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  • Man gets jail for storing bags of excrement and bottles of urine at his flat in Cork

    A 37-year-old man has been jailed for twelve months for causing €1,500 worth of criminal damage to his flat. Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard how Robert Kummer from Germany had stored hundreds of bags of his own excrement and hundreds of bottles of his own urine at the property over a three-month period. The authorities were alerted in September 2013, when a neighbour became concerned about the smell eminating from the property in Cork city centre. A psychiatrist told Judge Sean O'Donnabhain that while Kummer might have sufferd from "depressive episodes", he was "at a loss" to explain the behaviour. q
  • Tooth fairy! Shane MacGowan shows off new teeth at U2's after party

    Shane MacGowan showcased his new set of pearly whites at U2’s after-party of Tuesday night. The Pogues frontman flashed his impressive dental work ahead of his show Shane MacGowan: A Wreck Reborn. The musician has chronicled his dental transformation in the Sky Arts documentary, which will air over the Christmas period. The 57-year-old’s appearance at the rockers post-gig celebration marked his first public appearance since breaking his pelvis in August. Although wheelchair bound due to his injuries, his recovery woes didn’t stop the musician partying until the small hours of the morning. U2 were also joined by friends at O’Donoghue’s bar on Merrion Row to celebrate their sold-out show. Story q
  • 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. “It is not great from a retailer

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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
  • VIDEO Here's why The Hateful Eight shot on 65mm film

    Quentin Tarantino's eighth film is almost ready to hit cinemas and The Hateful Eight is going to be a bit of a special release. That's because the filmmaker managed to convince the studio to let him shoot on 65mm film and with expensive lenses which haven't been used in years, all with the intention of releasing the film in an exclusive early 'Roadshow' version just for outlets capable of projecting film at 70mm. Now this video explains why 65mm and Ultra Panavision are important, and shows just how enthusiastic everyone was about the process. It's also narrated by Samuel L Jackson, which is always fun. The Roadshow version of The Hateful Eight will be more than three hours long and will include q
  • Garda looked for credit card details, court told

    A witness has told Trim Circuit Court he contacted a Garda superintendent after he became uneasy when a garda asked him for his credit card details so he could make a donation to charity instead of being given penalty points for speeding. John Hayes told the court he was shocked when the garda phoned him and asked him for his credit card details. Mark Egan (37), who is stationed at Dunshaughlin Garda station in Co Meath, has pleaded not guilty to three charges of corruptly preventing the issuing of fixed-penalty notices, one charge of corruptly getting a fixed-penalty notice struck out and four charges of inducing motorists to disclose credit cards details with the intention of dishonestly making a gain by deception for the 3Ts charity in October 2012.

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  • British £5bn state-asset sell-off rivals Thatcher era privatisation programme

    UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne detailed £5bn (€7.1bn) of state-asset sales, adding to a privatisation programme that rivals that of the 1980s and is set to provide fresh revenue for the banking sector. Seeking to pare debt and create funds for infrastructure spending, Osborne’s treasury said yesterday it will allow the rail system to sell assets and will look to dispose of its 49% stake in the air traffic service and bring private capital into Ordnance Survey. Coming as the UK government pares its holdings of bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Lloyds Banking Group, the plan evokes memories of the wave of state assets sales by then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

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  • Ten great Irish whiskeys you'll want to keep for yourself

    Choosing a whiskey is a complicated business. Your enjoyment of a glass hangs on the atmosphere around you, your own personality and experience of whiskey and your taste preferences. To help you choose, we asked some notable whiskey fans to suggest an entry level brand for new fans and something special for those who are ready to expand their range. Gary Quinn, Barfly columnist for The Irish Times A FAVOURITE  Tyrconnell Madeira Finish €75 I fell for this whiskey in the Dingle Whiskey Bar in Dublin in January. It’s warm and smooth and full of fruit and has a fantastic Madeira finish. At 10 years old, it spends the first nine years in a Bourbon cask and is then finished for three months in a Madeira

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  • Jack Grealish banished to Villa U-21s after post-defeat party

    Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish will be left out of the squad for Saturday’s match against Watford as punishment for his off-field behaviour. Manager Remi Garde said the 20-year-old was “not professional” after he was pictured partying last weekend after Villa’s 4-0 Barclays Premier League defeat to Everton. Grealish has since been training with the Villa under-21 side and will continue to do so, Garde said at a Thursday morning press conference. “He won’t be included in the squad for Watford,” said Garde. “(His actions) are not of the professional standard that I expect from my players. That is why Jack is training in the under-21 team.” q
  • Germany to use planes and warships in fight against Islamic State

    German chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has decided to send reconnaissance aircrafts, tanker planes and a warship to help in the fight against Islamic State. The government has also agreed to provide satellite surveillance to help France in the war against IS, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said. During Ms Merkel’s visit to Paris on Wednesday, French president Francois Hollande had said it would “be a very good signal in the fight against terrorism” if Germany could do more against IS in Syria and Iraq. Germany currently provides weapons and training for Kurds fighting against IS in Iraq. The decision still needs parliamentary approval, but it was not expected to meet much resistance q
  • WATCH: Adele and Jimmy Fallon may have just broken the internet

    Since Adele released the first single ‘Hello’ from her new album ‘25’ earlier this month, we’ve heard a plethora of different covers from Kermit and Miss Piggy to Korea's new singing sensation. And now, Adele herself has gone and added one to the list. The songstress appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and performed the smash hit with house band The Roots, and a number of classroom instruments. We're talking banana shaped maracas, colourful xylophones, kazoos and ukeleles. Oh, and of course a little green toy flip phone makes an appearance (we're not sure she'll ever live that one down). It just has to be seen to be believed. q
  • Cern begins month of experiments on Big Bang aftermath

    The hottest place on Earth at the moment is not in a sun-baked desert or the superheated crucibles of a steel mill. It is in a quiet corner of France, where temperatures of several trillion degrees are being achieved. The hotspot involved is Cern, Europe’s centre for nuclear research on the French-Swiss border near Geneva. The extreme temperatures are a result of Cern duplicating the impossibly hot conditions that last occurred when the Big Bang triggered the universe. Cern is now ramping up the heat with the announcement on Wednesday that it will begin a month of experiments using its world record-breaking atom smasher the Large Hadron Collider. The collider uses a 27km-long ring-shaped tube,

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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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  • 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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  • Jennifer Maguire has officially changed her name

    RTÉ star Jennifer Maguire has officially changed her surname. The 2FM host has now taken her husband Lau Zamparelli’s name, after tying the knot last summer. Speaking on Breakfast Republic on 2FM this week, Jennifer revealed she was getting a passport for her daught Fluer when the topic of changing her name come up with her husband. Pic: VIPIRELAND.COM Now Jen has changed her name on her Twitter account (which means it’s really official). Jen and co-hosts Bernard O’Shea and Keith Walshe were asking listeners this week what they thought of the name change. Other Irish celebs that have opted to take their husband’s name include Una Foden (previously Healy) and Mairead Ronan (previously Farrell). q
  • Cathal Pendred announces retirement from UFC

    Cathal Pendred has announced his retirement from UFC action to pursue interests outside the Octagon. The 28-year-old was born in Boston but grew up in Dublin and won a Leinster Senior Cup rugby medal in 2005 in a Belvedere College team that also included Ireland internationals Cian Healy and Ian Keatley. Pendred made his breakthrough in mixed martial arts by winning the Irish welterweight title in 2010 and went on to win 17 of 21 fights, losing his last encounter to a first-round knockout by England’s Tom Breese at the 3 Arena in October . Pendred announced his retirement from competitive action through a statement on Twitter. “I am a passionate person and I always give 100% to what I do. I have

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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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  • Blindspot and Jessica Jones review: two very different takes on high-concept TV

    US television producers have been putting the “high” into high concept television for more than a decade now. High concept television = an intriguing idea that can swiftly impress a studio executive in an elevator, but which makes less and less sense the longer the show goes on. Other high-concept dramas have included the baffling FlashForward, in which everyone on Earth gets a premonition of life six months in the future, the Mr Benn-like Dollhouse, in which brain-wiped bodies are implanted with expertise and sent out as assassins/postmen/astronauts/pirates/TV-licence-inspectors, and now Blindspot (Tuesday, Sky Living) in which a suspicious bag in Times Square is found to contain, not a bomb, but a heavily tattooed naked amnesiac. 1980s crime fighters supplemented their simplistic psychology with characterful raincoats (Columbo), lollipops (Kojak), bicycle baskets (Jessica Fletcher) and tiny shorts (Magnum).

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