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  • US President Trump takes to Twitter to blast celebs that marched yesterday

    US President Donald Trump has taken to twitter to criticise celebrities who took part in yesterday's demonstrations against his policies. Yesterday, millions of women across the world held anti-Trump protests. In a separate tweet he claims more people watched his inauguration on TV - compared to President Obama's second inauguration. The White House is also disputing photographic evidence showing a smaller than expected attendance at Friday's event. q
  • Things might be a bit awkward between Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain next week

    Piers Morgan has had his fair share of run-ins with people on Twitter. But just in case there was anybody out there who still didn’t know, Piers chose to voice his displeasure at the Women’s Marches that took place around the world on Saturday – leading to an awkward exchange with his Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid. The journalist spent most of the day arguing on Twitter over his “Men’s March” idea, and claimed that the name of the Women’s March was sexist. Before proceeding to tell women why they were marching. And bringing his old foes Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski into it. Eventually, Susanna had enough. There was something she wanted to point out. It’s not the first time

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  • Our Wedding Story: Love and friendship grew after Limerick encounter

    Barry McElligott and Laura-Kate O’Neill In March 2005, Barry, a financial business analyst from Co Limerick, and Laura-Kate were students at the University of Limerick when they met – through Barry’s cousin Chris – on a night out. “We went on a few dates and our love and friendship grew as the years went on,” says Laura-Kate, a recruitment team leader. “Ten years later Barry popped the question!” On June 24th, 2016, Barry and Laura-Kate’s wedding was conducted by Fr Pierce Cormac at St Patrick’s Cathedral in the bride’s native Skibbereen, where the music was provided by friends. The couple’s love for the sea was reflected throughout the day, from the church – where shells gathered by their parents,

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  • Celebrities stayed away from the inauguration, but turned up in force for Women's March On Washington

    Donald Trump’s inauguration may not have been the star-studded event that incoming presidents usually enjoy, but the celebrities did descend on Washington DC this weekend – just for a different event. The Women’s March On Washington was awash with big names only too glad to lend their support to the protest against Trump taking office, which had a much more packed list of performers and speakers than we saw yesterday. Madonna took to the stage to sing a few bars of Express Yourself and told the crowd: “Welcome to the revolution of love! To the rebellion. To our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny. The revolution starts here.” Alicia Keys also broke into song with her hit Girl On

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  • You'll never guess what Geri Horner has named her new baby boy

    Geri Horner has named her infant son Montague. The Spice Girl, who welcomed her new arrival on Saturday morning, announced the news online. She shared a sweet picture of the newborn’s foot, and wrote: “Montague George Hector Horner arrived this morning, a beautiful little brother for Bluebell and Olivia #amazing-day #grateful #monty.” There have been reports that Geri, 44, picked George as a middle name in honour of her late friend George Michael. Geri also posted a picture on Instagram showing pink and blue cupcakes with the names of her whole family piped on the top – herself, husband Christian Horner, her 10-year-old daughter Bluebell and Christian’s daughter Olivia. A blue-iced cake reads q
  • Sinn Féin's replacement for Martin McGuinness set to be named. Here are the contenders

    SINN FÉIN IS expected to announce its replacement for Martin McGuinness as the party’s de facto leader in Northern Ireland later today. Last week, McGuinness announced that he is stepping away from politics and will not seek re-election to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Sinn Féin has now said that it will make an announcement this afternoon and it is expected that the party will confirm who will lead them into the upcoming Stormont elections. The party’s choice would be their nomination for First Minister or Deputy First Minister should Sinn Féin enter government in the north. In his statement confirming his departure, McGuinness said that he felt it was time for a “new generation of republicans” q
  • Kate Beckinsale is picture perfect at London Critics' Circle Film Awards

    Kate Beckinsale dazzled on the red carpet at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards. The British beauty shrugged off the cold, arriving at the event in an elegant white dress with cape sleeves and a black belt. Her monochromatic look was finished off with strappy black heels and sparkling earrings. Kate, who is up for two acting gongs at the awards for her movie Love & Friendship, wore her brunette locks in gentle waves over her shoulders. She wasn’t the only one favouring black and white on the carpet, with Kristina Rihanoff also opting for a monochrome gown. Isabelle Huppert kept things simple in basic black, wearing a long-sleeved dress and some rather sensible looking shoes. Naomie Harris q
  • The struggle is so real for this guy hanging off the back of a London bus

    We’ve all been in the situation where, after scanning your Oyster card, you’re a little shocked to find it has little to no money on it. You start thinking back on the journeys you’ve taken that day, doing the sums in your head. It doesn’t add up. But even under those circumstances we can’t imagine many people have done the following. That’s a guy holding on to the back of a bus in East Ham, according to the Snapchat filter. Yeah, the struggle is real. And while what he’s doing is illegal you have to respect his courage and creativity. It’s not something we’re used to seeing in London, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

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  • Boy George praises Melania Trump for inauguration day

    Boy George expressed his concern that the LGBT community did not get a mention in US president Donald Trump’s inauguration speech. The former Culture Club singer aired his political views during Paris Fashion Week, where he also defended new first lady Melania Trump after criticism surrounding her modelling career. Speaking at the Dior Homme show, he said: “You know what, as somebody who has a past, I think it’s really wrong and mean-spirited of women to be so abusive,” and added that Melania “looked amazing” throughout the inauguration events. On the new era of the US presidency in general, he said people should “remain positive”, but joked that Trump failed to speak about the LGBT community q
  • Fuel prices see biggest monthly increase in almost two years

    Fuel prices have seen their biggest monthly increase in nearly two years. The AA says petrol and diesel are up by 5 cent a litre, compared to December. Petrol prices are now at their highest since March 2015. The AA says the average cost of a litre of petrol is just over €1.36, while diesel is just under €1.27. It is calling for a reduction in what it calls "excessive" fuel taxes. An estimated 63% of the retail price of petrol consists of taxes. Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs at AA Ireland highlighted. “While it’s impossible to know what the long-term future holds when it comes to fuel prices, currently all the factors which inform prices are trending into the wrong direction for q
  • Wayne Rooney is Manchester United's record goalscorer, but who makes up the top 10?

    It’s a historic day for Wayne Rooney and Manchester United, with the 31-year-old England captain overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton to become the club’s record goalscorer. Rooney’s 250 goals put him at the top of an illustrious list, filled with more than a few names you’ll recognise. Quite a few midfielders in there, did you notice? The strike that sent Rooney top of the pile came late on in an away draw against Stoke City to rescue a point for Jose Mourinho’s team, so it was important for more than one reason. And it wasn’t just one record that was broken by his stunning free-kick. Here’s something to help you reminisce. Can Rooney’s legacy ever seriously be doubted? His manager certainly didn’t

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  • Was that Robbie Williams auditioning for Let It Shine?

    Gary Barlow had a surreal experience in Let It Shine tonight when a familiar face came in to audition. Dan Budd took to the stage to show off his vocal talents, but everyone was a bit thrown by his day job – as a Robbie Williams impersonator. Viewers thought the likeness was uncanny. Dan wasn’t just about the looks, either. However, not everyone thought it was a good idea.

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  • French far-right leader Le Pen calls on Europeans to ‘wake up’

    French far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged European voters to follow the example of Americans and the British and “wake up” in 2017 at a meeting of far-right leaders. Ms Le Pen told several hundred supporters in the German city of Koblenz that Britons’ vote last year to leave the European Union would set in train a “domino effect”. “2016 was the year the Anglo-Saxon world woke up. I am sure 2017 will be the year the people of continental Europe wake up,” she said to loud applause on Saturday. Ms Le Pen, head of the anti-EU, anti-immigrant National Front (FN) and seen by pollsters as highly likely to make a two-person runoff vote for the French presidency in May, has marked out Europe as a major

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  • The full story behind the Cork footballers' new gym in Fermoy

    The Christy O’Connor column In an interview this week, Cork county board chairman, Ger Lane, spoke about the gym the Cork footballers are using in a warehouse in Fermoy. Two days earlier, in the Irish Examiner, the recently retired Paddy Kelly had spoken about how the players had come to set up the gym. It was suggested in the same interview that the players had kitted out the building with gym equipment and painted the area themselves. Lane said that the equipment was neither paid for nor installed by the footballers. He also said that the players hadn’t put a drop of paint on the walls. The broad details are that the county board paid the rent for the building and fitted it out with gym equipment

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  • 300 women diagnosed with cervical cancer in Ireland every year

    Around 300 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Ireland every year. The Irish Family Planning Association and Cervical Check are launching the Pearl of Wisdom campaign today to raise awareness of the importance of regular screening. Women between the ages of 25 and 60 are being encouraged to book their free smear tests when they receive their Cervical Check letters. Dr. Catríona Henchion, medical director of the IFPA, explains why early detection is so vital: "The treatments are going to prevent a person developing cancer, so they won’t have to have radical surgery or invasive treatment. "They will be having a small outpatient treatment, that will prevent them from developing cancer, "Once q
  • Kylie gets Sasse-y as she vows to take husband's name when they tie the knot

    Singer Kylie Minogue has revealed she plans to take her husband’s name when she gets married. The Australian star, who is soon to marry fiance and actor Joshua Sasse, said taking a different name “makes a statement”. It will be an even bigger statement for the star, whose name has been recognised around the globe both as an actor in Neighbours and as a singer, for almost 30 years. In an interview with The Daily Mail, she said: “Kylie Sasse is a great name…Kylie Minogue has never exactly tripped off the tongue. “I’ll definitely be taking Sasse but there will be Minogue in there somewhere.” Kylie, 48, met her husband-to-be in 2015 when she made a guest appearance on the US series Galavant, which q
  • Caitlin Moran reveals fear of dying before her work is complete

    Writer Caitlin Moran has revealed her deepest fear of dying before documenting all the stories she has planned. The Raised By Wolves creator also predicted her death would be the result of lung cancer, as she “cannot stop smoking”. Her comments came during an in-depth interview with Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4′s Desert Island Discs on Sunday. Asked what advice she would give herself, the mother-of-two, said: “You will die soon so keep writing. “Once you start making a list of all the stories that haven’t been told, the characters you have seen, it’s a lifetime’s work and I panic that I won’t even get a third of the way through it before I die.” Now marking 25 years as a columnist at The Times, q
  • Dancing on ice in Toyota’s latest GT86

    Standing on the cusp of 66 degrees north, the official latitude for the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi would probably be a one-reindeer town if it wasn’t for Santa. The bearded present-giver with a paunch and a penchant for ho-ho-hoes is apparently at home in the Finnish town. Other snow-clad locations may dispute the claim, but as far as the Finns are concerned, this is Santa Central. To prove the point they have built an impressive theme park of Christmas kitsch right on the line where the Lapland town meets the Arctic Circle. It’s a balmy -15 degrees when we arrive, there’s a five-hour window of daylight, and everywhere – and everything – is covered in a layer of snow thick enough to swallow an

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  • First poll of 2017 brings good news for Fianna Fáil

    Fianna Fáil have opened up a six-point lead on Fine Gael in the first opinion poll of the year. The poll by ‘Behaviour and Attitudes’ also sees a major rise in support for unaligned independents. The first poll of 2017 shows Fianna Fáil unchanged on 29%, but with Fine Gael down three points to 23%. That is around level where Fine Gael were immediately before the Budget last October, when Fianna Fáil held a lead of 7%. Sinn Féin are on 17%, down 2%, while AAA/PBP are up 1% to 5% – level with Labour who are unchanged. The Independent Alliance is down two points to 3%, level with the Greens, with the Social Democrats on 1% and Renua failing to register. The biggest winners of this poll are unaligned

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  • Renton and Sick Boy step out for Trainspotting 2 premiere

    Renton, Sick Boy and co were reunited on the red – or orange – carpet at the premiere of Trainspotting 2. Ewan McGregor and most of the original cast have reunited with director Danny Boyle for the follow-up to the ground-breaking 1996 hit. T2 Trainspotting is based on the Irvine Welsh novel Porno. The film, which has won rave reviews, is set in the present day with the main characters – Renton (Ewan McGregor), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) now in middle age. Ewan looked cool and casual on the carpet, where he posed for pictures with original Trainspotting star Kelly Macdonald. Jonny was also dressed down, wearing a leather jacket over his navy shirt q