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10 October 2018 10:28 Bono urges artists to celebrate ‘romance’ of Europe to counter negative views

Rock star Bono has called on artists to celebrate the “romance” of Europe at a time when the value of the EU has come under question. Visiting the European Parliament in Brussels, the U2 singer hailed the European institutions as both a “brain … working to improve the lives of Europeans” and a “loudly beating heart” bringing them together. The Dublin 17

07 October 2018 19:30 Giant puppets attract more than one million visitors in UK

More than one million people have travelled to Merseyside as giant puppets took over the streets. The Royal de Luxe theatre company’s Giants carried out their final ever performances across Liverpool and Wirral from Thursday to Saturday. Liverpool City Council said early estimates showed 1.3m people had travelled to the area to enjoy the spectacle, which 37

07 October 2018 11:15 Donkeys found struggling to survive in patch of waste ground learn to live again

By Sarah Slater Three donkeys are learning to live again after being discovered battling to survive alongside the carcasses of two others. Earlier this year, the emaciated donkeys named Amelia, Romily and Jazz, were found on a patch of waste ground in Antrim. Jane Bruce, welfare adviser with the Donkey Sanctuary, found the donkeys following a call by a local 13

01 October 2018 16:02 Westmeath syndicate claim €1m Lotto Plus top prize

There were no Monday blues at Lotto HQ in Dublin City today as three separate National Lottery winners came forward to collect over €1,085,000 in prizes across Lotto, scratch cards and Telly Bingo. The biggest winners were a syndicate from Co Westmeath who collected their €1m prize won in the Lotto Plus 1 draw on Saturday, September 22. The Westmeath 11

27 September 2018 12:23 Celebrities settle phone-hacking claims against News Group Newspapers

Soap stars and TV personalities are among 16 people who have received undisclosed damages and an apology from News Group Newspapers (NGN) over phone hacking. None of the celebrities were at London’s High Court on Thursday for the settlement of their claims for misuse of private information, which involved their lawyers reading out agreed statements before 126

26 September 2018 20:50 Priest reverses decision to end specific date for first Communion following outrage from parents

A CARLOW PRIEST has reversed his decision to end holding First Holy Communion ceremonies on a specific date in his parish following some backlash from parents. It had previously been reported yesterday by KCLR that Fr Tom Little told parents of children set to make their communion next year at three local schools in the Askea parish in Carlow that he was scrapping 12

24 September 2018 16:43 Taoiseach hails success of Good Friday Agreement during speech at UN

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hailed the Good Friday Agreement for bringing peace following "decades of bitter violence" during a speech at the United Nations. Speaking at a US Summit, Mr Varadkar said there is closer co-operation between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the 20 years after the historical 1998 agreement was signed. He told more than 70 heads 12

18 September 2018 21:49 Sesame Street says Bert and Ernie are just friends and 'don't have a sexual orientation'

The comments come after a former writer for the show recently said he considered them to be gay. SESAME WORKSHOP, THE organisation behind Sesame Street has said that characters Bert and Ernie “do not have a sexual orientation” after a former writer for the show recently said he considered them to be gay. Former writer Mark Saltzman, who worked for Sesame 3

13 September 2018 14:52 Pussy Riot activist ‘may have taken overdose of medication’

A member of Russia protest group Pussy Riot may have been poisoned by an overdose of medication, it has been reported. Independent news website Meduza said that Pyotr Verzilov’s doctors told his relatives that he either overdosed on medicine or was given too much medicine. Fellow Pussy Riot member Veronika Nikulshina told the Associated Press that the report 21

11 September 2018 17:52 Search on to find homes for Isaac Newton’s space seed saplings

New homes are being sought for eight apple tree saplings grown from seeds blasted into space with British astronaut Tim Peake. Each one has an historic pedigree, having been cultivated from pips taken from the tree that, according to legend, inspired Sir Isaac Newton’s work on gravity. The pips were taken aboard the International Space Station as part of Major 16