Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

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Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

The family of two small boys whose bodies washed up on a Turkish beach were Syrian refugees who had been trying to emigrate to Canada, according to reports. .

The Bishop of Limerick has urged the State, the Church, and groups around the country to work together in order to play a more meaningful role in the current migration crisis in Europe. 

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The Naval Service will extend its humanitarian operations in the Mediterranean Sea  until the end of November and will send a third ship on the EU-led mission. 


Tributes have been made made to a well-known Tipperary publican and farmer who was killed in a workplace accident last night. 

Clare storyteller and friend of the fairies, Eddie Lenihan, has warned bad things will happen at the West Pharmaceutical Services factory in Waterford,  if an ancient fairy fort is destroyed as part of the construction process. 

The stepmother of Sarah Corbett has posted a heart-wrenching birthday postas the girl turns nine today.

 Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

“Your last night as an eight year old... As per tradition, tonight I would hug you tight and say goodbye to eight year old Sarah. In the morning you’ll be nine year old Sarah and I would say, Happy Birthday and nice to meet you nine year old Sarah.



Donncha O’Callaghan will make a huge impact in the Aviva Premiership this season  after his move from his beloved Munster, one of his old team-mates declared last night.  

Cork GAA chiefs have drawn up a shortlist of four names  on Saturday evening, but who will have learnt most from the draw?  


Eight people - including two children - have died in an apartment block fire in Paris and police are investigating whether it was started intentionally, officials said.

A woman who posted explicit images of her girlfriend “to hurt and humiliate” to replace departed senior football manager, Brian Cuthbert.


The number of owner-occupiers sliding deeper into arrears who now find themselves two years or more behind on their repayments  has increased for the 11th consecutive quarter.

The National Concert Hall (NCH) is aiming to freshen its image via a rebranding exercise.   The Dublin venue is seeking tenders from parties to undertake a brand review and develop a new image.


Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

Mark Kelly observes little sign of the ‘sea change’  promised in justice and policing  .


We live in a Suicide Box – a horrible phrase, but an apt metaphor for how we live today, says author Lucy Costigan. .


Killarney Adventure Race 2015 will take place in the picturesque tourist town of Killarney on October 3rd. This year the popular adventure race is expected to welcome 2,500 participants to Killarney.


It has arrived, the McMór - McDonald’s first exclusively Irish burger. An Irish beef burger layered with Ballymaloe relish, Charleville cheese, shredded cabbage, baby leaf kale and bacon - oh so, very hipster.

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

No matter where you go, you’re bound to bump into someone with a GAA jersey who knows your mother’s friend’s neighbour’s cousin. However, do we pick up the language and culture or do we spend all our time in Irish bars talking about auld sod when we go abroad? .



GAMING: A video has been put together with Hideo Kojima visiting a series of people who tell him what the Metal Gear games have meant to them over the last few decades.

MOVIES: See behind the scenes on the film Room, with author Emma Donoghue’s thoughts on the cast.

TECH: ASUS has decided it knows exactly how to appeal to customers - make a really, really cheap smartwatch. And they have in the ZenWatch 2!


Irish singer Brian McFadden "flirted" with Ann Widdecombe while filming ’Who’s Doing The Dishes?’.


Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

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Rachel Howard visits the South Moravia region to sample this eastern European country’s finest tipples.They’re big on beer but could the Czech Republic be raising a glass to wine tourism too?

Lisa Salmon catches up with a cardiologist, who explains how a patient’s own stem cells can repair damage from heart disease and heart failure.How stem cells are mending broken hearts

Hannah Stephenson discovers America’s dark past and Martin Luther King’s vision for its future by following the civil rights trail.Charting America’s path to freedom on a road trip through the Deep South

RuPaul’s Drag Race judge and Strictly star opens up to Gabrielle Fagan about eating disorders, years of ill health and dealing with depression.Michelle Visage: ‘I still battle with my body image’

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