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LOCAL HERO KEANE SCORES WITH BOOK
Tim Clarke, manager of Waterstones in Cork, said people were queuing outside the store when it opened at 9am, begging to be relieved of their €20 notes in exchange for the tome.
DECEASED 'HAD A NUMBER OF MALE FRIENDS'
Jolanta Lubiene had a number of male friends, posted pictures of herself on adult websites, and had slept with a knife after a drunken man mistakenly banged on her door.
WATER PROTESTORS' FURY AT BURTON'S 'HOLLYWOOD' REMARK OVER PHONES
Labour leader Joan Burton has drawn an angry response after saying water charge protesters put Hollywood “in the ha’penny place”.
NO WINGS, BUT RED BULL MAY GIVE YOU 10 DOLLARS
Americans who drank a can of Red Bull in the past 12 years can claim $10 after a lawsuit challenged the energy drink’s claim to “give you wings”.
WOMAN CHOOSES THE DATE OF HER DEATH
Brittany Maynard will not live to see if her advocacy makes a difference.
UNKNOWNS READY TO STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
It was a telling reminder of how far they’d come, but also of their apparent place in the game. At the end of Gibraltar’s 7-0 defeat to Poland back in September, the tiny territory’s players obviously went to swap shirts with the opposition.
For the first time since 2008, Clare and Limerick will meet each other in the Munster senior hurling championship next season.
PROGRAMME AIMS 'TO TURN IDEAS INTO INVESTABLE AND VIABLE BUSINESSES'
From Italian fashion to food and photo-sharing, a select group of start-up companies based in the heart of Cork City are embarking on a 12-week course designed to hone their skills across an eclectic range of issues.
BUDGET DAY IS THE CHANCE FOR GOVERNMENT TO REGAIN INITIATIVE
"Now we have daily “pinch yourself” moments as we hear yet more positive economic news — coming so thick and fast that it’s discomfortingly reminiscent of the good old Celtic Tiger days," writes Alison O' Connor.
#LifeInATweet: IRISH EXAMINER READERS SHARE THE MEANING OF THEIR LIVES
We asked you, our readers, to send us your life in a Tweet using the hashtag #lifeinatweet. Just 149 characters to summarise your existence is no mean feat.
J-LAW SUGGESTS GLUTEN FREE DIETS ARE A FAD
Jennifer Lawrence has risked upsetting Gwyneth Paltrow by describing gluten-free diets as "the new cool eating disorder".
ROY KEANE'S NEW BOOK: A ROY OF TWO HALVES?
Larry Ryan compares Roy Keane’s two autobiographies to see what has changed during his second half.
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2015...THE YEAR THAT GAA CONQUERED THE BRITISH SPORTING PUBLIC
IT’S been the year the British forged a surprising love affair with GAA sports from the safe distance of their TV screens, writes Nick Bramhill
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