment after considering the referee's report into the Orchard County's Allianz FL Division 3 fixture with Antrim. It is understood to stem from an incident with linesman Joe McQuillan during a game which saw three players, Conor Murray and Stephen Beatty of Antrim and Armagh's Stephen Sheridan, issued with their marching orders by referee Niall Cullen. The Irish Independent reports

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  • 'Davy has lit the hurling flames in Wexford'

    'Davy has lit the hurling flames in Wexford'26 April 2017 Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. The people of Wexford are fully behind Davy Fitzgerald despite the criticism he’s receiving from the rest of the country, according to a man that held the same position in the past. John Conran played for Wexford seniors from 1976 to 1991 before becoming manager in 2002 for a two-year spell. The Rathnure clubman knows that managing Wexford is a pressurised job, but he feels that Fitzgerald has certainly made a positive impression on the county’s supporters. “We’ve heard so much about the Nowlan Park incursion, now is the time to get behind Davy and his team,” Conran told the Wexford People. “In lifting

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  • Arlene Foster meets Irish language speakers in Newry

    DUP leader Arlene Foster is this morning meeting a delegation of Irish language speakers at Our Lady's Grammar School in Newry, Co Down. Ms Foster greeted staff outside the school before today's meeting which was organised after the former first minister revealed her intention before Easter to meet Irish language speakers "over the next short period of time" to "respect and better understand" the language and culture. Ms Foster, who said during the assembly election campaign that she would not agree to an Irish language act - a key demand of Sinn Féin - is expected to meet the groups Conradh na Gaeilge (the Gaelic League) and Pobal. Conradh na Gaeilge, set up in 1893 by Co Roscommon Protestant

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  • Young Westmeath GAA player who survived cardiac arrest to address conference in Vienna

    The young Westmeath GAA player who suffered a cardiac arrest while on duty for his club will address an international conference in Vienna this morning (WEDS). Cathal Joyce’s life was saved by a defibrillator and some quick thinking by experts present when the substitute collapsed on the touchline during a club match with Athlone in September 2015. Joyce was subsequently fitted with an ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) under his left collarbone, a device that performs cardioversion, defibrillation and pacing of his heart. At the time, Joyce was told that he would not play contact sport again but the former Athlone Town player could win a CCFL League medal with Monksland United next Sunday, while he’s also returned to play with his GAA club.

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  • Talented Donegal pupils presented with All-Ireland medals after double success

    Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál's two Sportshall Athletics Teams were presented with their All-Ireland medals today, Wednesday. Mr. Eamon Harvey presented the cups and medals to the two talented teams from the Letterkenny school in front of the whole school assembly. Parents and friends of the teams were invited as well as the school's board of management, parents’ association, Donegal Sports Partnership and other guests. Congratulations and well done to coach, Irene McFadden, and all involved on this huge achievement. The 5th/6th class team included Kelsey Mc Grory, Tanesha Mc Crea, Julia Migut, Shakirat Olayode, Jessica Suleiman, Promise Achusi, Maria McGeehin, Maria Soffe, Kellie Forde, Martyna Leppek,

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  • O'Connells club notes

    O'Connells club notes26 April 2017 O'Connell's lotto for Tuesday 25th April 2017. Numbers: 1, 17, 23 & 24. No jackpot winner. No match 3 winners. Extra €200 added to jackpot. Next jackpot €16,000. Results: Under 14 Division 2 Glyde Rangers/Sean McDermotts/Westerns 5-6, O’Connell’s/Stabannon 3-11: Leinster Minor Football Championship Laois 0-15, Louth 2-11 after extra time: Division 2 League Oliver Plunketts 1-12, O’Connell’s 1-16: Under 16 Division 3 Newtown Blues 4-9, O’Connell’s/Stabannon/Mitchells 0-4. Fixtures: Under 8 All County Blitz, Thursday 27/4/17, Darver, 7pm: Under 18 Division 3, Wednesday 26/4/17, O’Conn/Stab/Mitchells v St. Kevins, Home, 7pm: Under 11 Round 1, Friday 28/4/17, Dundalk

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  • Wales' Neil Taylor Gets Extra Ban For Seamus Coleman Tackle

    Wales defender Neil Taylor has been banned for two games by FIFA, for the tackle which broke Seamus Coleman's leg last month. He was red carded...

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  • Nacho Monreal and Arsenal get lucky break against Leicester

    Arsenal 1 Leicester City 0 The Arsene Wenger celebration face at the end of it all was not as visceral or as liberating as the one he produced at Wembley on Sunday but the relief to snatch a win from the jaws of a dreary draw was still worth savouring. He might have the FA Cup in his sightlines but he can also cling to the possibility of a 19th consecutive Champions League qualification thanks to a freakish late goal. It felt like one of those ominous days that Arsenal are familiar with in these parts against a dogged opponent, where the sideways passes can be soporific and the chances kept at bay. In the 86th minute, the ball pinged around an increasingly anxious Arsenal attack only for a deflected

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  • Grand National Champ Our Duke comes home a hero to Coolrain in Laois

    Irish Grand National Winner Our Duke is sure to get a big Laois welcome when he comes home to Laois over the May Bank Holiday weekend when the Cooper Clan bring their hero home to Coorain. For a few years everyone knew that Sloane Cooper had a few decent race horses but on Easter week there was a buzz about Coolrain like never before and on Easter Monday morning many locals made their way to the local Bookies with confidence. If it was boxing the referee would have stopped the fight so much in control was the winner. Coolrain has seen many celebrations down the years but Monday night was right up there with the best, while Richie Kavanagh was blasting out” Aon Focal Eile” in the Community centre

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  • Limerick finalise panel for Munster U-17 Football Championship

    SIX members of the Limerick minor football team will backbone the county U-17 side in next week’s Munster semi final. Limerick have confirmed a 24-man panel to travel to Pairc Ui Rinn on Tuesday May 2 at 7.00 to play a Cork side that beat Waterford in the previous round, 6-24 to 0-1 in Dungarvan. The Limerick U-17 team are under the same management as the county minors – manager John Ryan with selectors Brian Nolan, Cathal Minihane and David O’Connor. The six starters involved in both the U-17s and minor team are Cian Walsh, Mark Quinlan, James Cummins, Liam Kennedy, Barry Coleman and Rory O’Brien. Also involved in both panels is Alan Kiely. “We collectively train both panels once during the

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  • Joey Barton Banned For 18 Months For Breaking Betting Rules

    Joey Barton says he will appeal against the 18-month ban from all football activity he has received from the FA. The Burnley midfielder has been punished, with immediate effect, after admitting breaking gambling rules. It was alleged that between 26th March, 2006 and 13th May, 2016, he placed 1,260 bets on football matches. Barton says the ban would force him into "an early retirement".

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  • THE PUNTER'S EYE: Punchestown Day 3 Tips and Preview

    15:40 - JLT Handicap Hurdle A tricky little handicap hurdle where it might be worth picking something from the bottom end of the weights. With that in mind, we're going for OLD CASTLETOWN (14/1), trained by Ted Walsh. Ruby takes the ride and the ground staying fairly dry is good news for this one. He carries just 10st 7lbs, and despite not winning since August, he is consistent and can get involved here. His fourth at Clonmel in October represents good form as he came in behind the likes of TISAMYSTERY and LIP SERVICE on good ground. Before that he ran well at Punchestown, coming in just five lengths behind MAGNA CARTOR. LA VAGABOND is another to consider for Edward O'Grady. He's been campaigning

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  • Kilmainham celebrate 50 years with pitch opening

    Kilmainham celebrate 50 years with pitch opening26 April 2017 Meath will take on Down in an exhibition match at Kilmainham GFC football pitch on April 30th, in a momentous occasion that will celebrate 50 years of Kilmainham football and the official opening of the club grounds. Renowned as a close-knit community, Kilmainham is often lauded as the smallest club in the county. Part of the Kells parish, the townland is a two-mile stretch on the N3 from the southern  boundary of Headfort Golf Club to just short of Bloomsbury Cross. There is no village in Kilmainham, no crossroads, no church, no school and no public house. There is no establishment or institution to define its identity. There are

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  • Lilywhites to take in warm-weather training

    Lilywhites to take in warm-weather training26 April 2017 Kildare manager Cian O'Neill. Kildare will be heading to Portugal for some warm weather training ahead of the Leinster SFC. The Lilywhites meet the winners of Laois and Longford in O’Connor Park, Tullamore on June 4th. As part of their preparations, they will head to Portugal for a few days and there will be two more players on the plane. Raheens Paddy Woodgate and Ruadhan O’Giollain (Maynooth) have been added to the panel for the championship. Kildare manager Cian O’Neill has also revealed that Athy’s Kevin Feely has been appointed vice-captain for the coming year. Eoin Doyle has already been named as captain.  

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  • McConville switches code

    McConville switches code26 April 2017 Oisin McConville. Laois senior hurling manager Eamonn Kelly is hoping that former All-Ireland winning Armagh footballer Oisin McConville's experience can rub off on his players. The Crossmaglen ace has joined Kelly's O'Moore County backroom team and was present at last Sunday's Leinster SHC round robin win over Westmeath. “When he was starting out as a player with Armagh and Crossmaglen he was coming from a position very similar to where the Laois lads are now,” Kelly explained to LaoisToday. “He has a good background in the area of sports psychology and he has great experience having worked with the likes of Kieran McGeeney and Enda McNulty. “He has been

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  • New draws needed for JFC and JFC 'B' competitions

    New draws needed for JFC and JFC 'B' competitions26 April 2017 Bective celebrate as Dunsany are left disappointed Meath GAA has been forced into a climbdown over plans to revamp their club football competitions and will have to re-run the draws for this year's JFC and JFC 'B' competitions. Advice received from Leinster Council and Croke Park's Rules Advisory Committee has resulted in the u-turn and means that the original draw has been rendered null and void. The new draws will be conducted at the County Committee meeting on Monday, May 8th. 'The previous Regulation 4(a) 2016 will apply in 2017 and new draws for the J.F.C and J.B.F.C. will be made at the next meeting of Coiste Contae scheduled

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