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  • Sinead O'Connor: 'I'm never going back to music - I'm happy to clean toilets'

    Sinead O’Connor has announced that she is quitting the music industry. The Nothing Compares 2 U singer posted a heart wrenching message to her Facebook page claiming that she will never return to making music. “I need a new home. And a new job. A new life … Music is over for me. Music did this,” she wrote. “It rendered me invisible. Murdered my soul. I’m never going back to music.” Sinead underwent a hysterectomy during the summer and and has claimed the operation was such an ordeal with she is now suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. “Me and my PTSD, or depression, which ANY woman would be suffering from since this all kicked off in March and I dealt with it alone.” “But I have a HUGE q
  • 7 surprising facts about new world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury

    Tyson Fury has won the WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles by beating Wladimir Klitschko on points in Dusseldorf. Here are seven amazing facts about Tyson Fury – the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ of British boxing. 1. Fury was born into an Irish family and his father, John Fury, was a gypsy bare-knuckle fighter in the 1980s, who was subsequently sent to jail for 11 years in 2011 for gouging a man’s eye out. 2. He was born three months premature and weighed in at 1lb – and doctors described his chances of survival as slim. 3. His father named him ‘Tyson’ as world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was in his pomp when Fury was born in August 1988. 4. Fury represented both Ireland and England at q
  • Sinead O’Connor 'safe and sound' after worrying message posted to Facebook account

    A message posted to the official Facebook account of Sinead O’Connor appears to show the Irish singer to be in a distraught state. UPDATE (6.07pm): Gardaí at Pearse St station have confirmed that singer Sinead O'Connor has been located "safe and sound" and is receiving medical assistance. The statement included: “The last two nights finished me off. I have taken an overdose. There is no other way to get respect. I am not at home, I'm at a hotel, somewhere in ireland, under another name.” It later states: “well done guys, you've finally got rid of me. Sorry the penny didn't drop sooner. I'm an idiot.” A spokesman for An Garda Síochána said that they cannot comment on cases involving named individuals. q
  • Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Peter Andre bows out but people are still talking about Jamelia

    Singer and all-round nice guy Peter Andre became the ninth celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing – but everyone was STILL talking about Jamelia. Peter and partner Janette Manrara faced Kellie Bright and her partner Kevin Clifton in the dance-off, but his much-improved American smooth could not save him from leaving the competition. Strictly faced a barrage of criticism this week after singer Jamelia, who faced Peter in last Sunday’s dance-off, claimed her rival’s standing ovation had been pre-recorded. With allegations of fixing overshadowing the show, viewers were relieved when the judges explained exactly why they were all sending home Peter. And everyone wanted to know what Jamelia q
  • The internet has been laughing about this tweet from 2012 slamming Jamie Vardy's £1m price tag

    A tweet from 2012 questioning Leicester City signing Jamie Vardy has gone viral since the striker broke the Premier League record for scoring in 11 consecutive games. It was a record previously held by Ruud van Nistelrooy since 2003, and Vardy scored his record breaking goal against Manchester United on Saturday. Of course just a few years ago Vardy was  playing non league player and one guy tweeted this at the time… Which is a bit embarrassing now. He should have known – Twitter never forgets. More than 5,000 people have retweeted over the last day and the poor Jack has received a new barrage of comments. Yep, Jack’s been getting it in the neck. q
  • Louis Walsh doesn't see 'the point' in 4th Impact

    Louis Walsh doesn't see the "point" in 'The X Factor's 4th Impact. The former judge - who was dropped and replaced by Nick Grimshaw earlier this year - has been impressed with the talent on this series but doesn't think the four-piece from the Philippines, who are competing in Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's Groups category, will manage to rake in many public votes. He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I don't see the point of the four girls from wherever they're from. I don't know who's going to vote for them. "Where are they from? They're really good but I just don't see the point." The music manager, who saw the likes of Westlife and Boyzone achieve success in the 90s, believes Louisa Johnson, 17, q
  • Bob Geldof talks about deaths of Paula Yates and Peaches

    Bob Geldof has described the painful moment he had to tell his children that their mother, Paula Yates, had died. The Boomtown Rats singer was speaking to Miriam O’Callaghan on the Sunday with Miriam show on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning. He also revealed that he “kind of half-expected” the death of his daughter Peaches, and that the memory of her is “with me every second of the day”. He first described hearing of Paula Yates’s death, and said that there were similarities with his earlier experience of his own father breaking the news of his mother’s death to him. “I didn’t know what to do when I got the phone call at 10.30 on a Saturday morning,” he said. “It was Pixie’s 10th birthday, and the children q
  • Rosanna Davison: I found online backlash against my gluten comments overwhelming

    Rosanna Davison says that she found the backlash over her comments about gluten overwhelming. The nutritionist had suggested in an interview earlier this year that going gluten-free helped her husband with his back pain and rheumatoid arthritis, among other claims. However the former Miss World claims that the piece paraphrased her and that she never made the claims in her book. Ms Davison says she blocked a number of people on Twitter and tried to avoid the social network while she was getting an online backlash. "To be honest, I wasn't really on Twitter that week or those few days, I just thought at the time that it was better to leave it be," she said. "I did feel maybe it was an overreaction, q
  • Frances Fitzgerald ‘not surprised’ Ireland features in IS video

    Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said yesterday it was no surprise IS had identified Ireland as part of a so-called ‘coalition of devils’ saying IS was targeting the “whole of western Europe”. Her comments came as an international expert on cyber-terrorism said Ireland’s inclusion in the ‘coalition’ suggested IS viewed it as a legitimate target. However, Mr David Mair, of the Cyberterrorism Project at Swansea University, said he was not suggesting Ireland was at “imminent risk of an Islamist terror attack”. In the group’s slick video, the Irish flag is pictured alongside those of 59 other countries which it claimed are all part of a new coalition of devils. It says the “flames of war” will

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  • Comment: Banks sitting on a €20 billion mortgage timebomb - The Sunday Business Post

    Interest-only mortgages not just a problem for the individuals According to figures from the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland, between 2005 and 2007 there were just over 560,000 mortgages drawn down, with a total value of almost €108 billion. 2006 saw the largest amount being drawn, when the figures hit almost €40 billion. To put that in perspective, in 2014 the total lending by banks was just under €4 billion for the entire year. From the second quarter of 2005 to the fourth quarter of 2007, the banks loaned twice as much in each of those quarters as they did in the whole of 2014.

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  • Donald Trump suffers biggest decline in Republican poll

    US presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week, marking the property mogul’s biggest decline since he vaulted to the top of the field in July, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Mr Trump was the favourite of 31 per cent of Republicans in a rolling poll in the five days ended on Friday. The dip follows criticism of Mr Trump for comments he made in the aftermath of the November 13th Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. Following the attacks, he told an NBC News reporter that he would support requiring all Muslims within the US to be registered to a special database, which his critics have likened to the mandatory registration of Jews in Nazi Germany.

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  • Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy marry

    Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy have tied the knot. The 29-year-old fashion designer and the French banker, 46, who got engaged in early 2014, reportedly married at a private residence in New York on Friday (27.11.15). A source told the New York Post's Page Six that 50 guests attended the intimate ceremony and attendees had to turn in their phones at the door. The insider added that the reception featured "bowls and bowls filled with cigarettes, and everyone smoked the whole night". It was previously revealed that Mary-Kate's family, including twin sister Ashley and younger siblings Elizabeth, 26, Taylor 19 and brothers Trent, 31, Jack, 15 - "love" their sister's choice of husband. A source q
  • Obama says ‘enough is enough’ after Colorado shooting

    Expressing what has become regularly repeated frustration on the issue, US p resident Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States needs to “do something” to make it harder for criminals to get guns after a shooting in Colorado killed three people and injured nine. “We have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period,” Mr Obama said in a statement. “Enough is enough.” In Friday’s shooting, an assailant opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic, a centre that provides health services including abortions, in Colorado Springs. It was the latest in a long series of US mass shootings during Obama’s seven years

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  • Faulty reports of Baz’s millions alert Revenue - The Sunday Business Post

    Baz Ashmawy denies that he made €5 million from sale of tv series TV star Baz Ashmawy was audited by the Revenue Commissioners following incorrect press reports stating that he earned €5 million for his hit show 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy. Ashmawy, who last week won an International Emmy for the show, said the reports, which featured in a number of newspapers, were inaccurate. He said he earned less than €5 million for the sale of the first series to over 100 countries, but would not discuss specific figures. Colette Sexton joined the Sunday Business Post in 2014. As well as being a general reporter, Sexton covers the media and marketing beat for the Sunday Business Post. A native of Co Clare, q
  • Garda recruitment drive hoping to draw applications from minority communities

    Both the justice minister and the police boss said they hoped the new garda recruitment campaign will draw applications from minority communities. Launching the campaign to recruit 600 people in 2016, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said “we need to see” a garda force which is “representative” of the country’s diverse communities. Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said there were “not enough” people from the different nationalities and backgrounds in Ireland in the service and urged them to apply. Ms Fitzgerald said the new campaign would also have a special stream for members of the Garda Reserve. She said she hoped the 600 positions would provide an opportunity for the organisation to

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  • Farmer Writes: The Curious Case of the U+ Heifer

    The heifer above was slaughtered recently. At 20 months of age, a U+ carcass weighing 327kg was produced. Her sire is the impeccable Charolais bull LGL, and let it be known that I do not hold a bias toward any particular breed – he is simply doing the business here. The dam is by ROX, a terminal Limousin. The weight may sound decent, but it is slightly behind what we’d expect from such a gene pool. There is a valid reason however. The question is her fat score – what was it? Three main principles affect fat deposition in cattle. Firstly, as an animal progresses towards maturity it fattens. Mature weight is typically lower for an Angus than a Charolais, hence we see breed differences in terms q
  • VIDEO: Did Diego Costa try to throw his bib at Jose Mourinho?

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho played down any suggestion of a falling-out with Diego Costa after dropping the striker for Sunday's goalless draw at Tottenham. Costa was not used at White Hart Lane as Mourinho lost patience with the striker, who tossed his substitutes' bib over his shoulder in the direction of his manager in the final moments of a goalless draw which will do little to kick-start the Premier League champions' season. Mourinho said: "If he wants to hurt me, it's not with a bib. I have a good relationship with him, no problems. "I think Diego is very privileged because he was the last one to be (put) on the bench. "Everybody was on the bench. I kept him in the team for all these q
  • 13 completely heartbroken but totally legit reactions to 4th Impact leaving the X Factor

    It was the sing off of sing offs as 4th Impact took on power house Lauren Murray. Simon struggled to make a decision and it went to the public vote, which meant the girl group was sent packing. And some people are REALLY upset. 1. Actual tears. 2. Very real pain. 3. Disgust. 4. A total lack of perspective. 5. Comparisons to global superstars. 6. Saying that, there are NO better girl bands around right now. 7. Rage at Rita Ora’s comment about being “stronger” on stage on your own. 8. And getting personal. 9. Extreme social media related action. 10. And unsubsribing on You Tube. 11. Hope that Simon is going to swiftly sign them up to Syco anyway. 12. Working out a viable solution. 13. Pledging q
  • Three injured in serious overnight car crash in Co Kildare

    Three young men have been hospitalised after a serious car crash in Co Kildare. The single-car collision happened on the Kilteel Road at Old Miltown at around 10.50pm last night. The 21-year-old backseat passenger was taken to Beaumont hospital and is said to be in a very serious condition. The driver and another passenger - both aged 24 - were taken to Naas General Hospital where their injuries are not thought to be life threatening. The road is closed for a garda examination with diversions in place at Cromwellstown crossroads and the junction at Oldmill in Kill. q
  • Parishioners consider adopting newborn baby found in Christmas manger

    Some parishioners at a New York City church where a newborn was left in a Christmas manger are interested in adopting the baby boy. The Rev Christopher Heanue told Newsday that a number of members of the Holy Child Jesus Church "would love to see him stay" in the congregation. A custodian returned from lunch on Monday to find the 5lb baby in the church's nativity scene. The boy is now in the custody of child welfare authorities. Queens prosecutors decided not to charge the baby's mother. q