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  • Sinead O’Connor 'safe and sound' after worrying message posted to Facebook account

    A message posted to the official Facebook account of Sinead O’Connor appears to show the Irish singer to be in a distraught state. UPDATE (6.07pm): Gardaí at Pearse St station have confirmed that singer Sinead O'Connor has been located "safe and sound" and is receiving medical assistance. The statement included: “The last two nights finished me off. I have taken an overdose. There is no other way to get respect. I am not at home, I'm at a hotel, somewhere in ireland, under another name.” It later states: “well done guys, you've finally got rid of me. Sorry the penny didn't drop sooner. I'm an idiot.” A spokesman for An Garda Síochána said that they cannot comment on cases involving named individuals. q
  • 7 surprising facts about new world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury

    Tyson Fury has won the WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight titles by beating Wladimir Klitschko on points in Dusseldorf. Here are seven amazing facts about Tyson Fury – the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’ of British boxing. 1. Fury was born into an Irish family and his father, John Fury, was a gypsy bare-knuckle fighter in the 1980s, who was subsequently sent to jail for 11 years in 2011 for gouging a man’s eye out. 2. He was born three months premature and weighed in at 1lb – and doctors described his chances of survival as slim. 3. His father named him ‘Tyson’ as world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was in his pomp when Fury was born in August 1988. 4. Fury represented both Ireland and England at q
  • Apprentice candidate quits show after clashing with Lord Sugar in the boardroom

    A candidate on The Apprentice has avoided being told “You’re Fired!” after quitting the show. Scott Saunders left the BBC One series after clashing with Lord Sugar, The Sun on Sunday reported. The 27-year-old from Hertfordshire walked out of the boardroom after the billionaire entrepreneur criticised his “idiotic” mistakes and “useless” performance, the newspaper said. An Apprentice spokeswoman said: “We never comment on upcoming episodes because it spoils viewer enjoyment.” But in a series of tweets, Lord Sugar denied he had rowed with a candidate. It is not the first time a candidate has quit the Apprentice. Katie Hopkins, now a controversial commentator, walked off the show in 2006 when she q
  • Sinead O'Connor: 'I'm never going back to music - I'm happy to clean toilets'

    Sinead O’Connor has announced that she is quitting the music industry. The Nothing Compares 2 U singer posted a heart wrenching message to her Facebook page claiming that she will never return to making music. “I need a new home. And a new job. A new life … Music is over for me. Music did this,” she wrote. “It rendered me invisible. Murdered my soul. I’m never going back to music.” Sinead underwent a hysterectomy during the summer and and has claimed the operation was such an ordeal with she is now suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. “Me and my PTSD, or depression, which ANY woman would be suffering from since this all kicked off in March and I dealt with it alone.” “But I have a HUGE q
  • Anne Doyle on the darker side of TV: 'You never saw my rants on live telly'

    Anne Doyle has admitted that she had her fair share of arguments with RTÉ bosses over how they covered the news. The legendary broadcaster has presented the nation’s news for 33 years but she wasn’t always happy with how she had to do it. “You see clips all the time of news readers losing it, but you never saw my rants on live telly,” she said. “The RTÉ newsroom was home to a lot of heated discussions. I will admit I didn’t win them all, but I won my fair share.” “I never contemplated going off script because we always knew in advance which angle we were going to take,” she told Sunday World’s Magazine +. “But that doesn’t mean I agreed with everything I read out on the news through the years.” q
  • The Corrs open up on the REAL reason they split

    The Corrs have opened up on the reason they called it quits with Sharon admitting the foursome had to “get their lives on track”. The Irish pop group have recently reunited and are due to tour the UK and Ireland next year with their new album but when they first broke up, it was all about family. “One of the reasons we stopped was to get our own lives back on track,” Sharon said. “I wanted to have children, it was so important to me. I think if it’s the one thing you don’t do, you’ll regret never having tried, or at least given it a chance.” “There is a question of it not happening if you leave it too long. Having achieved something beyond our wildest dreams, we felt it was right to stop at that q
  • Fine Gael in bid to lure 70,000 emigrants back with proposals include tax breaks

    Some of the proposals being put forward by Fine Gael to attract more than 70,000 emigrants home by 2020 include tax breaks; plans to help parents register children in schools from abroad; and recognising time abroad as time served in public service jobs. However, doubts have been cast over the ability of the party to deliver the plan given the chronic shortage of suitable housing. Details of the proposals, obtained by the Irish Examiner, are being drafted by Finance Minister Michael Noonan along with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation Richard Bruton and junior minister Simon Harris. The trio has been asked by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to form the party’s economic team ahead of the election.

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  • Visitors warned to stay away from Cliffs of Moher as winds hit 177kmp/h

    The country’s second most popular tourist attraction remains closed today with winds of 177 kilometres per hour being recorded. The Cliffs of Moher in Clare were evacuated and closed on Friday as Storm Clodagh began to batter the west coast with gusts of 160kmh recorded at the popular attraction. The cliffs and visitor centre reopened Saturday, however staff remained on alert as Met Éireann raised their Yellow alert to status Orange. Early this morning however, wind measuring equipment (anemometer) at the cliffs recorded gusts over 155kmh at 8.30am. Since then, wind speeds of 177 kmh (110mph) have been reported at the site which will remain closed for the rest of the day. Storm Clodagh is due q
  • The internet has been laughing about this tweet from 2012 slamming Jamie Vardy's £1m price tag

    A tweet from 2012 questioning Leicester City signing Jamie Vardy has gone viral since the striker broke the Premier League record for scoring in 11 consecutive games. It was a record previously held by Ruud van Nistelrooy since 2003, and Vardy scored his record breaking goal against Manchester United on Saturday. Of course just a few years ago Vardy was  playing non league player and one guy tweeted this at the time… Which is a bit embarrassing now. He should have known – Twitter never forgets. More than 5,000 people have retweeted over the last day and the poor Jack has received a new barrage of comments. Yep, Jack’s been getting it in the neck. q
  • Rosanna Davison: I found online backlash against my gluten comments overwhelming

    Rosanna Davison says that she found the backlash over her comments about gluten overwhelming. The nutritionist had suggested in an interview earlier this year that going gluten-free helped her husband with his back pain and rheumatoid arthritis, among other claims. However the former Miss World claims that the piece paraphrased her and that she never made the claims in her book. Ms Davison says she blocked a number of people on Twitter and tried to avoid the social network while she was getting an online backlash. "To be honest, I wasn't really on Twitter that week or those few days, I just thought at the time that it was better to leave it be," she said. "I did feel maybe it was an overreaction, q
  • Frances Fitzgerald ‘not surprised’ Ireland features in IS video

    Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said yesterday it was no surprise IS had identified Ireland as part of a so-called ‘coalition of devils’ saying IS was targeting the “whole of western Europe”. Her comments came as an international expert on cyber-terrorism said Ireland’s inclusion in the ‘coalition’ suggested IS viewed it as a legitimate target. However, Mr David Mair, of the Cyberterrorism Project at Swansea University, said he was not suggesting Ireland was at “imminent risk of an Islamist terror attack”. In the group’s slick video, the Irish flag is pictured alongside those of 59 other countries which it claimed are all part of a new coalition of devils. It says the “flames of war” will

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  • Julia Roberts 'fascinated' by relationship

    Julia Roberts finds her own marriage "fascinating". The 'Money Monster' actress - who has children Hazel and Phinnaeus, 10, and Henry, eight, with husband Daniel Moder - believes the key to a long and successful relationship is to stay "invested and interested". She said: "I think it's about being committed to each other, about having the same values and wanting the same things from life. "As for keeping it going through the years, a girlfriend who has been married for a very long time said a great thing once. "She said, 'If you want to be in an interesting relationship, stay in the same one' and I think that's true because 15 years into our relationship, I find the continual excavation of what q
  • Woman rescued after entering water amid stormy conditions in Limerick last night

    A man and woman have been hailed "heroes" after helping to rescue a woman on the River Shannon during terrible weather conditions in Limerick city last night. The woman, in her 30s, entered the river off a boardwalk on Steamboat Quay, situated next to the Clarion Hotel, as storm winds picked up, around 11.30pm. A man and woman who were passing by at the time threw the woman a life buoy, which she held onto until rescue services arrived and brought her to safety. Specially trained river rescue swift water technicians attached to Limerick City & County Fire Service entered the water and secured the woman before they removed her to dry land via their rapid response rescue boat Fireswift. "The woman q
  • 13 completely heartbroken but totally legit reactions to 4th Impact leaving the X Factor

    It was the sing off of sing offs as 4th Impact took on power house Lauren Murray. Simon struggled to make a decision and it went to the public vote, which meant the girl group was sent packing. And some people are REALLY upset. 1. Actual tears. 2. Very real pain. 3. Disgust. 4. A total lack of perspective. 5. Comparisons to global superstars. 6. Saying that, there are NO better girl bands around right now. 7. Rage at Rita Ora’s comment about being “stronger” on stage on your own. 8. And getting personal. 9. Extreme social media related action. 10. And unsubsribing on You Tube. 11. Hope that Simon is going to swiftly sign them up to Syco anyway. 12. Working out a viable solution. 13. Pledging q
  • The Mountain from Game of Thrones just set a pretty impressive world record

    Hafþor Bjornsson’s talents aren’t just restricted to acting, The Game Of Thrones star has broken another world record. He throw a 15kg keg 7.05 metres in the air at a strongman competition – the Giants Live in Sweden. To put that into perspective that’s like throwing a four-year-old over three stacked buses (ish). Hafþor who plays Ser Gregor Clegane aka The Mountain in the show broke another broke a 1,000 year-old record last year by carrying 650kg while taking five steps. He took to Twitter to proudly show off his trophy. q
  • Australia gets green light to export uranium to India

    After eight years of intense negotiations, bureaucratic hurdles and a shifting nuclear policy, the Australian government has finally given the green signal to the export of uranium to nuclear-powered India "which can begin immediately". The Australia-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement permits Australian companies to commence commercial uranium exports to India, an important milestone in Australia's relationship with India, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a media release. While previous Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott was quite gung-ho about the supply of uranium to India, current incumbent Malcolm Turnbull would get the credit for sealing the deal to export uranium to the

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  • 100 Syrian refugees en route to Waterford

    Up to 100 Syrian refugees are expected to begin arriving in Co Waterford over the next few months, with 25 expected to land before the year end. A reception centre is opening in Clonea Strand Hotel in Dungarvan to house the refugees. A reported 25 people are due to arrive within the next two weeks with a view to gradually increasing the numbers. It is estimated each group will stay for around eight to 10 weeks. The Irish Refugee Protection Programme, established under the Department of Justice, has been seeking premises capable of housing at least 70 people at a time. Official sources have remained tight-lipped. But, locally, some people have expressed concerns over the lack of clarity and the

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  • Anthony Stokes' Celtic future in doubt after sarcastic tweet

    ByJoe McHugh Republic of Ireland striker Anthony Stokes' anger at being sidelined by Celtic boss Ronny Deila spilled over on to Twitter this morning. The 27-year-old has started just one match this season and has barely been on the bench despite Celtic's heavy fixture programme. Following injuries to Scott Brown and Kris Commons and suspensions for Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen, Stokes was named as a substitute for the Europa League tie with Ajax, but failed to make an appearance as Celtic lost 2-1 to the Dutch outfit. Celtic take on Inverness Caley Thistle this afternoon and Stokes far from happy at being left in the stand by Deila. “Buzzing to be brought all the way up to Inverness with the q
  • Farmer Writes: The Curious Case of the U+ Heifer

    The heifer above was slaughtered recently. At 20 months of age, a U+ carcass weighing 327kg was produced. Her sire is the impeccable Charolais bull LGL, and let it be known that I do not hold a bias toward any particular breed – he is simply doing the business here. The dam is by ROX, a terminal Limousin. The weight may sound decent, but it is slightly behind what we’d expect from such a gene pool. There is a valid reason however. The question is her fat score – what was it? Three main principles affect fat deposition in cattle. Firstly, as an animal progresses towards maturity it fattens. Mature weight is typically lower for an Angus than a Charolais, hence we see breed differences in terms q
  • Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Peter Andre bows out but people are still talking about Jamelia

    Singer and all-round nice guy Peter Andre became the ninth celebrity to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing – but everyone was STILL talking about Jamelia. Peter and partner Janette Manrara faced Kellie Bright and her partner Kevin Clifton in the dance-off, but his much-improved American smooth could not save him from leaving the competition. Strictly faced a barrage of criticism this week after singer Jamelia, who faced Peter in last Sunday’s dance-off, claimed her rival’s standing ovation had been pre-recorded. With allegations of fixing overshadowing the show, viewers were relieved when the judges explained exactly why they were all sending home Peter. And everyone wanted to know what Jamelia q