Your Friday morning catch-up

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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.

A record number of children were referred to Tusla’s child protection and welfare services last year, even as the Child and Family Agency struggled with a €5.1m budget deficit.

Your Friday morning catch-up

Telecoms firm Eir has been accused of “corporate vandalism”   after a landmark public art project was blocked  out by one of its rebranding banners.


Your Friday morning catch-up

A stampede killed at least 717 pilgrims and injured hundreds more on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the deadliest tragedy to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in more than two decades. 

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.

An awe-inspiring blood-red “supermoon” will cast its eerie light on the Earth early on Monday, creating an atmosphere of wonder and fear across the world.  


Dublin manager Jim Gavin says his military background  is a key influence on his leadership style  with the All-Ireland champions.

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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.


Conor Murray has prepared himself to play a role in all of Ireland’s World Cup matches, with just two specialist scrum-halves in Joe Schmidt’s squad.

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


Chief executives of the two bodies representing 90% of the country’s insurance brokers have said plans by the Central Bank to hike levies on intermediaries by 45% are “unacceptable”.

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.


If I were in charge of the re-election effort, I think I’d draft in the assistance of a good psychologist, writes Alison O’Connor .


Form many parents, school starting times pose a headache as their working day begins at the same time, writes Ailin Quinlan .


Telecoms firm Eir has been accused of “corporate vandalism”   after a landmark public art project was blocked  out by one of its rebranding banners.



Pope Francis made a little girl’s day yesterday with a lovely act of kindness. When five-year-old Sophie Cruz slipped inside the barriers burly security men tried to move her on from the scene, the pontiff cried out for the girl to be brought over him in the Popemobile. After greeting the Pope with a hug, Sophie presented him with a t-shirt and a drawing she had made for him.

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Glen Hansard played an intimate acoustic gig in Dublin on Wednesday night. Hansard treated fans to songs from his new album, Didn’t He Ramble, as well as some favourites including finishing the night off with a rendition of The Parting Glass


GAMING: We’ve been keeping a keen eye on Warhammer End Times Vermintide for awhile now, mostly because the first person co-op action looks like a lot of fun. And now we know when we’ll get our hands on the full title.

MOVIES: It probably isn’t appropriate to be this excited about a TV show, but we’re just about ready to tear our own faces off in anticipation of Ash vs Evil Dead.

TECH: Thanks to a series of leaks, we know almost everything there is to know about the Nexus 5X. The latest leak reveals that the handset will be available in three colours.


Your Friday morning catch-up

Former England footballer David Beckham has urged world leaders to transform the lives of millions of children by putting them at the centre of their development agenda..


Your Friday morning catch-up

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.


IF you are the parent of a child who is about to venture forth into the hallowed halls of Primary education, or ‘Big School’ as every Irish mammy refers to it since the dawn of time; well, chances are you’ve probably been very active in your Google searches looking for tips and advice on how to ease your child, and yourself, into this next chapter.Out of curiosity, I searched online for ‘Back to school advice’

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