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  • Maureen O’Hara’s daughter found dead at Co Cork home

    Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara’s only daughter has been found dead in a property owned by the family at Glengarriff, Co Cork. Bronwyn Fitzsimons (71) was Mrs O’Hara’s daughter with American film director William Houston Price. Ms Fitzsimons was staying in the family home in Glengarriff and was last seen locally on Tuesday. A home help discovered her body on Thursday. It is understood the death is not being treated as suspicious. The pensioner was found sitting in an armchair. Ms Fitzsimons has a son, Conor Beau Fitzsimons, a hairdresser. She was named after the character played by Anna Lee, her mother’s co-star, in How Green Was My Valley (1941). She took her last name, ‘Fitzsimons’, from her

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  • Arsenal star’s secret life as biotech entrepreneur

    The first time Mathieu Flamini turned up to the Arsenal training ground in a suit, his baffled teammates asked if he had mistakenly thought it was a match day. “When they saw me going into training dressed in a suit, they asked, ‘Where are you going? The game is this weekend’.” In fact, the French player was keeping a secret. For the previous few years, he had been working on a biotechnology company that he believes could help address environmental damage. While other professional footballers might spend their free time on games consoles or posting photos on Instagram, the Arsenal midfielder spends his negotiating deals and taking conference calls. And while footballers’ retirement plans commonly

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  • Model found guilty of murdering British millionaire

    A Slovakian model who shot her British millionaire ex-boyfriend twice in the head has been found guilty of his murder at a court in Spain. Mayka Kukucova (26) claimed she “never meant to hurt” Andrew Bush, who died at his home near Marbella on the Costa del Sol. She told the Ciudad de la Justicia in Malaga that the former jewellery store owner died during a violent struggle. She cried when photos of his body were shown in court. Mr Bush had returned home unexpectedly from a trip to the UK while his ex-girlfriend was in his house collecting her things. Kukucova said “shots were fired” during the fight on April 4th, 2014, but denied murder, saying that she had acted in self-defence. She was convicted

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  • Garda speed operation catches 222 drivers over the limit

    Motorists faced intensive speed enforcement on Friday as part of An Garda Síochána’s National Slow Down Day. Since 7am gardaí said they monitored the speed of more than 133,556 vehicles and detected 222 over the speed limit. The highest recorded speed on Friday was a vehicle travelling at 128km/h in an 80km/h zone in Carndonagh, Co Donegal. Slow Down Day aims to reduce the number of speed-related collisions, save lives and reduce the number of people injured in collisions. The operation ends at 7am on Saturday Earlier this week, gardaí revealed the location of more than 330 new speed enforcement zones, bringing the national total to more than 1,000. New speed camera zones These zones will be

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  • Louise McSharry: 'My baby moved, and within hours the woman who gave birth to me died'

    Last March, on the night of the Choice Music Prize, I bumped into the 2fm presenter Louise McSharry at a book launch, and convinced her to get a cab with me to the gig in Vicar Street. In the taxi, I spoke about how I hadn’t been feeling well and was going into hospital for tests. If you ever need to talk to someone about health stuff, she said, give me a shout. I laughed, “It’s nothing like what you’re going through!” At the gig, between bands, she talked about how appreciative she was of her body, that it was getting her through something incredibly difficult, that she had a newfound respect for it. McSharry was about to come out the other side of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer that was diagnosed

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  • Schrödinger's cat theory gets 21st century upgrade

    It seems Schrödinger’s cat has gotten too big for its box, as Yale theoretical physicists have proposed ‘Schrödinger’s cat 2.0’, a quantum theory equation that suggests the cat could be in two places at once. The theory surrounding Schrödinger’s cat is best-known, not just in the scientific community and philosophical communities, but in the wider world, too, as the theory that asks the question: if we don’t see something, does it exist? Envisioned by Ireland-based physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935, Schrödinger’s cat quantum mechanics theory posits that a cat is placed in a sealed box with a radioactive substance that will be triggered if an atom of the radioactive substance decays. If we are to go by Schrödinger’s theory, the cat can be either alive or dead, unless the box is opened, which will change its entire quantum state.

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  • This baby looks so insanely like Gordon Ramsay it's untrue

    A woman has taken the internet by storm after sharing a photo of her baby boy with the world. Claire Dempster from Cardiff, tweeted a picture of little Arlo-Blue to Gordon Ramsay, reckoning her son shared the same piercing stare as the chef – and it’s pretty difficult to disagree. “Gordon Ramsay, this is our baba – have you been in Wales for any reason around 10 months ago?” Claire asked the chef. And, much to her surprise, he replied… Pretty soon, the picture of Arlo-Blue had been retweeted nearly 100 times and racked up over 1000 likes, proving it’s not only Claire who sees the resemblance between the youngster and Ramsay.

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  • Britain's Got Talent's Richard Jones defends himself against accusations of 'stealing' magic trick

    Britain’s Got Talent’s Richard Jones compared his trick to a cover version of a song as he addressed accusations of “stealing” his semi-final magic act. The 25-year-old sailed through to the final after wowing judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams when he used Amanda’s autobiography in a trick. But US magician Collins Key has hit out at Richard, claiming he performed the same trick with judge Howie Mandel’s autobiography on America’s Got Talent in 2013. Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, soldier Richard said the controversy was “actually great” for magic “because it shows that people care and they are interested in magic”. He continued: “In terms of it being similar to

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  • Autistic man who beat mother to death found not guilty by reason of insanity

    An autistic man who beat his mother to death has been found not guilty of her murder by reason of insanity. Bijan Afshar (23) was accused of the murder of his mother Lynn Cassidy (50) at her home in Deepdales, Bray, Co Wicklow on June 26th or 27th 2014. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and the jury of six men and six women delivered a unanimous verdict after less than one hour of deliberation at the Central Criminal Court. Mr Afshar, who beat his mother to death when she told him she couldn’t prevent the sale of the house he shared with his father, was committed to the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum. Justice Isobel Kennedy said Mr Afshar should be examined by an approved medical

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  • Keith Barry says he was hired by Irish politicians to teach them hypnosis

    Keith Barry has revealed he was hired by a number of politicians to teach them hypnotism. The mentalist said that he was asked to help certain politicians become more persuasive with their voters and learn how to influence people. Although Keith wouldn’t name the people he worked with he admitted to helping a few politicans. Hypnosis: Keith works on Now You’re Back In The Room “There’s a lot of different styles of hypnosis. There’s conversational hypnosis which even though we joke about it, politicians use conversational hypnosis,” he told the Irish Daily Mail. “I’ve been hired back at home in Ireland by certain politicians to assist them in specific language patterns that will just tip people

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  • Cork City Council urged to buy iconic port buildings

    The iconic Custom House buildings, up for sale by the Port of Cork, are a national treasure and should be bought by Cork City Council in order to remain in public ownership, according to a prominent Cork artist. Cobh-based John Adams has written an open letter to Cork city councillors urging them to get behind his idea. “I am writing to say it is so very very important that Cork City Council buys the Port Of Cork Buildings and they stay in public ownership. These amazing historical buildings have been put on the market recently. They are the most historical, prominent, visually beautiful buildings in Cork City. They are the first buildings we see when we arrive in Cork. They have the possibility

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  • Two people arrested in connection with Gareth Hutch killing

    Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Gareth Hutch. The two were arrested on Thursday night. Mr Hutch (35), a father-of-one, was killed close to his flat at Avondale House, North Cumberland Street, Dublin 1 on Tuesday. They are being detained under the provisions of Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 as amended at Bridewell and Store Street Garda stations. There are now a total of three people in custody in relation to this murder. A 29-year-old man has been in custody at Mountjoy Garda Station since Tuesday evening after he was detained under the provisions of section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act. It is believed the man presented himself to gardaí after the

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  • Jose Mourinho tells fans to forget last three years at Manchester United

    Jose Mourinho’s long-expected appointment as Manchester United manager was confirmed on Friday. The media will have to wait until July to speak to him but Manchester United’s in-house television station MUTV asked him about his new role, the future and United’s fans. Congratulations on becoming the new Manchester United manager — how do you feel? Second Captains “I feel great. Well, I think I am in the right moment in my career because Man United is one of these clubs where you need really to be prepared for it because it is what I used to a call giant club. And giant clubs must be for the best managers and I think I am ready for it, so I could say I am happy, I am proud, I am honoured, I am

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  • Jobs for 300 as Aer Lingus plans to increase fleet

    Aer Lingus could increase its long-haul fleet to 20 over the next five years, creating 300 jobs in the process, according to its chief executive. The carrier, bought last year by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) for €1.4 billion, will have 14 such craft at the end of this summer, which will be double what it had in 2010. According to Mr Kavanagh “there is the potential opportunity over the next five years to increase the fleet to 20”. This is ahead of the five extra long-haul craft that IAG pledged to allocate to Aer Lingus, which would have brought the total to 17. Bigger slice Mr Kavanagh believes that as Aer Lingus captures a bigger slice of the transatlantic market over the

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  • Protester tackled by Canadian ambassador will fight charges

    The man who disrupted a commemoration service in Dublin for British soldiers who died in the Easter Rising said he intends to fight charges brought against him. Brian Murphy said he had made a legitimate, peaceful protest at the service in Grangegorman military cemetery on Thursday before being dragged away by the Canadian ambassador Kevin Vickers. Mr Murphy was charged on Thursday night with a public order offence and released on bail. He is due to appear at Blanchardstown District Court on June 21st. As the service was about to begin, Mr Murphy interrupted and began to shout “shame” and “insult”. He called for the freeing of the “Craigavon Two”, two men in jail for the murder of PSNI Constable

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  • Oil prices retreat from $50 on oversupply concerns

    Oil futures slipped in Asian trade on Friday after hitting resistance at the $50 a barrel mark as investors worried higher prices could reactivate shuttered crude output, adding to global oversupply. Prices were also pressured by a strong greenback that was buoyed by generally positive US economic data amid growing expectations of a near-term rate hike. Brent fell 34 cents, or 0.7 percent, to $49.25 by 0652 GMT on Friday, retreating further from the previous session’s $50.51 peak, its highest since early November. US crude dropped 31 cents, or 0.6 per cent, to $49.17 a barrel after touching $50.21 on Thursday, it’s highest since early October. Oil pushed through $50 for the first time in around

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  • Johnny Depp must stay away from Amber Heard, says judge

    Johnny Depp has been ordered by a judge to stay 100 yards away from his estranged wife Amber Heard. Heard said in a sworn declaration that Depp threw her mobile phone at her during a fight on Saturday, striking her cheek and eye. She submitted a picture of her bruised face when she applied for a restraining order on Friday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carl H Moor also ruled that Depp should not try to contact Heard. She filed for divorce on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences and saying the pair separated the day before. She is seeking spousal support from the Pirates Of The Caribbean star, but Depp’s response asked a judge to deny the request. Depp’s lawyer Laura Wasser declined to

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  • Irish Everest climber: view from top of world ‘pretty incredible’

    The youngest Irish person to climb Everest, Rob Mortell from Limerick, said on Friday he was looking forward to getting back to normality after scaling the world’s highest peak. The 26-year-old, who has become the youngest Irish person to reach the summit, said after a challenging two months living on the side of a mountain he wanted to get home. Speaking from Everest base camp shortly after completing his final descent Mr Mortell said: “I’m looking forward to normality. I’ve been here for two months, it’s been a challenging time, and an enjoyable time.” “I don’t know when we’ll get home We are at the mercy of the Chinese in terms of logistics, a lot of gear is still at base camp. It is going

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  • Children admitted to adult psychiatric unit at Kilkenny hospital

    Mental Health Commission reports have highlighted a number of high-risk practices taking place in psychiatric units in Kilkenny, Cavan and Dublin. The adult psychiatric unit of St Luke’s hospital in Kilkenny was deemed to be non-compliant for 8 out of 13 criteria inspected during an unannounced visit by the commission between November 24th and 26th last year. Particular concerns were noted about the admission of children to the 44-bed adult unit. An inspector noted that nine children had been admitted to the unit since the last visit in 2014 despite the centre not having clearance to accommodate minors. Children were kept in single rooms separate from adult patients in larger wards, but the inspector

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  • Enda Kenny announces his eleven nominees to Seanad Éireann

    Two former ministers have been chosen among the Taoiseach’s 11 nominees to the Seanad. James Reilly and Paudie Coffey have been selected to the Upper House. Enda Kenny has also selected broadcaster Marie-Louise O’Donnell, businessman Pádraig Ó’Céidigh and the founder of Pieta House Joan Freeman. He has advised the President to convene the first meeting of the new Seanad on Wednesday June 8 at 3pm. The eleven nominees are: 1. Paudie Coffey (former Senator, Dail deputy and Minister of State) 2. Joan Freeman (Founder of Pieta House) 3. Michelle Mulherrin (former Dail deputy) 4. Ray Butler (former Dail deputy) 5. Frank Feighan (former Senator and Dail deputy) 6. John O’Mahony (former Dail deputy)

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