Your Friday evening catch-up

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

TOP STORIES

The death of Brian Friel has prompted tributes from far and wide. “The nation and the world have lost one of the giants of theatre" was the reaction of Taoiseach Enda Kenny on hearing the news of the legendary Irish playwright’s death at the age of 86.

An Post has advised customersnot to post any letters or parcels until further notice.  The company has blamed industrial action by members of the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) in mails processing centres of supplier company IO Systems for the announcement.

A former law lecturer who had been on the run  after being convicted of downloading indecent images of children  has been arrested at Dublin today.

Luas drivers have said that cyclists  should not be allowed to wear headphones while on their bikes.  The appeal was made as gardaí in Dublin launched a new road safety campaign targeting cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.

WORLD

We’d like to shout out the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, who just brought the dream of a thousand lazy people a tiny bit closer to reality. Researchers at the university exposed a thousand molecular changes that take place in our muscles when we exercise. 

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A gunman who opened fire inside a classroom at a rural Oregon college has killed at least nine people before dying in a shoot-out with police.  One survivor said he demanded his victims state their religion before he started shooting.

A baby girl has been shot dead while riding in a car, US authorities have said.  The Cleveland county medical examiner’s office says emergency medics rushed the five-month-old girl to a children’s hospital, where she died after she was in the chest on East 143rd Street near Kinsman Avenue.

SPORT

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Roy Hodgson has dismissed Jack Grealish’s Irish connections as “distant” and said the Aston Villa player made the correct decision — and also the “bolder” one — in declaring for England. 

Dublin are set for another trip through the GAA’s appeals process after the county indicated it would contest Philly McMahon’s proposed one-match ban for his part in an incident with Kerry captain Kieran Donaghy during the All-Ireland football final.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

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Ireland fly half Jonny Sexton has admitted that not being out on the pitch last weekend in Wembley was heartbreaking,  and he hopes the experience this weekend at the Olympic Stadium will be equally exhilarating.

Jared Payne’s foot injury could end up laying him low for Ireland’s crucial World Cup clashes against Italy and France.

For more latest news, views and banter visit our dedicated Rugby World Cup Centre HERE

BUSINESS

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Digicel’s move to block ads on customers’ phones across its entire network is part of a wider shift that will become more pronounced in the coming months and force a fundamental change in advertising, according to a leading expert. 

Buoyant government tax receipts to be announced today today will likely strengthen pressure  for more give-aways in the looming budget.

ANALYSIS

By advancing into Syria, Vladimir Putin will really test the patience of a long-suffering Russian public and militarily may have bitten off more than he can chew, writes William E Pomeranz 

LIFESTYLE

Got an issue? Audrey has the answers . She’s been sorting out Cork’s problems for years.

VIDEO

Fancy a flutter? Neville O’Donoghue, Shaun Cronin and Steve Neville have the best tips for the upcoming games in the Premier League,  including two big rivalries - Everton v Liverpool and Arsenal v Man United.

VIRAL

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These two pitbulls, Missy and Laydie, are excited to see their owner, Étienne Harris when he gets home but they well know that they were up to no good while he was away.

The streaming wars have just gotten a little more heated after Amazon revealed it would no longer sell media streaming devices from Apple and Google. .

TECHNOW

GAMING: Capcom’s special Brazil Games Show character announcement for Street Fighter V  has been spoiled, it seems. Laura, a brand new character, will be joining the playable roster, according to leaked screenshots. 

MOVIES: Future Terminator movies are reportedly on hold as a result of Genisys’ poor showing at the US box office..

TECH: Google announced a lot of new hardware and updates this week,including some additions to the Google Photos lineup.  

SHOWBIZ

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Sam Smith is releasing an extended edition of his chart-topping album In The Lonely Hour, featuring a second CD of new tracks and collaborations. In The Lonely Hour: The Drowning Shadows Edition includes exclusive track Drowning Shadows, a stripped-back ballad co-written with Fraser T Smith, the man behind Adele’s Set Fire To The Rain.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

A gunman who killed nine people at a college in Oregon in the US may have been an IRA supporter. .


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