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  • These two dancers are guaranteed to make you smile

    This ain’t nothing but a Galway thing. Emma O’Sullivan was dancing on the gorgeous cobblestoned streets of Galway yesterday when something very special happened. A young fearless child emerged from the crowd and decided to join her. Clearly inspired by Emma’s talents, the wee one mimics her dancing. Needless to say great craic was had by all. What a beautiful thing, to see a child inspired by our wonderful culture. Hup! H/T Galway Now Magazine and

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  • Family forced to leave home after catching 19 rats in a day

    A family have been forced to move out of their home after catching 19 rats in 24 hours. Michael and Paula McCann and their two children returned from a holiday to find their terraced house in Belfast infested by rodents. Wires of electrical appliances had been eaten through and faeces littered the floors of the property in Rutland Street, off Ormeau Road. The couple believe the rats were able to overrun the house because they had put their cat, Lady, in a cattery while they were on holiday. The family are now staying with friends. The Northern Ireland Housing Executive, which owns the property, is currently looking for alternative accommodation for them. Pest control workers from Belfast City

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  • Cheryl would ‘marry Liam Payne in a heartbeat’

    Cheryl would reportedly marry Liam Payne “in a heartbeat”, as she’s rumoured to be expecting her first child with the 1D star. While the former X Factor judge is legally still married to ex Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini – Cheryl is said to be keen to wed her new beau Liam Payne, sooner rather than later. The news comes after Cheryl sparked claims that she’s expecting, after she appeared fuller-faced in a new L’Oreal advert. “Cheryl has moved on and is ready to start a new life with Liam. He means everything to her, and she’d marry him in a heartbeat,” a source told Heat magazine. Love: Cheryl is happier than ever with Liam | INSTAGRAM “They’ve been broody for ages and Cheryl’s told friends she’d

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  • Son ‘broke table off mother’s back’

    A young man flew into a rage in the family home and broke a table across his mother’s back, a Garda Inspector said at Cork District Court yesterday. Alex McSweeney, of 50 Cherry Lawn, Church Rd, Blackrock, Cork, pleaded guilty to breaching a protection order by putting his mother in fear at the family home on Saturday. Inspector Ronan Kenneally then went on to outline the background to the case. Gardaí in a patrol car who happened to be in the area were flagged down by the defendant’s mother on Saturday night. She had obtained a protection order on August 17. Insp Kenneally said that the defendant’s mother told them that her son Alex had broken a table across her back. It was also stated that

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  • Roma women’s aprons adapted to hide goods

    Four Roma women were caught with aprons adapted to conceal stolen property under their skirts, a Garda Inspector said yesterday at Cork District Court. One of the four women was present to face charges arising out of the case. Vandana Munteanu of 50 Orchard Court, Blackpool, Cork, pleaded guilty to a charge of modifying an article for the concealment of stolen property to be used in the course of theft. The 20-year-old, who had previous theft convictions, also pleaded guilty to several charges of possessing stolen property on the same date. Insp Ronan Kenneally said the crimes were detected on February 25 at Daunt Square, Cork. The inspector said four members of the Roma community were found

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  • Cork needs to make agrifood dream a reality

    I’d like to outline an argument about why Cork city should be a stand-out agrifood industry hub and be recognised as such internationally. It already has the credentials as a home for pioneering third level food science activities. Its geography contains some of the most progressive farmers in the country, and it is peppered with food processing co-ops and private companies. It now needs to leverage that legacy by mapping cultural and business activities which establish it as a globally-recognised location of excellence for entrepreneurship and investment in the agrifood world. That status is not very evident at present. Neither do I hear the international investors our company engages with weekly

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  • Q&A: What is 'black moon' and why are some people panicking about it?

    Apparently on September 30, a “black moon” is set to rise in skies in the Western Hemisphere of our planet. But the thing is, not many people are certain what exactly that means. And some who have heard of it seem to be associating the phenomenon with the end of the world. So what exactly is going to happen? Here’s everything you need to know: What is black moon? There isn’t an official definition of what black moon is. Some believe it is the second new moon in one calendar month. (Note that this shouldn’t be confused with the blue moon, which is a second full moon in a single calendar month.) As Joe Rao, a guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, explains on “A second full q
  • Minister vows action on shower gel, electric cars and food waste

    A tube of exfoliating shower gel might look harmless enough to the average punter, but it may contain microbeads — tiny, but lethal, particles of plastic. A few handfuls of such gel can send up to 10,000 of the non-biodegradeable beads into the sea, where marine life mistake them for microplankton, eat them, think they are full and end up dying through lack of nutrition, while disturbing the sensitive and hugely important marine eco-system. Minister for Climate Change Denis Naughten wants such products, being banned in the UK and US, to be prohibited here. “There is a role for the EU, but there is also a role to be played here in Ireland, so we can stop these microbeads getting into the water

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  • Ireland's top geneticist warns on ‘3-parent’ technique

    The country’s top geneticist has said the breakthrough ‘three-parent’ technique used by doctors to ensure a baby was born free from the genetic condition that killed his siblings could potentially help a small number of couples in Ireland. However, Andrew Green, director of the National Centre for Medical Genetics, warned that the procedure, carried out in Mexico, was still new, untested, and unregulated. He also said there was unlikely to be enough demand for doctors here to gain sufficient expertise in it, so couples may have to travel abroad to avail of it. “It’s very early stages,” said Prof Green. “In humans, apart from the case in Mexico and proposals from the UK, as far as we can tell

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  • Bob Geldof has some very strong words to say about Donald Trump

    Bob Geldof isn’t known for holding back his thoughts and he certainly didn’t while speaking at the opening ceremony of the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada. The activist and musician set his sights on not just Donald Trump, who he labelled a “racist” and a “liar”, but the “commanders of the armies of stupidity” that also included British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Who now believes that trade amongst the nations will lift all out of the great evil that everyone has spoken of – poverty? And especially now that a liar, a fool and a racist vomits his bile onto the disinherited of the United States,” he said. But that wasn’t all. Not even slightly. q
  • Government disagreement with row over welfare bonus bailout

    Disagreement in Government has emerged over whether Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar will get a bailout for his department to pay for the Christmas bonus for welfare recipients and pensioners. Sources close to the Social Protection Minister have confirmed that a supplementary budget this year will to be needed to fund the Christmas bonus. But the Department of Public Expenditure has instead suggested that the Christmas bonus could be provided through savings. Mr Varadkar said earlier this year that he would seek approval to pay the bonus, equivalent to an extra week’s payment for pensioners or welfare recipients. Some €10.9bn is allocated for welfare spending this year. This does not include

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  • Homeless man’s final meal was fire lighters, inquest told

    The tormented final hours of a homeless man unfolded yesterday. Christopher Kelly, 50, who originally lived at St Mary’s Park, Limerick, was pronounced dead on March 30. After taking huge amounts of drink and drugs, his final meal consisted of sticks of domestic fire lighters. While sleeping rough the night before, Mr Kelly consumed large amounts of canned beer having failed to secure a bed in a city centre homeless centre. His gruesome, final, day was recalled at an inquest before Limerick coroner, John McNamara. A friend told the hearing how he met Mr Kelly around 2pm off St John’s Square at the homeless centre. While the friend got a bed, Mr Kelly didn’t. They later met up and went to a laneway

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  • US teen killed father before school-shooting rampage

    A teenager killed his father at their South Carolina home before going to a nearby primary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two pupils and a teacher. The youth, who is reported to be 14, gunned down his 47-year-old father, Jeffrey Osborne, at their home about two miles from the school. Then at about 1.45pm local time on Wednesday he shot one of the the pupils in the leg and the other in the foot, before hitting a female teacher in the shoulder. The teenager was prevented from entering Townville Elementary by veteran firefighter Jamie Brock, who also stopped him escaping. The shooting has shocked the rural town, which is about 110 miles from Atlanta. "We are heartbroken about this q
  • This cute photo of a grandpa doing his wife's hair will remind you that true love does exist

    If you’re still feeling pretty heartbroken about the Brangelina split, we’ve got the perfect remedy. A tweet is going viral that will remind you there are still #relationshipgoals out there for us all. After Amy Pennington’s grandma struggled to style her own hair, she shared this adorable photo of her grandpa helping his wife out. “My grandma had surgery on her wrist and couldn’t do her own hair so my grandpa did it for her”, she wrote on social media. And, yes, as Amy says, it’s total cuteness overload. We also love how grandma is taking a photo of it all in the mirror…what a cool lady. As the married elderly couple took Twitter by storm – the photo has been retweeted more than 90,000 times q
  • Budget calculator: How #Budget2017 will affect you

    Wondering what the Budget 2017 bottom line is for you and your family?  If so check out our budget calculator - developed in conjunction with the KPMG group - which go live right here as soon as the announcements have been reviewed and their impact tallied. See you then.

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  • August retail sales dip 4.7% as car sales decline

    Slowing car sales last month following an initial surge in demand for 162 number plates in July contributed to a 4.7% decline in retail sales during August. The drop-off followed a 13.8% spike in July as consumers splashed out on new vehicles heading into the second half of the year. Despite the negative headline figures contained in yesterday’s Central Statistics Office (CSO) data release, retail sales actually rose by 0.9% in August when motor sales were excluded. This reversed a trend seen over the previous two months when underlying sales (those excluding the motor industry) declined. Davy Stockbrokers chief economist Conall Mac Coille said the figures merely continued the trend of volatile

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  • NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg dies in Los Angeles at 50

    The executive producer of TV’s NCIS and creator of NCIS: New Orleans has died. CBS said in a statement that Gary Glasberg died in his sleep on Wednesday. He was 50. He joined NCIS as a producer and writer in 2009 and became its showrunner in 2011. He launched the New Orleans version of the show in 2014. CBS Television President David Stapf said Gary “brought kindness, integrity and class to everything he did.” His other television credits include Shark, The Mentalist, Crossing Jordan and Bones. He is survived by his wife, Mimi Schmir, and their two sons, Dash and Eli.A memorial service is planned for next month. q
  • Painkillers linked to increased risk of heart failure

    Common painkillers used by millions of people are linked to an increased risk of heart failure, experts have said. Non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen could increase the risk of being admitted to hospital with the heart problem, a study found. Previous studies have linked the drugs to abnormal heart rhythm, which can cause heart failure, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke if taken regularly. The drugs, together with a sub-group of anti-inflammatories known as selective COX-2 inhibitors, are used to control pain and inflammation and are commonly taken by people with arthritis. The new study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ),

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  • Enda Kenny refuses to address Horse Racing Ireland controversy

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has refused to be drawn on the controversial re-appointment of Brian Kavanagh as chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland (HRI). Questions have been raised about the re-appointment, following the revelations that the position was not advertised and that Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe signed off on it under the belief the HRI’s board had already approved Mr Kavanagh remaining in situ. In the Dáil on Wednesday, Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny asked Mr Kenny if he agreed that two Cabinet Ministers had been misled in agreeing with the re-appointment of Mr Kavanagh for a third term. The Sinn Féin TD claimed Mr Donohoe and Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed were misinformed

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  • Emma Watson says she's found her 'tribe'

    Emma Watson has described how she found her “tribe” after launching her HeForShe campaign at the United Nations (UN) two years ago – but admitted it hadn’t come without its difficulties, particularly in the days after. “Two years ago I launched a campaign called HeforShe at the UN in New York. I was very nervous before that speech; the nerves were followed by a tremendous high immediately afterwards and a crashing low a few days after that,” she said. “My best hopes and my worst fears were confirmed all at once. I had opened Pandora’s box to a standing ovation and almost simultaneously a level of critique I had never experienced in my life and the beginning of what would become a series of threats.

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