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IRELAND'S SILVER MEDAL

The O'Donovan brothers have delivered another comedy masterclass  in their post-race TV appearance on RTÉ. Fresh from winning Olympic silver medals in the men’s lightweight double sculls, Gary and Paul brought their trademark honesty to the interview.

With the entire country cheering them on, Gary and Paul O'Donovan  pulled like a dog and won silver, narrowly beaten by France.

IRELAND

The High Court has ordered the extradition of a Wicklow man to the US where he is facing charges  for his alleged links to the Silk Road website.

An American Senator has issued an open invite to Irish citizens  to emigrate to the United States.

Age Action hit out after advisers called for a shift in cultural norms over when people should stop work  but stopped short of demanding reform to working into older age.

Former Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has said he expects to be involved in any likely campaign  to change Ireland’s abortion laws and also remain active in the party.

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary spent six months trying to have the Department of Finance sanctioned  for revealing his attempt to lobby the Government over a key tax policy he believed should have been kept secret.

WORLD

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A wave of co-ordinated explosions have hit cities in Thailand,  killing several people and wounding dozens more.

Nigel Farage has rejected suggestions he bears some responsibility for an apparent spike in race hate  after the Brexit vote, and claimed he had "destroyed" the far-right in Britain.

RIO OLYMPICS

TOP STORY: Ireland has its first medal of the Rio Olympics thanks to the monumental efforts of Paul and Gary O’Donovan  in the men’s lightweight double sculls.

LATEST: Pro 10 Sports Management have broken their silence  on the Olympic ticketing debacle.

ANALYSIS: Golf hasn’t been part of the Olympic programme since 1904 so you would have expected that the commencement of the men’s golf tournament today would be a time for celebration.  tomorrow when golf’s controversial return to the Games finally gets underway. But I can’t help wonder if the struggling sport has missed a golden opportunity, writes John McHenry

SPORT

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Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana obliterated the 23-year-old 10,000 metres world record to claim the first athletics gold of the Rio Olympics.

A letter from Charlton Athletic to one of their fans has been circulating on social media,  writes Douglas Imrie.

BUSINESS

Apple has been given the go-ahead for an €850m data centre in Galway. The facility will cater for the company's Apple Music, App Store, Messages, Maps and Siri customers in Europe.

Liberty Insurance has warned that the spiralling cost of motor premiums is likely to continue to increase across the industry over the coming six to 12 months, though to a lesser extent.

ANALYSIS

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Uncertainty and fear generated following the June 23 vote means sentiment towards the economy has been impacted, writes Jim Power  

LIFESTYLE

It’s been a big year for album anniversaries and classic reissues, so Ed Power asked a bunch of people to select the long player that they love most

VIDEO

Gary and Paul O'Donovan have taken the Olympic world by storm with their skills in rowing and their down to earth attitude. Typical Irish lads, they credit their success to their Nana and her cooking.

VIRAL

First there were the ubiquitous rainbow bagels to sweep your Instagram feed. Now, there are so many more new inventive food trends to take over New York.

Michael Phelps may have won 22 Olympic golds to date, but it seems he will forever be remembered for that glare. Now someone has gone and got that face tattooed on their leg and we all just need to take a moment to appreciate just how ridiculous that is.

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It’s #WorldElephantDay, a time to celebrate the magificient creatures who are sadly in danger and under threat of extinction. We’ve put together nine facts (accompanied with cute pictures) about elephants to help you get to know them a little better.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Trying to review No Man’s Sky is a pretty difficult task. Not only is the game impossibly huge but it’s built in an opaque manner that refuses easy categorisation, especially when it comes to the storyline.

MOVIES/TV: Those big screen DC comics book movies are a pretty dark and dour lot, but on TV things are bright and bubbly and cheerful for the most part in the worlds of The Flash and Supergirl as well as Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.

TECH: Facebook is eager to increase its ad revenue on desktop, but determined ad blockers stand in the way. Adblock Plus unveiled a workaround to counter Facebook's new ads and its plans to restrict software that blocks ads.

SHOWBIZ

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Now we don’t know mean to ruin all your childhood dreams this Friday, but blame Mel C.  The former band member has threatened to sue if the Spice Girls reunion goes ahead without her - this is why we can’t have nice things, there’s always one.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

The O'Donovan brothers have delivered another comedy masterclass  in their post-race TV appearance on RTÉ. Fresh from winning Olympic silver medals in the men’s lightweight double sculls, Gary and Paul brought their trademark honesty to the interview.


Lifestyle

Halloween has really upped the ante in recent years here, hasn’t it?We have moved on considerably since the days of a bin liner fashioned with holes for arms and necks

Sandhoppers for breakfast? It’s just not cricketCrickets for lunch anyone? Time - is running out - to get over our western food prejudices

Why did the Neanderthals go extinct?, asks Richard CollinsDid ear and chest infections wipe out our neanderthal ancestors?

Corkbeg Island near the mouth of Cork Harbour is today an industrial location with Ireland’s only oil refinery whose silver cylinders dominate the low-lying island like giant mugs, writes Dan McCarthy. Islands of Ireland: 'Tanks' for the memories Corkbeg

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