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  • Watch Meryl Streep nearly fall over in the dress she snubbed Chanel for

    Meryl Streep arrived at the Oscars in a deep blue gown by Elie Saab following hours of controversy about her outfit for the prestigious event. All the attention was on the Hollywood veteran, 67, after she fell out with Chanel’s head, Karl Lagerfeld who labelled her “cheap” for supposedly demanding money to wear one of his dresses. Meryl denied the claim and accused Lagerfeld of “defaming” her. As she stepped on to the red carpet in the beautiful Elie Saab gown, the actress took a stumble before steadying herself. On Saturday, Women’s Wear Daily reported she had ordered a dress from Chanel, designed by Karl, but then withdrew the request because another designer had offered to pay her to wear

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  • Scarlett Johansson and Halle Berry both had major hair moments on the Oscars red carpet

    There were some huge hair statements on the red carpet and they came from Hollywood superstars Scarlett Johansson and Halle Berry. Scarlett turned heads by showing off a shaved hairstyle with a quiff. The Lost In Translation star teamed a pink floral flowing gown with a dramatic black belt. Meanwhile Halle Berry sported wild curly long hair, which she teamed with an asymmetric Versace dress. As the two actresses met on the red carpet, Halle told Scarlett: “You’re making me miss short hair.” Michelle Williams, who is nominated for best supporting actress for Manchester By The Sea, opted for a black and white Louis Vuitton halterneck gown,

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  • Truth about Kim Jong-nam murder stranger than fiction

    Kim Jong-nam, the ill-starred son of a North Korean dictator, was poisoned by two women who smeared his face with VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, prompting a diplomatic row that has inflamed an already toxic geopolitical mess. You couldn’t make it up, and yet the February 13th assassination reads eerily like a case for Inspector O, the hard-boiled North Korean detective created by James Church, the pseudonym of an ex-CIA analyst who has written six novels about the Pyongyang gumshoe. Church modestly describes himself as “a former intelligence officer who had years of experience in Asia, and who never so much as ruffled the feathers on a sparrow”. He is uniquely placed to

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  • French media reaction: ‘Conor Murray is a Rolls Royce’

    “Too soft, these blues”. That’s the take on the front page of Sud Ouest Dimanche today after France were brushed aside by Ireland in Dublin yesterday. For the most part the French media is critical of their own team but there is also a lot of credit given to Ireland. L’Equipe run an opinion piece by Frédéric Bernès praising the performance of Conor Murray who is quickly becoming the star of the show in a green jersey. Bernès describes the try-scorer from yesterday as “a Rolls Royce” in the Ireland lineup. Murray has the science of the game down to a tee, he writes, and his precision play with his feet serve to top him off as a complete number nine. Also in the pages of L’Equipe, French coach

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  • GoT star and Britain's tallest man Neil Fingleton dies aged 36

    Game Of Thrones star Neil Fingleton has died at the age of 36, it has been reported. Once named as Britain’s tallest man, the 7’7″ star played Mag The Mighty in the fantasy series and also took on roles in X-Men: First Class and Jupiter Ascending. According to reports, he passed away following heart failure on Saturday. The Tall Persons Club group posted a statement on its Facebook page on Sunday, sending condolences to his family. Sadly it has come to our attention that… – Tall Persons Club | Facebook Tributes have already poured in over social media. Born in Durham, Mr Fingleton was awarded a basketball scholarship in the US, playing for a number of teams there and in Spain before returning

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  • Tributes keep rolling in after death of Bill Paxton

    Tributes are continuing to flood in for actor Bill Paxton, who has passed away at the age of 61. Film-maker James Cameron, who directed Paxton in blockbuster movies such as Aliens, True Lies and Titanic, said in a statement to Vanity Fair that he was “reeling” after hearing that Paxton had died after complications from surgery, calling the actor “a creative dynamo”. “The world is a lesser place for his passing and I will profoundly miss him,” he said. Paxton’s Big Love co-star Chloe Sevigny said in a statement that he was “a big-hearted, thoughtful and honourable person”. “He always had a smile on his face and could entertain any room with his wonderful stories of his many amazing years in Hollywood,”

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  • Des Cahill had us all crying on tonight’s Dancing with the Stars

    It’s week eight on Dancing with the Stars Ireland and it looks like everyone has upped the ante. From Dayl’s impressive ‘Dirty Dancing’ lift as part of his contemporary ballroom dance the overall theme of the night was an emotional one. But it all came to a climax when Des Cahill got a surprise visit from Dubliner John Sheehan. The music legend popped by rehearsals to play the duo the Marino Waltz while they practiced their waltz. The sports pundit was clearly moved by his partner Karen’s planned surprised and even brought the tears to the dance floor after his performance. And let’s just say, he started a trend. Chatting to Nicky Byrne after the performance he said that his tears were “smiles”.

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  • White House attempt to kill Russia scandal backfires

    The White House made a messy attempt on Sunday to control public perceptions of a widening scandal over alleged contacts between aides to Donald Trump and Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 election, alleging that the FBI had dismissed reports of such links. The scandal has shown little sign of coming under control, with a Republican congressman calling for an independent inquiry, multiple congressional committees pursuing investigations and Mr Trump escalating a war with the media in an apparent attempt at distraction. While the White House has, by its own clumsy admission, been working behind the scenes to try to manage the conduct of Congress and intelligence agencies in the scandal, those efforts have so far backfired.

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  • Pancake Tuesday: Irish people love to go on the batter

    Irish people will go on the batter in a big way this week by eating more than 12 million pancakes on a single day. This is despite the fact a significant number have no idea where the term Shrove Tuesday comes from. The average person will eat 2½ pancakes on Tuesday with most people marking the day in some way, according to a survey. The Siúcra survey puts the number of pancakes likely to be eaten on that one day at a surprisingly precise 12,173,606. It also found that a third of the population does not understand the meaning of the day. The tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, known in some quarters as Pancake Tuesday, has been celebrated for centuries. The word Shrove is derived

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  • Absolutely no-one felt sorry for Kit Rice when he went home from The Voice UK

    The competition to find The Voice has reached the battle rounds, where singers picked by the judges are pitted against each other to be saved to sing another day. When it was the turn of Kit Rice and Jack Bruley from Team Jennifer Hudson to do battle, viewers were already rallying around Jack. Jack said himself that he’s up against a big personality with Kit, who is not lacking in the confidence department. Both lads sung their hearts out and viewers weren’t sure which was J Hud would go. But she picked Jack, much to the joy of viewers. Apart from being a good singer, some fans have their own thoughts on why she went for him. He made sure he didn’t gain even a scrap of sympathy on his way out

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  • Injured Barry Geraghty to miss Cheltenham after Kempton fall

    Top jockey Barry Geraghty has been ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival after suffering a collapsed lung and six broken ribs in a fall at Kempton Park yesterday. The rider was taken to hospital for further examination following a spill from the Nicky Henderson-trained Charli Parcs in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle, and while later reporting he had a “slightly collapsed lung and a cracked rib”, he said he was “hopeful” of making the big meeting at Prestbury Park next month. However, that will not now be the case, after the full extent of his injuries became clear. Speaking on on Sunday evening, Geraghty, who had received a kick from a following horse in the fall, said: “I’ve a collapsed

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  • Take cover Matt Damon: Jimmy Kimmel hints he won't hold back as he hosts the Oscars

    Jimmy Kimmel and actor Matt Damon continued their “feud” as the Oscars host tweeted a picture of Damon at the ceremony. Kimmel posted the photograph from his dressing room as he prepares to host the 89th Academy Awards. Damon, 46, didn’t hold back as he spoke to ABC News on the red carpet telling them Kimmel was “talentless,” adding, but “he’s got an incredible group of writers who work for him”. The pair have had a long-standing feud that dates back many years and was sparked when Kimmel started signing off his popular American talk show saying: “Apologies to Matt Damon, we ran out of time.” Asked if he thought Kimmel was going to take aim at him during the ceremony, Damon told E! News: “It’s

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  • It's almost 150 years since the Battle of Tallaght was described as 'just a skirmish in the village'

    NEXT WEEKEND MARKS the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Rising and the Battle of Tallaght. Local historian Seán Bagnall will present a talk to commemorate the event at the county council library. The Dublin Fenian uprising in March 1867 saw several thousand members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood making their way to gather on Tallaght Hill. They wanted to draw the military out of Dublin while a separate rising took place in the city. A small contingent engaged in battle at the police station in Tallaght village. reports that police sergeant at Crumlin said, “the Dublin road is crowded with young men, all taking the direction of Tallaght”. It also describes the battle as “a q
  • 'We decided not to remove the Deaf gene, and let nature take its course'

    Sarah-Jane with her husband Conan and their children. Sarah-Jane with her husband Conan and their children. PRESENTER SARAH-JANE Moloney, who signs RTÉ news and weather, has said she had hoped during her pregnancy that her twins would be born hearing, as she did not want the societal barriers that Deaf people face to get in their way. In a new RTÉ documentary, Moloney spoke of the decision she and her husband Conan made when asked at their IVF clinic in Spain whether they wanted to remove the Deaf gene – an issue that has caused controversy in the Deaf community. “We decided we didn’t want that, we wanted to let nature take its course.” Why would I want to remove a part of them that’s from me? q
  • Dublin based German, whose wife went missing on cruise, insists she is alive

    A Dublin based German man is reported to have asked Italian authorities to launch a missing persons inquiry into the disappearance of his wife. Xing Lei Li was last seen two weeks ago on board a Mediterranean cruise. She – her husband Daniel Belling – and their two children live in Clarehall in Dublin. Mr Belling is understood to have told Italian judges that she is alive – he was arrested at an airport in Rome after she failed to disembark the cruise. He claims a similar incident happened while the family was on holidays previously and he believes she’s either in Dublin or with her family in China.

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  • Watch Katie Taylor punching a tennis ball attached to her cap with crazy skill

    We've seen a lot of tennis balls in non-tennis situations recently, writes Stephen Barry. Last month, we brought you Real Madrid's unique goalkeeper training drills, involving an adapted trampoline, kettlebell and tennis balls. Today we got an insight into Katie Taylor's training methos, as she took aim at a tennis ball attached to her cap with an elastic string. If you can punch a tennis ball, you can punch an opponent. Next up, wrenches... Meanwhile, it was announced today that Italy's Monica Gentili will be Katie Taylor's opponent for her third professional fight this Saturday. q
  • It's official

    Nokia is to relaunch its 3310 mobile phone as the technology firm revealed a new line-up of smartphones in an attempted revamp of the company. An updated version of the 3310 – first launched in 2000 – complete with the classic mobile game Snake and a month-long stand-by battery life is to go on sale later this year, new manufacturer HMD Global confirmed. The company said the device, which will not have internet connectivity, will cost 49 euro (£41) and is aimed at those looking for a second or so-called “burner” phone to make calls and send texts. Having once been the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia has since slipped behind all its major rivals and was sold off by previous buyers Microsoft last year.

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  • Shannen Doherty playing 'waiting game' in cancer fight

    Shannen Doherty has said she has finished chemotherapy and is playing the “waiting game” to see if she has beaten breast cancer. The former Beverly Hills, 90210 actress was diagnosed with the illness in 2015 and has been documenting her fight on social media. She has now posted a throwback photo of herself in bed on Instagram, taken on the day in October that she completed treatment. Shannen, 45, told her 845,000 followers: “#fbf to this morning. Oct 7, 2016 … not that long ago. Last day of chemo. Exhausted.” She continued: “Now that I’m done with chemo and radiation, the waiting game is here. Waiting for test. Waiting to see if I’m clear or not. Waiting for reconstruction. Waiting. “I think

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  • 'Everyone says you can achieve your dreams and life will be perfect

    WHEN WRITER SARA Baume arrives into the offices she’s carrying with her a proof of her new book A Line Made By Walking, and a stack of photos of dead animals. She proffers some for me to examine. Among the images are a dead rabbit, lying prone on a pile of greenery, and a rook, its folded feathers a striking, shimmery blue. Carrying around photos of roadkill isn’t a habit of Baume’s, but she’s been taking the images as a personal project for a number of years. They’ve been put to good use – the photographs feature prominently in her new book, marking the beginning of every chapter. The rook’s beautiful feathers, scattered with twigs and dew, feature on the front cover. A Line Made q
  • Will the money I earned abroad be taxed when I move home?

    Question Answer: Barry Flanagan, tax manager with Immedis One the understanding that you are an Irish citizen, you would be regarded as “Irish domiciled” for tax purposes. Your domicile is the country where you live with the intention of remaining there permanently. Your domicile can be different to your country of residence, or your nationality. Currently, while you are still living abroad, you are regarded as a non-resident, Irish domiciled individual, and as such you are taxable on your Irish source of income only (i.e. on your rental income only). You do not have to pay tax on income earned in another country. Returning to Ireland in a year’s time with the intention to live there for the

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