Your Wednesday morning catch-up

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TOP STORIES

Aisling Brady McCarthy has said she is glad to be home as she arrived back into Shannon Airport this morning.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is facing a political storm after the former Garda commissioner, Martin Callinan, said he felt he had been left with no option but to resign after Mr Kenny dispatched a top official to his house over a phone recording scandal.

Legendary GAA commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh has been appointed cultural ambassador for Cork Culture Night, which unveiled its largest-ever programme yesterday.

SPORT

Munster rugby supporters face another shock in the next day or two when news of Donncha O’Callaghan’s departure will be made official.

Mike Quirke says Dublin were like an F1 car with no brakes:  it is fine when you’re speeding down a straight, but you run into serious trouble as soon as you hit the first bend travelling at such speed.

WORLD

Hillary Clinton and her aides at the US State Department were acutely aware of the need to protect sensitive information when discussing international affairs over email.

In the UK, a woman who posted explicit images of her girlfriend “to hurt and humiliate” her victim after an argument has walked free from court.

ANALYSIS

Your Wednesday morning catch-up

The Fennelly Commission made a number of conclusions which are summarised here.

BUSINESS

UK pub operator JD Wetherspoon will open its newest pub and first Irish venture outside the capital in Cork next week following a €3.65m investment.

Online securities broker Degiro is to launch a new zero-cost platform which will allow clients to buy and sell shares for free to further shake-up the stockbroking market across Europe.

LIFESTYLE

If you’re off to the British capital for the Rugby World Cup and plan hanging around for a few days , then Conor Power has the lowdown on how to fall in love again with London town.

VIRAL

Would you risk losing your job so you could go to Electric Picnic? This girl did.

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

VIDEO

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

TECHNOW

GAMING: Mad Max is out today, here’s the launch trailer.

MOVIES: The Danish Girl is a sumptuous period piece dealing with the true story of Lili Elbe - one of the first people to have their gender re-assigned through surgery.

TECH: Lenovo is set to release the all new Moto 360 smartwatch on the 8th of September, according to an official invite which has been sent out to press.

SHOWBIZ

Here’s a look ahead at the 2015 edition of the Venice Film Festival, which kicks off today.

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Up to nine out of 10 of the world’s seabirds likely have pieces of plastic in their guts, a new study estimates.


Lifestyle

Five things for the week ahead with Des O'Driscoll.Five things for the week ahead

From Liverpool’s beat-pop to Bristol’s trip-hop, Irish writer Karl Whitney explains the distinctive musical output of individual cities in the UK, writes Marjorie Brennan.Sounds of the City: The musical output of individual UK cities

As landlords’ enclosures of villages and commonages during England’s industrial revolution drove landless countrymen into the maws of the poet William Blake’s “dark Satanic mills”, a romantic nostalgia for the countryside began to grow.Damien Enright: Great writers took inspiration from walking

Take no risks, ‘do all the right things’, and you’ll lead a comfortable, but dull, existence. ‘Living dangerously’, on the other hand, yields ‘highs’ of excitement usually followed, alas, by pain andRichard Collins: Live fast and die young or last up to 500 years

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