Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

IRELAND

There are unconfirmed reports of  shots being fired  at an incident that occurred this morning at Waterville Post Office.The incident took place at 11.50am this morning. Radio Kerry reports that Killarney gardaí are on the lookout for a blue Ford car and there are other reports that a Garda helicopter is also searching the area.

Allegations of homosexuality and the use of a gay dating app  are the reasons why Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will no longer send trainee priests to the seminary in Maynooth.

Deep concerns were last night expressed for the  well-being of the ex-politician  who was released from Garda custody having been arrested three times over the weekend.

Irish Water is denying media reports it is putting a roof on a Dublin reservoir amid fears of a terrorist attack.  The utility has said the Stillorgan facility is only one of two reservoirs in Ireland that is not yet covered.

The Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has said any sugar tax legislation  needs to be legally “foolproof”.

An Irishman who has been locked up in Australia after his visa expired  is to return home this week.  26-year-old Bernard Lee from Greystones in Wicklow was arrested by armed police last week after it was discovered that he was in the country illegally.

The Government has confirmed it has reached an agreement to buy almost 5,000 acres of the Dublin mountains.  The area will become part of the Wicklow Mountains National Park.

WORLD

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An Emirates flight from India with 275 people on board has crash-landed at Dubai's main airport,  sending black smoke billowing into the air and halting all traffic at the Middle East's busiest airport.

Ahmed Zewail, a science adviser to US President Barack Obama who won the 1999 Nobel Prize for his work on the study of chemical reactions over immensely short timescales, has died at the age of 70.  His death was announced by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, where he was Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and director of the Physical Biology Centre for Ultrafast Science and Technology.

SPORT

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Dundalk are now one game away from the Champions League group stages and are guaranteed at least a place in the Europa League. It’s a stunning achievement for the side who went into last night’s crucial second leg a goal down against BATE Borisov.Football fans rushed to congratulate them after their 3-0 victory, but when the FAI joined a lot of League of Ireland fans were unimpressed.  

Sister clubs Lyre and Banteer are seeking a “clearly defined and agreed written plan”  for the future of Cork GAA, and have called on other clubs to hold special meetings so that members’ views can be aired.

BUSINESS

Pfizer reported better-than-expected quarterly results, driven by lower taxes and sales of generic medicines,   but revenue from its branded patent-protected medicines brought disappointment.

Irish startup Pulsate has gained the backing of global payments company PayPal  as well as government agencies and a leading investment fund as part of a $1.5m (€1.34m) funding round.

LIFESTYLE

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Promoting maths and science has become an issue in our schools, but where does this leave a child’s love of the arts?  Marjorie Brennan reports

ANALYSIS

On the centenary of Roger Casement’s death,  Ryle Dwyer examines  the background to his execution for trying to get German help for the Easter Rising that he later tried to call off 

VIDEO

You probably won't see this event at Rio. The first ever intercontinental 'Beer Mile World Classic'  was held in England with participants travelling from around the world to compete.

VIRAL

Arguably, the Tuesday after the Bank Holiday isn’t the optimal time to test your brain power. But if you’re looking for a challenge,  give this logic quiz a go. From riddles to maths sequences, these ten questions require a bit of time to puzzle out.

Yesterday afternoon, motorists outside Killorglin in Kerry would have done a double take as a camel of all things  was strolling down the road.

TECHNOW

GAMINGA new update  has been released for Overwatch  to tie into this year’s Olympics in Rio.

MOVIES/TV: Cruel Intentions is coming back, this time in the form of a TV series  that's currently gestating at NBC and might find a racier home.

TECH: Facebook will stream its first professional football match today through Facebook Live.  The match in question will be the pre-season testimonial between Manchester United and Everton. It will be available to watch on both Manchester United’s and Wayne Rooney’s Facebook pages.

SHOWBIZ

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Suicide Squad is one of this year’s most hotly anticipated blockbuster movies and, ahead of its release on Friday,  the reviews are in.

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Arguably, the Tuesday after the Bank Holiday isn’t the optimal time to test your brain power. But if you’re looking for a challenge,  give this logic quiz a go. From riddles to maths sequences, these ten questions require a bit of time to puzzle out.


Lifestyle

Food news with Joe McNamee.The Menu: All the food news of the week

Though the Killarney tourism sector has been at it for the bones of 150 years or more, operating with an innate skill and efficiency that is compelling to observe, its food offering has tended to play it safe in the teeth of a largely conservative visiting clientele, top-heavy with ageing Americans.Restaurant Review: Mallarkey, Killarney

We know porridge is one of the best ways to start the day but being virtuous day in, day out can be boring.The Shape I'm In: Food blogger Indy Power

Timmy Creed is an actor and writer from Bishopstown in Cork.A Question of Taste: Timmy Creed

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