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  • Tayto Park's Ray Coyle sank €10m of his own cash into its massive roller coaster

    IRISH BUSINESSMAN RAY Coyle dug into his own pocket for €10 million to build the flagship wooden roller coaster at his Tayto Park. Documents just filed for Coyle’s private investment company also show that the firm received nearly €700,000 from the sale of shares in Largo Foods – the company behind the famous Tayto crisp brand. Filings for the company, which is wholly owned by the 64-year-old and his family, show the Meath-based entrepreneur advanced a €10 million loan to the company behind Tayto Park. The family-friendly park, which was built according to Coyle’s vision, was first opened to the public in November 2010. But it wasn’t until last summer when one of its chief attractions, the Cú q
  • 'Brexit is a huge opportunity

    IN THE EARLY hours of yesterday morning, many people awoke to news alerts on their phones that the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union. As political parties scrambled to get their press releases and media briefings together, those in Leinster House waited to hear what Taoiseach Enda Kenny had to say. While the UK news channels dissected what it meant for them and the future of their union and place in Europe, on this side of the water people wanted to know how this is going to impact on Ireland. The government kicked into gear a number of months ahead of the vote – sending ministers across the Irish Sea to convey to the Irish community how vital their vote was. It has also been q
  • Man jailed over crash that killed his girlfriend has "unduly severe" sentence cut

    A MAN CRITICISED for seeking to attribute “blame” on his girlfriend for a crash which killed her and another woman has had his seven-year prison sentence cut on appeal. James O’Donovan (30), of Athy, Co Kildare, had pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving causing the deaths of Rosanna Potts (22), his girlfriend and passenger, as well as Teresa Kiely (49), who was travelling with her daughter in another car, at Youngstown, Athy, on 27 December 2012. O’Donovan was found guilty by a jury at Naas Circuit Criminal Court and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by Judge Leonie Reynolds on 2 March 2015. O’Donovan successfully appealed his sentence yesterday with the Court of Appeal deeming it “unduly q
  • "There's a red light flashing for the GAA that they'd be wise not to ignore"

    "There's a red light flashing for the GAA that they'd be wise not to ignore"25 June 2016 Sunday Game panelists Tomas O'Se and Dessie Dolan at the launch of RTÉ's GAA Championship 2016 coverage. Ireland players' post-match celebrations in Lille on Wednesday night got Tomás Ó Sé thinking. Reflecting on Martin O'Neill's side's momentous 1-0 win over Italy, the Kerry great was pleasantly surprised when he saw pictures of the players toasting their success, and qualification for the knock-out stages of the competition, with cans of beer in the dressing room. “That was a mighty win in Lille the other night for our boys in green and I wonder did anything strike you about the players' celebrations after?,”

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  • Brexit likely to cost Irish Government €3.2bn

    The shock decision by the British people to leave the European Union is likely to cost the Irish Government as much as €3.2bn, the Irish Examiner can reveal. Financial markets across the globe plunged yesterday in the wake of the result, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, who advocated for Britain to remain in the EU. Britain voted to leave by a margin of 52% to 48%. Here, business and political leaders were united in their disappointment and expressed concern at what the victory for the Leave campaign will mean for Ireland. In the wake of the result’s confirmation, Taoiseach Enda Kenny convened an emergency Cabinet meeting and the Dáil will convene on Monday to debate

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  • Xherdan Shaqiri just scored the best goal of Euro 2016

    THE KNOCKOUT STAGE is up and running at Euro 2016 as Poland take on Switzerland in the day’s first game. The Poles seemed set to take the victory after Jakub Blaszczykowski gave them a first-half lead but with just eight minutes of normal time remaining, up stepped Xherdan Shaqiri with one of the best goals of the tournament. He flung himself in the air to acrobatically whip a superb overhead kick to the net, via the inside of the near post. What an incredible strike and the two teams are currently deadlocked in extra time. Are we set for our first penalty shootout of the tournament? The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add!

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  • "I'm still falling, still hating myself, still regretting that I let it all come to this"

    I REMEMBER BEING a child, swinging on my chair in school, rocking it back and forth until suddenly, it just kept going back. I had pushed too far and now I was falling, and there was that split second where terror overrode every other feeling in my body. There was no way to stop it. But that feeling that’s supposed to only last a second, where your heart reminds you it’s there in your chest and it’s overwhelmed with fear and it jumps and your eyes bulge, it never stopped for me. Every time I leave the house, or I talk to someone new, it’s just like falling. It tells me that the people who see me won’t like me. They may not know me but who cares? I’ve fat thighs, messy hair, a tummy that feels q
  • Malicious and cruel: what drives someone to poison a dog?

    IT’S A SAD truth that family pets can fall victim to accidental poisoning – from something simple as excessive amounts of chocolate or slug pellets that have fallen out of the container. However, it is not always an accident. Last weekend, Lydia O’Byrne’s pet had a lucky escape after three rat poison-stuffed chorizo sausages were thrown into their garden. Lydia went outside when she spotted her dog Freddie eating something and found a piece of the sausage on the patio table. She brought Freddie to the UCD Vet Hospital where he was treated and will now make a full recovery. Source: Facebook/Lydia O'Byrne This is a case of malicious poisoning – where someone puts a toxic substance on or into something q
  • Nurse gets life sentence for murdering three patients in Denmark

    A DANISH NURSE, dubbed a “devil of death” by prosecutors, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering three patients and trying to kill a fourth. Christina Hansen, 31, was found guilty of administering overdoses of morphine and the sedative diazepam to three elderly patients at a hospital in the southern town of Nykobing Falster between 2012 and 2015. A fourth patient, who survived, was also found to have traces of the substances in her blood. Her life sentence was handed down in Nykobing Falster district court yesterday. Under Danish law, a parole hearing is allowed after 12 years. The Nykobing Falster district court found that the patients had been given, among other things “morphine in lethal q
  • "Thanks Dad..."

    EARLIER THIS MONTH, senior healthcare managers gave a standing ovation to say thanks and goodbye to Gerry Collins. Some knew him personally. Some did not. Regardless, he had touched the lives of everyone there – and inspired many more hundreds of thousands people he had never even met. Gerry’s daughter Lisa spoke movingly in memory of her father at the event but had a special message for him: “Thanks Gerry, thanks Dad.” What had this ordinary man done that was so extraordinary? Gerry Collins passed away in early 2014. This was not his funeral, but another way of honouring this unique man – who inspired many Irish people to extend their own lives by giving up smoking for good. Gerry’s story with q
  • Tens of thousands expected in Dublin for annual Pride parade

    TENS OF THOUSANDS of people are expected in Dublin today for the biggest event of Pride Week – the Pride Parade. There’s a good chance of rain today, but hopefully that won’t dampen the spirits of attendees. People trying to get across the city should also be aware that there will be road closures for the Pride Parade, which will be running from the Garden of Remembrance to Merrion Square. Here’s a look at the route the parade, which starts at 1pm, will be taking: However, the Pride Parade isn’t the only event going on today. Brunches Outhouse is holding a champagne breakfast for the 20th year at its offices in Capel Street from 11-1. For any lucky people who booked in time, the Whitefriar Grill, q
  • 'Take a bow, Britain': European leaders hold crisis talks after Brexit shock

    FOUNDING EU MEMBERS are to hold a crisis meeting today on the future of the bloc after Britain’s seismic vote to leave the union and the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron. As the “Brexit” vote sent global financial markets into freefall, Moody’s cut Britain’s credit rating outlook to “negative”, saying the vote to pull out of the European Union could hurt its economic prospects. After the shock result German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande led calls for the EU to reform in order to survive a traumatic divorce with Britain. European leaders are anxious to ensure the transition is as painless as possible, with the foreign ministers of the six EU founding q
  • Life on the road, retirement and marriage equality: A chat with Daniel O'Donnell

    DANIEL O’DONNELL can still remember the moment he knew he wanted to be a singer. For a man who has circumnavigated the globe and broken a major UK chart record, that’s fairly impressive. Earlier this year O’Donnell became the first artist to have charting albums every year since 1988. In total, O’Donnell has reached the UK Artist Albums Chart with more than 35 albums and has now amassed 29 Top 30 albums over the course of his career. Speaking to this week, the crooner said he could still recall when he realised he was going to sing for a living. Having begun singing alongside his sister Margo, O’Donnell got on stage with a local showband. “I was in a hotel in Dungloe called Óstan q
  • National outrage after 10-year-old child shot dead by Brazil police

    File photo of protesters and police in Brazil. CHASED BY POLICE, Italo Ferreira stepped on the gas in the stolen car until they stopped him with a bullet to the head. He was 10 years old. Brazilians don’t agree about whether the police were at fault in a killing that has shocked this year’s Olympic host country. During a reconstruction of the event by investigators, some neighbors gathered to show support for the police action in a country stricken by violent crime. Others stood by, yelling “Racists! Murderers!” Minutes before his death on 2 June, Italo and an 11-year-old friend climbed the wall into a luxury residential compound in Sao Paulo. They robbed a 1998 Daihatsu that was parked there q
  • Surge of interest in Irish passports after Brexit vote

    The unexpected Brexit vote in Thursday's EU referendum has sparked an unprecedented surge of interest in people acquiring Irish passports. The Kennedy Centre post office in west Belfast distributed as many as 500 Irish passport applications yesterday as Northern Ireland woke up to the news that it will no longer be part of the European Union. While online GoogleTrends said UK searches for "getting an Irish passport" jumped more than 100% after the Brexit result came through. Jim McCafferty the sub-postmaster at the Kennedy Centre post office told the Irish News that staff had never given out as many applications in one day before, but noted travel money "had died a death" due to the weak pound. q
  • VIDEO: Early morning fire guts Cork house

    A fire which took place in the early hours of this morning has gutted a home on the north side of Cork city. The blaze, which started at around 3:30am, destroyed the interior of a house at 23 Hollywood Estate, Blarney Road. It is understood that nobody was injured in the incident. The scene has been preserved pending a technical examination and Gardai are investigating the cause of the fire. Separately, a man was injured in an assault last night in the city. It is as yet unclear if the assault and the fire are connected, but Gardai are understood to be investigating a possible link.

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  • We've stopped Ronaldo, we can deal with Bale

    MICHAEL O’NEILL WILL call upon his experience of attempting to shackle Cristiano Ronaldo when Northern Ireland face Gareth Bale and Wales in the last-16 of Euro 2016. Wales are favourites to progress from this Battle of Britain in Paris, largely down to the supreme capabilities of Bale, with the Real Madrid star having scored three goals in as many games on the way to securing top spot in Group B. O’Neill twice pitted his wits against Ronaldo during qualification for the 2014 World Cup, leaving Bale’s club team-mate goalless on his 100th cap – a 1-1 draw in Porto – before being on the receiving end of a hat-trick in a 4-2 loss. And the 46-year-old believes his side have what it takes to stop

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  • Over Half A Million People Sign Petition Calling For Second EU Referendum

    More than half a million people in the UK have signed an online petition, calling for a second EU referendum. The House of Commons petitions website crashed last night, as people tried to sign the document. Young people say they have been marginalised by the EU referendum - because it didn't reflect their voting patterns.

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  • The 12-year cycle omen, Frexit and all your Comments of the Week

    IT’S BEEN A pretty intense week of sport. Here’s a taster of how you reacted. After James McClean got himself into Twitter trouble (again) after Brexit, McGoo spoke for a nation with one clear voice. As long as he is instrumental in a Frexit on Sunday, I think we are all cool with this.” Pete Slattery and his wife want some clarity around the scrum. There’s a very valid case to be made that there should be a specialist scrum ref employed to oversee the scrum. It seems that very few refs have a clue about what’s going on during the scrum, and cannot judge what’s happening on the opposite side to which they’re standing. It’s a very complicated set piece. I bloody hate being asked by the wife why

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  • Martin Kiely: Limerick hurlers disappoint once again - Sport

    We had hoped and expected more but in reality I would think few Limerick supporters would have been surprised with the way Limerick limped out of the Munster championship last Sunday in Thurles. This was yet again a very poor display by Limerick and the final scoreline does not reflect the difference between the teams. Limerick got a lucky break when Tipperary were reduced to 14 men and we can only imagine the outcome had they kept all their players on the field. It was clear that Tipperary were the better team by a fair degree. They played with a steely composure that sadly Limerick could not match. To win major games you need to hold your own in key positions but in this regard Tipperary were

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