Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

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Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up


An Irish woman found dead in her Netherlands home on Monday will be laid to rest in Limerick this weekend. Her husband is due to appear in court this morning after 64-year-old Martina O’Brien-Viguurs, originally from Douglas in Cork and Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, was found dead in her home in den Bosch on Monday.

The fisherman behind a petition to have super trawlers banned off the Irish coast, says the sector is being failed by EU policies. The petition was sparked by the presence of the vessel, Margiris, off the coast of Donegal which is nearly 140 metres long and has the capacity to catch more than 9,000 tonnes of fish.

The banking crisis that bankrupted the Irish economy was entirely home made and made worse by Irish actions, the president of the ECB Mario Draghi has insisted. The ECB President was answering questions from three Irish MEPS about the bank’s role in the bailout.

Met Éireann is warning of severe winds in the North West today. Forecasters have issued an orange weather alert, the second highest level of warning.


A woman who duped her female friend into having sex by pretending to be a man for two years has been jailed for eight years. Gayle Newland, 25, of Willaston, Cheshire, disguised her appearance and voice as she persuaded the other woman to put on a blindfold when they met up.

Clashes have broken out between riot police and youths in central Athens during the first general strike since Greece’s left-led government initially came to power in January.

Russian plans for a new submarine-launched nuclear torpedo shown on state-controlled TV were secret and should never have been aired, the Kremlin has said.


The Galway County Board are to make a final decision on the future of senior hurling manager Anthony Cunningham next week.

Following the well-publicised collapse of Sepp Blatter’s FIFA empire, five new candidates have stepped into the breach in a bid to replace him.

Tyson Fury has been thinking outside the box for ways to menace World Champion Wladimir Klitschko ahead of their heavyweight title fight at the end of the month. His latest stunning show of strength? Splitting a watermelon in two with a headbutt.


It’s not uncommon now for someone with a spare five minutes to spend it head down, phone in hand. This is exactly what French artist Antoine Geiger has tried to show with his clever but undeniably creepy photo series.

US food company, Aramark, is to buy the Avoca group of Irish upmarket retail outlets and cafes.

The European Commission may not announce its ruling on Ireland and its tax dealings with Apple until after Christmas, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said yesterday.


Opened in November 1980, the Apple facility in Hollyhill was staffed by some 60 people. The company and the country have had their ups and downs, but yesterday’s jobs announcement will bring the tech giant’s Irish workforce to more than 6,000, writes Eoin English


Irish people are getting fatter as our lifestyles become more sedentary. So what are primary and post primary schools doing to make sure our kids grow into adults and teenagers who don’t want to lie around on a coach, asks Caroline Allen


A dramatic presentation on road safety designed to “shake up” young people clearly worked yesterday.


American retailer Bloomingdales got itself into trouble this week when an ad from their Christmas catalogue began circulating on Twitter. The ad shows a man and a woman laughing with the caption: "Spike your best friend’s eggnog when they’re not looking."

People watching is something we all indulge in from time to time. So Jimmy Kimmel has created a fun little game from everyone’s favourite pastime by assessing just how good we are at judging people at first glance.


GAMING: We’ve been hearing about it for a long time now but the Xbox One’s new dashboard update is finally here - and you can download it right now.

MOVIES: The Queen of Ireland is just coming off a triumphant run in cinemas around Ireland and the UK, and soon you’ll be able to take this incredible story home on DVD.

TECH: TechRax is back to destroy another mobile device. This time, he’s testing how durable the new iPad Pro is.


Denise Van Outen has revealed that her “wildest nights” out were when she has been out partying in Dublin, with none other than the lads from Boyzone.


A teenager who used his karate skills to fight off a bull goring his father is to receive a national bravery award.

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