Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

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


Investigations are underway after a well-known Dublin criminal was shot dead on Spain’s Costa del Sol yesterday morning. Gary Hutch - the nephew of former Dublin criminal Gerry "the Monk" Hutch - died after a masked gunman shot him in an apartment complex in Miraflores near Marbella on the Costa del Sol.

Two men have been arrested this morning in connection with the murder of Martin Kivlehan in Sligo last month. They are being questioned at Sligo garda station, where they can be held for up to 72 hours.

Dublin Airport has announced that the departures road at Terminal 1 will be closed for essential maintenance, from 4am next Monday morning. The upgrade work is due to be finished by mid-December.

In our Farming Poll it was revealed that fewer than half of all farmers are happy with the level of broadband available to them in their area.

For more news, data and analysis on the 2015 Farming Poll, click HERE.


Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

Pope Francis issued a ringing call to action on behalf of immigrants, urging politicians at the US Congress to embrace “the stranger in our midst” as he became the first pontiff in history to address a joint meeting of the legislators. Referencing the migration crisis in Europe as well as the US’s own struggle with immigration from Latin America, Francis summoned politicians “to respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal”.

Saudi Arabia’s king has ordered an investigation into safety at the annual Hajj pilgrimage after a stampede left more than 700 people dead. 800 others were hurt in the crush on the outskirts of the Muslim holy city Mecca.


The Cats have two All-Irelands in a row and the momentum is building nicely. And, this could well be the team to win the historic five-in-a-row, according to Henry Shefflin.

Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

The Premier League Doctors’ Group has said safeguards need to be in place for team doctors treating players on the pitch following Eva Carneiro’s departure from Chelsea.


Head coach Joe Schmidt has made a raft of changes to Ireland’s starting XV for this weekend’s game, and rugby fans will be delighted to see Cian Healy at loosehead prop.

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


Ryanair chairman David Bonderman has told shareholders that the airline’s management has scrapped all plans to launch a trans-atlantic service, in favour of continuing its growth surge in Europe.

One of the world’s leading cyber security experts has called on the Government to invest heavily in combatting cyber attacks as new research reveals that more than eight in 10 Irish businesses have been targeted in the past 12 months.


Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

The revelations about Volkswagen’s emissions fraud, added to recent scandals at Siemens and Deutsche Bank, show a German corporate establishment that is out of step with a society that is actively trying to atone for 20th-century sins, writesLeonid Bershidsy


Got an issue? Ask Audrey! She has been sorting out Cork people for years


With Japan beating South Africa and other Tier 2 sides like Romania and Georgia causing problems, they have brought the RWC to life. BallTalk’s Neville O’Donoghue and Steve Neville look at the so-called minnows and if the fixture list gives them a disadvantage.


The Ploughing Championship came to an end yesterday but there was still time for Marty Morrissey to cause the entire nation to cringe. Marty was challenged to go on a 50 metre fair ride and he didn’t seem too excited about it at first. But he stepped up. And it was glorious.

Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

There are some mixed views regarding the refugee crisis and the internet giant Google are weighing in on the argument with a fake Google site that pertains to offer you a glimpse of your future.


GAMING: Fallout 4 is going to be a really, really, REALLY big game. And that’s before you even start to consider defining the attributes of your main character.

MOVIES: Avengers Age of Ultron was a perfectly acceptable comic book movie but failed to live up to the sterling reputation which Marvel has built up, mostly becuase it was put in a position where it couldn’t really further any significant storylines.

TECH: The Apple Watch is here! The company’s first wearable hit shelves in select countries in April 2015 and has finally arrived on our shores.


Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

Looks like The Coronas may have to put their upcoming world tour on hold this November, as frontman Danny O’Reilly has revealed that he is a “wanted man” in New Zealand.


Cork Airport is to operate its first scheduled transatlantic flights in 50 years, with Norwegian Air set to offer flights to Boston three times per week. Official confirmation of the new service is expected early next week, just days before CityJet begins its 18-flights-a-week service from Cork to London City Airport.


This Christmas remember that there is no such thing as cheap food.Buy local: Use your LOAF

As we wait, eager and giddy, a collective shudder of agitated ardor ripples through the theatre, like a Late, Late Toyshow audience when they KNOW Ryan’s going to give them another €150 voucher. Suddenly, a voice booms from the stage. Everyone erupts, whooping and cheering. And that was just for the safety announcement.Everyman's outstanding Jack and the Beanstalk ticks all panto boxes

Every band needs a Bez. In fact, there’s a case to be made that every workplace in the country could do with the Happy Mondays’ vibes man. Somebody to jump up with a pair of maracas and shake up the energy when things begin to flag.Happy Mondays create cheery Tuesday in Cork gig

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