Friday evening briefing: Olive Foley pays powerful tribute to ‘soul mate’ Anthony. Catch up on all the headlines

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Friday evening briefing: Olive Foley pays powerful tribute to ‘soul mate’ Anthony. Catch up on all the headlines

ANTHONY FOLEY: 1973 - 2016

"Anthony never wasted words, so I'm going to keep it brief," Olive Foley began solemnly as she delivered a powerful homily at her husband’s funeral mass today.

In this moving tribute to his friend Anthony Foley, Ronan O'Gara reflects on a life well lived and what will be an historic send-off in Thomond Park tomorrow.

Rugby fan and amateur musician Cathal Reynolds wrote ‘Heroes Get Remembered But Legends Never Die’ in Foley’s honour.


A papal visit to Ireland could be on the cards after Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed he has been invited to attend the World Meeting of Families.

Residential property prices increased by 7.2% on average across the country in the last 12 months.

It is understood that a member of the Citizens' Assembly has been replaced, after it was revealed they had previously been in a pro-choice group.

Three former bank executives jailed for conspiracy are set to bring appeals against their convictions next March.


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.

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.

It looks increasingly likely that Mars lander Schiaparelli lies crashed and broken on the Red Planet.

Dog grabbed baby from mother's arms and savaged him to death, inquest told



Gary Lineker has received swathes of support on Twitter after suggestions that the BBC should fire the former England striker for his tweeting on immigration.

FAI Season Ticket holders will be treated to a bonus game in Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, March 28 when the Republic of Ireland play host to Iceland in an international friendly.

Irish soccer club Dunbar Celtic have struck a deal with Umbro for a new kit, but they need Facebook users help to get it.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers insists he will have no hesitation throwing Kolo Toure back into the Old Firm spotlight after his Champions League nightmare.


Donald Trump has mocked his much-derided comment at the US presidential debate that he might not accept the result of the election.

The only unknown is how much the largesse will be, but the least well-off in the most insecure jobs have always funded the higher pay and job security of those least at risk.


Around 1,600 entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts are expected to attend Ireland’s second National Digital Week.

More than 100 new jobs have been announced for Dublin and Kildare this morning.


Charlie Brooker is has just released the third series of Black Mirror on Netflix. He tells Ed Power it is less sci-fi and more a chance for us to study where humanity may be headed.



Hollywood star Tom Cruise has very good news for Top Gun fans. The actor, 54, said that he would love to do another Top Gun film, 30 years after playing the fighter pilot.



A blogger filmed herself practising yoga in 26 countries across the world because “nothing beats practising yoga in a natural setting”.


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


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.

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.

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