Friday lunchtime briefing: Huge crowds attend Anthony Foley funeral. Catch up on the headlines

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Friday lunchtime briefing: Huge crowds attend Anthony Foley funeral. Catch up on the headlines

ANTHONY FOLEY FUNERAL

Munster flags are flying from almost every home and business as you make your way towards Anthony Foley's hometown this morning.  Thousands of fans queued for hours in Killaloe yesterday to pay their respects and another large crowd is expected for the former Munster rugby captain's funeral mass. There are heavy traffic restrictions in place around the town.

It was not without reason that when shocked observers reached for the words to express what Anthony Foley had meant for their sport they settled upon the phrase ‘rugby great’.  Rugby correspondent Simon Lewissets out the reasons why

IRELAND

A number of shots were fired early today at a house in Cork that had a number of children inside.  Up to six bullets were fired at the front door of the house in Rathpeacon, in which the family were living.

A 17-year-old boy had been found guilty of falsely imprisoning the former Tánaiste Joan Burton  and her adviser during a protest in Jobstown in Dublin.

Housing Minister Simon Coveney has said the State's goal must be to put housing and homelessness charities out of business.  hSpeaking at the launch of the Peter McVerry Trust's strategic plan, he said crisis accommodation would always be necessary, but could only ever work as a short-term solution.

The likelihood of prolonged closures at hundreds of second-level schools is increased by the difficulty facing schools training anyone hired to supervise students  during next month’s  industrial action by teachers.

WORLD 

A Welsh village devastated by a landslide which almost wiped out an entire generation  will fall silent as people mark the disaster's 50th anniversary.

Militants attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk today in an assault quickly claimed by the so-called 'Islamic State' group and aimed at diverting attention  from the battle to retake 'IS'-held Mosul.

The Syrian government has had little response to a new corridor  opened for rebels and civilians who want to leave besieged eastern neighbourhoods of Aleppo.

Dog grabbed baby from mother's arms and savaged him to death, inquest told  A four-month-old baby was snatched from his mother's arms by the family dog and savaged to death, an inquest has heard.

SPORT

The O’Donovan brothers got a warm welcome when they visited their former national school this week.

Rarely, if ever, do you hear the concept that coaching is a ‘political activity’

Take a bow Kevin Doyle. The Ireland international is currently plying his trade in the MLS with the Colorado Rapids and, if this goal is anything to go by, still has plenty to offer on the football pitch.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has called on his "key players" to start producing and believes there is no better time than against Premier League leaders Manchester City.

OPINION/ANALYSIS

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

Picture this: You’re driving home from work and notice a rental car pulled overin the hard shoulder with a flattyre. Do you a) get out and help?Or b) Drive on, as you need to beat the queue for that snack box. Turns out the people of Derry would all choose a) and they were rewarded as the owner of that rental car just happened to be Tom Cruise. And they had no way of knowing it was him before they pulled over.

VIRAL

Eric Philips suffered a moment of indignity that was like something straight out of. ’Anchorman’  on American TV this week.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Foil Arms and Hog are back with another epic comedy sketch that hits pretty close to the bone  ffor a lot of people.

TECHNOW

GAMING:

The biggest and best game of the year is finally here, with the launch of Farming Simulator 17  your collection is complete.

MOVIES/TV: Joss Whedon can do pretty much anything he wants but after his time in the Marvel verse he'd still like to do a Star Wars film.  Joss Whedon has had an interesting few years, signing up to a massive agreement with Marvel in 2010 which saw him not only write and direct the blockbusters The Avengers and Age of Ultron but also help run the entire Marvel-verse by working on the scripts for the other interconnected movies.

TECH: Apple has been making phones their business for many years now, and they're constantly introducing new features in their major yearly updates to iOS.  One element which hasn't popped up yet is a proper one handed keyboard for typing. That's especially strange as the other platforms all have this option, and the iPhone screen size has massively increased in recent years.

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Munster flags are flying from almost every home and business as you make your way towards Anthony Foley's hometown this morning.  Thousands of fans queued for hours in Killaloe yesterday to pay their respects and another large crowd is expected for the former Munster rugby captain's funeral mass. There are heavy traffic restrictions in place around the town.

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