Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

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

A body has been found in the River Lee in Cork city.

An ambulance had to be sent 50 kilometres from Ennis to East Clare on Wednesday because local paramedics had been redeployed to a call in Limerick.

British pub chain JD Wetherspoons has defended charging Cork punters more for a pint of the city’s famous Beamish stout than in two of its bars in the capital.

There were chaotic scenes in a small Tipperary village yesterday morning after a tractor went out of control and smashed into four parked cars before grinding to a stop on top of a small hatchback.


Lee Keegan has admitted he provoked Diarmuid Connolly prior to the Dublin forward being sent off in last Sunday week’s drawn All-Ireland semi-final.

Kevin Grealish, father of Jack Grealish, has denied reports his son has opted to declare for England instead of Ireland.

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A Hungarian camerawoman caught on video kicking and tripping migrants near the Serbian border has offered a qualified apology for her behaviour.

Humanity’s claim to uniqueness just suffered a major setback: scientists reported that a newly discovered ancient species related to humans also appeared to bury its dead.


The economy continued to grow at a rapid pace in the second quarter of the year, CSO figures published yesterday showed.

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon had record sales last year but its profits dropped by 25%.


Anybody out there with a few bob interested in picking up 14 houses for half a million quid? Michael Clifford attends an auction for Celtic Tiger era properties


Whether you choose to be at home with your children or just can’t afford childcare, life as a stay-at-home mum can devour your identity and sense of self-worth, writes Andrea Mara



Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

Meet Bretagne. On this day 14 years ago she was one of the first search and rescue dogs to arrive at Ground Zero to search for survivors. She recently celebrated her 16th birthday.


We love this two-year-old’s reaction to her Dad saying she can’t have a boyfriend.

Dublin Airport have launched an appeal on social media for the owners of this black and white photograph taken back in 1946.


GAMING: The FIFA 16 soundtrack can be listened to on Spotify right now, thanks to EA Sports. Not every song is featured, but it’s a generous sample.

MOVIES: There’s new information about the title of the two Divergent sequels

TECH: Dell’s new XPS 12 tablet will feature a 3,840 x 2,160 pixel display, according to new rumours.


The Libertines were forced to postpone their gig at the last minute in London last night after Pete Doherty went missing.


Elon Musk says we should nuke Mars, and refuses to admit whether he’s a supervillain or not.


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

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