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The family of Bryan Whelan, who died in a freak incident on the River Shannon last Saturday, has paid him an emotional tribute.

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Road banter fills locals with interest in Clare

Clare County Council has engaged in a little spray-paint diplomacy – graffiti, as such – in an effort to improve local communications.

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Guns in rural homes to deter thieves

Residents in the rural Limerick community which has lost its Garda station and where a man collapsed and died during a botched burglary earlier this week have resorted to storing guns in their homes to combat the mounting threat from criminals.

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Plea made to save last remains of oldest bog road

Conservationists are pleading for emergency action to stop destruction of the country’s oldest known bog road.

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26% surge in overseas coach tourist numbers

New research shows that coach tourist numbers reached their highest level in recent years in 2014, when 369,000 overseas visitors opted to use this mode of transport to see Ireland — an annual increase of 26%.

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Film Board says ‘Star Wars’ Skellig shoot ‘confidential’

The Irish Film Board has broken its silence around the upcoming Star Wars shoot on Skellig Michael by saying it must adhere to confidentiality demands from producers.

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Social workers ‘feeling burden of policies’

Some social workers feel inhibited in their work because they are overburdened by policies amid growing caseloads, according to research.

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Student grant for asylum seekers

Dozens of asylum seekers can apply next week for student grants and to be exempt from international college fees that would make higher education here impossible for them.

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Greens want to provide every schoolchild with a hot meal a day

A new policy to give every schoolchild at least one hot meal a day has been launched by the Green Party.

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Pubs a major draw for visitors to these shores

From the Cliffs of Moher to the Book of Kells, Ireland has a lot to offer in terms of celebrated tourist destinations.

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IT merger sees sixth facilitator in 2 years

A sixth facilitator in two years has been appointed to try to get Carlow and Waterford Institutes of Technology back talking about merger plans for a possible joint university application.

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Gender quota issues for Fianna Fail

Fianna Fáil is in a “conundrum” over whether party headquarters should issue a directive to select only a female candidate for a Co Dublin constituency, it has been claimed.

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Hollywood star Jeremy Irons at Tech Amergin, Waterville, Co Kerry, with Alyssa Coffey from Waterville, Peter Holthusen, and Vincent O'Mahony where the actor unveiled a plaque in memory of those who have lost their lives to suicide.

VIDEO: Jeremy Irons unveils Kerry suicide memorial

We may not understand why someone one takes their own life. We may not understand why someone even contemplates it. But this lack of comprehension does not mean we can ignore the issue, according to actor Jeremy Irons, because it’s an issue that desperately needs to be talked about.

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Authority defends decision not to investigate CIT allegations

The authority responsible for the governance of higher- level education has defended a decision not to carry out its own investigation into allegations of misspending made against Cork Institute of Technology.

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Islanders ‘stunned’ at withdrawal of Aer Arann service

The Government has been accused of ignoring the concerns and wishes of Aran Islands residents by withdrawing the air service contract for the islands from Aer Arann.

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Hi-tech pump gives diabetic ‘new lease of life’

It’s being described as a “breakthrough towards an artificial pancreas” and it has certainly transformed the life of diabetic Mary Vaughan.

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Parkinson's disease affects tens of hundreds of thousands of neurons in a few specific regions of thebrain, causing them to increase their energy consumption and effectively 'burn out'.

Researchers: Parkinson’s makes brain cells burn out

Cells in the brain affected by Parkinson’s disease die prematurely because they are prone to burning out “like an overheating motor”, research claims.

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