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  • Two jailed for 'savage' attack on passing cyclist

    A second year engineering student and an apprentice electrician have been jailed for a “savage” attack on a passing cyclist. Kenneth Valentine (27) punched the cyclist in the face and Richard McCudden (24) joined in with the beating when the man tried to protect himself by swinging his bike lock. The cyclist, Darren Molloy, told gardaí that he thought Valentine had wanted to know the time when he stepped onto the road and pointed to his wrist. Valentine, an electrical engineering student of Rosemount Glade, Dundrum, Dublin and McCudden, an apprentice electrician of Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assaulting Mr Molloy causing him harm at q
  • Social media has exploded over The Late Late Toy Show opening

    The opening of the Late Late Toy Show was an ode to Beauty and the Beast – kicking-off with a medley of the musical’s most recognised songs. Taking on the role of the candlestick Lumiere in the famous Disney movie, Ryan showed off his dance moves whilst singing a rendition of the film’s Be Our Guest. Although the Dubliner was praised for his hard work, it was little Luke O’Connor as Chip who melted viewers hearts. q
  • Phil Hogan: EU civil liberties to be restricted after Paris attacks

    European citizens’ civil liberties will be restricted in the wake of the Paris atrocities which have been deemed Europe’s 9/11. EU commissioner Phil Hogan emphasised that the Paris atrocities have now “changed everything”. Citizens can expect less privacy and more security from authorities following the attacks which killed 129 people in the French capital, he told TDs yesterday. Speaking at the Oireachtas European Union Affairs Committee, Mr Hogan said: “On civil liberties, in relation to the problems that we have across the European Union on security and migration, I think we’ll have — because of the actions of our terrorists — a little less privacy and a little more security in relation to

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  • U2 fan's furious fight for €1,900 Dublin gig tickets

    An American U2 fan, who paid a hefty €1,900 to see U2 in Dublin flew halfway across the world, only to be told that her tickets were “no longer available.” Brooke Bradley paid for the tickets through a secondary outlet of Ticketmaster International called in September, and was promised her tickets would be waiting for her at the hotel she had booked in Dublin. Following the 37-year-old's transatlantic flight and arrival at her Dublin hotel, she was told that the tickets were not available. Dedication: The fan flew halfway across the world to see the rock stars in action | VIPIRELAND.COM Needless to say, she was furious and did what you're supposed to in this situation - she talked q
  • Sean Connery's wife to stand trial in Spain for tax fraud

    Sean Connery's wife has been ordered to stand trial in Spain over an alleged multi-million pound tax fraud. 86-year-old Micheline Roquebrune could face a fine of up to £16m and up to two and a half years in prison if she is found guilty. It is after an investigation uncovered apparent irregularities surrounding the sale of the couple's seaside villa near Marbella in southern Spain in 1998. Connery was cleared of all charges. q
  • 5 pictures of 50 Cent that got us all talking including the weight loss and the stacks of dollars in his fridge

    Bankrupt star 50 Cent has made headlines again with a photo of dollar bills in his fridge posted to his Instagram account. The rapper filed for bankruptcy in August after a court in New York ordered him to pay $7 million (£4.5 million) to a woman who said he’d posted a sex tape of hers online without her permission. In court, the man known as ‘Fiddy’ – who was born Curtis Jackson III – downplayed his wealth saying he rents, borrows or leases expensive items such as jewellery and cars. But the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ rapper has been ranked by Forbes as one of hip-hop’s five richest artists. 50 Cent perennially makes news for matters outside of his music. Here are just five occasions Fiddy got us q
  • Wayne Rooney a symbol of United’s fall from summit

    Landon Donovan intimated as much recently. It was Donovan who suggested earlier this month that both Gerrard and Frank Lampard had misjudged the MLS after the pair checked out after far from inspiring first seasons with the LA Galaxy and New York City franchises respectively. Lampard, of course, took an age to move Stateside in the first place while Gerrard seemed to spend a fair chunk of time yearning for Blighty. Both Gerrard and Klopp have dismissed talk of the player pulling on that famous red jersey again, but such is the nature of the media circus surrounding the game in England, and the insatiable appetite for stories concerning the game’s few genuine English stars, that this one will run and run until Stevie G is back in California.

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  • Katie’s brother to replace dad Pete in her corner

    Katie Taylor will enter the ring tonight without her father, Pete in her corner for the first time in her career when she takes on Clonmel boxer Shauna O’Keeffe in the 60kg title decider. Pete Taylor revealed he is taking a “break” from being Katie’s cornerman, claiming the stress of watching his daughter fight has taken its toll. "I'm taking a break from the corner. After years it can be stressful watching your daughter fight," he said in an interview with The Irish Times. Katie's brother Lee and interim Irish head coach Zaur Antia will be working her corner tonight as she takes on 21-year-old O’Keeffe. RTE’s Darren Frehill revealed on Morning Ireland that Pete intends to return for Taylor’s q
  • Rita Ora opens up about painful split from Calvin Harris

    Rita Ora has revealed that she “wanted to crawl in my bed and die” after her painful split from Scottish DJ Calvin Harris. The 25-year-old was in a relationship with Calvin for a year, but the pair ended on acrimonious terms in June 2014. She told Wonderland magazine: “At the time… I just wanted to crawl in my bed and die. But I got out of it the other side, I’m surviving.” Their split was headline news when Calvin announced the news on Twitter. “To address speculation, myself and Rita ended our relationship some time ago. She is a beautiful, talented woman & I wish her all the best,” he wrote. The two have apparently patched up their differences as they’ve reunited to work on Rita’s second album, q
  • Andy Murray's potty mouth divides Davis Cup final viewers

    The Davis Cup is no Wimbledon. That was the lesson most people learned watching Andy Murray defeat Ruben Bemelmans in the second match of the tournament’s final. The Flanders Expo in Ghent, Belgium, descended into a pit of jeers, whistles, trumpets and drums. It was more like a Roman gladiatorial fight. Or a darts match. And with all that passion flowing around – and after Britain going down 1-0 to Belgium’s David Goffin earlier in the day – Andy struggled to keep his potty mouth in check. Many viewers thought there was no place for such vocabulary – especially when it was costing Andy points and he was comfortably in the lead. More worryingly, we’ve seen Murray get riled before. And it’s often q
  • European Commission raises concerns over Irish debt and rising rents that could scupper economic recovery

    The European Commission has issued a series of “early warnings” on potential pitfalls that could scupper Ireland’s economic recovery, a day after the government’s budget watchdog admonished its “imprudent” spending plans. The Commission highlighted a number of areas of concern including the country’s continuing high level of public and private indebtedness and stuttering property market. House prices, which have climbed 7.6% in the past 12 months despite the dampening effect of Central Bank lending rules, are singled out as one area of concern while issues in the rental sector are also identified. Spiralling rents which are more than 10% higher than this time last year are also noted. “Recent

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  • Mick Wallace claims in Dail rejected by Nama

    Nama officials have reacted angrily to fresh allegations made in the Dáil by Independent TD Mick Wallace  about the controversial sale of its Northern Ireland loan book. Mr Wallace accused Nama of misleading him over the sale and said one of its executives was “part of a cabal to seek payment for affecting the biggest property deal in the history of this State”. Nama responded by saying Mr Wallace’s claims were “utterly disingenuous and appear to be a deliberate misinterpretation of Nama correspondence by Deputy Wallace”. In the Dáil, Mr Wallace, who has repeatedly raised concern about the Project Eagle sale, named three individuals in the chamber under privilege saying an independent commission of inquiry is now required.

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  • Euro at seven month low against the dollar ahead of ECB meeting

    The euro fell towards its weakest levels in seven months against the dollar yesterday as investors speculated the European Central Bank will expand a stimulus programme when it meets next week. ECB president Mario Draghi reiterates officials will do what they must to accelerate inflation that has undershot their 2% target since 2013. The euro is this month’s worst-performing major currency against the dollar, apart from the Danish krone. The euro’s slide underlines the policy divergence between an ECB preparing to ease further and a US Federal Reserve that’s set to raise interest rates for the first time in almost a decade. Investors “should never underestimate Mr Draghi’s commitment to deliver

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  • Amazon is clearly hoping to sell quite a few tablets on Black Friday

    There’s no harm in being overly-prepared. But for this year’s Black Friday, retail giant Amazon is very confident of selling a lot of tablets – if these new photos are anything to go by. That is a whole host of Fire tablets at the e-commerce and technology giant’s Hemel Hempstead Fulfilment Centre. The reason there are so many is that one of the firm’s Black Friday deals is cutting the price of the already cheap Fire (normally £50) to £34.99. But still, that’s a lot of tablets. Let’s take a moment to acknowledge the poor souls who have to move them around the warehouse. They must hate Black Friday, but they could buy a tablet for £35 – so it’s not all bad. q
  • JK Rowling reveals mystery of the naming of Harry Potter's child, Albus Severus

    JK Rowling has finally answered a question that has plagued Harry Potter fans since her final book was released. The author is well known for responding to fans’ questions on Twitter and duly replied when one reader asked, “Why did you pick Snape to name Harry’s kid after? I’m genuinely curious as he was nothing but abusive towards everyone.” In a series of eight tweets, Rowling explained that Harry had named his middle child Albus Severus because of “forgiveness and gratitude” to former Potions teacher, later Hogwarts’ headmaster, Severus Snape. In the series, Harry and Snape are pitted as enemies and readers see Snape return to Lord Voldemort’s side and kill headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the q
  • Wladimir Klitschko: I’ve got heavyweight ego

    Undefeated in 11 years and 22 fights, and heading into his 19th defence of the heavyweight championship of the world since 2006, it is no wonder that Wladimir Klitschko exudes an air of confidence, but, once in a while, ever-so-slight cracks appear in his cool, calm and collected demeanour. Sitting down with the visiting media from Ireland and Britain in Dusseldorf ahead of his world-title bout against Manchester’s former Irish heavyweight champion Tyson Fury tomorrow night, 39-year-old Klitschko was quizzed a number of times about what motivates him to fight on. “This probably sounds selfish, but I have a very big ego. The champion maintained that “ego is the core of any successful person” and his answers were all in keeping with his methodical and driven nature that has led to a 64-3 record with the last of his three losses coming in 2004 to American Lamon Brewster in a defeat he later avenged.

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  • Eurovision 2016 will feature a smorgasbord of 43 countries

    The Eurovision Song Contest will feature a record-equalling 43 countries when it sets up home in Stockholm next year. 2016 will see the return of Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Bulgaria, raising the number of competitors to that previously achieved in only 2008 and 2011 before. Ukraine will return to the competition after a one-year absence and Bosnia-Herzegovina will participate for the first time since 2012. Croatia and Bulgaria, who last competed in 2013, will also rejoin the singing competition. Eurovision will be welcoming back Australia for the second time in 2016, after it was selected to participate in honour of the contest’s 60th anniversary this year. Jon Ola Sand, executive q
  • VIDEO New Star Wars The Force Awakens footage

    There's a new extended TV spot for The Force Awakens right here, feel the force by watching it with your brain via your eyeholes. Good golly, could these get any more epic. Those voices you're hearing include Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke - at least it's nice to know that the alarmingly silly names are back for the new film. He's chatting not so casually to Adam Driver's Kylo Ren, that's the fellow with the t-shaped lightsabre which caused so much chat when it was revealed many moons ago. There's a movement in the Force, and everyone can feel it. We're not even going to bother speculating on who they're talking about because its so close that who even wants spoilers at this stage. So just q
  • Listeners in tears as Today FM pay special tribute to Tony Fenton

    Today FM staged the biggest live performance in the history of Irish radio today – paying tribute to their dear colleague Tony Fenton who passed away in March this year. The station gathered 100 musicians into their studio to perform U2’s hit One in aid of the Irish Cancer Society which caused quite an emotional reaction from listeners. The special recording also marked the launch of the Today FM album, Whole Lotta Live which features the best of the live sessions from the station. The compilation album, which goes on sale today is in aid of the cancer charity and in memory of Tony Fenton. Today’s One at 1 performance included a 40 piece choir and bands including The Academic, Hudson Taylor, q
  • Skunk can seriously damage some of the vital nerve fibres in the brain

    Smoking skunk can significantly damage the vital nerve fibres which allow communication between the two halves of the brain, a study has found. Evidence found higher consumption of powerful kinds of cannabis caused more harm to fibres in the “corpus callosum” – the structure that allows communication between the brain’s left and right hemispheres. But what effect it might have on users, and whether there is any connection with psychosis – known to be associated with strong forms of the drug – is still unclear. Potent cannabis strains, commonly known as skunk, are thought to be the most widely used form in the UK today. They contain high levels of the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) q