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  • Brexit summit: EU accepts united Ireland declaration

    European Union leaders have unanimously approved tough guidelines for negotiations on Brexit, including a commitment to protecting Ireland’s interests and a guarantee that Northern Ireland could rejoin the EU as part of a united Ireland. The leaders took just one minute to approve the guidelines before breaking into applause and German chancellor Angela Merkel said she had never seen such unity of purpose at a European Council meeting. The Taoiseach said he was pleased with the outcome, adding that the guidelines fully reflect Ireland’s concerns and he described the statement about the future status of a united Ireland in the EU as hugely important. The declaration regarding Ireland paves the

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  • Six of the best films to see at the cinema this weekend

    LADY MACBETH ★★★★★ Directed by William Oldroyd. Starring Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank. Cert 16, gen release, 89mins Admirably pitiless adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk in which Pugh is remarkable as the variously carnal, ruthless, suffering, pitiable, monstrous anti-heroine. This is as fine a costume drama as we’ll see all year, one that tackles, class and race and gender in big-ass dresses.TB Review/Trailer HANDSOME DEVIL  ★★★★ Directed by John Butler. Starring Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Moe Dunford, Andrew Scott, Michael McElhatton, Ruairi O’Connor, Amy Huberman. 15A cert, gen release, 94 min Butler’s

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  • A big win for Theresa May would reshape the British political map

    Theresa May has defined the general election as a vote of confidence in her “strong and stable leadership” as Britain prepares to leave the European Union. But if the Conservatives win by the kind of landslide the polls are predicting, the election could have a more far-reaching impact on British politics beyond Brexit. A bigger majority could give the prime minister more leeway in negotiations with the EU, particularly over the nature and duration of any transitional arrangements after Britain leaves. But May’s policy on Brexit has been clear since she addressed the Conservative conference last October. She has chosen a hard Brexit, outside the single market and the customs union, which prioritises

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  • 'I needed something to centre myself around': US woman learned Irish to improve memory loss

    Being diagnosed with an illness, I sometimes explain it as, ‘I had to greet myself as a new friend’ because there are changes that you have to accept, and you need something to centre yourself around. You’re not just a sick person, you’re a person that’s getting better. You have goals, whether it’s learning a language or reading a book and it’s about having something there to ground you, celebrating the small victories, and using them on the days when you think ‘oh my god am I ever going to get better?’ SHANNON O’NEILL was studying Music Education in Los Angeles when she got sick in her senior year. She was diagnosed with viral meningitis, and although it wasn’t fatal or deadly, it seriously q
  • I might pick myself, says under pressure Jose Mourinho

    The Red Devils were without a handful of first-teamers for Thursday’s 0-0 draw at Manchester City and are stretched even thinner for Sunday’s match after Maroune Fellaini was sent off for a senseless headbutt on Sergio Aguero and Tim Fosu-Mensah injured his calf after coming off the bench. Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all out but the problem is even more acute at the back, with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo all sidelined. That leaves 19-year-old Axel Tuanzebe next in line should Eric Bailly or Daley Blind need a rest, and Mourinho joked about an even more drastic decision. “In this moment it’s the only option we have: Axel, Eric and Daley. I have to speak with

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  • EU prepares plan for North to rejoin bloc

    European leaders are preparing to recognise the potential for a “united Ireland” within the EU after confirming Northern Ireland would seamlessly rejoin the bloc after Brexit in the event of a vote for Irish reunification. In a step that may stoke concerns in Britain that Brexit could hasten the fragmentation of the United Kingdom, diplomats are planning to ask leaders of the EU’s 27 post-Brexit member countries to endorse the idea in a summit on Saturday. It would allow Northern Ireland to follow the example of German reunification in 1990 and reflect the terms of the 1998 Belfast Agreement, which ended decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. The agreement allows a referendum on reuniting

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  • Rooney could start in midfield for United against Swansea

    José Mourinho has admitted Wayne Rooney may have to play in midfield against Swansea City because of Marouane Fellaini’s suspension for headbutting Sergio Agüero in the Manchester derby and Paul Pogba’s continuing absence through injury. Fellaini was issued a straight red card by Martin Atkinson on 84 minutes at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City and Manchester United shared a goalless draw. It means he will miss three domestic matches, so in addition to Swansea’s visit on Sunday, he is unavailable for the trips to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. Mourinho said Pogba would not return until Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo because of a muscle problem. Timothy Fosu-Mensah,

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  • On This Day

    ON THIS DAY  1923: Bolton and West Ham contested the first FA Cup final at Wembley. Official receipts gave the attendance as 126,047 but it is estimated more than 200,000 were in the ground. A single policeman on a white horse famously kept the crowd back from the pitch. Bolton won the game 2-0. 1984: Clive Lloyd became the first West Indian to play in 100 Test matches as the fifth Test against Australia got under way in Jamaica. 1990: Wigan's Andy Gregory became only the second rugby league player to win the Lance Todd Trophy a second time. He was awarded the coveted prize as man of the match for his contribution to Wigan's triumph over Warrington in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley. 1998: q
  • Dunne departs Dublin set-up

    Dunne departs Dublin set-up28 April 2017 Bernard Dunne. Bernard Dunne has confirmed he won't be continuing his involvement with the Dublin football team following his appointment as the new High Performance Director of the Irish Athletic Boxing Aossciation (IABA). The former WBA Super Bantamweight champion will lead a High Performance Unit which has brought seven of Ireland's 12 Olympic medals since the turn of the millennium after being Dublin's performance and lifestyle coach for the past four years. "The big thrill for me was being involved in that environment, arguably the best high performance unit in the country, exposure to that and being a part of Jim's team," Dunne is quoted in the Irish

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  • The Interview: UCD defender Emily Cahill

    From admiration of Richard Dunne to a burning passion for social justice and to playing sport at the highest level, I was almost out of breath just listening to Emily “Nelly” Cahill’ describe her intriguing story. The UCD waves star was generous enough to share a fascinating insight into what got her on the road to success at a young age and how determined she is to make sure it is only the start. But before we delved into the sports side of things, I just had to clear up where exactly the nickname came from. “The elephant has always been my favourite animal! Back when I played with Peamount United, and because I usually wear my hair in a plait playing, one day the girls christened me Nelly for q
  • Coláiste na Carraige seniors take Donegal title with easy win over Milford

    Coláiste na Carraige continued their great record in schools' GAA when they took the proved too strong for Loreto, Milford in Donegal Town today. Coláiste na Carraige 5-14 Loreto CS 1-10 Forget the scoreline, this was all about a bunch of footballers who were completing a five timer of county titles. They have been together since U-14 with a bunch of players from Naomh Columba and Kilcar and for quite a few this was their final game for the school, as they move on to pastures new next year. The result of this game was never in doubt after Coláiste na Carraige hit the opening 1-6 without reply in the opening quarter. Gary Molloy, after sitting on the sidelines for most of the winter through injury, q
  • FL Div 1: All square in Simonstown

    FL Div 1: All square in Simonstown28 April 2017 Simonstown 2-7 Gael Colmcille 1-10 Simonstown salvaged a draw with a last kick free from Padraig McKeever in this A League Div 1 Round 7 match played on Wednesday evening in Simonstown. The Navan men aided by the cold spring wind raced into 1-2 to 0-0 after 6 minutes with the goal from Padraig McKeever after a good team play. There were 17 minutes gone when the Kells men registered their first point.The Kells men came more into game and as the half time approached they were just 1-5 to 0-4 in arrears . Then Shane O Rourke finished to the Kells net for the Navan men after a sublime defence splitting long kicked pass from Brian Mc Grath to leave Simontown

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  • Punchestown Day Four - Willie Mullins hones in on Gordon Elliott as race for trainers' title heats up

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  • Midlanders go direct route

    Midlanders go direct route28 April 2017 A general view of Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, Longford. Longford manager Karl Dermody is pleased that his side have avoided the back door route in the Leinster MFC. A comfortable win over Wicklow sees the Midlanders go directly into the provincial quarterfinals. And Dermody told the Longford Leader that has been their aim all year. “To go the direct route is the most important thing and that’s what we set out to do,” stressed Dermody. “For the last couple of months everything was focused on this game and getting the performance right. Going straight into the quarterfinals gives us some more time to work with the lads and we will see where that will take

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  • Hurling Previews: Round Two in all competitions

    Hurling Previews: Round Two in all competitions28 April 2017 There are a further 12 hurling matches down for decision over the weekend as four All-Ireland championships resume. Saturday 29 April Christy Ring Cup round 2A Antrim v Down, Cushendall, 2pm An all-Ulster clash here as title favourites Antrim look to impress against a Down side that struggled to overcome Roscommon in round one. Down’s reliance on Paul Sheehan from frees was evident as he hit 0-15 from placed balls last weekend and if Antrim can keep the free count down, then it is hard to see where their opponents' scores will come from. Antrim’s win over Carlow was a real confidence boost and they are strong favourites at 1/12 to advance

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  • What Friday's papers say

    EU to recognise united Ireland potential; KBC to shake up mortgage market; Coveney reassures on land deals IRISH TIMES The Irish Times leads with the row over plans to relocate the National Maternity Hospital to a religious-owned site at St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin. It says the plans have suffered a fresh blow with the resignation of Dr Chris Fitzpatrick, the doctor charged by the HSE with planning the project. The paper says Housing Minister Simon Coveney, who is facing calls to double property tax bills on houses left vacant for more than two years, has confirmed that he is considering the introduction of a levy. It is estimated that 168,000 houses are idle. In business, the q
  • Keane handed Kingdom role

    Keane handed Kingdom role28 April 2017 Kerry celebrate their 2016 All Ireland JFC final success at Croke Park Kerry have appointed Jimmy Keane as their new county junior football manager. Keane takes over from Stephen Wallace who guided the Kingdom to the last two All-Ireland junior football championship titles. Kerry take on Clare or Limerick in the Munster JFC on the second weekend of June and the new manager is working towards that game. “I hope to continue on a lot of what Stephen started in making it a development set-up and focus on the under-21 bracket,” Keane told the Kerryman. “It is an exciting time to be involved in this with all the success other Kerry teams are having in other competitions.”

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  • Team news: Kildare and Ros' line-ups for Newbridge challenge

    Team news: Kildare and Ros' line-ups for Newbridge challenge28 April 2017 Kildare's Pascal Connell and Luke Flynn with Cathal Compton of Roscommon. Kildare and Roscommon have named their teams for this evening's SF challenge at St. Conleth's Park. The game throws in at 7.30pm and admission is €10. All proceeds go to the Kildare senior football team training fund. The Lilywhites are heading to Portugal for some warm-weather training ahead of the Leinster SFC. Kildare: Mark Donnellan; Peter Kelly, David Hyland, Ollie Lyons; Shea Ryan, Eoin Doyle, Emmet Bolton; Kevin Feely, Paschal Connell; Fergal Conway, Niall Kelly, Con Kavanagh; Paddy Woodgate, David Slattery, Neil Flynn. Roscommon: Colm Lavin;

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  • Fitzgerald ban 'harsh', says Chin

    Fitzgerald ban 'harsh', says Chin28 April 2017 Wexford's Lee Chin is congratulated by a young fan after his side's Allianz HL quarter-final victory Kilkenny at Nowlan Park. Lee Chin has described the eight-week ban handed down to Davy Fitzgerald as 'very harsh'. The Wexford manager received the lengthy suspension following his controversial pitch encroachment during the Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Tipperary nearly a fortnight ago. "I think, in my opinion, it was harsh," Chin told the Irish Daily Star at yesterday's launch of the John West Feile competitions in Croke Park. "But you've just got to accept what's happening at the moment. "Obviously, people have been talking about it

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  • Team news: No change for minor hurlers

    Team news: No change for minor hurlers28 April 2017 The Meath Minor Hurlers have announced an unchanged starting line-up ahead of their Leinster MHC quarter-final clash with Laois on Saturday at O'Moore Park. Meath (Leinster MHC v Laois): Aaron Dunne; Brian O Reilly, Cormac Butler, Sean Coffey; Jamie Connolly, David McGowan, Brin Kelly; Evan Fitzgerald, Darren Hennessy; Jacob Ryan, Tom Fadden, Jamie Leavey; Brian Dowling, Mikey Mullen, Nicky Potterton. Throw in is at 3.30pm.

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