Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.
Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing


Police have come under attack from crowds of St Patrick's Day revellers in Belfast.  Disturbances erupted in the Holylands area in the south of the city when a crowd of around 300 young people gathered in the streets in the early hours of this morning.

Gay Byrne has admitted things will never go back to how they were  before his heart attack.

One-in-three Irish women gives birth by caesarean section,  with the increasing age of first-time mothers seen as the main factor.

Musician and campaigner Bob Geldof has won the latest round of a legal fight  relating to a firm that invests in African businesses.

A 64-year-old bachelor farmer yesterday told of his terror at being assaulted and tied up  y two men at his isolated home.


SeaWorld will end killer-whale shows after years of bad publicity.  The attraction has said the current generation of orcas in captivity will be the last.

The withdrawal of the bulk of Russian forces from Syria  should be complete in two to three days, the commander of the Russian air force has said.


It’s day three at Cheltenham. The Irish are doing well so far, although Sprinter Sacre pulled off the upset of the festival so far yesterday in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. Tommy Lyons of the Irish Examiner  gave us his tips for all today’s races.

Munster’s search for a director of rugby should aim as high as possible,  starting with Graham Henry and Jake White, says provincial legend Denis Leamy.


Tourism Ireland has said it is impossible to put a price on the publicity that Ireland receives around the world on St Patrick's Day.  More than 190 landmarks around the world are taking part in the Global Greening campaign to celebrate our national holiday.

The IMF has credited the Central Bank’s mortgage lending rules  with steadying house prices here, saying there is no need to change them.


The selling-on of debts is a fact of life when boom meets bust but there should have been robust protection standards  in place to safeguard borrowers and tenants, writes Paul Joyce.


Saddle up to get a view of our magnificent landscape. There is simply no better way to appreciate our country says Dan MacCarthy


Attendees at the White House’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 15 broke into song with a rendition of Ireland’s Call.  At one point, a White House official appeared to attempt to get the Irish to leave,  but they sang on.


The beautiful moment where a student asked a boy in her class with learning difficulties to prom with a Star Wars cake and balloons  was captured on camera and it will absolutely make your day.

The Jungle Book is the latest Disney film to undergo a live-action remake, with a much darker feel than the original.  If you found that moment when it looked like the slippery snake Kaa was about to swallow Mowgli whole heart-stopping in your childhood, then prepare yourself for an even more sinister take in the latest trailer.


GAMING: The 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising has a lot of people feeling patriotic. And no videogame does patriotism quite like Broforce.  Redditor mogodesade whipped up some character intros for Irish heroes, just in case the team behind Broforce ever wanted to release a 1916 Edition. Among the cast are Brodraig Pearse, Constance Bro-Kievicz, Eamon Bro-Valera, and Michael Brollins.

MOVIES: So you want to remake swords and sandals epic Ben-Hur  and the chosen director is the man who made Wanted, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter and Nightwatch.

TECH: MainTool has been working on a gadget and connected app  that turns your regular watch into a smartwatch with a variety of new functions.


Boyzlife members Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy have joined the Late Late line-up this week,  as well as Love/Hate star John Connors.


In preparation for Dublin’s 2016 centenary year St Patrick’s Day parade, a series of workshops took place with young people around Ireland to discuss their hopes for the future.  The result is an explosion of colour and imagination as the theme, ‘Imagine if…’, celebrates our national vision for the next 100 years.

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