Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.


A Corkman who was in a coma for two weeks after an assault in Australia had just one question when he woke to find his emotional family around him: “What are you all doing here?” .

Jason Cierans, 29, from Gurranabraher in Cork City, was left fighting for his life after the one-punch assault knocked him to the ground as he left a pub in Sydney where he has worked for the past six years.

A major figure connected with a feud of Limerick drugs gangs  has survived a further attempt on his life, it emerged yesterday.

A lifeboat crew has been praised for their heroic efforts  in saving a stranded dolphin from almost certain death. 

Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day can add up to seven years to your life, health experts have said. 


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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt officially named his 31-player squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup  and spoke of some very tight decisions as he confirmed he was taking just two specialist scrum-halves to England later this month.  


Not getting enough sleep dramatically increases the chances of catching a cold,  research has shown.  People who sleep six hours or less a night are four times more susceptible to colds than those who spend more than seven hours in slumber land, a study found.

Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

A lifelong Take That fan has a set of wedding photos to treasure after Gary Barlow turned up to serenade the newlyweds.


While now comfortably below the average eurozone jobless rate of 11.1%, Ireland still has some way to go before its rate drops to US and UK levels of 5.3% and 5.6%, respectively, writes Oliver Mangan

The subdued level of bank lending in the economy is leaving the country short of the levels of credit required  for long-term sustainable growth, a leading economist has warned. New figures released by the Central Bank yesterday showed a continuation of the recent trend whereby loans to Irish households again declined on an annual basis.


Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

Behind the issue of who examines students, junior cycle reforms could revolutionise teaching and learning, writes Education Correspondent Niall Murray.   .


Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

For many of us, September and the start of the new school year is a better time to assess our lives. start making changes than the new year, writes Grainne McGuinness.


Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

The outcome of a probe into the deaths of two workers who drowned when carrying out repairs on Thomond Bridge in Limerick  will determine whether gardaí will launch an inquiry.


Apparently, it’s very unusual for Australian news anchor Karl Stefanovic to be left speechless but this segment on sharks did just that.

They say your school days are the best of your life!But do you remember how hard it was to learn off all those facts and figures, equations and quotes? .

If you were to go back to school this week would you be able to pass a quick pop quiz?


GAMING: Deus Ex Mankind Divided is already looking like a major game of the year contender for 2016, and thankfully we now know exactly when we’ll get to play it.

MOVIES: Bill Murray has been down on the idea of more Ghostbusters movies for years, he just wasn’t interested in coming back into the fold. But then he changed his mind.

TECH: The hour has come - Android Wear now works with iPhones.


Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

Daniel Craig has hinted Spectre could be his final outing as suave agent James Bond.


Rihanna would vote for Kanye West to become President of the United States.  During his Michael Jackson Video Vanguard prize speech at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (30.08.15), Kanye joked that he wanted to run to be leader of America in 2020 and if he did Rihanna insists he would get her vote.  


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?’

‘The Big Yin’ talks to Luke Rix-Standing about living with Parkinson’s, the power of forgiveness, and why he will never, ever stop swearing.Billy Connolly: ‘You don’t wake up famous, you wake up scratching yourself like everybody else’

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