Your Wednesday lunchtime catch-up

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


The father of a baby girl who died shortly after birth in Limerick six years ago says he and his wife have now been told they cannot have any more children. A verdict of medical misadventure was recorded in court yesterday at the inquest into the death of Caoimhe Mulcair, who passed away in 2009 at the then Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said no decision has been made on where refugees will be housed in Ireland. It comes after comments from Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin that people should be housed outside of Dublin because of the housing crisis.

Householders who have applied for the Water Conservation Grant could see the €100 in their bank accounts today. The Department of Social Protection has just started paying out the grant to more than 156,000 people who opted to get the money via electronic transfer.


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First groups of refugees have started arriving in Croatia as they seek new entry points into the European Union after Hungary sealed off its border with Serbia. About 80 people crossed into eastern Croatia after being taken by bus to the Serbian border town of Sid, following an all-night ride from the southern border with Macedonia.

A woman who lost her leg in the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash has spoken of her determination to walk again before she graduates. University student Victoria Balch, 21, had her right leg amputated above the knee after the smash on the theme park’s Smiler ride in June. She told the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC2 that the amputation was “a relief” after six rounds of surgery in a bid to save her leg.


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Manchester United defender Luke Shaw underwent surgery on his broken leg last night. Shaw was taken to an Eindhoven hospital after suffering the double fracture of his right leg in United’s 2-1 Champions League defeat at the Philips Stadion.

A one-off hurling match between Dublin and Galway is set to be played in Boston in November and the promoter’s ad is as exaggerated and over-hyped as you could hope for. AIG, who also sponsor Dublin GAA, tell us they are going to “bring Ireland’s ancient warrior sport to Boston”.


Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny has revealed his “devastation” at missing out on the World Cup. Warren Gatland’s men start their campaign on Sunday against Uruguay in Cardiff - but Halfpenny will not be involved following surgery to reconstruct the knee ligament which he ruptured in the warm-up match against Italy in Cardiff on September 5.

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


Miller, Coors Light and Grolsch firm SABMiller said Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev was planning a takeover bid for the group. SABMiller confirmed rival Anheuser-Busch had informed it that it was preparing to table an offer, ending months of speculation over a possible bid for the FTSE 100 listed firm.

Cautious oil market bulls are stirring, sensing higher prices for future months after a first whisper that the glut may be set to slowly shrink. The International Energy Agency yesterday said lower prices will force non-Opec producers including the US to cut output by the steepest rate in over 20 years next year.


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Some children have no experience of life outside rape, abuse, neglect and trauma. This cannot go on. We must put an end to the scourge of violence, writes David Beckham


It’s a drink associated with the mature connoisseur, the hardened drinker and latterly the hipster, all of them men. Not anymore says Bill Linnane as the home of Irish whiskey has hired a woman as chief distiller at its new microbrewery.


The only survivor of the massacre captured on live television last month in Virginia was most fearful the gunman would shoot her in the head, she said in an exclusive interview.


Anthony Federica Grana’s dog Ettore is very, very sorry for what he’s done and just wants to be forgiven. The encounter between a man and his guilty dog was filmed and uploaded to Anthony’s Facebook page where it has been watched more than 14 million times.

How do you break the news to your other half that your lives are about to change forever? One woman came up with the best way to break the news that she’s carrying some very special cargo to her husband – by hiding a positive pregnancy test in an Apple Watch box.


GAMING: World of Tanks is coming to even more places - there’s nowhere to hide from this digital war!

MOVIES: Game of Thrones continues folks, and it’s not going away any time soon. Kit Harington has been having some chats which suggest he might not be entirely done with the character

TECH: Snapchat is all about the moment, letting you send picture and video messages to your friends and contacts which can only be viewed once. If you want to see your message again on Snapchat you’ll have to pay for each and every view. The cost is $0.99 for three views.


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The woman behind the keyboard, the brainchild of one of Ireland’s most famous country band, Mary Burke from Crystal Swing has decided to go solo. Fresh from celebrating her daughter and fellow band mate Dervla’s wedding last month, Mary has penned a little ditty about a date with a mystery man in Limerick, titled ‘Fool for Loving You’.


Your Wednesday lunchtime catch-up

A move by council contractors to almost cut a road in half — but leave the old road markings in place for now — has Ennis locals up in arms after a few near misses on the route. 


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