Your Thursday morning catch-up

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The Government is expected to initiate a fresh review of prenuptial agreements  "within weeks" ahead of possible changes to the law to give them a legal footing.  It comes after Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald met with farming groups who had voiced concerns over the transfer of land to younger generations amid worries that farms could be split up and sold off in the event of a son or daughter’s divorce.

The Government couldn’t prevent the Web Summit choosing an alternative host city from next year despite funnelling over €700,000 of taxpayers’ money into the event over the past three years.

Your Thursday morning catch-up

The people of Cork  have rallied to help a pensioner  whose home was ransacked by burglars.


Your Thursday morning catch-up

A man confined to a wheelchair five years ago is able to walk again after scientists reconnected his brain and legs.

The FBI has recovered emails from a private server used by Hillary Clinton while secretary of state  that she said were deleted because they involved personal matters.


Liverpool’s laboured Capital One Cup penalty shoot-out victory over League Two Carlisle  did little to ease the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.  Despite the positive of seeing summer signing Danny Ings score for the second successive match, Derek Asamoah equalised in the first half and – despite having 47 shots – the Reds could not add to the 1-1 scoreline over 120 minutes and were taken to spot-kicks.

Your Thursday morning catch-up

FAI chief executive John Delaney has confirmed he told Martin O’Neill he should never have said his job as Ireland manager would depend on qualification for Euro 2016.


Jamie Heaslip believes the decision of Leinster captain Kevin McLaughlin to retire is evidence of how seriously rugby is taking the effects of concussion and looking after affected players.

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


A “vintage era” for Irish small business exporters will likely extend through next year,  as the euro remains lower for longer against sterling than once thought, leading economists have predicted.

The parent company in Jack Ronan’s Vita Cortex group  has ceased trading, in spite of reducing its accumulated losses by €780,000 last year, new figures show. 


Most native speakers of Irish probably find the English versions easier to understand, writes Victoria White .


We’re used to borrowing books from a library but what if you could borrow tools or kitchen equipments as you need them? Elizabeth O’Neill looks at a community project in London where this is happening. .


Forget X-factor or The Voice:  11-year-old busker extraordinaire Milo McCarthy only has helping other people on his mind as he topped the €7,000 mark to aid refugees.  Earlier this month, the Midleton guitar player hit the headlines after making €500 in one hour busking for charity on Paul Street in Cork City centre.



It’s the end of another Celebrity Big Brother series on Channel 5. This edition featured a UK vs USA theme which has delivered moments of high drama and genuine hilarity. We look back at five standout moments. 

Your Thursday morning catch-up

Fancy investing in a 16-year-old Nissan Micra with a difference? Ciaran in Louth is looking to sell what he calls a "Nissan Micra shorty".


GAMING: Dragon Age Inqusition may be a year old at this stage but it’s still one of the best titles around, and a tip top action RPG for those who are into that sort of thing.

MOVIES: We review Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and directed by Justin Kurzel 

TECH: Instagram is growing, and it shows no sign of slowing down. The photo sharing and social site has just celebrated crossing more than 400 million users, making it one of the most popular social services in the world.



Troubled R&B singer Chris Brown will be banned from touring Australia in December because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna,  a government minister has signalled.


Your Thursday morning catch-up

James May has joked that his new motoring show with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond  could be given a risque name.


A scientific study has found that the teatime treat is just as effective as shop-bought energy gels.You might want to swap your energy gels for mashed potato on your next run

We catch up with Bushmills’ master distiller, who tells Sam Wylie-Harris more about this liquid gold.Irish whiskey masterclass: 11 things you need to know

Temples, beaches, and several nations with new names.From Bhutan to Costa Rica, Lonely Planet reveals its top countries to visit in 2020

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman who’s unsure how to manage her mother’s dying wishes.Ask a counsellor: ‘Is it appropriate to notify my mother’s friends of her death by email?’

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