Your Friday morning catch-up

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A horrific and violent attack on a young family caused “catastrophic changes” to their lives and “shocked an entire nation”.

Amnesty International has warned Ibrahim Halawa may be sentenced to death when his case comes back before an Egyptian court this weekend.

Residents of Longboat Quay have rejected as “wholly unacceptable” an offer from the Dublin Docklands Development Authority to contribute towards the cost of remedial works in their building.


A gunman who opened fire inside a classroom at a rural Oregon college has killed at least nine people before dying in a shoot-out with police.

A 66ft (20m) sinkhole has opened up on a residential street in St Albans, forcing the evacuation of families in the area.


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could again face questions over his treatment of former club doctor Eva Carneiro after Football Association chairman Greg Dyke criticised the Portuguese’s handling of the incident.

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon believes it’s tough to claim back-to-back All-Ireland titles in modern day football.


Your Friday morning catch-up

If ever there was a man primed for a tough day at the rugby coalface, it is Peter O’Mahony; relaxed, fresh and ready for what the Ireland flanker expects will be typically abrasive collision with the Italy pack on Sunday.

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


Buoyant government tax receipts to be announced today will likely strengthen pressure for more give-aways in the looming budget.

Digicel’s move to block ads on customers’ phones across its entire network is part of a wider shift that will become more pronounced in the coming months and force a fundamental change in advertising, according to a leading expert.


By advancing into Syria, Vladimir Putin will really test the patience of a long-suffering Russian public and militarily may have bitten off more than he can chew, writes William E Pomeranz    


Deirdre Reynolds has always appreciated the finer things in life. So how would she manage at Bear Grylls’ newly-launched survival academy in County Kildare?


Neville O’Donoghue, Shaun Cronin and Steve Neville look ahead to Ireland’s Pool clash with Italy and ask whether or not Jared Payne should be starting.


How well do you know your childhood cartoon characters? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.

We know it must be annoying when invited guests flake on your wedding but would you really send them a bill?


GAMING: The Star Wars: Battlefront beta will get underway on October 8th, so you may want to start clearing some hard drive space.

MOVIES: The Light House cinema in Dublin is hosting nine horror classics for Halloween, including vampires, screams and nightmares

TECH: There was a picture doing the rounds of late of a tennis racket slicing through some jelly. The Slow Mo Guys decided to take it upon themselves to show what happens frame-by-frame.


Ed Sheeran has given Irish singer Eoin Glackin the seal of approval by tweeting him with some encouragement.


A horrific and violent attack on a young family caused “catastrophic changes” to their lives and “shocked an entire nation”.


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Cork actor Eanna Hardwicke may have grown up with a Young Offenders star, but he is set to make a name for himself with a string of big roles, writes  Esther McCarthyEanna Hardwicke: Cork actor about to burst onto the big screen

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Peter Dowdall reports on how Blarney Castle's famous yew has bewitched onlookers for six centuriesBewitched: Help Ireland's most popular tree get the vote in Europe

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