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  • Paul O’Donovan walks away from 'single' life with gold and no regrets

    It was his last hurrah. Paul O’Donovan is 22, but he is already putting away one of his loves and moving forward with a bigger project. The Olympic boat, the lightweight double sculls, is the future, but first he wanted to walk away from the lightweight single with no regrets. “I’ve been trying to win a World Championship gold medal since the World Junior Championships in 2011. I’ve had one bronze medal (2013 in the World Under-23 Championships) and three or four fourth-place finishes as well. “I was really looking forward to the opportunity to (win gold).” He was peerless in the final here at the World Championships in Rotterdam. Peter Galambos of Hungary and then - for a longer stretch - Rajko

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  • Man arrested after €200,000 in cash seized in Dublin

    A man was arrested and €200,000 in cash seized after gardaí searched a vehicle on the Fonthill Road in Clondalkin, west Dublin on Saturday afternoon. The search was part of an anti-gangland operation being run by gardaí in the city. A bag containing bundles of €10, €20 and €50 notes was discovered in the car. The 39-year-old was arrested, questioned and has since been released without charge. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. On Friday a handgun and ammunition was seized by gardaí during a targeted search operation in the Botanic Avenue area of Dublin. A Russian-made 9mm weapon was found during the search. No one has been arrested in connection with the discovery.

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  • Simon Cowell meets his lookalike at X Factor auditions

    Simon Cowell saw the funny side when a man who looked rather like him auditioned for X Factor – and so did viewers. The reality show boss joked that he was drawn to Eddie Lee, teasing that he found him “attractive”, when he turned up to sing Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling In Love. Fans tweeting about the show agreed that Simon and Eddie were two peas in a pod. Of course not everyone saw the likeness. Still, we’ll get another chance to check out the similarities as Eddie made it through to the next round with three yeses.

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  • Donald Trump's immigration comments spark fear for undocumented Irish

    Donald Trump’s latest comments on immigration has sparked fears for the undocumented Irish living in the United States. In a speech to supporters overnight, the Republican nominee reiterated his plans to track down and deport illegal US residents if he becomes President. Of the reported millions of illegal immigrants, 50,000 of those are understood to be Irish citizens. Fine Gael Senator Martin Conway says Mr Trump’s remarks are concerning: “These are people who have had their families in America. “They see America as their home and certainly the inflammatory comments not just last night but indeed other interviews by Donald Trump, certainly does not make those people feel welcome and it certainly

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  • TERRACE TALK: Man United

    For the past three seasons, these interregnums have invariably been greeted with a collective sigh of relief, usually signalling the chance for Poor David or Van Loony to heal one of the developing open wounds. A chance seldom taken, which is why Ed Woodward finally had to bite the bullet and call for Dr José. United fixtures have gone from being something almost to be feared to Events with a capital E relished in the anticipation, and then devoured with the pleasure of a gourmand. Thus sticking to comestible allusions, I salute one of my colleagues for his terrible immediate postmatch headline suggestion yesterday: ‘Rashers saves Mourinho’s bacon!’ Another crooned: “I’d forgotten what it was like to see United chase a winner in the last stages of a game and actually feel there was a chance we’d get one.

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  • Brooklyn Beckham takes after his dad David as he shows off his gym-honed muscle

    Brooklyn Beckham comes from a family that champions health and fitness, and it’s clear he’s picked up some athletic prowess from his retired football star dad David and health-conscious mum Victoria. The 17-year-old model and photographer showed off the results of what appears to be a tough gym routine on Instagram, going shirtless in a couple of posts A photo showed the long-haired and newly-blond young man with boxing gloves on and his face obscured, but his rippling abs on display. This followed a video that showed him impressively bashing out push-ups under the watchful gaze of his personal trainer. He even added a bit of a not-so humble brag, writing: “Easy push-ups.” However, he did struggle

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  • Watch the O’Donovan brothers enjoy ‘breathtaking’ return: ‘We never thought we’d be coming back to this’

    You can imagine the type of conversation between the blue and green channels in Arrivals as the O’Donovan brothers ambled through last night. As it happens, Gary and Paul O’Donovan were afforded the VIP treatment as they landed in Cork last night, complete with fast tracked luggage, back after a globe-trotting few weeks which has turned them into national heroes. The Olympic medal winning brothers, and just over 20 other members of the Irish rowing team who competed at the world championships in Rotterdam where Paul struck gold, touched down at Cork Airport on board Aer Lingus flight EI845 from Amsterdam around 9.20pm – not the first time the brothers have been ahead of schedule. Someone – surely one of the brothers – was cheekily taking pictures of the crowd of hundreds from over the blurred glass, but it was the other members of Ireland’s rowing crew first through the doors, greeted by roars and cheers.

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  • Beyonce's MTV VMAs dress: fans think it looks like everything from a dead parrot to a Furby

    Beyonce took to the MTV VMAs red carpet with her daughter Blue Ivy at her side – and boy does she know how to make an entrance. The Lemonade singer stepped out wearing a couture gown by designer Francesco Scognamiglio. And let’s just say, fans were VERY quick to offer their thoughts. Some loved it, some hated it, some, well, thought it looked like a dead parrot… Here’s a round-up of what fans were saying: This fashion malarkey is for the birds, eh? Furby, anyone? We guess she could use it as a feather duster after the awards? Well, she IS Queen Bey… Pokemon fans were delighted… She is angelic… Wait, Sia is that you? Say what you like, Queen Bey knows how to cause a fashion commotion.

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  • Jurgen Klopp offers reassurance for sulking Daniel Sturridge

    Tottenham 1 Liverpool 1: In this day and age, there is little a Premier League footballer can get away with during a televised game, whether he is on the pitch or not. That is why a picture of a disgruntled Daniel Sturridge, who was dropped to the bench for Saturday’s trip to Tottenham, spread like wildfire on social media early on Saturday afternoon. With Liverpool leading Spurs 1-0 as the game approached its final 20 minutes, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp turned to Divock Origi instead of the England striker, who might have expected to start the game anyway. Sturridge, warming up on the touchline, looked like a man who had just been told his last train home had been cancelled and the cameras

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  • Michael Noonan has meeting with Independent Alliance over tax ruling

    The Independent Alliance have held a meeting with Finance Minister Michael Noonan ahead of an European Commission ruling on Ireland’s tax regime. The European Commission is set to rule today that Ireland’s tax arrangement with Apple amounted to state aid and the multi-national must pay billions in back-tax. However, Fine Gael have said that they would immediately appeal such a decision. Members of the Independent Alliance met yesterday before holding a meeting with Mr Noonan during which they raised a number of concerns and demanded he answer key questions on the issue. They are now due to meet the minister again today to seek these answers. It is understood that members of the Independent Alliance

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  • Referee has objects thrown at him after All-Ireland semi-final – reports

    David Gough was targeted by some Kerry fans as he left the field after the All-Ireland semi-final, according to reports from those in Croke Park, writes Stephen Barry. Irish Examiner reporters at the game noted the behaviour of fans as the referee of Dublin’s two-point win over Kerry exited via the Cusack Stand tunnel, saying he had various objects, including match programmes, thrown at him. “Kerry fans throwing objects at David Gough as he leaves the field,” reported John Fogarty. “Some fans appear to be flinging objects at referee David Gough as he walks off. One more talking point from a fascinating game,” wrote Brendan O’Brien. “David Gough being pelted with match programmes and various other

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  • Horoscopes for Sunday, 28 August 2016

    ARIES You can easily see both sides of almost any issue today, making it challenging to know exactly what to do. You might even wonder if you’re up for the conversation because you’re unclear as to where it could lead. Although you’re trying to keep your feet on the ground, the real world may seem more distant than your dreams. Remember, you have the ability to tap in to a deeper sense of power if you can just cut through the fog and get out of your own way. TAURUS You may find yourself more interested in how things feel now than the truth of what’s behind the mask. You need to be careful today, as you can make incorrect assumptions about something or someone based upon their presentation without

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  • Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright look loved-up in holiday snap

    Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright have shared a sweet holiday photo, as they continue to be plagued by rumours their romance is on the rocks. The couple looked as smily and smitten as ever as they posed with their arms around each other during their trip to Majorca. A sun-kissed Michelle looked elegant in a black skirt and top, with her hair up, as the couple headed out for the eveing. The actress didn’t caption the picure but added a romantic heart emoji and tagged her hubby. Mark then added a video of the pair enjoying a meal in the open air. He captioned it: “One of the nicest places I have been….” While the footage focused on the scenery rather than his wife, Michelle could be seen sipping

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  • US hedge fund Marathon targets Irish property

    Marathon Asset Management, a $13 billion (€11.6 billion) US hedge fund, is building a big Brexit trade, increasing its investments in property across Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, in a bet that they will be among the big beneficiaries from companies leaving London in the next few years. These countries “have the most stable outlook and [are the] most likely to benefit from Brexit,” said Bruce Richards, co-founder and chief executive of the distressed debt and property specialist. Hedge funds were reluctant to put on trades ahead of Britain’s referendum on European Union membership in late June given the closeness of the polls. With the volatility triggered by the vote long since

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  • Cesc Fabregas is mad as hell and he's not going to take it any more

    You have been warned: don’t spread rumours about Cesc Fabregas’ future or he’ll post a mildly irritated message on Instagram. The Chelsea midfielder, who hasn’t yet started a Premier League game under new boss Antonio Conte, has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, but he responded with a photo of himself lifting the Premier League trophy in a Chelsea shirt. Alongside it he wrote: “Contrary to what has been written, the manager and I have a good relationship and he has NEVER told me that I can leave. He said that he counts on me, as I count on him. “I will continue to fight for this club until the very end and when called upon I will always give my very best. I’m fully committed q
  • William ‘Plum’ Smith: Played central role in bringing about loyalist ceasefire

    William “Plum” Smith, who has died after a short illness, chaired the press conference that announced the Combined Loyalist Military Command’s ceasefire. He was one of those central to bringing about that ceasefire. He was also a trade union activist; a former loyalist prisoner, who worked to find ways of reintegrating prisoners into society; chair of the Progressive Unionist Party and campaigner for social and economic justice. He was committed to tackling the lack of educational attainment among Protestant working-class boys. Smith spent five years in Long Kesh prison camp, convicted of shooting a Catholic man 18 times: the man survived. By necessity he was forced to talk and negotiate with

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  • Willy Wonka actor Gene Wilder joins list of celebrity 2016 deaths

    Gene Wilder is the latest famous person to die in 2016. Here is a list of some of the celebrity deaths so far this year: Singer David Bowie died aged 69 on January 10. Actor Alan Rickman died aged 69 on January 14. Eagles frontman Glenn Frey died aged 67 on January 18. Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan died on January 31 aged 77. Author Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, died aged 89 on February 19. Actor Frank Kelly, who played Father Jack in the comedy series Father Ted, died aged 77 on February 28. Coronation Street creator Tony Warren died aged 79 on March 1. Nancy Reagan, former actress and first lady of the United States, died aged 94 on March 6. Beatles producer Sir George Martin died

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  • Are You Being Served? remake panned by viewers

    Critics and viewers were left unimpressed with the BBC’s remake of Are You Being Served? The legendary British sitcom, set in a department store, was revived – with a new cast – on Sunday night. Written by Derren Litten, the creator of ITV’s Benidorm, the show featured Sherrie Hewson as Mrs Slocombe, John Challis as Captain Peacock, Roy Barraclough as Mr Grainger and Justin Edwards as Mr Rumbold. Viewers were not keen on the BBC1 show, which was followed by a one-off Porridge special as part of the BBC’s sitcom season. But there were some satisfied viewers. The Daily Telegraph’s Michael Hogan only gave the show two stars, saying it was a “turgid, interminable half-hour” which made “Mrs Brown’s q
  • Here are the incredible scenes in Skibbereen to welcome home the O’Donovan brothers

    Ireland's Olympic silver medal winning rowers have returned home to a crowd of thousands. Green, yellow and blue Brazil flags flew from windows in the town of Skibbereen in Co Cork and a brass band helped transform the narrow streets into an open air party zone thronged with an influx of visitors who greeted brothers Gary and Paul O'Donovan. The Rio lightweight double sculls competitors claimed the country's first Olympic honours in the sport amid predictions they could go on to dominate for years to come. They inched through packed streets on an open top double decker bus which said: "Home Are the Heroes." Paul O'Donovan, 22, said: "It's a complete shock. "It's all good for the sport and for q
  • Drew Barrymore shares sweaty selfie on Instagram

    Drew Barrymore clearly isn’t too proud to let fans see her when she’s not red carpet ready. The actress shared a rather sweaty post-yoga selfie, which showed her lying exhausted on the floor with damp hair and without a scrap of make-up. She captioned the snap: “#hotyoga #saturday #love.” Mum-of-two Drew, whose divorce from Will Kopelman was finalised earlier this month, seems to have been focusing on her fitness of late. The 41-year-old recently shared images of herself tackling some rather scary looking rock climbing.

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