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Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.


The State Funeral for executed rebel Thomas Kent brings his legacy as the “Forgotten Volunteer” to an end, the Bishop of Cloyne said today. Descendants, dignitaries and hundreds of those who gathered for the service at St Nicholas Church in Castlelyons, Co Cork, have been told he was a man of conviction, motivated by the ideals of patriotism, freedom and self-sacrifice.

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Seventy families are becoming homeless every month, campaigners have warned as they blamed Government decisions for worsening the crisis. Focus Ireland said last year it helped more than 11,500 people who had either lost or were risk of losing their home, compared to 10,000 in 2013 and 8,000 in 2012.

Residents and businesses across the most flood-prone parts of Galway city have been warned to brace themselves for the highest tides to hit the shore in 18 years next week. The water is set to rise to 20 feet – or 5.77 metres – on Sunday week, September 27, which is four inches or 12cm higher than the quay wall at the Spanish Arch.


Agence France Presse reports the body of a four-year-old Syrian girl was discovered today. The unidentified girl was found in the town of Cesme in Izmir province. The inflatable boat she was on sank while attempting to carry 15 Syrians to the Greek island of Chios.

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A computer geek has been jailed for eight years for trying to buy deadly ricin poison from the Dark Web after being inspired by the hit US television series Breaking Bad. Software programmer Mohammed Ali, 31, was found guilty last month of attempting to possess a chemical weapon between January 10 and February 12.


Former Tipperary hurling and football player Eddie Connolly passed away last night. This morning the Tipperary GAA released a press release stating: “It is with great regret and sadness that we learned of the death of Eddie Connolly who sadly passed away last night peacefully at home with his family.”

Great Britain surged into a Davis Cup semi-final lead after Andy Murray produced a performance that Australian teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis just could not live with. 


Ireland head coach Schmidt has gained great success through his pragmatic gameplan, but his assistant Les Kiss believes the World Cup will not be won in safety-first mode. “I’d be reluctant to say that,” said Kiss when asked if conservative rugby wins World Cups.

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There was a very subtle, yet potentially seismic shift in the landscape of mobile internet when iOS 9 was launched earlier this week. In among the new apps, fonts, software tweaks and everything else the download offers there was an application program interface (API) – essentially a piece of code – that enables developers to block adverts that appear on sites within Apple’s web browser, Safari.

The dollar fell after the Federal Reserve last night held off on raising interest rates. The US central bank declined to boost its short-term interest-rate target at a policy-setting meeting, opting to delay an increase amid stubbornly low inflation, an uncertain outlook for global growth and recent financial market turmoil.


The Russian president did not phone Elton John to discuss the anti-gay policies for which Putin has been shunned by national leaders and the Kremlin isolated, says Masha Gessen


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We are doing something wrong in this country as we are on course to be the fattest nation in Europe in 15 years. But what is it asks Andrea Mara?


In 2009, thousands of children in this country were taken to their nearest doctors office or medical centre to take part in a vaccination programme against the swine flu epidemic. For over 80 of these children, who developed narcolepsy in the wake of that vaccination, their lives were changed forever.


Two missing dogs were found safe and well after going missing for a week in Washington State after one stood guard over her companion who had become trapped. Tillie, a setter, stayed with basset hound Phoebe after she had fallen into a water cistern in a ravine.

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To celebrate the release of A Walk in the Woods in cinemas now, we’re giving you the chance to one of five ’Full Moon Walks’ in Glendalough with Hilltop Treks! These Full Moon Walks are an excellent opportunity to see beautiful landscape by the light of the moon.


GAMING: Soma is a new title from Fricional Games. They’ve made creepy things in the past like Penumbra and Amnesia the Dark Descent. And there are more creeps on the way.

MOVIES: So there’s a new trailer for The Last Witch Hunter. It features a cover of Paint it Black...

TECH: PlayStation VR will be released in 2016, this is information we had already. But now there’s word on pricing for the upcoming virtual reality headset from Sony PlayStation.


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Fiona Delany, who plays Maria in Mrs Brown’s Boys, was not allowed on her flight from Glasgow to Dublin for being too far along in her pregnancy. The actress is currently at 36 weeks, but told The Irish Sun that she had a letter from her doctor claiming she was “fit to fly for the month of September".


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Locals of a small bar in Co Kerry got a great surprise yesterday evening as Luke Skywalker himself stopped by to pull a few pints and teach people in ’the ways of the Force’. Currently filming Star Wars Episode VIII on Skellig Michael, Mark Hamill and the crew finished filming for the day and went back to Portmagee, on the west coast of Kerry. They even stopped by the local ’cantina’ for a pint or two.


Incarcerated in Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps Zuzana Ruzickova somehow survived and went on to create the complete recordings of her beloved Bach, writes James Lawless.Book review: Nazi horrors replaced by brutal Soviets for piano player

The Menu was delighted to make recent mention of a new UCC postgraduate diploma in Irish food culture and is equally pleased to announce availability of two new bursaries for same.The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

Milky skincare ingredients keep skin fresh and often suit the whole family, it’s moo-vellous, writes Rachel Marie Walsh.Product watch: Milky skincare ingredients for the whole family

George Orwell’s classic novel foretold a lot, but the manner in which we’ve handed over our personal data to faceless corporatocracies is doubleplus-ungood, says Suzanne Harrington.How we sleepwalked into George Orwell’s nightmarish vision

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