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  • 'Happy to have cooperated. Nothing to say, sorry': Irish Olympic executives say Pat Hickey led ticketing

    Two Irish Olympic executives have told Rio police that the Olympic Council of Ireland's long-time president, Patrick Hickey was in sole charge of ticketing matters, a top investigator has said. Pat Hickey has been arrested in the touting probe. OCI's team leader Kevin Kilty and chief executive Stephen Martin (pictured arriving for questioning) spoke to police for nearly four hours as witnesses in the investigation that has ensnared Pat Hickey. Earlier this week Mr Kilty and Mr Martin were described as suspects. A Brazillian judge will now decide when and whether the two will have their passports returned. "They cooperated with us in confirming the role of Patrick Hickey as the one who handled q
  • Hillary Clinton blasts Nigel Farage after former Ukip leader's attack at Donald Trump rally

    Hillary Clinton has launched a vicious attack on Nigel Farage after the outgoing Ukip leader said he would not vote for the Democratic presidential hopeful even if he was paid to do so. Farage spoke at a rally for Clinton’s Republican rival, Donald Trump, in Mississippi, drawing parallels between Britain's EU referendum campaign and the businessman’s bid to take the White House. But his comment that “if I was an American citizen I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me” has prompted an angry response. Clinton addressed a campaign rally on Thursday and said: “Just yesterday one of Britain’s most prominent right-wing leaders, a man named Nigel Farage, who stoked anti-immigrant sentiments to win the referendum to have Britain leave the European Union, campaigned with Donald Trump in Mississippi. q
  • 'I feel bad for him': Katy Perry's sympathy for man who was tricked into believing he was dating her for years

    Katy Perry has said her “heart goes out” to a man who was tricked into thinking he was dating her for six years. The pop superstar expressed her sympathy over the situation when she appeared on US station SiriusXM radio on its The Morning Mash Up Show. The man in question is a chap called Spencer, who was led to believe he was in a long-distance relationship with the Firework hitmaker for years as part of MTV programme Catfish: The TV Show. When hearing about the situation, Katy said: “My heart goes out to him, actually. Anybody who’s been fooled like that … people have dreams and people live in different parts of the world where not everything is so accessible. “We live on the coasts and we q
  • Meath man wins almost half a million in Euromillions Quick Pick

    A delighted Meath man won €436,958 after matching five numbers and a lucky star in the Euromillions draw on Friday 5 August. The man, who wishes to keep his win private, purchased his ticket in Carlanstown, Kells, Co. Meath. The delighted winner, who is also a National Lottery online player said he usually plays the Euromillions numbers online, but on this occasion decided to try out his local shop. "I would always play my Lotto and EuroMillions numbers online but I was in my local shop in Carlanstown and I decided to play a Quick Pick there instead, thankfully" he laughed. "I was on my laptop the next day and I was checking the numbers from the previous night and I just could not believe it q
  • Ibiza clubber gets drunk and accidentally splashes £28,500 on a coach

    Wild, drunken nights are often followed by feelings of regret, and it was no different for this clubber who accidentally frittered tens of thousands of pounds on eBay. Davie Little from Durham was partying the night away in Ibiza with not a care in the world, until the eventful evening ended and he realised he’d splashed £28,000 on a coach. Davie Little – Still can’t believe what I did last night… | Facebook “Still can’t believe what I did last night in Ibiza. So I was in Ushuaia last night absolutely loving life with not a care in the world, and the night just flew over,” Davie wrote on Facebook. “When I left the night club I took my phone out of my pocket and realised I had bought a £30,000

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  • Bruce Springsteen breaks his record for longest US show

    It was another record-breaking night for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The Springsteen fan website,, says Thursday night’s show at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium lasted nearly four hours. This broke the previous record for the group’s longest US show of three hours and 52 minutes, set at MetLife on Tuesday – just two days earlier. The Boss’s longest-ever show was four hours and six minutes, in Helsinki, Finland, in 2012. Bruce also acknowledged Thursday was the 41st anniversary of his Born To Run album. The 33-song concert ended with a marriage proposal between a couple who came on stage. There is one more MetLife concert scheduled for next Tuesday. The River Tour 2016, q
  • A massive 'ghost' galaxy made of 99.99% dark matter has been discovered by astronomers

    A “ghost” galaxy almost completely made of dark matter – the mysterious unseen material that accounts for 27% of the universe – has been discovered by astronomers. Even though the massive galaxy, named Dragonfly 44, is relatively nearby in cosmological terms it is so faint that scientists missed it for decades. It was eventually identified last year in the Coma galaxy cluster, about 330 million light years away. Further study revealed that it was no ordinary collection of stars. Although Dragonfly 44 contains roughly same amount of mass as our own galaxy, the Milky Way – equivalent to a trillion suns – only one hundredth of one per cent of it is in the form of stars, dust, gas and other examples

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  • Is this proof Celebrity Big Brother is fake? Watch exposed scripted scenes

    Ok, ok, so we know there is always some kind of script when it comes to Celebrity Big Brother but this is just plain strange. During last night's live feed housemates were seen faking their bedtime routine for the cameras. In the scenes you can see each housemates getting ready for bed and doing their ode to the Waltons routine before lights out, but then the lights suddenly turn back on and housemates quickly jump from the beds as housemate Ricky Norwood congratulates them on a “great take”. The audio from the house was then quickly cut off after Big Brother asked the housemates to “wash your teeth, wash, wash, washing your bodies… and then call it a night” over the tannoy. Although viewers q
  • Husband and wife who died 45 years apart buried together in Belfast

    A priest has spoken about God’s “perfect timing” after he officiated at the west Belfast funeral of a husband and wife who died on the same day 45 years apart. Joseph Murphy, who was buried with his wife Mary on Thursday, was one of the 11 victims of the Ballymurphy Massacre which happened during the introduction of internment without trial in August 1971. Ten people, including Mr Murphy, a priest who had gone to the aid of one of victims and a 50-year-old mother of eight children were shot dead by British soldiers in west Belfast. An eleventh victim, who does not come under the terms of the inquest, Paddy McCarthy, died from a heart attack after a soldier allegedly put an empty gun into his mouth and pulled the trigger.

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  • EBay blames PayPal for closure of EU headquarters

    Internet auction site eBay has blamed its former sister company, PayPal, for forcing it to shut down its European headquarters in Ireland. The online auction house is expected to close its International Operations Centre in Dundalk, Co Louth, in spring next year. The company said PayPal, the online payments firm with which it shares the building and which took control of it after both firms split last year, has asked it to leave. “We can confirm that PayPal has served us notice as tenants of its Dundalk facility. We will begin a formal consultation process with our colleagues in Dundalk and will share any further information with them as a matter of priority,” said an eBay spokesman. EBay bought

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  • SpaceX Dragon heads back to Earth with 12 mice and 3,000 pounds of research and equipment

    A SpaceX Dragon capsule headed back to Earth on Friday with a load of science experiments and gear from the International Space Station. Nasa astronaut Kate Rubins waved goodbye as the Dragon slowly flew away, aiming for a splashdown in the Pacific, just off Mexico’s Baja California coast. It’s loaded with 3,000 pounds of research and equipment, including 12 mice that flew up on the Dragon as part of a genetic study. Rubins and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi used the big robot arm to release the capsule Friday morning 250 miles above the Timor Sea north of Australia. Onishi said he was sad to see the Dragon go: “We had a great time and enjoyed it.” Mission Control thanked the astronauts for q
  • Watch the awkward moment Nicole Scherzinger gives the silent treatment over Cheryl question at X Factor launch

    Nicole Scherzinger kept schtum when she was invited to gush over Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at this year’s X Factor launch. The former Pussycat Doll, 38, was quizzed about whether she would have liked the ex Girls Aloud singer, 33, to have joined her on this year’s judging panel of the TV show. “Are you not disappointed that you missed out on Cheryl?” she was asked on the red carpet of the glitzy event. But Nicole remained silent, perhaps not hearing the question. When she was asked again, “Cheryl Fernandez-Versini?”, Nicole did not answer and instead looked away. The star did have warm words for the current line-up of judges, featuring Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne. She said of

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  • University of Notre Dame opens campus in Connemara

    LORNA SIGGINS The north American University of Notre Dame has marked the opening of its new campus in Connemara with a tribute to High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly and Mother Abbess Máire Hickey of Kylemore Abbey. Mr Justice Kelly and Mother Abbess Hickey were awarded honorary degrees at Notre Dame’s education centre in Kylemore Abbey yesterday evening as part of a blessing and dedication ceremony. University of Notre Dame provost Thomas Burish was among more than 100 academics and management representatives who travelled from the Catholic university in Indiana, close to Chicago, for the event. Glen Dimplex owner Martin Naughton, and his wife Carmel, American ambassador to Ireland Kevin

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  • Shane Duffy leaves Blackburn after rollercoaster month

    Irish international Shane Duffy has joined Brighton on a four-year deal. Chris Hughton has signed the 24-year-old centre-half from Championship rivals Blackburn for a reported £4.5million. Blackburn have already replaced Duffy by signing Irish under-21 international Tommie Hoban on-loan from Watford. Meanwhile, Aston Villa have allowed Irish Under-21 international Kevin Toner to join League One side Walsall on loan until January. The Meath native is highly-rated at Villa Park and was widely tipped to break into their first-team squad this season. q
  • Tanning salon operator charged over €300,000 cocaine seizure

    A tanning salon operator has been granted bail after he was charged over a seizure of cocaine at a north Dublin apartment. Gardaí from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau including the Serious Crime Task Force, supported by local units, carried out a search of an apartment at Auburn Park in Castleknock on Monday. A submachine gun and ammunition were recovered, and a quantity of cocaine worth more than €300,000. David Tennyson (37), with an address at Carrigallen Drive in Finglas, Dublin, was arrested at his home on Monday and detained at Blanchardstown Garda station under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. He was charged and brought to appear before Judge Gráinne

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  • What not to say to a stressed-out colleague

    I was recently stressed out and sleepless because I had to tell a difficult senior colleague something he wouldn’t like — and I dreaded his pushback. An acquaintance listened to me and said: “People have yelled at me for far less.” His attitude shifted my perspective by normalising the conversation that lay ahead. If you want to support a stressed-out colleague, it can be helpful to know what not to say. Here are five things to avoid. 1. No cliches, no platitudes: these just depress stressed-out colleagues because they sound empty. 2. No one-upmanship: if your intention is to help, a lot of “I” talk that makes a colleague and her concerns feel inconsequential won’t do it. Hold the story about

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  • James Corden outsings Britney Spears in the latest Carpool Karaoke

    Well it’s finally here, the Britney Spears carpool karaoke we’ve all been waiting for and let’s just say oops, she did it again - yes, she mimed. The pop star jumped into the passenger seat with James Corden and despite giving it socks to her 1998 debut single Hit Me Baby One More Time, complete with school uniforms and pigtails, she pretty much mimed the entire thing - leaving poor James on his own to hold the tunes. Singing aside, Britney did hilariously admit that she didn’t know what her song ‘Oops! … I did it again’ was about before hilariously revealing a few of her aliases. The mum-of-two also told James she hoped to have more children in the future but admitted she was “done with men”. q
  • Being overweight linked to eight more types of cancer

    Being fat could lead to even more cancers than previously thought, experts have warned. Researchers have linked being overweight or obese to eight more different types of cancer. Having excess body fat can increase a middle-aged adult’s chance of developing cancers of the stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, ovary, and thyroid, as well as a type of brain tumour called a meningioma, and the blood cancer multiple myeloma, according to the International Agency for Cancer on Research (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organisation. The study, part of the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention programme, saw experts examine more than 1,000 studies of excess weight and cancer risk. Previous work from

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  • UK Strongest Man contest attracts four of Ireland’s best

    Four of Ireland’s strongest men have turned out to bench press logs, haul bags of steel and pull trucks tied to their waists to see if they can compete against the UK’s toughest. It is the 13th year of the UK Strongest Man competition, which began at Belfast City Hall this afternoon. Irishmen Sean O’Hagan, Ivan Gannon, Pa O’Dwyer and Jonathan Kelly are among a field of 16 burly competitors, each determined to muscle their way to the top. The men started things slowly, lifting the equivalent of two people above their heads in the first of a gruelling series of tests. Bench-pressed 150kg Five-time champion Eddie Hall, from Staffordshire in the UK, bench-pressed a 150kg log 19 times in an effortless

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  • Wins for Chelsea, Arsenal, Leicester and Everton as Premier League takes shape

    Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the season to move top of the Premier League as Leicester and Arsenal celebrated claiming maiden victories on Saturday. First-half goals from Eden Hazard and Willian put the home side in charge against Burnley at Stamford Bridge before Victor Moses made absolutely certain of victory a minute from time. That made it three wins out of three for Antonio Conte’s side and took them clear at the top of the table with Manchester City not in action and Hull and Manchester United facing each other in the late kick-off. Leicester secured the first win of their title defence with a 2-1 victory over Swansea, despite Riyad Mahrez missing a second-half penalty. Jamie

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