Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

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


Crowds have begun to gather in Cork today for the State Funeral of executed rebel Thomas Kent. Kent was executed in May of 1916. His remains were removed from Cork Prison in June and formally identified after DNA testing. A Requiem Mass will be held at St Nicholas’s Church in Castlelyons, Co Cork, after which Kent’s remains will be reinterred in the Kent family vault.

RTÉ are providing a live broadcast of the funeral Mass from 1.45pm.

Your Friday lunchtime catch-up


The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned that all demands cannot be met in next month’s Budget. Addressing a business leaders’ dinner in Dublin last night, Enda Kenny repeated the maximum extra money available for spending and for tax cuts in the October 13 Budget is €1.5bn.

Former Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Bertie Ahern has labelled the gender quota system "mad". His comments come after Fianna Fáil Councillor Daithí de Róiste was told his name cannot be considered by members to contest the General Election because of his party’s struggle to meet gender quotas.

The southbound bore of Dublin Port Tunnel has re-opened. Both bores were closed following a fire this morning and Gardaí lifted the HGV ban in Dublin City Centre.


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Croatia has closed all but one of its border crossings with Serbia after straining to cope with more than 13,000 migrants who have entered the country after Hungary closed its border. Huge numbers of people surged into Croatia after Hungary erected a barbed wire fence and took other tough measures to stop them from using it as a gateway into western Europe.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump faces more criticism after he declined to correct a questioner at a town hall event who incorrectly said president Barack Obama is a Muslim.

A young black teenager was arrested for ‘jaywalking’ by about nine police officers in California after he was apprehended by one officer for allegedly stepping into an bus-only lane. The incident was recorded by another passer-by after the police officer initiated physical contact on the 16-year-old African American.


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Kerry GAA chairman Patrick O’Sullivan says he is "fairly relaxed" about Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s future as the Kingdom’s football manager - but admitted they will only get down to serious talking about a new term after Sunday’s All-Ireland final. Fitzmaurice concludes his three year term in charge of Kerry after Sunday’s decider and is keeping his cards very close to his chest regarding a further term at the helm.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no interest in reopening a war of words with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.


Conor Murray said Ireland are keen to lay down a marker with a powerful performance against Canada on Saturday. Tougher tests await Ireland in later matches of the World Cup group stage, but the Munster scrum-half said Ireland need to make a strong start.

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


Former workers of Clerys in Dublin will hold a protest outside the iconic department store on O’Connell Street this afternoon. One hundred and thirty staff and more than 300 concession workers lost their jobs when Clerys went into liquidation in June.

Merlin Entertainments said it might be another two years before visitor numbers at its Alton Towers theme park recover to previous levels following a roller coaster crash in June which hit summer trade and took a chunk out of profits.


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f Kenny waits until March he leaves too much time for something to go badly wrong, and not enough time to fix it, writes Alison O’Connor


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


Those who came to pay their respects to Thomas Kent started queuing up more than hour before they were let in to see his coffin at Collins Barracks last night. First in the queue was Noel Raymond, 47, from Macroom. He said he had always been interested in the history of Thomas Kent and those times.

“I think it’s been forgotten by the last two generations,” he said. “I’m very glad to be part of this. My grandfather and great-grandfather were in the West Cork Brigade [Old IRA].”


We hear a lot about eating whole foods and being aware of where produce comes from but do we full realise what has to happen for us to be able to order a sandwich in a deli. Andy George from the YouTube channel How To Make Everything is dedicated to finding out just what it takes to make those things we take for granted and in this episode, he decided to make a sandwich from the very beginning.

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In a world where vlogging is the new blogging and snapchat is the new vlogging, we know it can be hard to keep up. So we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite Irish Snappers, who collectively call themselves ’The Irish Snapchat Bridies’.


GAMING: Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection is coming soon, and here’s your chance to get up to date with everything that’s happened to Nate

MOVIES: After the success of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix we’re on to the second of four live-action series - this time its Jessica Jones.

TECH: Vodafone Ireland will start accepting pre-orders for the Sony Xperia Z5, which will have strong tie-ins with the upcoming Spectre film.


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Watch out Ryanair, you’ve got serious competition - turns out Aer Lingus have bumped up their inflight entertainment a few notches. And by a few notches, we mean a live on-board performance by Kodaline themselves. Yes, you read that right.


Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

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

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

Esther N McCarthy has her eye (and ear) on party speakers for your BBQ, spots a rug that’s out of this world, and revels in all that’s on offer for Heritage Week and Cork Craft Month.Your interiors wish list: Party speakers, Heritage Week and Cork Craft Month

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