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  • Celebs packed the church for Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright's wedding

    Former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan and TOWIE star Mark Wright tied the knot in front of loads of celebrity mates in Suffolk. Brooke Vincent and Antony Cotton were among the soap stars who attended the ceremony at St Mary’s Church, in Bury St Edmunds. Towie stars who joined the couple for their special day included James Argent and Lydia Bright. Bridesmaids were thought to include Mark’s sisters Jessica and Natalya, Michelle’s stepsister Nichola, her cousins Gemma, Katy and Lauren, and her best friend Becky Hatch.

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  • In the blink of an eye, a historic shift has taken place

    On a Friday morning in April 1983, David Norris, then a 38-year-old lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, took his place in the public gallery of the Supreme Court in Dublin. In a majority judgment that today reads like the most anachronistic, if not plainly the worst, ever produced by Ireland’s highest court, Chief Justice Tom O’Higgins said a right to privacy – the right “to be let alone” – could never be absolute.

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  • Celebrities react to Ireland legalising gay marriage

    Celebrities around the world were quick to voice their support for people of Ireland voting to legalise same-sex marriage. The State has become the first country to officially pass same-sex marriage by referendum.

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  • Police hunt for tattooed man after finding three dead bodies, including girl, 6

    Police in England are hunting for a man with a distinctive spider tattoo after a man, woman and young girl were found dead. The bodies of a 44-year-old man, a 46-year-old woman and a six-year-old girl were discovered in a house in Vicarage Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire, after officers were called by a member of the public last night. Thames Valley Police have appealed for help to trace Jed Allen, 21, who was known to the family, who has a distinctive spider tattoo on his left hand. Speaking at a press conference, Detective Superintendent Chris Ward from Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Unit said that it was important to find Allen as soon as possible.

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  • Antony Beevor: the United States’ second World War crimes

    ‘I hope we can conceal this,’ George Patton wrote about murders of German prisoners that have been airbrushed out of US accounts of the ‘Battle of the Bulge’. The fighting in December 1944 is best known for the killing, in the town of Malmedy, of 84 American soldiers from the 285th field artillery observation battalion.

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  • Tourism Ireland targets LGBT community after emphatic #MarRef Yes

    Tourism Ireland have launched a campaign targeting the LGBT community around the world for weddings and honeymoons in Ireland. The tourism body's new campaign - "Ireland says I do" - follows yesterday's Yes vote in Friday's Marriage Equality Referendum.

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  • Steven Gerrard signs off with 6-1 defeat at Stoke City

    Liverpool’s season-ending meltdown was completed at the Britannia Stadium where Stoke won 6-1 to inflict the Reds’ heaviest defeat for 52 years while notching their biggest home victory over the Merseysiders in over a century. Brendan Rodgers insisted on Friday he was 150 per cent sure he would be manager next season despite his side missing all the targets Fenway Sports Group set him back in August.

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  • Schumacher 'making progress', says agent

    Michael Schumacher's agent Sabine Kehm has said that the Formula 1 legend is "making progress" but added that people "must always keep the seriousness of his injuries in mind". Schumacher suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in Meribel, France, in December 2013.

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  • Experts warn of dementia a ‘time bomb’ in the next 25 years

    The problem of dementia is a demographic “timebomb” because of the predicted trebling in the number of sufferers over the next 25 years, according to a consultant in old age psychiatry. Dr Caitriona Crowe told a conference in Cashel the number was expected to increase from the current 48,000 living with dementia here to 96,000 in 2031 and more than 140,000 by 2041, “unless a cure is found in the meantime”. Prof Eamon O’Shea of NUIG said the next 10 years were “critical” for how we dealt with dementia as a nation.

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  • Roger Federer unhappy with court invader at opening day of French Open

    The opening day of the French Open was all sunshine and summer roses until a young man armed, thankfully, with nothing more threatening than a mobile phone camera, invaded Court Philippe Chatrier to have his photograph taken alongside Roger Federer – then strolled from the scene of his misdemeanour as if he owned the place. Federer, resplendent in shorts of shocking pink and a bright blue top, had just spent a leisurely hour and 50 minutes dazzling the allegedly lucky loser Alejandro Falla into submission in three sets of high quality, but he was decidedly unamused moments later.

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  • Obstetricians query inclusion of mothers in group

    Obstetricians have questioned the presence on a national maternity steering group of two women who lost babies at Portlaoise hospital. One member of the Institute of Obstetricians claimed Róisín Molloy and Shauna Keyes would not be able to represent patients in a balanced way.

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  • What awaits refugees in Ireland?

    Three hundred ‘programme refugees’ will soon come to Ireland. Previous refugees initially faced language problems and racism, but life here has emerged as ‘beautiful’ for some

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  • Una Mullally: Decency of Irish not limited to liberal Dublin suburbs

    When friends were coming back from canvasses in Tallaght saying everyone was positive on the doors, when friends were flying home from Toronto and San Francisco and Turkey, when stories of grandparents voting Yes were told, when the dozen that used to show up for a canvass turned into over a hundred, when people were registering to vote in their droves, when the queues were forming outside polling stations. When all of that was happening, across the country, Yes Equality volunteers looked at each other and thought, “how can we not win”? Within minutes it became clear that Dublin was going to be overwhelmingly Yes. Dublin needed to push hard, we thought, to carry the rest of the country home.

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  • Rare look inside North Korea's DMZ - Big News Network

    A barren road takes us to the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea. Nearly three-quarters of them are stationed close to the Demilitarized Zone, also known as the DMZ. Some stand here, at the DMZ, just feet from the border, armed and stony-faced; poised to respond to anything deemed a threat....

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  • Kelly Brook planning family

    Model-actress Kelly Brook is reportedly planning to start a family with her new boyfriend Jeremy Parisis. The 35-year-old star is thinking about having a baby with her new boyfriend following the news that her sitcom "One Big Happy" has been cancelled after just one season, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "Kelly was heartbroken that the show's been cancelled, but she knows she can't dwell on it. "Kelly knows that she's made mistakes in her past relationships and has often put her career first.

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  • Carlow-Kilkenny: byelection seen as ‘Bobby Aylward’s to lose’

    FF has not won a byelection since late Brian Lenihan jnr won seat vacated by his father

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  • Chelsea dispatch Sunderland as Didier Drogba bows out

    This arena was basking in giddy celebration long before the Premier League trophy was paraded on to the turf, with all the customary pomp and circumstance, and hoisted by the champions. By then, the vast majority in the crowd had bid a giddy farewell to one Chelsea idol in Didier Drogba and sung themselves hoarse pleading for another, Petr Cech, to remain in these parts a while longer.

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  • Ryanair’s Marie Antoinette tweet fails to charm Copenhagen - Big News Network

    Ryanair "unnecessarily pissing people off" does not seem to extend to the lord mayor of Copenhagen or the German courts. The Danish capital's Frank Jensen has banned staff from flying with Ryanair on official business because he dislikes its employment practices.

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  • Vladimir Putin signs new law against 'undesirable NGOs' - Big News Network

    Big News Network - Russian president signed a bill into law on Saturday giving prosecutors the power to declare ...

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  • British cabbie gets life in jail for killing US soldier

    A taxi driver in London, who was convicted of making bombs to target American troops in Iraq, was on Friday jailed for life for killing a US soldier some eight years ago. This means that the taxi driver, Anis Sardar, 38, who was convicted for the murder on Thursday, will have to spend a minimum term of 38 years. Sardar was convicted of murder and conspiring to kill Sergeant 1st Class Randy Johnson, 34.

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