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  • Community in shock as fiancée charged with murder of David Walsh in Sydney

    THE LOCAL COMMUNITY in Enniscorthy was described as being in shock today, after the news emerged that local man David Walsh had been stabbed to death in Sydney, Australia. A 25-year-old Irish woman – believed to be his fiancée - has been charged with his murder by New South Wales Police, and is due to appear in court tomorrow. The 29-year-old, and father-of-three, was originally from Wexford but had moved to Australia around three years ago. He is believed to have originally been from the Moran Park area of Enniscorthy. Local councillor Johnny Mythen told that the news has left the community reeling. “We’re all just in a state of total shock,” Mythen said. “It’s sent ripples through q
  • Tributes pour in Grainne O'Donnell, the 20-year-old UCC student who died from meningitis

    Grainne O'Donnell died earlier this week from meningitis Grainne O'Donnell died earlier this week from meningitis TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN pouring in for Grainne O’Donnell, the 20-year-old student who died from meningitis on Thursday. She was originally from Cahir, Co Tipperary, and had been studying at University College Cork. Friends, family and work colleagues have led tributes to Grainne on social media. She survived by her parents, her sister, three brothers and a large extended family. People spoke of Grainne’s kindness and warmth while paying tribute. One said: “You have touched the lives of so many with your genuine kindness and love. I feel so blessed to have shared such an incredible experience q
  • Katie Price accuses Dwight Yorke of not seeing son Harvey in 10 years

    Model Katie Price has accused ex Dwight Yorke of not having visited their son in 10 years after the footballer complained about being a victim of the US travel ban. Former Manchester United player Dwight said he had been stopped trying to get into the US on Friday because of an Iranian stamp in his passport from a visit to Tehran in 2015, when he had played on a “World Stars” side against “Iranian Stars” in a charity match. But Katie tweeted a link to the story about her ex and accused him of not making an effort to see their son Harvey, 14. Katie, 38, gave birth to eldest child Harvey – who has a number of conditions including Prader-Willi syndrome, autism and visual impairment – in 2002. She

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  • Ancient microbes have been found trapped in crystal deep underground in Hell

    They come from Hell, are tens of thousands of years old, and scientists have not seen anything quite like them before. An extraordinary population of microbes has been discovered trapped in crystal in a volcanically heated Mexican cave system where temperatures reach 60C (140F). Some of them had been there for 60,000 years, shut off from light or oxygen and obtaining energy from minerals. Attempts to classify the bugs showed that 90% could not be matched with any other micro-organisms catalogued in available databases. They were also highly diverse, including around 100 different strains made up both of bacteria and other microbes known as archaea. Five cave chambers, ranging from the size of

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  • A tiny French restaurant was awarded a Michelin star by mistake and was 'swamped'

    Homemade beef bourguignon is one of the local's specialties. Homemade beef bourguignon is one of the local's specialties. WAITERS AT A cheap and cheerful restaurant in central France have been worked off their feet since the eatery earned a coveted Michelin star by mistake, the daily Le Parisien reported Friday. “We’re swamped,” Veronique Jacquet, who runs the Bouche a Oreille (Word of Mouth) bar-restaurant in the town of Bourges, told the paper. “I don’t have much space and there are only four waiters,” said Jacquet, known as Vero to the regulars who pay €12.50 for homemade beef bourguignon, scarfing it down over red-and-white polkadot tablecloths. Guide Michelin France, which published its q
  • Paul O’Donovan holds off brother Gary at Ireland trial

    The Ireland trial at the National Rowing Centre in Cork gave Rio Olympians the opportunity to demonstrate that they have wintered well, while Daire Lynch and Monika Dukarska showed that their stars are on the rise. Paul O’Donovan, who has had to focus on his physiotherapy studies after the fun and games of the post-Rio period, has clearly not lost his focus. The 22-year-old was the fastest single sculler on the day. He had 14 seconds to spare over his brother Gary (24) at the end of the six-kilometre single sculls time trial. Just behind the two lightweights was 18-year-old Lynch, the fastest heavyweight, and a real prospect for the future. Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan, world championship

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  • Tiny Trumps is the newest meme that is guaranteed to lift your spirits

    Some people on the Internet who aren’t exactly fans of Donald Trump have been quick to compare his behaviour to that of a child. Less than complimentary for the president. We’re not going to delve into the ins and outs of why some people might think that the president’s behaviour is somewhat childlike – instead, we want to show you the delights of Tiny Trumps. Tiny Trumps is the latest subreddit to use the magic of Photoshop to really make us giggle. The premise is simple: redditors take photos of the president and shrink him down so yes, he does look like an actual man-child. Here’s Trump having a sit down with Barack Obama. Here is a tiny Trump making some big decisions by signing an executive

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  • The Beckham ski trip looks like the best family holiday

    Snow holidays always look impossibly chic, but when you’re part of the Beckham clan, the glamour factor goes up a gear. We don’t want to turn our noses up at the unseasonably warm weather this weekend, but looking at David Beckham’s holiday snaps from his family trip to Whistler is making us wish that we were snow-bound, too. In what looks like the most perfect family holiday of all time, Becks has been learning to snowboard, giving his kids some pointers in winter sports, and of course showing off the best in piste fashion. He reckoned that this was his first time on the slopes, but from what we can see on Instagram, David looks totally at home already. Along with a video of his progress, the

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  • Pence vows 'unwavering' support for Europe and Nato as Russia calls for new world order

    US Vice President Mike Pence pictured with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at today's conference. Image: Matthias Schrader AP/Press Association Images US Vice President Mike Pence pictured with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at today's conference. Image: Matthias Schrader AP/Press Association Images RUSSIA HAS CALLED for an end to an outdated world order dominated by the West, just hours after US Vice President Mike Pence pledged Washington’s “unwavering” commitment to its transatlantic allies in Nato. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov laid out a diametrically opposed global vision and offered “pragmatic” ties with the United States, a short time after Pence vowed to stand with Europe to q
  • Tesco accused of using ‘17th century’ terms in employee contracts

    Supermarket giant Tesco has been accused of applying 17th century terms and conditions to its employees’ contracts. Former British trade union leader Arthur Scargill made the claim as he joined Tesco workers on the picket line at two of the 23 stores Irish stores where striking workers are now in dispute over changes to contracts. In Ireland as a guest of Unite trade union to speak about why he believed Ireland should leave the European Union in the wake of the UK’s vote to exit, Mr Scargill visited Tesco stores in Stoneybatter and Artane in Dublin to show his support for striking workers, members of the union Mandate. The former national president of the National Union of Mine Workers, who was

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  • Around 1,000 day-old chicks have been found abandoned in a field

    Around 1,000 newborn chicks have been found abandoned in a field near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire. According to the RSPCA, most of the birds are fine, but some had died in the tough conditions or had to be humanely put down because of their injuries. RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs said: “I have never seen anything like it, it was just a sea of yellow. And the noise was unbelievable”. “Thankfully, most of the chicks did not appear to be suffering,” he said. The chicks come from a commercial chick producer, who is cooperating fully with the RSPCA’s investigation. They have now been collected by the breeder. Members of the public first discovered the chicks on Friday, and they’re believed to have

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  • Fake customs checkpoints at an anti-Brexit protest on the border have brought traffic to a standstill

    Anti-Brexit campaigners have brought traffic to a crawl on the main road between the North and South. Protesters staged a noisy motorway go-slow near Dundalk using lorries and tractors to highlight the impact of predicted customs checks on the local economy. A trailer-load of sheep going to market and passport-toting residents took part in a “checkpoint” staged to highlight the detrimental impact of any such border. It was a theatrical affair: mock border officers wearing traditional greatcoats waved down traffic in front of a mock customs hut and horns blared as truck drivers in the queue waved fake travel documents. Vintage signs proclaimed “Stop: Customs” and a rusty Second World War-era bicycle

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  • Dublin Port denies masterplan makes case for eastern bypass

    Dublin Port Company has denied that its revised masterplan will expedite construction of an eastern bypass across Sandymount Strand. The port also says its “Brexit-proofed” plan will increase access by water users to the Liffey estuary, and open up access to the Great South Wall via a revitalised Pigeon House harbour. Key aspects of a consultation document on the revised scheme, which has been on public display this week, include abandoning port plans to reclaim 21 hectares (52 acres) of Dublin Bay – a project already overruled by An Bord Pleanála on environmental grounds in 2010. Instead, the port says it aims to handle increased shipping on its existing footprint, with a particular focus on the southside of the river.

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  • Princess Diana's most memorable outfits are going on display

    A stunning Grace Kelly-inspired gown worn by Princess Diana to the Cannes Film Festival is set to go on display in an exhibition of the late royal’s most memorable outfits. The 1987 blue silk chiffon piece, by Catherine Walker, is one of a number of outfits that the former Princess of Wales is said to have modelled on film stars. According to creators of Diana: Her Fashion Story, which opens at Kensington Palace next week, the princess used to disguise herself in a scarf and sunglasses to visit her local cinema. Other pieces on display include the green velvet evening dress she wore for a Vanity Fair photo shoot with Mario Testino (1997), the pink satin gown she wore to stand out against the

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  • 'Thanks to books, I feel free': The man with the most degrees in history

    THE WORLD RECORD holder for the most university degrees is a cheery but truculent 70-year old Italian. Luciano Baietti lives in the town of Velletri in the Alban Hills near Rome and spends his days pottering around his small house and garden. Early every morning at 3am he pulls out his textbooks and starts studying. He now holds 15 bachelors or masters degrees from universities across Italy, and is already embarking on his 16th. “Thanks to books, I feel free, dammit,” he told international news agency AFP. “After all, the words share the same root,” he says, referring to the Italian words libro (book) and libero (free). The certificates proving his prowess hang on the walls of his study, framing q
  • Nicky Kelly the hero with dramatic winning score as mighty Mayfield lift All-Ireland title

    Mayfield (Cork) 2-16 Mooncoin (Kilkenny) 1-18 Kevin O’Brien reports from Croke Park MAYFIELD, THE NORTH-east suburb of Cork city, is best known as the home place of Irish soccer legend Roy Keane but they made headlines of their own in Croke Park today. The Banks Of My Own Lovely Lee rang out amid joyous scenes in HQ after Mayfield centre-forward Nicky Kelly hit the winning score in stoppage-time for the Munster champions. It was finally a happy final appearance for the 24-year-old Kelly, who was part of a CIT team to lose both a Fitzgibbon Cup and a Cork SHC decider in the past. But the man of the match posted 0-11, including six points from play, in a remarkable display. Mayfield brought two q
  • VIDEO: Around 1,000 chicks found abandoned in UK field

    Around 1,000 day-old chicks have been abandoned in a field in Britain. RSPCA inspectors said members of the public made the discovery of the newly-hatched chickens in a field in Crowland, near Peterborough, in Cambridgeshire yesterday. Many of the chicks are believed to be in good health, although some had died while others had to be put down due to their injuries, the animal welfare charity said. It is believed the chicks came from a commercial chick producer and may have been abandoned by a third party. The producer is fully cooperating and assisting the RSPCA with their investigations. RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs said: "I have never seen anything like it, it was just a sea of yellow. And

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  • Vigils in support of Maurice McCabe being held in front of Garda stations

    A series of vigils are currently getting underway in support of Maurice McCabe and other Garda whistleblowers. The vigils are being held in front of local Garda stations around the country. They are being organised by the campaign group Uplift, which says whistleblowers provide an important public service and must be protected. Uplift spokesperson Siobhan O Donoghue said: “These vigils are our way of standing in solidarity with Maurice McCabe, his family and all other guards who want to speak out about wrongdoing and be protected.”

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  • Clinton Morrison picks several Irish greats in his Fantasy Football Club XI

    CLINTON MORRISON WAS a guest on Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football Club last night. The 37-year-old striker, who is these days playing with non-league Mickleover Sports, enjoyed spells at Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Coventry City, Sheffield United and Colchester United during a professional career that began back in 1998. Morrison qualified to play for Ireland through his Dublin-born grandmother and earned 36 caps for the Boys in Green — scoring nine goals and travelling to the 2002 World Cup. He spoke to presenters Max Rushden, Paul Merson and Rachel Riley about his love for wearing the green jersey and touched on the infamous Saipan incident before picking his favourite team made up of former q
  • Life forms that could be 50,000 years old found in Mexican caves

    In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old. The ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, in Mexico’s northern Chihuahua state, and were able to exist by living on minerals such as iron and manganese, said Penelope Boston, head of Nasa’s Astrobiology Institute. “It’s super life,” said Ms Boston, who presented the discovery on Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Boston. She said the creatures were like time machines. If confirmed, the find is yet another example of how microbes can survive in extremely punishing

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