Harry Potter fans are probably aware that today marks the fictional character’s birthday (he’s turning 35). It is also the magical world’s creator JK Rowling’s 50th birthday, and bakers around the world have been marking the day with some magical cakes.
Three former Anglo Irish Bank executives will be sentenced later after being found guilty of trying to defraud Revenue; up to 300 new jobs are being created in Tipperary; the US dentist who shot Cecil the lion ’wanted to hunt elephant’; and Patrick Vieira believes Man City’s Irish star Jack Byrne is just as "nuts" as Roy Keane.
IF you’re not a big fan of fantasy and despair at all the wizards and dragons on TV, on film and in books, then you should blame John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Or, go back 1,000 years and blame the unknown author of Beowulf, with its monsters and kings. Or, go back another two millennia and blame Homer’s epic tales of gods and heroes.