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  • Media whitewash is anything but Jolie good

    When news emerged of Angelina Jolie filing for divorce from Brad Pitt, the internet swivelled its digital eyeball towards Pitt’s first wife, Jennifer Aniston, for her reaction.  ‘Poor Jen’, as she was known for years in the tabloids, had been cheated on, then cast aside, by Pitt for Jolie, who — as you might be aware — went onto become a four legged mega creature with six child tentacles called Brangelina. So how did Jen — now happily married without even a single biological or adopted child, because she didn’t want any, thanks all the same — respond to the news? “F*ck society, you people make me sick,” she was reported to have told the Today show in the US. “While you idiots are talking about

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  • Matthew McConaughey planning to send his kids to the GAELTACHT

    Matthew McConaughey is planning to send his children to the Gaeltacht. The American actor is proud of his Irish heritage and is determined that his three children – Levi, eight, Vida, six, and Livingston, three – retain a connection to Ireland through its language. Matthew, who is married to Brazilian beauty Camila Alves, told The Irish Sun on Sunday: “My kids are really privileged to call themselves Brazilian Irish. “I gotta keep up the Gaelic. I want them reading the literature, I want Riverdancing, I want them saying, ‘grand’ and ‘lunatic to the marvellous. “When they’re older, I want to send them to that Irish language summer camp you guys do, it’s like a rite of passage for you guys, isn’t q
  • Dutch bike company comes up with genius solution to reduce shipping damages

    High-end Dutch bicycle manufacturer VanMoof discovered many of its products were being damaged in transit, meaning they were ruined by the time they reached customers. So the company came up with a sneaky solution – to print a graphic of a flatscreen television on the side of its boxes. So simple, so brilliant. Transporters thought they were delivering fragile TVs – and the company experienced immediate results. VanMoof’s creative director Bex Rad wrote in a post on Medium: “No matter who was doing the shipping, too many of our bikes arrived looking like they’d been through a metal-munching combine harvester.” And earlier this year the team had a flash of genius. Rad added: “Our boxes are about q
  • Here’s Why People Were REALLY Unhappy With The New Episode Of The Fall

    Season 3 of The Fall has finally returned to our screens – and viewers are overjoyed Jamie Dornan is back on TV. The Fifty Shades star has returned as serial killer Paul Spector and the first episode got off to a tense start. The finale of Season 2 ended with Paul being shot, with many wondering will he survive his injuries. The beginning of season 3 focused on Paul’s fight for his life in hospital, and fans thought it was more like Grey’s Anatomy than the intense dark show we’ve all come to love. Take a look at what people thought: Of course things eventually moved on from inside the emergency room, and people seemed happy again…and of course were sharing some hilarious tweets about the episode

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  • Kind words little comfort to Wayne Rooney

    Manchester United 4 Leicester City 1: The kind words came from all directions for Wayne Rooney, yet it is safe to assume none gave the Manchester United and England captain a great degree of comfort. Jose Mourinho, the man who dropped Rooney to the substitutes’ bench, Chris Smalling, the man who replaced him as captain, and even Claudio Ranieri, the manager whose side were dismantled by a revitalised, Rooney-less United, played down the significance of his absence. Yet as he watched from the dugout as United got ruthless, Rooney must have known that while Saturday’s events might not have meant the ‘end of an era’, as some observers claim, they did represent the clearest threat ever to his position

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  • Carnage in Aleppo amid UN fury over Syria 'Barbarism'

    At least 26 civilians have died in fresh government air strikes on Syria's contested city of Aleppo, activists said. Meanwhile the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the spiralling violence but failed to take any action because of deep divisions between Russia and the Western powers. The United States, Britain and France, who called the emergency meeting, heaped blame on Moscow for supporting the Syrian offensive which UN envoy Staffan de Mistura called one of the worst of the five-year war. When Syria's UN ambassador Bashar Ja'afari was called to speak in the council, the ambassadors of the three Western powers walked out in protest. They had demanded a halt to q
  • Family of man who died suddenly in Australia praises work of repatriation trust

    The family of a man who died suddenly in Australia has praised the work of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and the Claddagh Association. Helena Peppard said although it was the middle of the night when she messaged the Claddagh group in Perth, somebody got back to her straight away. Her brother Jamie, 23, had been put on life support after collapsing at work in Perth where his brother John was already living and working. His parents Mary and Tony flew out to him and he was in intensive care when they arrived. Sadly, he died 10 days later on November 23 last year. Helena, who was in Laytown, Co Meath contacted the Claddagh Association in Perth and “someone went straight away to the hospital

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  • Irish diplomat’s home in Tokyo costing €46,000 a month

    The Department of Foreign Affairs has said it is “actively seeking” to buy a home for its ambassador to Japan after the disclosure that the State is paying €46,000 a month to rent an apartment in Tokyo. The ambassador’s residence in Tokyo was more than twice as expensive as any other property rented by the department last year, the Mail on Sunday reported. The outlay on the apartment included access to a spa, swimming pool and gym facilities, a roof garden and a wine and port cellar, it said. Drawing on documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, the newspaper said the residence for Ireland’s consul general in New York cost €20,870 while the department paid €20,050 a month on the

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  • Cold Feet couple Adam and Angela are on the rocks, and fans can't bear it

    First Brangelina, and now Cold Feet’s Angela and Adam? Yes, it looks as if the loved-up couple have gone their separate ways after Adam (James Nesbitt) picked life in the UK with his son over wedded bliss in Singapore with Angela (Karen David). But fans are desperately hoping that it isn’t so, and that the course of true love will eventually run smooth for the smitten pair. Of course Angela is unlikely to get too far – as she walked off to catch her plane to Singapore, many fans spotted that she was actually headed into Arrivals, not Departures. Whoops! It it wasn’t all tears in the latest instalment, with David (Robert Bathurst) providing much of the comic relief. He ended up living in a hotel q
  • Marc Anwar sorry for 'moment of madness' after Corrie axe for Twitter comments

    Sacked Coronation Street star Marc Anwar has apologised for using “unacceptable” language about Indian people, saying his “rant” was a “moment of madness”. The Pakistan-born actor, 45 – who plays Sharif Nazir in Corrie – was axed from the ITV soap after Coronation Street bosses were alerted to his Twitter comments. Marc, who joined the soap in February 2014 as a member of the first Muslim family on the cobbles, issued a video apology, hoping that people “forgive me”. “I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to anyone that I may have offended with my tweets on Friday evening and especially people from India,” he said. “This was never my intention and the language was unacceptable. I feel

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  • How the Irish fared: Chris Hughton happy as Brighton on the up

    Twelve months ago Chris Hughton’s Brighton were in the early stages of an unbeaten Championship run that would ultimately stretch to 21 games. They would lose just five times during the regular season, agonisingly missing out on automatic promotion due to goal difference before falling to Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off semi-finals. Such heartache can break a team and Hughton’s men started this season sluggishly. However, in recent weeks they seem to have rediscovered their mojo, winning three league games on the trot without conceding a goal. Their most recent success, a 2-0 win over Barnsley on Saturday, lifted Brighton to third, three points behind leaders Norwich. “We had that difficult

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  • Toddler airlifted to hospital after severing finger in accident

    A young child has been airlifted to hospital after reportedly severing part of a finger in an accident, writes Patrick Flynn. The toddler, believed to be about 12 months old, is understood to have suffered the injury at their home near Ennis, Co Clare this afternoon. Paramedics responded to an emergency call at around 4.00pm and treated the child at the scene. The Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) was requested to provide an air ambulance to airlift the child to hospital however the helicopter was on another mission at the time. The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was asked to operate in an air ambulance role instead. The helicopter had been on a training mission and q
  • The winners of Tidy Towns 2016 have been revealed

    Skerries has been named as Ireland's Tidiest town for 2016. The north Dublin centre also received the award of Ireland tidiest large town. Other winners announced this lunchtime include Birdhill in Tipperary which claimed the award of Ireland's Tidiest Village. Listowel in Co Kerry becomes Ireland's Tidiest Small Town for the second year running while Ennis in Co. Clare was declared as Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Centre. q
  • Tyson Fury ‘seeking help’ because of ‘witch-hunt’ against him

    Tyson Fury ‘seeking help’ because of ‘witch-hunt’ against him - trainer Tyson Fury's trainer has confirmed the WBA and WBO heavyweight champion is "seeking help" for issues arising over what he believes to be a "witch-hunt" against the boxer. Fury was due to defend his belts against Wladimir Klitschko next month but has been declared medically unfit, postponing the rematch for a second time. Peter Fury, Tyson's uncle and also his trainer, claims his nephew is "at an all-time low" following a wave of negativity and allegations of doping against the 28-year-old. "I think it's a culmination of things," Peter Fury told iFL TV. "When he won the world title the way he was treated, he said to me: 'I q
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Tyndall's groundbreaking space technologies could be worth €1bn to economy

    Eoin English visits the home of the recently launched European Space Agency (ESA) Space Solutions Centre Ireland at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork where innovative work is being done.  Groundbreaking Tyndall projects out of this world ‘WHEN the average person thinks of the word space, they think — look up. When I hear the word space, I think — look down.” That is one of the guiding philosophies of Kieran Drain, chief executive of the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, home to the recently launched European Space Agency (ESA) Space Solutions Centre Ireland. Tyndall, renowned for its groundbreaking research on computer chips, micro-electronics, nanotechnology, and photonics, hopes to use

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  • 'Lawyer' gunman shot dead by police in Texas after nine hurt

    Update 4.30pm: One person is in a critical condition and a second is in a serious condition after a shooting at a shopping mall in Houston in Texas. Seven more people were treated for injures in hospital. The gunman, believed to be a lawyer, was shot dead by police at the scene. They are now investigating whether there were issues at the law firm where he worked. Acting Police Chief Martha Montalvo told reporters a bomb disposal robot is currently being used to examine his car. Update 3pm: Several people have been shot at a shopping centre in Houston, according to police, who said that officers had shot the gunman. Police said that an "active shooter at Weslayan & Bissonnet had been shot by our q
  • Christopher Biggins' comments about bisexuality to face Ofcom investigation

    Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has launched an investigation into axed housemate Christopher Biggins’s comments about bisexuality on Celebrity Big Brother. The pantomime star, 67, was booted out of the Channel 5 show in August after being given three warnings by Big Brother for his remarks on bisexuality and for a comment – which was not broadcast – about gas chambers. During a conversation about homosexuality, the openly gay star said: “The worst type though is, I’m afraid to say, the bisexuals… what it is is people not wanting to admit they are gay.” He was then seen agreeing with fellow contestant Renee Graziano’s comment that “You have to pick a team”. Christopher claimed HIV had been spread

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  • Workers may benefit by just €5 in budget

    The likely increase has been outlined by a number of government departments just a fortnight out from the formal announcement of Budget 2017. Under plans being strongly considered by Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe, the USC rate is likely to be cut by 0.5% for next year. While it has not been formally agreed which USC categories will be affected, it is expected this reduction will be focussed on the three lowest rates - 1%, 3% and, potentially, 5%. The USC move is likely to be the main concession to low to middle-income earners due to the fact the Government has already agreed to use two thirds of the €1bn fiscal space available next year on public spending improvements.

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  • Kenneth Egan: I went off the rails after winning Olympic medal

    Kenneth Egan says he went off the rails after winning an Olympic medal in 2008. The Fine Gael councillor admitted he had a huge problem with alcohol after the games. It comes as addiction service Aiséirí say they need more funding for their centres in the south east. Former boxer Egan says he battled his own addiction after winning silver in Beijing. “[Winning the medal] fast-forwarded my path to recovery,” he explained this morning on Newstalk. “I just went off the rails in ‘08 when I won the medal and went totally nuts, party time. “If I hadn’t won the medal it probably would have been a slow descent into madness whereas this fast-forwarded it. “There was two years of madness and then I knew q
  • Why Ireland's gay community will always be grateful to Fair City

    To mark the recent broadcast of its 4,000 episode, Páraic Kerrigan pays tribute to Ireland’s longest running soap opera, Fair City, and its willingness to fly the rainbow flag in Carrigstown. After twenty-seven years on air, and despite regular criticism from some quarters, RTÉ’s flagship show has withstood the test of time – a testament to the large fan base that still remains loyal to the soap. Undeniably, the show has been at the forefront of tackling major social issues facing Irish society. In doing so, the northside drama has never shied away from representing Ireland’s minorities. Often the inclusion of characters from such minorities has been reflective of the broader changes taking place

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