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Coronavirus: Eight deaths and 896 new cases reported in Northern Ireland

There have been eight further Covid-19 linked deaths in the last 24-hour reporting period in the North and 896 new cases of the virus, the Northern Ireland Department of Health has announced.The death toll recorded by the department now stands at 653.There have been 34,105 confirmed cases in the North.There are currently 317 patients with…

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The use of Garda batons against lockdown protestors sets a dangerous precedent

On Friday, the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said something that was, given its context, infinitely revealing.  Speaking at a press conference, he addressed the use of batons and excessive force by Gardaí against lockdown protestors on Grafton Street on Thursday. He also welcomed the additional enforcement powers given to the Gardai to sanction people who…

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    Reality bites for Pence as senior staff are infected by COVID

    At least four senior officials in the Mike Pence VP entourage have now tested positive for COVID including his Chief of Staff Marc Short who is among those most opposed to mask wearing and in favor of sticking  it out. It appears many have been sick for days in the latest saga of the White…

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      Art pieces stolen in infamous Boston heist could be hidden in Dublin

      Stolen art pieces from the infamous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist in Boston could be hidden in a Dublin house, according to a new BBC documentary.  The new documentary, entitled "The Billion Dollar Hunt", will air on BBC Four at 9 p.m. GMT and follows Charley Hill, a former detective with the Metropolitan Police Art…

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        Italy protesters, police clash over virus restrictions

        Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has tightened nationwide coronavirus restrictions after the country recorded a record number of new cases, despite opposition from regional heads and street protests over curfews. Cinemas, theatres, gyms and swimming pools must all close under the new rules, which come into force tomorrow and run until 24 November, while restaurants…

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          Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78

          Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-hee, who transformed the South Korean firm into a global tech titan, has died at the age of 78, the company said. Under Mr Lee's leadership, Samsung rose to become the world's largest producer of smartphones and memory chips. The firm's overall turnover today is equivalent to a fifth of South…

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            Disallowed try can’t strip lustre off Keenan debut

            Hugo Keenan isn't quibbling about being denied Ireland's second-ever debut hat-trick. The Leinster wing became the eighth Irishman to score two tries on his Test bow, as Andy Farrell’s men overwhelmed Italy 50-17 in Dublin on Saturday. The 24-year-old was denied a historic treble when James Ryan was pinged for blocking to allow space for a…

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              Two Irish cities named as the friendliest in Europe

              Two cities in Ireland have ranked at the top of Europe's friendliest city list in this year's  Condé Nast Traveller Reader Travel Awards. More than 100,000 Condé Nast Traveller readers have voted Galway as the number one friendliest city in Europe, while Dublin was named number two. "While Europe's best cities are often judged on…

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                Bruce Springsteen says he’ll move to Ireland if Trump wins

                Bruce Springsteen has told a top Irish television show he will move to Ireland if Donald Trump wins the election. The Boss was speaking via Zoom to Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy on Friday night. He told Tubridy he will move to Ireland should the Donald spring yet another massive surprise.  "Trump will lose.…

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                  Terence McSwiney Centenary

                  Friend of Terence McSwiney Geraldine Neeson remembers the martyred Lord Mayor Of Cork and his great sacrifice for the Irish Republic. Geraldine Neeson recalls her friend the former Lord Mayor of Cork Terence MacSwiney, who died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison on 25 October 1920. Ten days after the murder of the Lord Mayor…

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                    Some of the most popular Irish surnames in the US, explained

                    Over four million Irish immigrants came to the United States between 1820 and 1930. Their surnames are still common around the country, especially in historic enclaves in the Northeast. Many originally had a tell-tale “O” before the name, which meant “descendant of” in Gaelic, but it has mostly been dropped. With or without the O,…

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                      Poetry in a pandemic, how the Irish Rep keeps its flame lit

                      A revival of Eugene O'Neill's celebrated play 'A Touch Of The Poet' was scheduled to be The Irish Rep's main stage production this spring, but then the coronavirus hit. That left the theatre to become the first in the nation to take its shows and entire season online. So how close was the Rep to…

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                        Ireland’s tree-planting policies are bad news for biodiversity

                        PICKLING AWAY IN the acids of our remaining peatlands are a minute array of pollen grains formed from the remains of various species of trees that once blanketed our island from coast to coast.  We know that around 400 years ago, 80% of Ireland was covered with forests comprising the likes of birch, oak and…

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                        Khabib bows out of UFC with unblemished record

                        Updated / Saturday, 24 Oct 2020 23:06 Khabib Nurmagomedov has his arm raised in victory, possibly for the final time as he calls time on his UFC career Khabib Nurmagomedov extended his perfect professional record to 29-0 with a second-round submission win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, then announced his retirement from the sport.…

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                        Laois finish in style to secure Division 2 status

                        Updated / Saturday, 24 Oct 2020 18:33 Gary Walsh scored two of the late Laois goals There were incredible scenes in the closing stages of this crucial relegation battle at Brewster Park as three Laois goals in the final minutes kept Mike Quirke's side in Division 2 of the league for 2021, condemning Cavan to…

                        Wild times for Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt in Wild Mountain Thyme

                        A NICE end of year film event to look forward to comes courtesy of Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt, who star in Wild Mountain Thyme, the adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s Broadway play Outside Mullingar. The two stars filmed on location in Co. Mayo last year along with Christopher Walken, Jon Hamm and Dearbhla Molloy.…

                        Celebrating the US presidents with Irish roots and connections

                        Did you know that 22 US Presidents have some sort of Irish connection! Ever since John F. Kennedy’s trip to Dunganstown, Co Wexford, in 1963, almost every President of the United States has traveled across the Atlantic, many seeking out their ancestral home. President Barack Obama’s visit to his ancestral family home in Moneygall, Co…

                        Time to consider all the risks and harms of lockdown

                        The original rationale for COVID lockdowns and strict social distancing was to “flatten the curve” so as not to overwhelm hospitals with too many acutely ill patients. We have accomplished that: though things came close in New York City, demand for ventilators in the US has not exceeded our hospitals’ surge capacity. But in many…

                        Readers share their alternative Halloween plans

                        Halloween this year will be different from usual, with people asked to stay at home except for essential reasons. Trick-or-treating won’t be possible under the restrictions, so earlier this week, we asked followers on the RTÉ News Instagram page for their alternative plans to celebrate the day. There were lots of great answers, with many…

                        Covid-19: Public advised to stop using all Virapro sanitary products

                        Members of the public have been advised to stop using all Virapro-branded sanitary products after it emerged that several are not authorised for use in the State. The Department of Agriculture made the announcement late on Friday night, a day after a specific hand sanitiser made by the company was recalled from the market over…

                        McIlroy steadies ship but Thomas takes Zozo control

                        Rory McIlroy steadied the ship at the Zozo Championship with an excellent five-under 67 but he remains some way off the leader Justin Thomas, who poured in seven birdies to card his second consecutive round of 65 at the Sherwood Country Club on Friday. FULL LEADERBOARD McIlroy snapped his club in frustration during his opening…

                        Brexit: Caution and hope as talks enter decisive phase

                        Three days before the leaders’ summit on 15 October, a senior Irish official was asked if he expected a dramatic moment in the Brexit saga. It was, after all, the date Boris Johnson had set as the deadline for a deal. “There have been a lot of expectations that there would be a big drama…

                        Fine margins prove costly for Irish but all is not lost

                        Cup finals are great, but only if you win them.  The disappointment was palpable as referee Ivana Martincic drew Ireland’s European Championship qualifier against Ukraine to a shrill close. There was a sobering sense of closure to not only the game, but also to Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for 2022’s finals in England.  But there is still…

                        Another Life: Discovering the Kerry Mousetail Fern

                        Crouched beneath the windows on the seaward side of the house, our old greenhouse has sad holes in its roof. The big one is where a storm tossed a heavy ridge tile off the house. Lesser gaps are from the gales causing things to slide. I built the greenhouse, in 1983, with my father’s ways…

                        Rory Gallagher’s nephew on life with his famous uncle

                        A new double album of Rory Gallagher songs brings together the best of the late blues rock man. Alan Corr talks to the man who put it together, Rory’s nephew Daniel It was only in October 1987 that Daniel Gallagher fully grasped what his uncle Rory did for a living. Five-year-old Daniel, the youngest son…

                        What lesson can America learn today from The Troubles?

                        What is the lesson of The Troubles in Ireland? You could be forgiven if you said there wasn’t one, that it was all a pointless sectarian slaughter, but would you be right? That bitter street-level conflict endured for decades and it marked all who lived through it, most of whom were so busy trying to…

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