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  • Danny Willett's Ryder Cup has just got worse

    Danny Willett would have been trying to keep his head down today after his brother’s controversial attack on Americans. Luckily, the fan was not seriously hurt, but it is unfortunate timing for Willett. Willett’s schoolteacher brother Peter’s column for National Club Golfer magazine described United States Ryder Cup fans as a “braying mob of imbeciles” – among other derogatory labels – and caused consternation. Masters champion Willett immediately apologised for his brother’s actions – which former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley described as “ridiculously stupid” – Europe captain Darren Clarke distanced him and his team from the comments and his American counterpart Davis Love played it down but there were concerns there would be some sort of backlash.

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  • Bob Geldof has some very strong words to say about Donald Trump

    Bob Geldof isn’t known for holding back his thoughts and he certainly didn’t while speaking at the opening ceremony of the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada. The activist and musician set his sights on not just Donald Trump, who he labelled a “racist” and a “liar”, but the “commanders of the armies of stupidity” that also included British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Who now believes that trade amongst the nations will lift all out of the great evil that everyone has spoken of – poverty? And especially now that a liar, a fool and a racist vomits his bile onto the disinherited of the United States,” he said. But that wasn’t all. Not even slightly.

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  • What are men looking for now in a partner? A ‘laying hen’

    When Willie Daly first started out in the matchmaking business some 50 years ago, many of his clients were older men seeking young women. “Now it tends to be the other way round,” he says, sitting in his kitchen overlooking what should be Liscannor bay in north Clare, but covered in a thick fog. “I get a lot of young men now aged from 27 to 45 years, and some are that little bit shy and unsure and attracted to women almost twice their age.” Autumn is a busy time for the dating “king” of Lisdoonvarna, who spends the month of September ministering to those seeking love or companionship – or both – at Europe’s longest-running singles festival. For the past three years, he has also taken his family’s

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  • Ibuprofen linked to increased risk of heart failure

    Common painkillers used by millions of people in the UK are linked to an increased risk of heart failure, experts have said. Non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen could increase the risk of being admitted to hospital with the heart problem, a study found. Previous studies have linked the drugs to abnormal heart rhythm, which can cause heart failure, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke if taken regularly. The drug,together with a sub-group of anti-inflammatories known as selective COX-2 inhibitors , are used to control pain and inflammation and are commonly taken by people with arthritis. The new study, published in the British Medical Journal

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  • Health tip of the day: cutting carbs? Up your water intake

    Many people will attempt to cut at least some carbohydrates, like white bread, pasta and potatoes, in an attempt to eat a bit healthier, but what they don’t take into account is what that does to their hydration levels. Carbs are stored right along with fluids in your body, which is why you drop ‘water weight’ when you cut carbs. Oats, pasta and rice are all good examples of carbs that absorb water as they cook, so eating them increases your hydration levels. Cutting them out entirely without replacing that water can affect you, so it’s important to be mindful of this.

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  • 'I think you're still upset about Rotorua'- All Black legend hits back at O'Driscoll

    BRIAN O’DRISCOLL IS part of an elite club in New Zealand. It takes a lot for Kiwis to consider a player from outside of Aotearoa to be seen as one of the greatest to play the game, particular from the northern hemisphere. And by and large, that’s how O’Driscoll is viewed in New Zealand. But after the former Ireland captain called for New Zealand prop Owen Franks to be cited following an incident where his hands made contact with the face of Australia’s Kane Douglas last weekend, it caused an angry reaction from former All Black winger John Kirwan. O’Driscoll further angered All Blacks fans when he tweeted: “You lot are so blinded by your beloved team. It bangs more of not having a whole lot of q
  • Air traffic control and pilots in the US are switching to text messages to communicate more efficiently

    Airline pilots and air traffic control in the US are set to switch to a text messaging system to communicate because it’s faster and more efficient than radio. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has said the pilots and controllers are on schedule to make the switch at some of the country’s busiest airports by the end of the year. According to the Associated Press, radio communications will still be used for some exchanges including clearance for take-off and landing, as well as other scenarios where time is crucial. The FAA explained that under the current system using radio communication, each word of the instructions must be spelt out using the ‘radio alphabet – where ‘ABC’ is ‘Alpha Bravo Charlie’.

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  • Pregnant woman charged with threatening to kill

    A PREGNANT woman was arrested yesterday and charged with three counts of threatening to kill another woman. The accused woman’s partner was also charged with one count of threatening to kill the same complainant. Detective Garda Ian Coughlan arrested Joanne Slattery, aged 36, of 1 Lower Bearforest, Mallow, and he brought three charges. The charges state that on September 23 last year, at the Washington Street courthouse, she allegedly made a threat to a woman that she would kill her or cause her serious harm. She is accused of similar offences in respect of March 29 and April 6 at an unspecified location this year. Her partner, Zach Moloney, aged 45, of the same address is accused of threatening

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  • Electric cars make a splash at Paris Motor Show

    The Paris Motor Show is one of the biggest car events of the year, with 2016 showing the surge in interest for electric vehicles. Volkswagen, Renault and Mercedes showed off their wares. Electric cars, followed by autonomous cars, are the future. Hence, some of the keenest interest at the Paris Motor Show revolved around what may be coming down the line. Last week, we saw that Tesla was getting sued, Nissan put a drone in with its latest electric pickup and Volkswagen built an electric van. This week, concepts were king. Volkswagen The biggest reveal of all was Volkswagen’s first attempt at a fully electric car, ID. The concept vehicle was revealed today, with plans to get it on the streets by

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  • Happy 1,000th show to The Chase

    Cult daytime show The Chase reached a landmark today with its 1,000th episode. To make the programme extra special, host Bradley Walsh welcomed a different Chaser for each of the contestants taking part, and fans loved the bumper crop of quiz pros putting in an appearance. One fan showed his commitment to the daytime show. There was some tough competition for biggest fan. It looked like there was a lot of fun on set, too. One viewer was a little too late with a suggestion for how the episode could have been even better. The team had to take on The Governess in the final round. Not everyone was backing the contestants – some thought the birthday should be all about the show’s real stars. In the

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  • Astronomers mystified by unidentified radio signals in space

    A team of Italian astronomers scanning the universe for potential discoveries has come across a mysterious and unidentified group of radio signals. When we think of radio signals being received from outer space, we might jump to the conclusion that they are communications from extra-terrestrials. In reality, the Earth is bombarded by varying radio signals on a daily basis across multiple spectrums, including gamma ray, X-ray and ultraviolet. However, a recent recording of a group of radio signals have left a team of Italian astronomers mystified as to what they are and what their origin is. Using NASA’s Swift space observatory, the Institute of Space Astrophysics and Cosmic Physics of Palermo

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  • International nurse recruitment drive brings 83 nurses back to Ireland

    The HSE’s international nurse recruitment campaign has brought just 83 nurses back to Ireland.  Minister Simon Harris confirmed the scheme had received 420 applications so far.  He told the Oireachtas Health Committee that there is work to do to restore nurse’s confidence in the health service.  Minister Harris says they need to boost morale in the country’s hospitals to attract nurses back.  “When I talk to health care professionals, when I talk to managers, when I talk to health care groups, I don’t think it is fair to say people are fed up of reform within the healthservice, but they are fed up of little bits of reform and they are fed up of never getting to complete the journey. “I think

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  • Record price for Quin farm

    THERE was something of a bidding war when a 70-acre farm at Keevagh, Quin was recently put under the hammer by auctioneers and valuers, MV O’Halloran and Sons. The public auction generated great interest and following 100 bids the property, located a short distance from Quin village on the Ennis Road, was eventually knocked down to an Ennis-based estate agency, who purchased the property in trust for a client for €916,000, which equated to just over €13,000 per acre. The farm came to the market with a farmhouse in need of modernisation, a range of out-offices and 70 acres of agricultural land of “exceptional quality”. According to auctioneer James O’Halloran, it was “one of the finest farms of land that I have ever offered for sale”.

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  • Britney Spears gets candid as she says her 'twenties were horrible'

    Britney Spears is in the midst of a strong career surge thanks to the release of her ninth album Glory, her Las Vegas residency and a string of other performances. And the pop princess has now spoken candidly about moving on from a more difficult time in her life in her younger years, lightly hinting at the time in 2007 when she was seen shaving her head before going into rehab. This followed her ex-husband Kevin Federline being granted custody of their two sons follow several high-profile incidents of erratic behaviour on her part. Now, at age 34, Britney has said she’s feeling better than ever after going through her “horrible” twenties. During an interview on ITV’s Lorraine, she said: “I like

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  • Elder abuse shock as more than one case a day is recorded in Cork

    MORE than one case of elder abuse is recorded every single day in Cork, according to new figures from the HSE. The data, released to the Evening Echo following a Freedom of Information request, shows there were 376 cases of alleged elder abuse in Cork city and county last year, which were referred to the Health Service Executive. When broken down, the area with the highest number of cases is the North Lee area where there were 120 allegations last year. The area with the second highest number is the South Lee area, which recorded 110 allegations last year. The North Cork area recorded 87, while the West Cork area recorded 59. Over the last six years, there have been 2,813 incidents of alleged

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  • Roche takes €130m writedown on Clare manufacturing plant

    Swiss pharma giant Roche took a €130 million writedown last year following its decision to close its Co Clare manufacturing plant in Ireland, newly-filed accounts show. The oncology drug specialist announced the closure of Clarecastle facility last November with the loss of 240 job losses. The closure, which was part of a broader restructuring programme that saw the group cut 1,200 jobs and close four manufacturing plants worldwide, left the company with a sales operation in Ireland that employs about 90 people. Accounts recently lodged with the Companies Registration Office for Roche Ireland Limited, which makes active ingredients that are sold to other Roche operations, show the Irish subsidiary reported a €130 million loss last year, compared with a €9.59 million profit in 2014.

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  • Gerry Adams to take legal action over BBC Donaldson claims

    Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams plans to take legal action against the BBC over a programme which alleged he sanctioned the killing in 2006 of a former senior party official who turned out to be a British agent. Mr Adams has denied the claims made in the Spotlight programme, broadcast earlier this month, about the death of Denis Donaldson. On Thursday Mr Adams told LMFM he had been consulting with his lawyers about the matter, and they decided he should take legal action as he has a strong case. Mr Donaldson was a former Sinn Féin group administrator in the Stormont Assembly and the BBC programme, based on interviews with an unnamed source, alleged Mr Adams approved his killing on foot of a demand by senior republican figure Thomas “Slab” Murphy.

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  • Ronan O'Gara: I don't have answers for Racing 92 away record, one point from 15 games

    Three games, 109 points conceded. Not the kind of figures normally associated with reigning French champions and no doubt a source of keen interest to Rassie Erasmus and the rest of the Munster brains trust before they face Racing 92 in just over a fortnight from now. Ronan O’Gara isn’t shying away from it, writes Brendan O’Brien of the Irish Examiner. Defence coach with the Parisian outfit, the Munster and Ireland legend was in Dublin yesterday to speak at the Huddle performance, leadership and networking conference at the Aviva Stadium where he addressed recent trials head on. “We have 14 out of 15 points from our games at home and we’re zero from 15 from our games away from home,” he said.

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  • Gardaí to strike on four Fridays in November

    THE unthinkable in Irish society is about to happen. Gardaí are set to strike on four Fridays in November, in a dispute over pay. The Garda Representative Association conference has voted to take industrial action on November 4, 11, 18 and 25, all Fridays. On those days, no calls will be answered in stations and no gardaí will be on the beat anywhere in the country. There are 10,500 members of the GRA. The members want former rates of pay restored. A GRA statement said: “Members of the GRA are denied the civil rights afforded other workers and citizens. We are denied the civil right to withdraw our labour. There is an implied contract that the civil power will not abuse its police force. We have

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  • The late Mary Frances Fitzgerald, RIP

    LIMERICK lost one of its most senior and elegant citizens when Mary Frances Fitzgerald died peacefully on Monday 26, age 96. Enjoying her characteristic vitality and love of life almost to the end, Riverdale Nursing Home in Corbally had been her castle for the last four years. Involved in much, Mary had pursued a full life since widowed by her beloved Peadar in 2000 after 56 years together. Both had emigrated and met in Britain; the couple returned to Limerick in 1947 having married in Bermingham. They built the family home brick by brick. The Fitzgeralds raised six children – Leonard, Dermot, Peter, Brendan and Fiona preceding Orlaigh Fitzgerald Quin,who is sales executive with Limerick Post.

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