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10 January 2019 17:48 Sport and entertainment shows keep Irish viewers glued to their TVs

Dermot Bannon, the Late Late Toy Show and the Eurovision Song Contest all had Irish viewers glued to their TV screens last year. But it was sporting exploits at home and abroad that had most people settling down in front of the television in 2018. Figures from industry monitoring body, TAM Ireland, show that sporting fixtures - including Ireland's rugby 92

05 January 2019 15:40 Wood spot on as Burnley make Barnsley pay the penalty

Substitute Chris Wood’s stoppage-time penalty sent Burnley through to the fourth round of the FA Cup as they beat Barnsley 1-0 at Turf Moor. Wood converted from 12 yards after Matej Vydra was brought down in the area by Liam Lindsay. It was the second time in the match the Premier League hosts had been awarded a spot-kick by referee Simon Hooper, with the first 76

25 December 2018 10:32 Pope Francis urges Christians to put love before materialism at Christmas

Pope Francis has urged Christians to forgo the greed, hoarding and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love. Francis celebrated a Christmas Eve Mass on Monday night in St Peter’s Basilica, opening a busy week for the pope that includes a Christmas Day message and blessing, a December 26 prayer, New Year’s 85

18 December 2018 10:45 Ireland West Airport expecting busiest period in its history this month

Ireland West Airport is expecting more than 50,000 passengers this month. They predict that 30,000 passengers will walk through the airport over the Christmas period, making it the busiest in the airport's history. They said that passenger numbers estimated to arrive and depart at the airport over the Christmas period are expected to be up 6% compared 80

17 December 2018 17:48 Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope returns to action after lengthy shoulder injury

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope played in his first match since dislocating his shoulder in July after turning out for the club’s under-23s on Monday. The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes of an away clash against Sheffield United, which the Clarets won 3-1. Pope, who made his England debut in early June and was part of the Three Lions squad for the World 69

12 December 2018 15:58 Pope removes two cardinals from cabinet after sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis has removed two cardinals from his informal cabinet after they were implicated in the Catholic Church’s sex abuse and cover-up scandal. The Vatican said that Francis has written to Chilean Cardinal Javier Errazuriz and Australian Cardinal George Pell thanking them for their five years of service on the so-called Group of Nine, or C-9. Francis 71

28 November 2018 11:37 Munster counties worst affected as Storm Diana leaves more than 40,000 customers without power

Latest: More than 40,000 homes and businesses are without power this morning, the ESB has said. The worst affected counties are those along southern coastal counties, in particular, Cork, Kerry and Waterford, as well as Limerick, Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Kildare, Roscommon and Louth. Dozens of flights have been cancelled in Cork and Dublin Airports 56

15 November 2018 08:14 PAC to review spend on luxury toilets for papal visit

The Government spent more than €1m on “luxury toilets” for high-ranking guests, portaloos, and a marquee as part of a €15m spending spree for the August visit of Pope Francis to Ireland. The Office of Public Works confirmed the new figures in a detailed document given to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members in recent days. According to the file, which 45

14 November 2018 11:02 Pope Francis denounces gossiping as he says tongues ‘kill like a knife’

Pope Francis has denounced gossip as a form of “terrorism” and is warning the faithful against telling lies. Francis explored the Catholic commandment against “bearing false witness” during his Wednesday general audience. He warned the faithful in a chilly St Peter’s Square that “We all live by communicating, and we are continuously on the edge between 41

28 October 2018 12:07 Pope Francis grieves for Jewish victims in Pittsburgh

Pope Francis is grieving with Pittsburgh’s Jewish community following the massacre at a synagogue in the US state. He denounced the “inhuman act of violence” and prayed for an end to the “flames of hatred” that fuelled it. Francis led prayers for Pittsburgh on Sunday in St Peter’s Square, a day after a gunman who had expressed hatred of Jews opened fire in the synagogue 55