Your Thursday morning catch-up

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


Almost 3,000 students have been offered some of the limited remaining third-level college places this morning. The CAO made Round 2 offers online at 6am and only 11 medical school places are being offered, all of them at University College Cork. The only veterinary medicine degree, at University College Dublin (UCD), offered entry to just one student.

The North’s power-sharing Executive has been plunged into fresh crisis as the fallout from claims the Provisional IRA still exists intensifies. The Ulster Unionists announced their intent to walk away from Stormont saying “trust in Sinn Féin had been shattered by the revelations”.

As the funeral of Jason Corbett, who died in a violent domestic incident at his home in the US, took place yesterday, it emerged he had planned to make a surprise visit home to Limerick on that very day with his two children to attend the 80th birthday of his father, John Corbett.

A 14-year-old boy died when the farm machinery on which he and his brother were travelling overturned into water in Carlow. According to gardaí, the tractor and trailer rolled into a water-filled ditch during the incident, which happened at approximately 10.30am in a beet field on a farmer’s property a short distance from the village of Ballon.

Ten families in Mayo are searching for a new primary school for their children after the opening of an Educate Together school was delayed by a year. The school in Castlebar was due to open next week, but instead will open in 2016 after a dispute with the Department of Education over its location.



Your Thursday morning catch-up

In hurling, Jimmy Barry-Murphy insists he remains the Cork hurling manager - though for exactly how much longer he refused to speculate. And he admits he was “selfish” in accommodating dual players in recent seasons, insisting the day of senior inter-county doubling up is history.

While in soccer, Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was back at his best as a hat-trick and routine Champions League victory in Brugge carried Louis van Gaal’s team into today’s draw for the group stages.


A man who shot dead a TV reporter and cameraman during a live news broadcast in the US told authorities afterwards he was a “human powder keg...just waiting to go boom!” The man described as a “loner” by former colleagues was later found with a gunshot wound after his car crashed following a police chase. He died in hospital. 

A family desperately smashed into a concrete tomb when they heard a teenager they thought was dead screaming from inside her coffin. Neysi Perez was declared dead after collapsing at her home in Honduras but her distraught cries were heard by family members following her funeral.


Your Thursday morning catch-up

Gerry Adams writes that there is no basis for the charges made against Sinn Féin by our political opponents and if this descends into crisis it is a direct result of their stupidity and opportunism.


Asian stocks rose after Wall Street soared overnight, breaking a six-day string of losses. The recovery brought a measure of relief to many investors, although experts warned that more volatility could be ahead.

Paddy Power shareholders are in line for a fresh €80m windfall, via a special dividend payout, if the leading Irish betting services firm succeeds in its planned merger with UK-based online rival, Betfair.


As experts warn that sitting is the new smoking, sedentary worker, Michelle Murphy looks at what she can do to reverse the health decline that sitting all day triggers.


Your Thursday morning catch-up

Parents are not discussing internet safety with their children at an early enough age, causing a ‘digital delay’ that leaves them unprotected online, new research claims.

Visitors to Dublin’s Harry Byrnes pub recently encountered an unexpected guest in the form of all-time Rugby World Cup record try-scorer, Jonah Lomu. The All Black legend was there to help launch Heineken’s ‘It’s Your Call’ Rugby World Cup 2015 campaign.


As Wombats in Australia face further endangerment by disease sweeping through their populations around the country, scientists are asking the public to download an app to help track the animals.


GAMING: Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a unique gaming experience; a walk through a small town in England where everyone has been erased by a mysterious event with only brief pulses of energy remaining.

MOVIES: Novelist Emma Donoghue visits the set for the adaptation of her novel Room and marvels at how her book has come alive

TECH: The next iPhone from Apple, rumoured to be called the iPhone 6s, hasn’t even been officially confirmed by the company yet - but there’s already a model out in the world.


Your Thursday morning catch-up

Downton Abbey star Jim Carter has said TV viewers will need “two hankies” at the ready on Christmas night for an emotional final episode of the period drama. The actor, who plays Charles Carson, said: “These characters, we see them. We say goodbye to them. But it’s not final. We see them setting off on different paths.”


Your Thursday morning catch-up

A video has emerged from Turkey of what is reportedly an Irish tourist at the centre of a street brawl earlier this month. Habertürk TV shared the footage of the man fighting off several assailants after a confrontation in a shop. It has since gone viral.


Is there a natural treatment I could use instead of steroids and antibiotic drops for dry eye?Natural health: I suffer from chronic dry eye

Denise O’Donoghue checks in with several expats affected by the cancellation of shows in BritainIrish actors on the crisis the West End theatre industry faces

This month marks four decades since the release of the classic record that would also be Ian Curtis’s final album with Joy Division. Ed Power chats to a number of Cork music fans about what it meant to themJoy Division: Forty years on from Closer

Last week, I shared my lockdown experience. I asked for a more uniform approach, should there be another lockdown. I explained that I worked mornings. Maybe I should have been more specific: working 8am to 1pm without a break, I gave feedback and covered the curriculum, using our school’s online platform. In the afternoons, I looked after my three kids (all under ten) while my husband worked. It was a challenging time for everyone and the uncertainty around what I should have been doing as a teacher made it harder.Diary of an Irish teacher: I want to get back to work. But I would like to do it safely

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