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Ursula Halligan has opened up about growing up in 1970s Ireland and hiding the fact she was a lesbian, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard hopes he can keep his emotions in check when he bids farewell to Anfield tomorrow night and what happens when you discuss the Marriage Referendum with your parents. Just some of the latest and most read stories on irishexaminer.com.

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Ursula Halligan : ’I have been in a prison since the age of 17’

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IRELAND

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€58m deal to buy unfinished One Albert Quay in Cork

Cork City’s newest and largest office block, One Albert Quay, has been purchased for up to €58m by Green Reit nine months ahead of its completion.

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Eco-friendly Cork house is Home of the Year

It’s a house fit for a king, an economically friendly king, and it’s just been crowned RTÉ’s Home of the Year.

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MOST READ: Man entitled to 45% of dead partner’s estate

A 64-year-old man is entitled to 45% of his deceased partner’s €1.41m estate under civil partnership law despite her three brothers’ objections, the High Court has ruled. The woman died from cancer last year aged 69. She did not leave a will.

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SPORT

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Gerrard braced for emotional farewell

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard hopes he can keep his emotions in check when he bids farewell to Anfield on tomorrow night.

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MOST READ: Clare management tight-lipped after Colm Collins hit with ban

Members of the Clare football management team were remaining tight-lipped last night over the 12-week ban handed down to Colm Collins.

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WORLD

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Eloping couple beaten to death and cremated

Police in eastern India have arrested one person and are searching for 14 others after a couple who had eloped together were beaten to death and cremated by relatives as a crowd looked on, police said.

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MOST READ: Johnny Depp in despair as dogs face death

Johnny Depp has been told to fly his Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo out of Australia by tomorrow or they will be put down.

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ANALYSIS

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MOST READ: Marriage Equality Referendum: State should not deprive children

Force of circumstance is one thing, State design is something else entirely, writesDr Thomas Finegan   

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EXAMVIRAL

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VIDEO: What it’s like to discuss the marriage equality referendum with your parents

Martin and his parents are back and this time they’re discussing the upcoming marriage equality referendum.

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MOST READ: These beautiful animals are 17 of the most critically endangered in the world

Endangered Species Day (May 15) is marked in May each year to highlight the plight of the creatures that are most in danger of becoming extinct, and raising awareness about how we can help them.

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TECHNOW

MOST READ: Has Daniel Craig's Star Wars VII role been revealed?

Daniel Craig will make a small cameo in the upcoming release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. In fact, it’s such a small cameo that we may never see his face. But we may have an idea of who he is, thanks to Simon Pegg.

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BUSINESS

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City Cinemas enjoys 83% surge in pre-tax profits

Jennifer Lawrence’s latest instalment of The Hunger Games last year contributed to pre-tax profits at City Cinemas Ltd increasing 83% to €437,532.

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MOST READ: M&S set for first rise in annual profit in four years

Marks & Spencer is expected to report its first rise in annual profit in four years next week, fuelling hopes it has finally rediscovered a winning formula.

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LIFESTYLE

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MOST READ: Still singing after all these years of Eurovision

Eurovision is 60 years on the go and there’s no sign of its popularity waning. How did it become a cultural juggernaut and how can we get back on top, wonders Arlene Harris.

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SHOWBIZ

BB King: From street corners to stadiums - the King of the Blues remembered

BB King, who helped bring the blues to a worldwide audience, was born in the heart of the American south.

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Ursula Halligan : ’I have been in a prison since the age of 17’

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