Friday morning briefing: Public urged to travel early to Anthony Foley funeral as huge crowds expected. Catch up on all the headlines

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Friday morning briefing: Public urged to travel early to Anthony Foley funeral as huge crowds expected. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

Members of the public who are planning to travel to Anthony Foley’s funeral  should allow plenty of time for the journey as huge crowds are expected to flock to the church to pay their final respects to the rugby legend.

Crunch talks to avert a policing crisis continue today, and possibly over the weekend,  as the first day of garda industrial action begins this morning.

The barrister charged with compiling a report into allegations of sexual abuse against a disabled woman,  ‘Grace’,  in a Waterford foster home expressed “serious concerns” about the HSE’s co-operation with his report.

The Government has been urged to ensure an upcoming Cold War era cat-and-mouse game between the British and Russian military,  which will potentially play out off our coast, does not spill into Irish-controlled airspace and cause passenger jets to be grounded or diverted.

WORLD

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have traded sharp barbs  and brutal put-downs at a supposedly light-hearted New York charity gala, with many in the well-heeled crowd turning on the Republican nominee midway through his remarks and showering him with jeers.

SPORT

The funeral of Munster rugby legend Anthony Foley will take place later in his home town of Killaloe.  He will be remembered as a legendary player, coach, captain, friend and father. He is survived by his wife Olive and the couple's two young sons.

Gregor Townsend knows how tough it is to win at Thomond Park in the best of circumstances and he recognises it will be an awful lot harder for his Glasgow Warriors players in these most emotional of times at Munster. 

It probably says everything about what Dundalk are achieving this season that the overriding feeling at the end of this defeat to Zenit was one of acute disappointment.  Not relief that the Louth men had escaped some sort of hiding or admiration for a team’s plucky underdog spirit, but genuine disappointment that they had lost so narrowly after a superb performance against the highest ranked team in the Europa League.

Twelve years after scoring a dramatic hat-trick against Fenerbahce on his Manchester United debut, Wayne Rooney handed over to a new Stretford End hero as Paul Pogba  inspired a Europa League victory which highlighted United’s number 10 is no longer the club’s only talisman.

OPINION

Leo Varadkar may not get the Fine Gael leadership for being too interesting and Simon Coveney may not get it for not being interesting enough,  writes Alison O’Connor 

The history of American elections is one of violence and dirty tricks. Yet it is also a history of  robust reform, , writes Kathlyn Cramer Brownell

BUSINESS

The lead in the polls following the final US presidential debate which point to a victory for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump is helping boost stock markets  and demand for riskier assets, a leading market analyst has said.

Ten thousand Dunnes Stores staff have received a fresh 3% pay increase, which amounts to a cumulative 12% pay rise  in the last four years.

LIFESTYLE

Ailín Quinlan meets the brave children with Epidermolysis Bullosa  – an incurable and extremely painful skin condition that a medical expert describes as “the worst thing you could live with”

SHOWBIZ

Jim Carrey has posted a cryptic message online  as he faced more accusations in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by his late ex-girlfriend’s mother.

VIRAL

t’s no secret by now that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have a very different style and approach when it comes to convincing the public that they’re the best person for the job in the White House. But what do those chosen techniques really say about them?

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

While most of us may think of the summer holidays as a chance to get a bit of sun abroad, three lads from Cork thought they’d try a holiday at home for a change.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Behold the first ever trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2.

MOVIES/TV: Logan is the lastest movie set in the X-Men universe and it's a pretty important one as it sees Hugh Jackman playing the character of Wolverine for the last time.

TECH: The Sony Xperia Ear is a digital assistant which lives right in your lug hole and you can get ready for it in Ireland with a pre-order now.

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Anthony Foley would be impressed. His final hours yesterday and today in St Flannan’s Church, Killaloe,  were spent on the spot where Brian Boru, emperor of Ireland, once reigned.

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