Your Friday evening news catch-up

Met Éireann has given us the green light for dry weather over the coming bank holiday weekend, a pensioner had to be rescued from a freezing canal in Limerick today after he fell in taking part in a massive clean up and Margaret Hickey tells us why she is voting no in the upcoming marriage equality referendum. These are some of the latest and most read news on irishexaminer.com this lunchtime.

Your Friday evening news catch-up

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Dry weather on the way for Bank Holiday weekend

Met Éireann is predicting mostly dry weather over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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IRELAND

LATEST: Pensioner rescued after falling into canal during Limerick clean-up

A pensioner taking part in a massive clean up of Limerick was rescued after falling into a freezing canal today.

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MOST READ: Father ‘heartbroken’ over attack on autistic son

The father of a boy with autism has said his “heart is breaking” after an attack on the 14-year-old by a group of teenagers who then allegedly posted footage of the ordeal online .

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SPORT

LATEST: WATCH: Man City pay homage to a cracking Niall Quinn goal from the 90s

Manchester City paid tribute to their former player Niall Quinn today, tweeting a tribute to a goal he scored for them in 1990.

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MOST READ: Ronan O'Gara: Feeding into a rugby transfer frenzy

With Leinster the sole province flying the Irish flag in this weekend’s Champions Cup quarter-finals, it’s natural the thoughts of supporters of other teams are already turning to next season.

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ANALYSIS

MOST READ: Marriage equality: Why I won’t be saying ‘I do’ to gay marriage

Margaret Hickey of the Mothers and Fathers Matter group reveals why she will be opposing the redefinition of marriage in the upcoming referendum on marriage equality.

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EXAMVIRAL

LATEST: WATCH: Cork bar launches Good Friday ‘urgent appeal’ for lonely pubs

Cork’s Bishopstown Bar has launched a humorous mock appeal to aid lonely pubs on Good Friday.

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MOST READ: VIDEO: Kilkenny girl is devastated her favourite field is being ploughed

Alannah from Kilkenny received some very sad news early this week. Her favourite field was being ploughed by the farmer in preparation for planting.

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WORLD

LATEST: Iran hardliners brand nuclear deal 'a disaster'

Iran's hardliners have criticised a tentative nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, saying the deal is a bargain for the West and a disaster for Iran.

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MOST READ: US man kills wife with chainsaw, then turns machine on himself

A Philadelphia man killed his wife with a chainsaw and then turned the machine on himself in a grisly murder-suicide, prosecutors said.

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BUSINESS

 

LATEST: Good Friday alcohol ban 'costing restaurant sector €15 in revenue'

Restaurateurs say the ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday costs the sector €15m in revenue.

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MOST READ: Extension of Aran Island air services welcomed

The managing director of knitwear firm that counts Barney’s in New York among its clients yesterday cautiously welcomed the extension of State-subsidised air services to the Aran Islands.

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LIFESTYLE

VIDEO: Free cancer bus service in Kerry is helping patients find support and have the craic

What began as a way of transporting Kerry cancer patients to hospital in Cork, has become a lesson in the power of support and ‘having the craic’, writes Sharon Ni Chonchúir.

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MOST READ: Meet Albert Hammond - the greatest songwriter you’ve never heard of

Albert Hammond has enjoyed record sales of 360m, possibly making him the greatest songwriter you’ve never heard of. He tells Joe Dermody about creating hits for everyone from Joe Dolan to The Carpenters

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SHOWBIZ

LATEST: Friday's TV tips

Staying in for the evening since you can't head out to the pub? Here's what's on the box for you to enjoy with your cup of tea.

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MOST READ RIGHT NOW

WATCH: Works unearth 1,000-year-old passage on Cork-Kerry border

The discovery of an archaeological structure, at least 1,000 years old, has been described as significant.

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