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  • One Rory McIlroy fan got the perfect response when he shouted 'get in the hole'

    Anyone who’s ever watched golf knows that the fans who shout “get in the hole” the moment a tee shot has been taken are the worst people in the world. So it was a joy to see one such person brilliantly shot down when he made himself heard during Rory McIlroy’s win at the Irish Open. It was slightly unclear whether the voice shooting down the over-enthusiastic fan was McIlroy’s caddie JP Fitzgerald or just another spectator who knew better. Either way, it met with firm approval. The punishment for shouting “get in the hole” really ought to be a lifetime ban – or possibly a lifetime membership at Muirfield.

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  • Katie Taylor’s venomous display suggests fighter purging some hurt

    Katie Taylor more than anyone in the Barys Arena knows this was just the first step in a grand plan that goes beyond the World Championships and qualifying for Rio. The world may have thought she was going through a process of grieving after losing in the Turkey qualification tournament last month to Yana Alekseevna. But there is more body in Taylor to allow that to pull her down. There was some hurt alright that perhaps she needed to get out. There was venom and bristling aggression in her eight-minute beating of Agnes Alexiusson and maybe too she wanted to make a declaration. Taylor knows that the world knows she was beaten. On that subject she had something to say and in a candid and unequivocal

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  • Premier League gossip: Ryan Giggs set to depart Manchester United

    Ryan Giggs will reject a job offer from anticipated new manager Jose Mourinho and leave Manchester United after 29 years, according to The Sun. The Guardian reports that Everton’s John Stones, Portugal midfielders Andre Gomes and Joao Mario, strikers Alvaro Morata and Mauro Icardi, plus Argentina international Ezequiel Garay, are all on Jose Mourinho’s shopping list if he takes over at United. Manchester City have agreed to pay £20.1 million plus £1.5 million in add-ons for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, the Daily Telegraph reports. Paris St Germain will beat Manchester United and Chelsea to the signing of Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain, according to The Sun. And finally, former Manchester

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  • 'Reckless' UK restaurant owner jailed after death of customer with nut allergy

    A "reckless" Indian restaurant owner who was convicted of killing a customer with a nut allergy by supplying him with a takeaway containing peanuts has been jailed for six years. Mohammed Zaman (aged 53) from Huntington, York, was convicted of 38-year-old Paul Wilson's manslaughter following a trial at Teesside Crown Court. The case is thought to be a legal first which sets a precedent for food suppliers. Mr Wilson, meticulous about his condition, had asked for a chicken tikka masala with "no nuts" but his curry was cooked with a groundnut mix containing peanuts. The prosecution alleged Zaman, said to have almost £300,000 of business debts, switched from almond powder to the cheaper ingredient

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  • Conor McGregor: Mayweather fight sums beneath me

    Conor McGregor has spoken at length about his “publicized civil war” with UFC in a lengthy interview with ESPN. The disagreement between UFC and its biggest star came in April when McGregor announced his retirement on Twitter. McGregor believed that his publicity duties ahead of UFC 200 were getting in the way of his training schedule. “I’ll tell you what, [the retirement announcement on Twitter] blew up,” McGregor told ESPN. “I was kind of having fun to start, half-hearted. Then all of a sudden it’s, ‘you’re off 200!’ I was like, ‘alright, well fuck you too, then.’ “All said and done, there were times [I THOUGHT], ‘I should have just jumped on the damn flight [and done the publicity tour].’

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  • Is it the time of the tentacled? There's been a 'remarkable' increase in the cephalopod population

    They have waited, largely forgotten, beneath the waves while humans plundered fish populations and caused the oceans to warm. Now, scientists believe, the time of the tentacled ones may have arrived. Around the world, experts have catalogued a significant increase in numbers of cephalopods – which include octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish – over the past six decades. As populations of many fish species fall, the multi-limbed creatures, the biggest, most intelligent and mobile molluscs on the planet, appear to be flourishing. Dr Zoe Doubleday, from Australia’s Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide, said: “Our analyses showed that cephalopod abundance has increased since the 1950s,

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  • Waterford mother found guilty of cruelty against her son

    A mother has been found guilty of cruelty against her son who was locked into a wooden "cage-like box" at their home in Co Waterford. The jurors heard harrowing evidence during the seven-week trial, including some distressing testimony from the boy himself. He is now aged 12 and living in specialised care in the UK. He gave his evidence through a live video link in the presence of an intermediary. His allegations were the prosecution’s main evidence against his parents. The trial heard that he was raped by his father from the age of six. On Friday, the father was found guilty of nine counts of rape and one count of child cruelty. The court heard he pushed his son into a wooden cage-like box,

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  • Britain's Got Talent 2016: Viewers react to the swinging and swording winners going through to the final

    The results are in – swing singer Wayne Woodward and sword swallower Alex Magala are going through to the Britain’s Got Talent final. Wayne won the public’s vote – and he reacted by almost taking Dec out with some extreme hugging. https://twitter.com/Ri30618696/status/734852227513372672 The pair shared another awks moment when Dec went for a high five but was left completely hanging. A painful watch. The judges then had to vote for who they wanted to see in the final between Alex and ballet couple Shannon and Peter. Amanda was the only one to pick the dancing duo – and fans were quite disappointed they didn’t get one of the two spots. But most were happy with the choices and are looking forward

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  • Going to the Bruce Springsteen gig this weekend? Watch this video before you go

    If your weekend includes heading to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Croke Park you can be sure it's going to be a good one. But if you are going along, you should watch this press conference that took place today regarding the security and traffic arrangements for the two concerts. There won't be any support act and with the doors opening at 5 o'clock and Bruce expected on stage at 7pm the organisers have appealed for people to arrive early. Officials have advised that people planning on travelling to Dublin on the day should double their normal travel time as the capital will be busy with the concert taking place close to rush hour on Friday. Organisers have said punters should

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  • Zika virus must be reported to the health authorities in Ireland

    The Zika virus has been added to a list of diseases that must be reported to the health authorities here. Health Minister Simon Harris has signed the regulation making the Virus a "notifiable disease" in Ireland. The measure's designed to help identify possible outbreaks of the disease. However, the department of health says Ireland is a low-risk country, for the Zika virus.

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  • 18 girls, aged between five and 12, have been killed in a dormitory fire

    Eighteen girls have been killed in a dormitory fire at a primary school in northern Thailand. Many of the boarders had been woken by a fellow pupil but thought it was a prank and went back to sleep, officials and the girl who raised the alarm said. The victims were aged between five and 12. Five girls were injured in the blaze on Sunday night. Many survived by abseiling from a second-floor window using sheets tied together to form a rope. The two-storey wooden structure which caught fire housed 38 girls, most of them belonging to the area's ethnic minorities. Fifteen girls escaped unhurt. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Some of the students were not asleep when the fire broke

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  • Enda Kenny got a bit confused about the Ryder Cup on Sky Sports yesterday

    Irish weather was doing it’s four-seasons-in-one-day routine at the K Club yesterday, which meant play was suspended twice during the final day of the the Irish Open. That left the TV commentary teams with air time to fill and Sky Sports decided to take advantage of the presence of the Taoiseach on the golf course. Enda Kenny agreed to have an on-air chat about golf, but it did not go well. Kenny appears to the think the Ryder Cup, the biennial battle between golfers from Europe and the US, is in fact contested by Britain and the States. To be fair to Kenny, that was originally the case. But given it has been Europe v US since 1979, he probably should have caught up by now. Irish viewers were

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  • Former Megadeth drummer dies during LA gig

    Nick Menza, a former drummer for the heavy metal band Megadeth, died at age 51 after collapsing on stage at a Los Angeles club late on Saturday, a family spokesman said on Sunday. Mr Menza collapsed while performing with his band OHM at the Baked Potato club in Studio City, California, where he lived, said family spokesman J Marshall Craig, who is also Menza’s biographer. The band had been performing its third song of the first set late on Saturday when Mr Menza collapsed, Mr Craig said. Audience members and friends tried to resuscitate him until medics arrived, but Mr Menza died in an ambulance on the way to hospital after 25 minutes of resuscitation attempts.

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  • Courteney Cox to take part in Bear Grylls' survival show in Ireland

    Courteney Cox is set to spend a part of her summer in Ireland – to test her survival skills with none other than Bear Grylls. The 51-year-old, who recently reunited with Snow Patrol star Johnny McDaid, will travel to Ireland in the coming months to film the newest season of Running Wild with Bear Grylls, according to the Sunday Times. The famed survivalist will once again teach a number of celebrities how to survive in the wild, including Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Nick Jonas.

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  • Cecelia Ahern's young adult novel Flawed tackles our obsession with appearance

    Cecelia Ahern’s first young adult novel tackles our obsession with image and appearance, which Ahern says has become too pervasive, writes Colette Sheridan  Best-selling author Cecelia Ahern wrote her latest book, Flawed, “in a fit of rage, anger, and a lot of passion”. The novel, whose screenplay is being written in Hollywood, has as its protagonist a 17-year-old girl, Celestine, who’s perfect in every way. Her mother is a top model who gets constant work done to her face. It’s all about appearances and playing the game. Set in a dystopian future, where being perfect is the ultimate goal, society is ruled by the Guild. Those who lie, cheat, or steal must wear an armband emblazoned with the letter

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  • Barack Obama: I won’t apologise for bomb in Hiroshima visit

    US president Barack Obama yesterday said his visit to Hiroshima, the first city to suffer an atomic bombing, would emphasise friendly ties between former enemies, and reiterated he would not apologise for the devastating attack. Obama will become the first sitting US president to tour the site of the world’s first nuclear bombing this Friday, accompanied by Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. In an interview with Japanese national broadcaster NHK, Obama — who emphasised decentralisation early in his term — said the reality is that leaders often have to make hard choices during times of conflict and no apologies would be included in brief remarks he is expected to make in the western Japanese city.

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  • The six Irish athletes to run the Olympic marathon have been announced

    The Irish Olympic marathon teams have been confirmed this evening. Fionnuala McCormack heads up the women’s charge, along with Breege Connolly and Lizzie Lee. Mick Clohisey, Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward are the men tasked with running the Rio streets. “I'm happy with the teams that we have selected,” said High Performance Director Kevin Ankrom. “I believe the athletes chosen will be prepared to produce a performance to match their capabilities. “It's never easy to tell some of the athletes that they aren't selected and I understand their disappointment. “I believe we have picked the best team and I also look forward to good performances by teams at the European Championships in the half marathon.

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  • Cork mother in heartfelt plea to Health Minister to legalise drug derived from cannabis

    A Cork woman has pleaded with the Health Minister to consider legalising a form of cannabis that could ease her daughter's epileptic seizures. Vera Twomey's daughter Ava suffers from Dravet Syndrome - a rare and incurable form of epilepsy. The seizures caused by it could be eased by medication which contains cannabidiol, which is derived from cannabis. Vera Twomey is appealing to Health Minister Simon Harris to consider her case. "I'm begging Simon Harris to meet me," she said. "I'd just like to say to him - please, my daughter is extremely ill, she's in hospital, she's having seizures every day and they're getting worse, they're not getting better. "And all I want to do is talk to you. All I

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  • Rare chance for sky watchers to see close-up of Mars

    Fiery red Mars is approaching its closest point to Earth for 11 years, offering a rare opportunity to sky watchers. On May 30, Mars will be 47.2m miles from Earth and it is due to remain close and bright for the first two weeks in June. Mars normally appears tiny even through medium-sized amateur telescopes, but the planet can be seen low in the south of the sky, the most prominent point of the triangle it forms with the planet Saturn and red supergiant star Antares. Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: “Mars is now quite large in the sky, about 18 seconds of arc across (0.3 degrees). It looks very red because it’s so low in the sky, scraping the rooftops

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  • Andy Murray admits embarrassment at on-court behaviour

    Andy Murray has admitted he feels embarrassed by his on-court behaviour. The world number two's former coach Amelie Mauresmo opened the lid on their recent split in an interview in which she indicated his difficulty in controlling his emotions on court played a big part in her leaving. The Frenchwoman told l'Equipe: "Andy is complex. On the court, he can be the opposite of what he is in life. It can be confusing. I was there to help. I had the feeling I could not get things done." Murray's most unappealing habit is taking his frustration out on his support camp by screaming abuse at them. "Sometimes I am embarrassed," the Scot said in l'Equipe. "You have to try to understand that, on the court,

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