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  • Donald Trump tells non-Christians to identify themselves during a rally, asks audience; 'Should we keep them?'

    Fresh from the debate stage on Monday night, Donald Trump hit the campaign trail again to raise support for his bid to become president. On Wednesday, the Republican nominee was in Iowa where he was receiving the endorsement of a Christian Conservative group. During the speech he asked members of the group to raise their hands if they were Christian Conservatives, to which he received a big cheer from the audience. Following that he asked those who were not members of the group to raise their hands. “Raise your hand if you’re not a Christian conservative. I want to see this, right? Oh there’s a couple people, that’s all right. "“I think we’ll keep them, right? Should we keep them in the room,

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  • Busy Cork bridge to be surveyed after Japanese knotweed damage

    A rural community in north-east Cork faces serious traffic disruption if an invasive plant, spreading throughout the county like wildfire, has caused structural damage to a road bridge. County council engineers are to carry out a detailed structural assessment of the crossing over the River Bride at Bridesbridge/Castlelyons after being alerted to growths of Japanese knotweed underneath the bridge. A meeting of the council’s Fermoy/Charleville municipal district was informed by county council senior executive engineer Brendan O’Gorman that his staff would survey the bridge and report back to councillors. He was replying to a query from Independent councillor June Murphy who said she was very concerned

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  • Q&A: What is 'black moon' and why are some people panicking about it?

    Apparently on September 30, a “black moon” is set to rise in skies in the Western Hemisphere of our planet. But the thing is, not many people are certain what exactly that means. And some who have heard of it seem to be associating the phenomenon with the end of the world. So what exactly is going to happen? Here’s everything you need to know: What is black moon? There isn’t an official definition of what black moon is. Some believe it is the second new moon in one calendar month. (Note that this shouldn’t be confused with the blue moon, which is a second full moon in a single calendar month.) As Joe Rao, a guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, explains on “A second full q
  • These two dancers are guaranteed to make you smile

    This ain’t nothing but a Galway thing. Emma O’Sullivan was dancing on the gorgeous cobblestoned streets of Galway yesterday when something very special happened. A young fearless child emerged from the crowd and decided to join her. Clearly inspired by Emma’s talents, the wee one mimics her dancing. Needless to say great craic was had by all. What a beautiful thing, to see a child inspired by our wonderful culture. Hup! H/T Galway Now Magazine and

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  • Cheryl would ‘marry Liam Payne in a heartbeat’

    Cheryl would reportedly marry Liam Payne “in a heartbeat”, as she’s rumoured to be expecting her first child with the 1D star. While the former X Factor judge is legally still married to ex Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini – Cheryl is said to be keen to wed her new beau Liam Payne, sooner rather than later. The news comes after Cheryl sparked claims that she’s expecting, after she appeared fuller-faced in a new L’Oreal advert. “Cheryl has moved on and is ready to start a new life with Liam. He means everything to her, and she’d marry him in a heartbeat,” a source told Heat magazine. Love: Cheryl is happier than ever with Liam | INSTAGRAM “They’ve been broody for ages and Cheryl’s told friends she’d

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  • NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg dies in Los Angeles at 50

    The executive producer of TV’s NCIS and creator of NCIS: New Orleans has died. CBS said in a statement that Gary Glasberg died in his sleep on Wednesday. He was 50. He joined NCIS as a producer and writer in 2009 and became its showrunner in 2011. He launched the New Orleans version of the show in 2014. CBS Television President David Stapf said Gary “brought kindness, integrity and class to everything he did.” His other television credits include Shark, The Mentalist, Crossing Jordan and Bones. He is survived by his wife, Mimi Schmir, and their two sons, Dash and Eli.A memorial service is planned for next month. q
  • Painkillers linked to increased risk of heart failure

    Common painkillers used by millions of people 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 drugs, 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 (BMJ),

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  • Son ‘broke table off mother’s back’

    A young man flew into a rage in the family home and broke a table across his mother’s back, a Garda Inspector said at Cork District Court yesterday. Alex McSweeney, of 50 Cherry Lawn, Church Rd, Blackrock, Cork, pleaded guilty to breaching a protection order by putting his mother in fear at the family home on Saturday. Inspector Ronan Kenneally then went on to outline the background to the case. Gardaí in a patrol car who happened to be in the area were flagged down by the defendant’s mother on Saturday night. She had obtained a protection order on August 17. Insp Kenneally said that the defendant’s mother told them that her son Alex had broken a table across her back. It was also stated that

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  • Paul O’Connell keeps it short and sweet, but European Ryder Cup team 'thoroughly inspired' nonetheless

    Paul O’Connell went into the European Ryder Cup team room on Tuesday night with no intention of providing inspiration, merely to talk about what being a team player meant to him.  Needless to say, his audience could not help but be inspired. Handed a remit by captain Darren Clarke to underpin his key theme of being shoulder to shoulder this week at Hazeltine National as Europe’s golfers defend the Ryder Cup on American soil, O’Connell brought some serious intellectual property to the table. His leadership on foreign fields brought success to Munster, Ireland and the Lions and in that context Clarke could think of no better person to talk to his players.  Paul McGinley had in 2014 asked Alex Ferguson

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  • Ireland's top geneticist warns on ‘3-parent’ technique

    The country’s top geneticist has said the breakthrough ‘three-parent’ technique used by doctors to ensure a baby was born free from the genetic condition that killed his siblings could potentially help a small number of couples in Ireland. However, Andrew Green, director of the National Centre for Medical Genetics, warned that the procedure, carried out in Mexico, was still new, untested, and unregulated. He also said there was unlikely to be enough demand for doctors here to gain sufficient expertise in it, so couples may have to travel abroad to avail of it. “It’s very early stages,” said Prof Green. “In humans, apart from the case in Mexico and proposals from the UK, as far as we can tell

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  • Minister vows action on shower gel, electric cars and food waste

    A tube of exfoliating shower gel might look harmless enough to the average punter, but it may contain microbeads — tiny, but lethal, particles of plastic. A few handfuls of such gel can send up to 10,000 of the non-biodegradeable beads into the sea, where marine life mistake them for microplankton, eat them, think they are full and end up dying through lack of nutrition, while disturbing the sensitive and hugely important marine eco-system. Minister for Climate Change Denis Naughten wants such products, being banned in the UK and US, to be prohibited here. “There is a role for the EU, but there is also a role to be played here in Ireland, so we can stop these microbeads getting into the water

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  • Government disagreement with row over welfare bonus bailout

    Disagreement in Government has emerged over whether Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar will get a bailout for his department to pay for the Christmas bonus for welfare recipients and pensioners. Sources close to the Social Protection Minister have confirmed that a supplementary budget this year will to be needed to fund the Christmas bonus. But the Department of Public Expenditure has instead suggested that the Christmas bonus could be provided through savings. Mr Varadkar said earlier this year that he would seek approval to pay the bonus, equivalent to an extra week’s payment for pensioners or welfare recipients. Some €10.9bn is allocated for welfare spending this year. This does not include

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  • Roma women’s aprons adapted to hide goods

    Four Roma women were caught with aprons adapted to conceal stolen property under their skirts, a Garda Inspector said yesterday at Cork District Court. One of the four women was present to face charges arising out of the case. Vandana Munteanu of 50 Orchard Court, Blackpool, Cork, pleaded guilty to a charge of modifying an article for the concealment of stolen property to be used in the course of theft. The 20-year-old, who had previous theft convictions, also pleaded guilty to several charges of possessing stolen property on the same date. Insp Ronan Kenneally said the crimes were detected on February 25 at Daunt Square, Cork. The inspector said four members of the Roma community were found

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  • Homeless man’s final meal was fire lighters, inquest told

    The tormented final hours of a homeless man unfolded yesterday. Christopher Kelly, 50, who originally lived at St Mary’s Park, Limerick, was pronounced dead on March 30. After taking huge amounts of drink and drugs, his final meal consisted of sticks of domestic fire lighters. While sleeping rough the night before, Mr Kelly consumed large amounts of canned beer having failed to secure a bed in a city centre homeless centre. His gruesome, final, day was recalled at an inquest before Limerick coroner, John McNamara. A friend told the hearing how he met Mr Kelly around 2pm off St John’s Square at the homeless centre. While the friend got a bed, Mr Kelly didn’t. They later met up and went to a laneway

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  • Paris Motor Show: New Land Rover Discovery revealed in full

    While many will fixate on the mid-engined hypercars and electric hatchbacks at the Paris motor show, the cars families will come away most wanting will be the seven-seat SUVs. While Skoda, Peugeot and VW will all show such cars in Paris, many will consider the new Land Rover Discovery. Riding on a much lighter aluminium chassis that saves a whopping 480kg compared to the outgoing model the Discovery is once again a full seven-seater and this time all the back seats can be folded not just electrically, but remotely by mobile phone. The new Discovery gets a full suite of electronic driver aids, including Land Rover’s new All Terrain Progress Control, which gets the car moving on slipper surfaces.

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  • Emma Watson says she's found her 'tribe'

    Emma Watson has described how she found her “tribe” after launching her HeForShe campaign at the United Nations (UN) two years ago – but admitted it hadn’t come without its difficulties, particularly in the days after. “Two years ago I launched a campaign called HeforShe at the UN in New York. I was very nervous before that speech; the nerves were followed by a tremendous high immediately afterwards and a crashing low a few days after that,” she said. “My best hopes and my worst fears were confirmed all at once. I had opened Pandora’s box to a standing ovation and almost simultaneously a level of critique I had never experienced in my life and the beginning of what would become a series of threats.

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  • Why parting may suit both Gigginstown and Mullins

    It has been a turbulent week in Irish racing circles and, in the days dominated by the controversial process involved in the reappointment of Horse Racing Ireland CEO Brian Kavanagh, the news that two of the superpowers of National Hunt racing in Ireland have parted ways has kept the sport in the headlines. Yesterday morning, trainer Willie Mullins revealed that leading owners Gigginstown House Stud is removing all 60 of its horses from his care with immediate effect, following a disagreement over fees. While we must take on face value that this is the reason for the split — both parties have said that is the case — there are reasons to feel the partnership may not have been a great fit for some time. Perhaps fee-related, Gigginstown House Stud was slow to send a horse to Mullins, or perhaps Mullins was slow to accept one.

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  • US teen killed father before school-shooting rampage

    A teenager killed his father at their South Carolina home before going to a nearby primary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two pupils and a teacher. The youth, who is reported to be 14, gunned down his 47-year-old father, Jeffrey Osborne, at their home about two miles from the school. Then at about 1.45pm local time on Wednesday he shot one of the the pupils in the leg and the other in the foot, before hitting a female teacher in the shoulder. The teenager was prevented from entering Townville Elementary by veteran firefighter Jamie Brock, who also stopped him escaping. The shooting has shocked the rural town, which is about 110 miles from Atlanta. "We are heartbroken about this q
  • This cute photo of a grandpa doing his wife's hair will remind you that true love does exist

    If you’re still feeling pretty heartbroken about the Brangelina split, we’ve got the perfect remedy. A tweet is going viral that will remind you there are still #relationshipgoals out there for us all. After Amy Pennington’s grandma struggled to style her own hair, she shared this adorable photo of her grandpa helping his wife out. “My grandma had surgery on her wrist and couldn’t do her own hair so my grandpa did it for her”, she wrote on social media. And, yes, as Amy says, it’s total cuteness overload. We also love how grandma is taking a photo of it all in the mirror…what a cool lady. As the married elderly couple took Twitter by storm – the photo has been retweeted more than 90,000 times q
  • Budget calculator: How #Budget2017 will affect you

    Wondering what the Budget 2017 bottom line is for you and your family?  If so check out our budget calculator - developed in conjunction with the KPMG group - which go live right here as soon as the announcements have been reviewed and their impact tallied. See you then.

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