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  • Ireland in ‘coalition of devils’, says alleged Islamic State video

    A video claiming to have been issued by the Islamic State group has included Ireland as part of “a coalition of devils” that has formed against it, before threatening to “burn” its enemies. The authenticity of the video – which models itself on a Hollywood film trailer – cannot be vouched for, but it bears a strong resemblance to others issued by the group over recent months. Flags from a host of countries, led off by the United States and the United Kingdom, but including Ireland, are displayed, though no specific reference to Ireland is made in the accompanying voiceover. “There’s your coalition of devils with Iran, Turkey and Russia joining the fray. That’s because the Millah of Kufr [unbelievers]

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  • Black Friday under fire from Irish retailers

    Black Friday in Ireland is barely a year old but could already be on the way out, as Irish retailers start to question the merits of a concept which sees them dramatically cut prices - and margins - for a single weekend coming up to the busiest trading period of the year. The difficulties this new sales phenomenon poses have been compounded for many retailers by a significant drop in consumer demand in recent weeks, as shoppers save their spending for the big “event”. “We have had a lot of retailers contacting us saying things have been very quiet in recent weeks as consumers have copped on to Black Friday,” David Fitzsimons, of Retail Excellence Ireland, said. Black Friday has been imported from the US and traditionally starts on the day after Thanksgiving, when most Americans who do not work in retail are off work.

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  • Meet Ireland's International Fitness Champion!

    Meet the woman who eats 5,000 calories per day. And she hasn’t a pick on her!  Dr. Fionnula McHale, Medical Doctor and International Fitness Champion, is not your typical Irish doctor. When the GP is not in her surgery, she can be found wiping the floor in international fitness contests and breaking a few records along the way.  She tells Anton all about life both as a fitness and strength champion AND as a working Doctor and motivator.  The incredible athlete has won three championships and has set two national power-lifting records on her way to becoming the 2015 International Fitness Champion. A medical graduate of Trinity College, Dr Fionnula has worked in a variety of fields including Orthopaedics,

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  • Putin-backed warlord pledges Turkey WILL REGRET downing Russia jet - Irish Daily Star

    A NOTORIOUS warlord who reigns supreme over one of Russia’s republics has warned Turkey it will regret crossing the Kremlin for a “very long time”. Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Chechnya, blasted Ankara for treachery and promised he had thousands of fighters ready to fulfil the orders of Vladimir Putin. It follows the shooting down of a Russian warplane by two Turkish F16 fighters amid claims the craft had crossed into their airspace illegally. Posting on social media, the 39-year-old former rebel wrote: “I have no doubt that Turkey will regret it for a very long time.” “Those who speak about friendship and cooperation on every occasion do not act that treacherously.” “I consider it my duty to declare

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  • Edgeworthstown Farmer says he knows who stole his diesel

    Not a day goes by that somebody somewhere doesn’t become a victim of rural crime, and yet while blame for such actions is firmly laid at the door of crime gangs from cities and towns across the region, locally some of those impacted believe that the thieves live a lot closer to home than we would like to believe. Padraig Flood lives in Edgeworthstown and has a farm of land on the outskirts of the town at Bracklin, and another eight miles away in Rathowen. Within a period of seven days, oil and diesel worth several thousand euros was robbed from tractors and tanks on both farms. Padraig says he knows who did it and as far as he is concerned, “they don’t live a million miles away”. The first of q
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  • Florida ‘Facebook killer’ found guilty of murder

    A jury on Wednesday found a Florida man guilty of second-degree murder after he killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered body on Facebook. Jurors rejected the argument that Derek Medina (33) acted in self-defence when he shot 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso eight times in August 2013 at their Miami-area residence, according to a circuit court spokeswoman in Miami-Dade County. Prosecutors argued he killed her after an argument in which she threatened to leave him. Prosecutors said they would seek the maximum sentence for Medina, who faces 25 years to life in prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for January. “No family should ever have to see their daughter killed and then exhibited

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  • Bright' new dawn for the quiet man of English football - Irish Daily Star

    HAS Chris Hughton finally found a club where his sterling talents as a football manager are being recognised? All the evidence from the Amex Stadium suggests that the 56-year-old definitely has. More than a third of the way into the Championship campaign, Hughton’s Brighton and Hove Albion are joint top of the table alongside Hull City, who only edge them out of the leadership due to a superior goal difference. For Hughton and The Seagulls’ board led by chairman Tony Bloom, the team’s position entering into the meaty part of the season could hardly be better. The former Ireland full-back and assistant to Brian Kerr when he was in charge of Ireland in the mid-noughties has overseen a major resurgence

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  • Sean O’Callaghan: how I lost my faith in James Connolly

    I have recently written a book about James Connolly, who was easily the most important political influence on me when I was growing up in Tralee. In recent times I have rediscovered the great American writer Eric Hoffer. His best known work is True Believer, which is essentially an examination of fanaticism. And I began to think about a book examining fanaticism in the Irish context, call a spade a spade and all that. I read a lot of Connolly when I was a young man and a lot about him in recent years. Hoffer clarified it all for me. James Connolly was an alpha True Believer, a classic fanatic. So, what really is the truth about the legend that is James Connolly? The answer I found is that there

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  • Man who beat autistic student and left him for dead sentenced

    A Lisburn man who was part of a three-strong gang who beat an autistic student in a disused warehouse and left him for dead was handed a 10-year sentence on Wednesday. Judge Patrick Lynch QC told Ryan Craig (20) that while he will be released from custody after serving his sentence, his victim Scott Vineer “will never be released from the imprisonment you subjected him to”. Craig (20), from Ashmount Gardens in Lisburn, was initially charged with attempting to murder Scott Vineer in September 2012. He denied that charge, but earlier this year he admitted assaulting Mr Vineer, causing him grievous bodily harm. Craig was told that he will serve half of the sentence in custody, with the remaining

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  • Adorable Kid Sing Kings Of Leon

    ...and absolutely nails it baiiiiiii! This is Bodhi Yelverton, apart from having THE GREATEST NAME EVER...the 3 year old legend from Cork knows all the words to the Kings Of Leon’s ‘The Bucket’ and he belts it out like a boss. Bodhi...YOU RAWWWK!

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  • Ukraine stops buying Russian gas and closes airspace to its planes

    Ukraine has stopped buying gas from Russia and barred Russian airliners from its airspace, as tension between the neighbours increased over an energy crisis in annexed Crimea and sporadic clashes in eastern Ukraine. Moscow warned it may halt coal supplies to Ukraine unless it fixed electricity lines that were blown up last week, plunging into darkness most of now Russian-run Crimea – which still relies on Kiev for power. Ukraine’s prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk ordered a halt to purchases of Moscow’s gas because his country now has sufficient fuel in storage and can buy gas more cheaply from Europe, as it seeks to wean itself off Russian energy. Russia’s state gas firm Gazprom confirmed Kiev

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  • ‘Sham marriage’ operation sees two premises raided in Limerick

    A MAJOR garda investigation across the country in relation to fraud marriages has led to two premises in Limerick being raided and the arrest of one person, who is currently being detained at Henry Street station in the city for alleged fraud offences. Gardai told the Limerick Leader that as of noon this Wednesday a total of 11 people had been arrested so far for a variety of offences under the Immigration Act and Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act. They are being held at Henry Street station in Limerick, Ballyhaunis and Finglas Garda station. In addition, a large amount of computers, memory devices, phones and documents including false identity documents, driving licences and marriage

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  • Casey, not Europe, the biggest loser after Ryder Cup snub

    The biggest loser from Paul Casey’s decision to preclude himself from Ryder Cup inclusion is not the biennial event. Nor is it the European team. It will, unfortunately, be Casey himself when he eventually reflects on a career which promised so much, subsequently fading into oblivion before being hauled back to a position at least remotely resembling the Englishman’s terrific talent level. That Casey has passed up the opportunity to mark his second coming with a role in such a spectacle as the Ryder Cup will inevitably cause personal regret; be that five months, five years or five decades down the line. It isn’t just the next Ryder Cup he has opted out of, either – barring something remarkable,

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  • Li-Fi enables wireless broadband at the speed of light

    A new technology that uses light to transmit data has been proven capable of sending data at 100 times the speed of Wi-Fi. Office tests in Estonia by start-up Velmenni has shown that Li-Fi can achieve speeds of 1Gbps. Li-Fi could be a potential solution to the struggle Wi-Fi is going to have to transport its share of the 35 quintillion bytes of information each month that will be in the world by 2019, according to the World Economic Forum. One of the pioneers of Li-Fi is Harald Haas who originated the technology in 2011. He currently holds the Chair of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh, and is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of pureLiFi Ltd as well as the Director of

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  • Tyson Fury ready for title shot he thought would never come

    Tyson Fury is ready to be proven wrong on Saturday after convincing himself Wladimir Klitschko would never let him challenge for the world heavyweight title. The Mancunian Traveller is set to face Ukrainian veteran Klitschko for the WBA, WBO and IBF titles in Germany this weekend and put to bed a frustrating couple of years. A British blockbuster against former WBA champion David Haye fell through twice and the fight with Klitschko was also postponed when the latter suffered a recent injury. However, just days away from his defining night, Fury accepts his doubts appear to have been wrong. “The wait is finally nearly over,” he said. “Completely and utterly finished. “The long wait, the Haye pull-outs,

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  • Donaldson stands by offer to base Trident in Northern Ireland

    DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has said he has no intention of withdrawing an offer to base the British nuclear deterrent Trident in Northern Ireland. The Green Party has criticised the offer, made during a House of Commons debate, as “cavalier” and “arrogant”. MPs are debating the renewal of the multi-billion pound weapons system, which involves four nuclear powered Vanguard submarines, one of which is constantly armed and at sea. The Tory government is in faviour of renewal but the Scottish National Party opposes the Clyde-based programme, describing it as “unusable and indefensible”. The party, which has 56 MPs, said plans to renew the system were “ludicrous on both defence and financial grounds”.

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  • Thousands to lose out on cut to bin waiver scheme in Limerick

    MORE than 2,000 people on social welfare payments or low incomes will be forced to pay for their refuse bin collections next year.

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  • Doctor accused of making serious errors in reading CT scans

    A fitness to practise hearing has opened at the Medical Council into a doctor at Bantry General Hospital who is accused of making serious errors in the reading of up to 22 CT scans. Dr Dawar Siddiqi, a locum consultant radiologist at the hospital from May to September 2013, denies the allegation of poor professional performance. He also rejects the allegation that his rate of error in reading CT scans was unacceptably high. JP McDowell, solicitor, for the Medical Council, said Dr Siddiqi’s contract was to run from May to November 2013, four days a week. It was a standalone post and he was told at interview that “quite a lot of CT” was involved. Mr McDowell said Dr Siddiqi told the hospital his

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  • A Walk for the Weekend: Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head

    This circular walk around Malin Head, the northernmost point of Ireland, starts at the car park close to Lloyd’s Tower, at the highest part of the headland. The tower has had a busy career, first as a signal tower during the Napoleonic Wars, then it was a Marconi signalling station in 1902, and later Lloyds of London used it to observe shipping and reported on it by telegraph to London. West from here the cliffs of Donegal recede into the haze to Horn Head. The tilted slab of Tory Island is often visible on the horizon. A good path drops westwards from the car park towards the rugged cliffs, made up of some of Ireland’s oldest rocks, featuring white strips of quartz and under siege by Atlantic

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  • GIFT Jose and Tom Cruise

    RESPECT THE KLOPP! Chelsea to win the league? It's no longer a mission impossible! Jose has Tom Cruise on side and together, they make an unstoppable pair. Ian spoke to them both this morning and it seems Jose has got his mojo back! With the help of one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Chelsea could be back in the game!  Listen back to all the craic here... Remember to tune into The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show every week day morning for more where this came from.

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