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  • Jim McGuinness: Croke Park drubbings made me fear for the game

    I found what happened in Croke Park this weekend to be eerie and genuinely disturbing. It made me fear for the game. This was the August Bank Holiday weekend: notionally the banner weekend for the All-Ireland football championship. At one stage on Saturday evening, Tyrone led Sligo by 0-20 to 0-10.

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  • Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall's wedding gets royal and holy blessings

    Declan Donnelly has revealed his wedding was the “most amazing, magical, wonderful day”, following reports he and his new wife Ali Astall received wedding messages from the Pope and Prince Charles. The couple tied the knot at St Michael’s Church in Elswick, Newcastle, before celebrating at a reception in a marquee, decorated in red and white roses, in Belsay, Northumberland. During the church service, Dec’s brother Father Dermott presented the pair with a framed certificate from the Pope, reported the Daily Mirror. Dec’s TV sidekick Ant McPartlin was the best man, and his speech at the reception included filmed messages from X Factor mogul Simon Cowell, entertainer Bruce Forsyth, Coldplay and Robbie Williams, who were unable to attend the wedding. q
  • Paper Review: Man Utd want Bale, Chelsea star's fear, Aston Villa talks, Arsenal attacked - Irish Daily Star

    STARSPORT take a look at this weekend’s papers. DAILY EXPRESS: Louis van Gaal remains desperate to land Gareth Bale from Real Madrid in, what would be, a world record deal.DAILY MAIL: Chelsea star Diego Costa is worried the sale of Petr Cech to Arsenal could come back to haunt the club. THE INDEPENDENT: Chelsea Ladies ...

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  • MH370 locator beacon battery had run out a year before plane vanished

    The battery of an underwater locator beacon had expired more than a year before the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished last March, the first comprehensive report into the mystery has revealed. The significance of the expired battery on the beacon of the Flight Data Recorder was not immediately apparent, except indicating that searchers would have had lesser chance of locating the aircraft in the Indian Ocean, where it is believed to have crashed, even if they were in its vicinity. q
  • Patrick Kielty spills the beans on his and Cat Deeley's love story

    Comedian and TV star Patrick Kielty says celebrities all think they are more important than they actually are. Kielty, from Dundrum, Co Down, rose to fame doing stand-up comedy and is married to British TV star Cat Deeley. q
  • Alan Sugar calls Katie Hopkins an 'idiot' after her Twitter remarks about Cilla Black's death

    Lord Sugar told Katie this was ‘too far’ as she remarked about people posting messages to Cilla Black on Twitter. q
  • Arsene Wenger explains Mourinho handshake snub

    Arsene Wenger suggested a lack of respect shown to him was behind his decision to snub Jose Mourinho after the Arsenal boss claimed a first victory over the Chelsea manager at the 14th attempt. Finally Wenger has a victory over Mourinho after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-half goal earned the Gunners a 1-0 win in the season-opening Community Shield at Wembley. Mourinho made a point of congratulating the Arsenal players afterwards as Wenger walked behind him, their long-running feud showing no signs of coming to an end.

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  • Views on black women coloured by media

    The Twitter spat between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift is far more than two pop princesses having a go at one another. Minaj is reminding us how appallingly black women are treated by media, says Louise O’Neill. IT MIGHT be tempting to dismiss last week’s Twitter feud between Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj as a mere battle between two oversized egos but in doing so, we ignore the points that Minaj was trying to highlight.

    Irish Examiner q
  • Ballymun: From high hopes to broken dreams

    Ballymun residents had reason to dream big in 1966, when ‘everybody wanted to live there’, with a number of high rises being built. As the last of the notorious tower blocks face imminent demolition, there is the sense that Ballymun is coming full circle. In a few months the community will mark the 50th anniversary of the high-rise North Dublin estate, conceived by the local government minister, Neil Blaney, as a solution to the housing crisis in the inner city, characterised by squalor and overcrowding. In 1966 Ballymun seemed state of the art.

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  • Luas track-laying work starts in O’Connell Street

    Track laying work for the construction of the cross city Luas line will begin on Dublin’s O’Connell Street on Tuesday morning. The work, which has been described by the Department of Transport as a “major milestone in the project” comes ahead of the extension of the morning and evening ban on cars travelling through College Green.

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  • Di Maria on way out as Wayne Rooney becomes a Toffee again

    Angel di Maria looks set to have a medical with Paris St Germain over the next 24 hours after Manchester United agreed to sell the midfielder to the French club for €63million. Di Maria was due to hold talks with PSG officials in Doha last night and is expected to undergo a medical with the French champions. If all goes to plan, he could sign for PSG as early as today. United gave Di Maria permission to speak to PSG after agreeing a fee with the big-spending French club.

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  • Relax! Jericho the lion is ‘alive and well’ in Zimbabwe

    Jericho the lion, who it had been claimed was shot dead yesterday by poachers at a park in Zimbabwe, is “alive and well”, conservationists have confirmed. Jericho was a close ally of Cecil the lion, whose killing by a US dentist last month sparked worldwide outrage. Professor David Macdonald, director of Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, said: “Last night we were surprised to see rumours of the death of a second lion, Jericho, circulating in the media – we had no evidence for this.

    Evening Echo q
  • Jet diverts to Shannon after passenger suffers heart attack

    A passenger jet made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this morning after declaring a medical emergency over the Atlantic. Air Berlin flight 7450 was travelling from Dusseldorf to New York when the crew turned around west of Galway at around 10.45am. Airport fire crews and a HSE ambulance were standing by for the flight when it landed safely at around 11.15am. The Airbus A330 jet taxied to the terminal where paramedics were waiting to board and assess the passenger. q
  • Solitary confinement 'not in breach of murderer's rights'

    The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court decision that the detention of convicted murderer Daniel McDonnell in solitary confinement for a year breaches his rights to bodily and psychological integrity. McDonnell is serving a life sentence for the murder of teenager Melanie McCarthy McNamara in a drive-by shooting in Tallaght in February 2012. The judge, in a subsequent ruling, also granted injunctions directing the prison authorities to allow McDonnell more time out of his cell and provide him with more social interaction with other persons. McDonnell, described in court as being the most vulnerable prisoner within the Irish prison system, sought the injunctions arising out of the prison authorities’ alleged failure to act on the finding his detention breached his constitutional rights.

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  • Cilla Black death: From record-breaking pop star to TV entertainment sensation

    Cilla Black was a 1960s pop star of the Beatles era who became one of the most highly paid and successful light entertainment performers in the history of British television. Few of the pop singers of that era lasted more than a decade in the limelight. But Cilla, who died today aged 72, was a woman of rare talents matched by a phenomenal capacity for hard work. She was born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on May 27 1943 and was encouraged to sing by her family. q
  • Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Rehearsals have begun with new dancers

    Rehearsals for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing have kicked off. A new photo gives a sneak peek at the professional dancers in a studio. Among them are old favourites like Brendan Cole, Anton Du Beke, Kristina Rihanoff, Natalie Lowe, Ola Jordan and more. There are three new professional dancers joining this year’s line-up: Russian-born Gleb Savchenko, 2012 Italian champion Giovanni Pernice and South African pro Otlile Mabuse. q
  • Andy Lee Interview: 'I didn't know what I was doing. I was concussed'

    It wasn’t until that last fight in Brooklyn that Andy Lee realised just how true some words of that neighbourhood’s most famous and notorious son really were. “Everybody has a plan,” Mike Tyson once philosophised, “until they get punched in the mouth.” With 32 seconds to go in the very first round of his big-money bout against Kid Chocolate Peter Quillin back in April, Lee was hit with a ferocious looping right hand that left him more than just dazed and confused. For only the second time in his pro career, and just the third in his entire life in the ring, Lee was sent to the canvas. Somehow Lee scrambled to his feet before the count of 10, but, he can say now with even a smile, “I was knocked out really.

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  • Stranded couple rescued from Dublin bay sandbank

    A couple and their dog were winched to safety on rescue helicopters after becoming stranded on a sandbank in Dublin Bay. The pair were noticed by the Garda Air Support Unit as it flew over Sandymount Strand around noon. Officers alerted the Irish Coast Guard, which also scrambled a helicopter to the scene. Dun Laoghaire lifeboat was also launched. q
  • Germany's immigrant population reaches new peak

    The number of immigrants living in Germany reached 10.9 million last year – a million more than three years earlier and the highest figure since officials started compiling numbers a decade ago. The Federal Statistical Office said 620,000 of the immigrants arriving since 2011 were from the European Union, with Poles, Romanians, Italians, Bulgarians and Hungarians the most common. The number of people with foreign roots, which also includes the German-born children of immigrants who have arrived since 1950, came in at 16.4 million - about one-fifth of the entire population of 80 million. q
  • Walt Disney a tyrant but not anti-Jewish, new documentary claims

    Walt Disney was a complex figure, both celebrated and condemned, but claims that he was a rabid anti-Semite are unproven, according to a new documentary. Composer Richard Sherman, who wrote songs for Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book, appeared at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Los Angeles to talk about PBS’ American Experience September documentary on Disney, where he dismissed the lingering criticism outright. It was “absolutely preposterous to call him anti-Semitic”, said Sherman, the son of Jewish immigrants. q