Your Friday morning catch-up

Good morning. Here’s everything you need to know before you start your day.


Twenty sit-ups in a minute Twenty press-ups in a minute. Run a mile in 11 minutes — not too high a fitness bar, but beyond many hoping to join the army. Couch-potato lifestyles, playing endless hours of Xbox and PlayStation, and doing the wrong gym exercises are being blamed for an increase in the number of potential recruits who are failing the army fitness tests.

Sinn Féin has insisted it will not refund those who have paid their water charges  plunged into fresh crisis despite the party’s pledge to scrap the controversial utility if elected — telling bill payers “there is nothing we would be doing in government” to ensure they do not lose out.

The likelihood of self-harm and depression is higher among teenagers who identify very strongly with being a Goth, research has found. 

Your Friday morning catch-up

Disability campaigner Joanne O’Riordan has been honoured  with the Outstanding Young Person of the World Award for 2015. 


Eighty minutes to change or reinforce Joe Schmidt’s thinking.That is all that is left for the Ireland players on duty this weekend to convince the head coach they are worth a place in his 31-man squad for the World Cup, now just three weeks away.

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As Conor Mortimer said earlier this week, the needle between Dublin and Mayo started back in 2006 with Warm-up-gate. Our GAA Correspondent ranks the top 10 flashpoints between then and now.


The Class of 92 were united in mourning at the funeral of Neville Neville , the father of former Manchester United footballers Gary and Phil. David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Nicky Butt joined family and friends to pay their respects to Neville who died from a heart attack earlier this month. 

Austrian police have discovered the badly-decomposing bodies of at least 20, and possibly up to 50, migrants piled in a truck  parked on the shoulder of the main motorway from Budapest to Vienna.


Since taking power it appears that Enda Kenny has a rather ambivalent attitude to the North,  writes Alison O’Connor .


One billion people have used Facebook in a single dayfor the first time in the site’s 11-year history.

CRH has taken its committed spend for the current year to around €8bn on the back of another international mega-deal. he Dublin-based international building materials giant yesterday announced the purchase of CR Laurence (CRL), a privately-owned Los Angeles-based glazing-focused building installation firm, for a total consideration of $1.3bn (€1.15bn), with the deal expected to close next month.


Even though the last few months hardly felt like a summer, it’s time to start thinking of autumn style.Paula Burns says the way to stay on trend is to go back to the future with 1970s-inspired boots, suedes and fringes..


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Shane Cunningham, 20, has made quite the impression on the public with his ability to impersonate well known characters  such as Daniel O’Donnell and Michael D Higgins.

When magician Neil Henry was performing onstage recently, he invited his girlfriend Charlie up on stage to participate in a trick that involved him eating some alphabet spaghetti. It was a ruse to propose to her


Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, who were born joined at the chest in 2009, strolled confidently, hand-in-hand, into junior infants in Midleton Educate Together NS in east Cork yesterday, to begin the next chapter of their remarkable journey..


GAMING: Kickstarter continues to be a great place to go for games and the latest success on the platform is an RPG called Divinity Original Sin 2.  It’s the sequel to the 2014 game from Larian Games and offers up a complex RPG world with a four player party

MOVIES: We Are Your Friends stars Zac Efron as a young kid from the wrong side of the Hollywood signRoomwho wants to make it in electronic music. He finds a mentor in the older Wes Bentley, meets a girl played by Emily Ratajkowski and parties with his friends.

TECH: After the total failure of the Amazon Fire phone project the retailed giant has ceased any further development of smartphones..


Your Friday morning catch-up

We’re still surprised that there’s an actual Assassin’s Creed movie on the way and that it features a proper AAA actor in the form of Michael Fassbender.  But it’s totally real and the first image from the film has been revealed showing the actor in full costume.  


Your Friday morning catch-up

The director of show jumping for the Federation Equestre International, Capt John Roche , says he has no memory in his almost three decades with the organisation of a ground jury waiving faults accrued by a rider in a situation similar to that experienced by Cian O’Connor last Friday, writes John Tynan.


Liz O’Brien talks to Niall Breslin about his admiration for frontline staff, bereavement in lockdown, his new podcast, and why it's so important for us all just to slow down.Niall Breslin talks about losing his uncle to coronavirus

Podcasts are often seen as a male domain — see the joke, 'What do you call two white men talking? A podcast'.Podcast corner: Three new podcasts from Irish women that you should listen to

Esther McCarthy previews some of the Fleadh’s Irish and international offerings.How to attend the Galway Film Fleadh from the comfort of your own couch

Whether you’re on staycation or risking a trip away, Marjorie Brennan offers suggestions on novels for a wide variety of tastesThe best fiction books for the beach and beyond this summer

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