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  • "The next time I die I probably won't come back, so I'm going now"

    Source: Michael Finn MICHAEL FINN HAS already died three times – or so he’s been told. The first time was in a hotel in Drogheda. The other two were in hospital beds. Michael used to be wedding photographer, and on 14 November 2014 he was finishing up a job in Drogheda when he experienced shooting pains in his arms. He rang his wife Christina and told her to get their son Niall to collect him. “I’ve pains in my two arms and I can’t drive,” he said. Michael ran back to the hotel where the wedding was taking place and collapsed in the lobby. There was a nurse in the lobby of the hotel and a doctor eating dinner in the restaurant. Both performed CPR on Michael for 40 minutes – well over the normal q
  • Gorilla shot dead after grabbing boy, 4, who fell into zoo enclosure

    A special zoo response team has shot and killed a gorilla that grabbed a four-year-old boy who fell into an exhibit moat at a US zoo. The authorities said the youngster, who fell 10 to 12 feet at Cincinnati Zoo, is expected to recover after being picked up out of the moat and dragged by the gorilla for about 10 minutes. He was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Centre, and zoo officials said he was alert when transported there. Director Thane Maynard said the zoo's dangerous animal response team decided the boy was in "a life-threatening situation" and that they needed to put down the 17-year-old 400-pound-plus male gorilla named Harambe. "They made a tough choice and they made the q
  • Johnny Depp's teenage daughter posts tribute to her 'wonderful father' as domestic abuse row escalates

    Actor Johnny Depp’s teenage daughter has indicated her support for her father following claims he was violent towards estranged wife Amber Heard. Model and actress Lily-Rose Depp, 17, did not directly address the allegations, instead posting a childhood picture on Instagram. She wrote: “My dad is the sweetest most loving person I know, he’s been nothing but a wonderful father to my little brother and I, and everyone who knows him would say the same.” Johnny has two children with singer Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose and her younger brother Jack. The actor has been issued with a restraining order after Amber claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse. Johnny has been ordered by a judge to stay 100 q
  • Roz Purcell and Bressie SPLIT

    Roz Purcell and Bressie have split. Announcing the sad news, Model Roz took to Instagram to confirm they have gone their separate ways. “Myself and Niall decided to end our relationship some time ago,” she wrote. “We are still friends & love each other very much. We won’t be saying anything else about it so appreciate if you could respect that.” “Roz Purcell and Bressie SPLIT” via q
  • Bruce Springsteen makes mystery stop at Dublin hospital

    Bruce Springsteen reportedly visited St Vincent’s private hospital on Saturday afternoon. According to the Irish Daily Mail on Sunday, the legendary singer and his wife Patti Scialfa were spotted at the Dublin hospital where the car pulled into the underground car park. It is not known what the pair, who are staying in the Merrion Hotel, were doing there as questions to his representative and to Aiken Promotions received no response. Mystery: Bruce reportedly visited St Vincent’s private hospital on Saturday | VIPIRELAND.COM Meanwhile, it seems as though Bruce is a creature of habit, visiting his favourite Dublin pub on Saturday. Still on a buzz from his first sold-out show in Croke Park, The q
  • Specs appeal! Conor McGregor debuts new look

    He’s known for his impeccable style, now Conor McGregor has debuted his new look. Reinventing himself much like every style star in history, the UFC fighter has upped the fashion game with a pair of giant glasses. Following in the footsteps of Niall Horan, the sports star took to Instagram to display his new specs. “It takes a nutsack and a fat wallet to rock all white. Know that,” he captioned the snap. It’s not clear if the athlete actually needs the 80s-inspired glasses or if they’re his new must-have accessory. Regardless, Conor you look good! “Specs appeal! Conor McGregor debuts new look” via q
  • Cantona: 'Deschamps should feel flattered: Ryan Gosling is Mormon and is the fantasy of every woman'

    ERIC CANTONA HAS moved to explain his criticism of France boss Didier Deschamps’ decision to leave Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa out of Euro 2016. The former Manchester United star suggested in an interview that Benzema and Ben Arfa had been overlooked for the finals on home soil due to their north African heritage. Cantona also said of Deschamps: “He has a really French name. Maybe he is the only one in France to have a truly French name. Nobody in his family mixed with anybody, you know. Like the Mormons in America.” The comments caused a storm in France, with Deschamps threatening legal action against Cantona, while French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet branded the remarks

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  • Basketball star shot dead following misunderstanding in Texas

    US basketball star Bryce Dejean-Jones was shot dead on his daughter's first birthday after mistakenly going to the wrong flat in Texas. Dejean-Jones was visiting his girlfriend for his daughter's first birthday and had gone for a walk early on Saturday, according to his agent, Scott W Nichols. His girlfriend lives on the fourth floor and Dejean-Jones, who was visiting the complex for the first time, went to the third. A man living at the flat was sleeping when he heard his front door kicked open, police Senior Corporal DeMarquis Black said. When Dejean-Jones began kicking at the bedroom door, the man retrieved a handgun and fired. Dejean-Jones collapsed in an outdoor passageway, and he died at q
  • Parents admit leaving missing 7-year-old boy alone in woods as a punishment

    The parents of a seven-year-old boy missing in the mountains of northern Japan have admitted that they left him alone in the woods as a punishment. The child has not been seen for two days, since his parents abandoned him in northern Hokkaido, a wooded region home to wild bears. The couple first told police he got lost but they later confessed they had left him alone to punish him, and when they returned he had gone. They had walked about 500m away from the child before returning, TV Asahi reported. Hundreds of emergency service workers are still combing the area in search of the boy. It is reported the parents were initially too afraid to admit they deliberately left the boy alone. q
  • Cheryl Fernandez-Versini: 'You get slapped so many times, at some point it just stops hurting.'

    Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has some advice for her younger self: stop caring what people think. The pop star rose to fame as part of Girls Aloud in 2002, and was astonished to find people could be so mean. Asked what she wishes she could tell the younger Cheryl, she said: “Just don’t worry. It’ll be fine. Don’t care. Stop caring. I’d have told myself to stop caring what people think a lot earlier on.” She told the Mirror: “I was sensitive at the beginning and I didn’t understand how somebody who knew nothing about me could write such terrible things. “Never met me. Never spoken to me. But had such a vicious opinion of me, and it would blow my mind. “I was 19, they’d call me fat. That was horrible. q
  • Louise McSharry opens up about being publicly attacked about her weight

    Louise McSharry has revealed she has been publicly attacked about her weight. The RTE star said her first book Fat Chance will discuss body image. “I wanted [the book] to serve a purpose. For me my journey with body image has been really difficult, but I’m in a really good place now and I kind of feel a little bit like an evangelist,” she said. Help: Louise said she wanted to help people feel better about themselves | VIPIRELAND.COM “I want to help people to feel better about themselves. We live in a world that is absolutely cruel to fat people. “Fat people’s bodies are up for discussion all the time. People feel entitled to talk about them. People feel entitled to tell you about your fat body q
  • Mass-goers at Limerick church annoyed over parking - Home

    THE Raheen parish priest has issued a plea to commuters to refrain from leaving vehicles at the Raheen church car park, which has forced elderly people to walk long distances in order to attend 10am Mass. According to residents in the area, commuters going to work leave their cars at Raheen Church for the day, leaving Mass-goers no option but to park in nearby estates. It is believed that the council originally provided the car park to the patrons of the church. The concerns over the parking at the church were contained in the weekly parish newsletter, issued by Fr Michael Noonan. In last weekend’s Limerick Leader local notes, the correspondent said that the problem has caused “particular annoyance”

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  • 5 important facts about biscuits for you to digest right now

    To dunk, or not to dunk: that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The crunch and crumble of dry digestives, Or to take arms against a tea of troubles, And by dunking, end them. Angst about whether to dunk biscuits has plagued the British public since Shakespearean times. In fact, it may be one of the most pressing issues of our modern era, given that the Brits are the world’s biggest biccie eaters. Given our enviable consumption rates, and in honour of National Biscuit Day 2016, here are five important facts about the crumbly confectionery for you to digest right now. While the masses favour McVitie’s chocolate digestives, the humble rich tea is the biccie of choice for

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  • Something good just happened to Jack Grealish (well, sort of)

    Most of the football world's attention is on the upcoming Euro 2016, but the England under-21s have had a challenge of their own this week – the prestigious annual Toulon Tournament in France. Having only gone and won it, nobody was happier than Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, who hasn’t had much to shout about this season. Of course, he didn’t actually play in the final, which England won 2-1 against France. But who would begrudge Grealish a moment of happiness after the year he’s had? Ireland fans, that’s who. The win was very much made in Chelsea, sealed with goals from Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Baker claimed the tournament's golden boot trophy with four goals across England's first q
  • Facebook use sees man lose injury claim

    A 25-year-old general operative has lost a €60,000 damages claim for personal injury in the Circuit Civil Court and was left facing a hefty legal bill after he was ‘betrayed’ by his Facebook page. Jason Shelly had claimed that in April 2014, he had been a passenger in a car which collided with a vehicle driven by John Costello. The court heard that Mr Shelly, of Abbey Park Grove, Clane, Co Kildare, attended the emergency department of the Mater Hospital in Dublin, two days after the accident, complaining of lower back pain, headaches, dizziness and difficulty sleeping. Barrister Shane English, for defendant John Costello, of Forest Gate, Woodbrook, Portalington, Co Laois, told the court that Mr Shelly had commented on his own Facebook page between May and December 2014 about his cycling performances.

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  • Sam Allardyce throwing shapes in Marbella is the best video you'll see today

    After guiding Sunderland through another Premier League great escape, Sam Allardyce earned the right to a summer holiday. And judging by this video which surfaced today, the former West Ham boss is certainly making the most of it. The clip shows Allardyce cutting loose in Marbella – and he is absolutely going for it. The DJ, @chrismccrory18, called it "possibly the greatest moment I could have as a DJ". It’s certainly a better effort than Roberto Martinez earlier in the season anyway. q
  • 11 European countries object to Ireland's plan for health warnings on alcohol products

    Eleven European countries have raised objections at EU level about Ireland's plans for health warnings on alcohol products. Under the Public Health Alcohol Bill, all alcoholic drinks will carry warnings as well as total alcohol and calorie content. The legislation is currently at second stage in the Seanad where it was first introduced on Dec 17, 2015 The countries objecting, mainly on grounds centred on the labelling requirements, are the Netherlands, Slovakia, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain. The European Commission has also expressed its concern about the proposal contained in the Programme for Government. The Government believes the new q
  • Con artist poses as water company worker to trick pensioner out of £20,000

    A con artist posing as a water company worker has stolen £20,000 in cash from a 91-year-old man who he tricked his way into his house. Police have released an e-fit image of the man who targeted the pensioner at his home in Redwing Court, Southsea, Hampshire, on April 16. A Hampshire Police spokesman said: “The 91-year-old victim answered his door to a man who claimed to be from a water company and said the water supply was contaminated. “The victim let the man into the address and accompanied him to the bathroom to test the water. “While the victim was distracted, another man entered the property and stole up to £20,000 in cash.” The e-fit image is of the first man, who is described as white, q
  • Thunderstorm causes flash flooding in Cork

    A thunderstorm has caused flash flooding in Cork. The Watercourse Road in Cork is closed at O'Connell Street due to flooding. There are reports of flooding throughout the Blackpool area. The Old Blarney Road by Hollyhill service station is also flooded. But hold on sun-worshippers, tomorrow looks set to be a great day with temperatures rising to 22C. The heavy showers are expected to peter out and the evening will be warm and dry. q
  • British Soap Awards 2016: Fashion fails and dress travails on the red carpet

    The British Soap Awards produced a shock win for Emmerdale in the category of best soap. For once, the award did not go to BBC One’s EastEnders or ITV’s other long-running soap, Coronation Street. But before the results were announced, the stars of the nation’s most popular continuing dramas took to the red carpet in London. Some attendees were fashion hits, but not everyone got it right on the night. Isabel Hodgins There’s a little too much going on in this outfit worn by the Emmerdale actress. Maxim Baldry Not quite the attire for such a swanky do. Let’s hope the Hollyoaks newcomer does better next year. Jack Derges A bit more colour co-ordination and this ensemble would’ve looked good. Elisabeth q