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President Michael d Higgins is to become the first irish head of state to make an official state visit to the UK. Queen elizabeth ii formally invited the President and his wife sabina to stay with the royals at Windsor Castle next April 8. the groundbreaking three-day state visit follows the Queen’s hugely successful visit here in May 2011. in remarkable scenes, the British monarch paid her respects at the Garden of remembrance in dublin. she also visited Croke Park – the site of the 1920 Bloody sunday massacre – and made a widely-praised speech on Anglo-irish history at dublin Castle. in what is considered a pivotal moment in relations between the countries, the invite by former President Mary McAleese paved the way for a reciprocal invite for her successor to the UK. A number of meetings between the President and members of the royal family have taken place since his election. He and his wife met the Queen and the duke of edinburgh in June last year at Belfast’s Lyric theatre.

by Brian hutton the President also met Princess Anne at a sporting event and Prince edward visited him this year at Áras an Uachtaráin. Although President Higgins has travelled to events in London, Manchester, Liverpool and scotland over the past year, these were not official visits. Likewise, previous meetings between the Queen and President McAleese, and with her predecessor Mary robinson, at various functions in the UK were not official state visits. next year’s trip will the first time an irish head of state has been formally invited to the UK by a British sovereign. Although the official programme is yet to be finalised, it is expected Mr and Mrs Higgins will stay at Windsor Castle and will pay an official visit to the prime minister at downing street. it is anticipated the Lord Mayor of the City of London will host a banquet for the President and it is expected the Queen will also host a state banquet.

Talking heads: Queen Elizabeth meets President Higgins during a visit to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast last year Picture: PA

Mistletoe and smiles Santa LauraLynn Ireland Children’s Hospice patron Miriam O’Callaghan a peck on the cheek yesterday, as his sleigh touched down at Arnotts. Santa and his elves will be at his free grotto until Christmas Eve Picture: Anthony Woods

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GONE is the time when Long John Silver had to hop about the galley using a primitive wooden crutch. Nowadays, Robert Louis Stevenson’s amputee pirate could get himself a bespoke false leg with a builtin scabbard for his cutlass and a hidden grog compartment. Such a creation would be nothing out of the ordinary for Sophie de Oliveira Barata – who’s always prepared to go out on a limb for her imaginative customers. She’s produced prosthetics including legs equipped with music speakers and covered with crystals – and a forearm with a fake snake coiled around it. One client wanted a limb fitted with an iPod shuffle, while another had their arm augmented with stylish plumes of feathers. ‘Having had an artistic background, it seemed

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Twitter saving lives senator still critical THE Gardaí are planning to highlight critical information to their Twitter followers by marking an important tweet as an alert – a potentially ‘lifesaving’ development in social media, officials said. As well as the Gardaí, the UK’s 47 police forces will also use the system, intended for crisis, disaster and emegrncy communications. Twitter alerts, which comes to Ireland and the UK today, launched with a number of participating organisations in the US, Japan and Korea in September.

SENATOR Jimmy Harte continues to fight for his life after a freak fall left him with serious head injuries. The Donegal politician remains in a critical but stable condition following surgery yesterday at Beaumont Hospital. Mr Harte, 55, from Co Donegal, was found collapsed on the street at Newmarket Square in the south inner city at around 3am on Saturday morning. Gardaí have viewed CCTV footage and interviewed witnesses and are satisfied the injuries were sustained as a result of an accidental fall.

Ex-wife in clear over murder knowledge by DERic HEnDERsOn THE ex-wife of dentist Colin Howell, who told police she kept secret his murdering two people for over a decade, is not to be prosecuted. Kyle Jorgensen, 47, an American, was told by her husband how he gassed his first wife Lesley and his then-lover’s policeman husband Trevor Buchanan but persuaded her not to inform the authorities. She has been under police investigation since Howell’s arrest in 2009, but yesterday the Public Prosecution Service in Belfast confirmed she would be facing no charges. A spokesperson said: ‘The decision was taken not to prosecute because there was insufficient evidence to provide a prospect of conviction.’ Howell first admitted the 1991 murders to her at their home in Co Derry in 1998 but they agreed to stay quiet. Ms Jorgensen returned to Florida with their five children and filed for divorce when Howell was jailed for 21 years for the murders when he separately gassed both victims with carbon monoxide before placing their bodies together in a car to make it look like a suicide pact. Hazel Stewart, Howell’s then-lover, was jailed for 18 years for her role in covering the murders up. Ms Jorgensen, who had moved to Ireland to study Irish, met Howell in December 1996 and married him the following year.

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State to double typhoon aid as relief effort builds

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IRELAND is doubling its financial aid to the disaster-struck Philippines. Development Minister Joe Costello said the Government is pledging an extra €1.6million to the international relief effort – bringing the country’s contribution to more than €3m. But he also called for better co-ordination between donors to make sure those who need relief are getting it as quickly as possible. The money will be used by humanitarian agencies to provide shelter, food, water and health services to the 13million people devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. ‘Ireland acted quickly to respond to Typhoon Haiyan, but as the magnitude of this disaster has become clear, it is apparent further assistance is required,’ said Mr Costello. Last week, the Government despatched 100 tonnes of emergency supplies to the country. Philippine president Benigno Aquino III said yesterday he will stay in hardest hit Leyte province until he sees more progress in the aid effort following complaints from survivors that they have yet to receive proper help. Mr Aquino is expected to set up camp in Tacloban, the capital of Leyte, where virtually every building in the city was damaged or destroyed by the November 8 storm. Latest figures put the death toll at 3,974, although at least 1,200 people are stil missing. Relief: People from a destroyed village near Tacloban await the arrival of a helicopter carrying aid supplies

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JFK planned a Wexford trip JOHN F Kennedy was planning to make a private family visit to his cousins in Ireland before he was assassinated, his relatives have revealed. The US president made a trip in 1963 to his ancestral home in Dunganstown, near New Ross, Co Wexford, five months before he was murdered. Patrick Grennan – third cousin of the US president – who owns a JFK museum in the town, revealed his grandmother was told of the plan to return on that first visit.

3,000 call for Judge to resign NEARLY 3,000 people have signed a petition calling for the resignation of Circuit Criminal Court judge Martin Nolan, who on Thursday gave a suspended sentence to a man who pleaded guilty to downloading 7,000 child porn images. The change.org petition, Call For The Resignation Of Judge Martin Nolan, gained nearly 500 signatures since Saturday. Last year, Judge Nolan jailed a garlic importer for six years over a VAT scam.




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It’s Pac to the future by DOMInIc YEATMAn

Ghosts in the machine: Pac-Man will return on the Disney TV channel, with a new clothing range, figures and video game

HE HAS spent more than 30 years gobbling pellets and ducking ghosts and now arcade game veteran Pac-Man is about to get a makeover. He is to star in his own TV show and a raft of merchandising deals. Disney XD is to screen Pac-Man And The Ghostly Adventures in the new year to coincide with new toy figures from its original publisher, Namco Bandai. A computer game for all console formats is due to be launched in March, as well as a clothing range. The original game currently features alongside Space Invaders and Pong in an exhi-

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’80s arcade star gets TV makeover bition of ‘digital archaeology’ at London’s Barbican Centre. Exhibition organiser Neil McConnon said: ‘Pac-Man is a video games phenomenon; synonymous with ’80s gaming and an inspiration to future developers. Its graphics are iconic, and it’s undoubtedly a classic of its era. It’s simple, fun and inoffensive and has today found its way into the collections of major museums.’ First launched in Japan in 1980, the game

Dubliner ALLEn LEEcH, 32, is best known for playing chauffeur-turned-gent Branson in Downton Abbey. He plays a madman in new film In Fear In the film In Fear, you play Max, who terrorises two young lovers. Was it hard to get in touch with your inner psycho?

Not as hard as it should have been. The idea of playing with the unknown, to be in control of the situation – that was really appealing.

It’s the kind of scary movie that leaves you with more questions than answers…

That’s right. You’re playing with these emotions, it’s almost like an experiment in

human fear where you don’t know what’s real.

One idea I had is that Max is dead, a figment of the imaginative fears of Tom (Iain De Caestecker) and Lucy (Alice Englert). It’s funny, because Jeremy Lovering [the

director] and I were talking about the possibility of Max being a dead person – that was one of the things we were playing around with. But it’s up to the audience to decide if that really is the case…

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took its name from ‘paku-paku taberu’, a Japanese term for the sound of munching. Released as Puck-Man, his name was changed to Pac-Man in the US over fears it might prompt obscene graffiti. In a speech in 2011, developer Toru Iwatani said the game was designed to attract women and girls to ‘dirty and smelly’ arcades, and the pellets were supposed to be sweets as ‘girls love to eat desserts’.

My mind can play tricks on me. I’ll imagine people who aren’t really there – that can freak me out

challenge working without a script? I had a background idea and some lines but the other two didn’t know where they were heading. I had to steer the scene. A day’s shoot would start with just something like: ‘They’re going to get a fright.’ When you don’t know the full story arc and you’re in the dark, it makes it quite an intense experience. That comes across on screen. So what scares you? Unemployment! No, one thing that does scare me is that my mind can play tricks on me in the dark. I’ll imagine people who aren’t really there – that can freak me out if I’m on my own. It’s the anticipation of being scared, rather than anything real. That’s what In Fear taps into. You and De Caestecker have a pretty brutal fight scene. Can you handle yourself in a scrap?

[Laughs] I reckon I can look after myself. That scene was filmed on the coldest, rainiest morning. We were mudwrestling for five hours in a swamp, we got mud pretty much everywhere. And I was filming The Sweeney at the same time, four hours’ drive from one to the other. It was pretty full-on.

Was it a relief to let rip as Max? Branson hasn’t had a lot to do in the latest series of Downton aside from sitting down to eat fancy dinners... I get what you’re saying about Branson, he hasn’t really found his place in the world after the death of Sybil. But his story isn’t over and it’s such a privilege to be involved in a show where you can follow your character over time. Without giving anything away, I think you need to keep watching because there are definitely signs that Branson is getting his old spark back.

Has the role opened doors for you? Definitely. People are much more

aware of you. With In Fear, part of why Jeremy wanted to cast me as Max was that people would have a certain expectation based on me being Branson and it would be interesting to have a play around with that history, because I don’t

want to be typecast.

Does playing Branson mean you get recognised by Downton fans?

Oh yes, I get the odd look on the Tube – yes, I take the Tube – the new thing is that everyone wants to take a photo with me and I’m always happyto do that. I come into their houseevery Sunday at 9pm, so it seems only fair to oblige.

So you stay down to Earth, despite Downton’s global reach?

I live in a house in north London with four Irish guys. We go out to the park and play football or tennis. It’s pretty normal, really.

If you could choose anyone to play in a biopic, who would you be? David Foster Wallace. He was a US

writer who committed suicide quite young, in his 30s or 40s [he was 46].A friend gave me a book written about a trip he made with another writer, called Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself. I was engrossed, totally caught up in it. That would make a great movie. Keith Watson

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Lady Gaga made sure she stayed ahead of her rivals in the exhibitionist stakes when she got down and dirty with R Kelly elly on Saturday Night Live. The 27-year-old simulated sex with the Bump N’ Grind hitmaker as they sang their duet Do What U Want on the US sketch show. At one point, the r‘n’b star threw Gaga over his shoulder before putting her down wn and spanking her bum. Later the twoo ended up on the floor together with Kelly elly on top doing push-ups. Gaga, who topped the charts for or a third time last night with her new album Artpop, used the show to have a sly dig at critics who consider her a secondrate Madonna. In a skit called Worst Coverr Songs Ever, she was drafted in to perform Madge’ss Express Yourself but instead started singing her own wn track Born This Wayy – which many called a rip-off – while dressed as her rivall during her cone bra era. In the final sketch, Gaga poked ed fun at her image by playing an elderly version ersion of herself.

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TEARS, bushtucker trials and even a budding jungle romance appeared on TV last night, which means only one thing: I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! is back. Matthew Wright, 48, began sobbing as he took part in a trial called the Turntable Of Terror. The TV presenter was strapped down and covered with writhing snakes, yet his team won the task and was rewarded with a stay in a luxury camp with a roaring log fire. But the five losers in the challenge were consigned to a freezing camp at Snake Rock. Swimmer Rebecca Adlington had to use a tampon to start a fire. As the campers huddled round, sparks were flying between Towie star Joey Essex and model Amy Willerton – making it a jungle romance to watch. The 23-year-old hunk was treated to a lesson on how to tell the time by Amy, who is Miss Universe GB. The 21-year-old built a makeshift clock on the ground and tried to explain what the big and little hands meant. Nonplussed, Essex replied: ‘It’s so much easier to look at your phone though, isn’t it?’ Some of the reality star’s campmates also took

Horan and Ellie back on? Their summer love burned bright and fizzled out just as quickly as it started. But One Direction’s Niall Horan has fuelled rumours that he is back on with ex Ellie Goulding after watching her perform at the G-A-Y nightclub this weekend. Flashing the flesh in black leather shorts and bra top, the 26-year-old singer (left) was cheered on by Niall, 19. The pair kissed at the Virgin Media V Festival in August, but split a month later, with sources saying Niall wanted to play the field. His appearance at the London nightspot came hours after he told chat show host Jonathan Ross he was single. He also told Ross he strips off in the studio. He said: ‘I recorded What Makes You Beautiful in my boxers!’

Emotional: Wright after his trial great interest in how white his teeth were. Snooker player Steve Davis, 56, told him: ‘The reflection of your teeth is blinding me.’ Emmerdale actress Lucy Pargeter, 36, told Essex he may have the upper hand against critters in a bushtucker trial. ‘They will be scared by the whiteness of your teeth,’ she said. It wasn’t all plain sailing for the ten contestants in last night’s show. Their camp was nearly evacuated as a storm swept through Queensland.

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Jolie weeps as she lauds her rock Pitt Angelina Jolie broke down in tears after paying a gushing tribute to Brad Pitt in an award speech. The actress heaped praise on her fiancé and their eldest son Maddox, who joined her on the red carpet before watching her collect a gong for her charity work at a bash in LA. ‘My love. Your support and your guidance make everything I do possible,’ the mother of six told Pitt, 49. Jolie promised 12-year-old Maddox she would not embarrass him by blubbing at the Governors Awards on saturday. ‘You and your brothers and sisters are my happiness and there is no

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greater honour in this world than being your mom,’ she said. But the 38-year-old – who had a double mastectomy in February to guard against breast tumours – welled up as she recalled mother Marcheline Bertrand’s death from ovarian cancer. ‘I will do as my mother asked and I will do the best I can with this life to be of use,’ she said. The Mr & Mrs smith star, who won the Hersholt Humanitarian Award, added: ‘To stand here today means I did as she asked and if she were alive she’d be very proud, so thank you.’

Alec Baldwin has threatened to quit showbiz because of his homophobic slur against a photographer. The hot-headed 30 Rock actor also criticised the public’s ‘obsession’ with famous people. In a Huffington Post blog, he wrote: ‘If quitting the TV business, the movie business or the theatre is necessary to bring safety and peace to my family, then that is an easy choice.’ His MSNBC talk show, Up Late, has been suspended after he called a paparazzo a ‘c***sucking fag’.

I peeped in – the Shades were open... Dakota Johnson was thinking about sex at the moment she learned she’d landed the muchhyped role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Of Grey. The 24year-old daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson said: ‘The phone rang and I remember looking out of my apartment to the apartments across the street. I was looking at all these people in their windows. I thought, “How funny would it be if I were watching people having sex right now?”. When they said “You got the offer”, I couldn’t speak. I was just so relieved. I was crying.’

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Boy hugs soldier pal after successful bladder op AMERicA: An Afghan boy born with his bladder outside his body awoke from corrective surgery to say goodbye to the army officer who made it possible. Bilal Sharif was hugged by Maj Glenn Battschinger before he left for a year’s deployment in Africa. The operation in New York was a success, said Bilal’s host family. Maj Battschinger met the seven-year-old while stationed in Afghanistan.

Dictator’s brother chosen as president MALDiVES: The brother of former strong-arm dictator Maumoon Gayoom has won a surprise presidential election victory. Yaamin Gayoom (pictured) unseated Mohamed Nasheed, who became the islands’ first democratically elected leader in 2008. His inauguration ended two years of political turmoil that threatened the stability of the country’s economy.

11 killed in violent protest at police station

50 die as Boeing 737 crashes into runway A PASSENGER plane crashed – killing all 50 people on board – as it came into land at an airport in Russia yesterday. The Boeing 737’s pilot had aborted a first landing attempt and was heading for the runway for the second time when the aircraft dropped to the ground and burst into flames. It was unclear what had caused the Tatarstan Airlines aircraft to crash in light rain and moderate

by DAniEL BinnS winds, after travelling from Moscow to the city of Kazan, 720km to the east. Journalist Lenara Kashafutdinova – who was on the same 23-year-old plane from Kazan to Moscow earlier in the day – recalled the landing being rough. ‘We were blown in different directions, the plane was tossed

around. The man sitting next to me was white as a sheet,’ she said. The 44 passengers and six crew members died when the Boeing crashed at about 7.20pm local time. Russia has seen a string of deadly air crashes in the past few years, some blamed on the use of ageing aircraft. Poor crew training, lax government controls and widespread neglect of safety are also factors, say industry experts. picture: Ap

cHinA: Eleven people have been killed in an attack on a police station. Nine protesters, some armed with knives and axes, and two auxiliary police officers died during the clashes in Serikuya, near Kashgar. The violence on Saturday involved the Turkic Muslim Uighur community, which claims it has become the victim of social and religious discrimination.

and finally... AMERicA: It was meant to be a jokey Instagram picture of a drunken night out. But four men who abducted two baby deer and posed with them have failed to raise a smile. They were arrested in New York and face a €1,200 fine.

Millions at risk as tornadoes wreak havoc FIREFIGHTERS stand in the middle of Devonshire Street on the north side of Washington, Illinois, after a tornado levelled at least fifty homes yesterday. High winds that followed the tornado were causing danger as homeowners and emergency workers tried to search homes. Millions of families were in danger last night as the 120kph

tornado winds swept across America. The US national weather service said a ‘large and extremely dangerous’ tornado was first spotted about 233km south-west of Chicago, moving north-east. Up to 53million people were at risk as severe winds and storms crashed through midwestern states. The weather service said

tornadoes touched down in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. But tornado watches for the Chicago metropolitan area were cancelled. Storms of this kind are unusual for this late in November. Since 1954, only six tornadoes have touched down in Wisconsin in November. The most common month for them to hit the state is June.

‘Visionary’ author Lessing dies at 94 Former Nobel Prize for Literature winning Doris Lessing has died peacefully at her London home at the age of 94. Her landmark novels include 1962’s The Golden Notebook and she was described yesterday as ‘a visionary’ and ‘always completely inspirational’. The Iranian-born author grew up in what is now Zimbabwe before emigrating to

London after World War II. She left with the manuscript of her first novel, The Grass Is Singing, in her suitcase. Across the course of her life she produced 54 further works, including short stories, plays and non-fiction. In 2007, aged 88, Lessing (right) became the oldest recipient of the Nobel Prize, famously greeting the news with the exclamation: ‘oh, Christ.’

MOTORISTS fed up with delays after a suicidal man closed a busy motorway for 24 hours posted tweets urging him to jump off a bridge. Dozens of travellers were exasperated after he climbed over a barrier and threatened to throw himself off, forcing police to shut a stretch of England’s M42. One driver posted: ‘The M42 is still closed! Wow! Just push the f****r off. Selfish

Go on, jump, drivers urge suicidal man p***k!’ Another tweeted: ‘Whoever is threatening to jump off a bridge, can you hurry up and jump? I want to get home.’ The man was safely detained and taken to hospital yesterday.


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Lava champ: Mount Etna produces fountains of ash and lava as it lights up the sky over Sicily. Despite the forces unleashed by Europe’s most active volcano, the villages dotting the mountain’s slopes were unaffected and it was business as usual at Catania airport. This was its 16th eruption of the year Picture: reuters

Mandela so ill he cannot speak to us, says ex-wife by DANIEL BINNS NELSON MANDELA is no longer able to speak and uses facial expressions to make himself understood, his ex-wife has revealed. South Africa’s former president has been seriously ill since June when he was admitted to hospital in Pretoria with a lung infection. In an interview yesterday, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said the 95year-old statesman had been incapable of speaking since having tubes inserted in his mouth to clear fluid from his lungs. She denied claims that he is on a life-support machine but said the situ-

ation was ‘difficult’ for him. ‘He communicates with the face, you see. But the doctors have told us they hope to recover his voice,’ she Sick: Mandela told South African newspaper the Sunday Tribune. ‘He remains very sensitive to any germs so he has to be kept literally sterile. He remains quite ill. But thank God the doctors were able to pull him through from that last infection.’

Mr Mandela was discharged from hospital in September but has been receiving round-the-clock care from a team of 22 doctors at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg. The Nobel Peace Prize winner contracted tuberculosis during his 27 years of imprisonment and since his release in 1990 has been particularly vulnerable to respiratory problems. Mr Mandela’s deteriorating health has been a source of dismay in South Africa, especially after rumours circulated in the summer that he was ‘close to death’. A film based on his life, A Long Walk To Freedom, is due to be released in January.

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A collector who had a priceless trove of art, possibly including works stolen by the Nazis, yesterday vowed: ‘I’m keeping it all.’ cornelius Gurlitt disputed claims that his father, Hildebrand, may have knowingly bought or received stolen art. the heirs of several Jewish collectors have come forward to claim some of the 1,406 works, including some by Picasso and Matisse, that have now come to light. But yesterday Mr Gurlitt said: ‘I

won’t talk to them, and I’m not giving anything back voluntarily, no, no. ‘It’s possible my father was once offered something from a private collection. But he would definitely not have taken it.’ German authorities believe his father may have acquired pictures taken from Jews by the Nazis – and this may lead to restitution claims by the original owners or their heirs. Mr Gurlitt told Der Spiegel: ‘I loved nothing more in life than my pictures.’

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t’s hard to see Joseph GordonLevitt in any hotel room and not think of him floating and fighting mid-air, as he did in Chris Nolan’s mind-bending Inception. Even today, as he sits cross-legged on his chair, it’s as if he’s levitating – though you can hardly blame him for being unable to keep his feet on the ground. In the last 18 months, roles in the Dark Knight Rises, steven spielberg’s Lincoln and time-travel hit Looper have turned him into a star. Is it luck? ‘I think luck plays a part but I’ve been doing this for a really long

time,’ he says. Now, with Don Jon, he’s entered the field of writing and directing. In his sharp-tongued comedy, he also stars as a New Jersey bartender addicted to porn. If most first-time directors are terrified, Gordon-Levitt oozes self-assurance. ‘I guess I’m just good at tabling that terror,’ he shrugs. ‘that’s probably just growing up, acting as much as I have. I never really did feel terrified. I felt excited.’ A Los Angeles-born child actor who graduated to hit sitcom 3rd Rock From the sun in his teens,

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he’s been itching to direct for years. His late grandfather was the 1950s Hollywood director Michael Gordon, although the 32-year-old Gordon-Levitt has only seen one of his films – Pillow Talk with Doris Day and Rock Hudson. ‘I have begun to dive into his movies but I want to watch more of them,’ he says. ‘I think Cyrano de Bergerac is next.’ By comparison, Gordon-Levitt has always had a taste for risky material – just think of his Golden Globe-nominated role in cancer ‘comedy’ 50/50 or his young male prostitute in Mysterious Skin. But as Jon, a blue-collar bozo who prefers porn to his hot girlfriend (Scarlett Johansson), wasn’t he worried it might be a real turn-off? ‘It just sounded like a blast,’ he counters. ‘I’m always really interested in challenging myself to play a character different from me.’ So that means you’re not partial to porn? ‘I certainly don’t watch it like the character does,’ he says, his answer as slick as his side parting.‘I won’t say I’ve never watched it.’ His mother, Jane, ran for Congress in California during the 1970s, for the Peace and Freedom Party, and was active in the feminist movement. ‘She really brought me up to not objectify women,’ he says. It was her opinion of Don Jon that mattered most to him. ‘My mom more than anybody, I really wanted to see what she would think,’ he says. ‘And then when she did get it, she really understood that the values she brought my brother and me up with were right at the heart of what this story’s about. And she got it and she thought it was funny and poignant – that meant a lot to me.’

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Beyond that, Gordon-Levitt expects to raise some hackles with a story that doesn’t necessarily view love as everlasting. ‘I never thought this movie was going to be The Wizard Of Oz or Raiders Of The Lost Ark,’ he says. ‘It’s not something that’s perfect entertainment for everyone and anyone. It’s a provocative movie that’s going to raise debates. It’s subversive and it’s critical of some things that a lot of people hold dear.’

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For next year, the sequel to Robert Rodriguez’s violent comic-book noir, and there are rumours he’ll play the lead in Edgar Wright’s Marvel Comics adaptation, Ant-Man. ‘I love Edgar Wright,’ he says. ‘I’ve met him several times and he’s an awesome guy.’ But what about Batman? The Dark Knight Rises hinted that, as Robin, he might be taking over the Batcave. ‘That movie is the end of a trilogy,’ he insists.

Fantasy world: Gordon-Levitt’s character prefers porn to his girlfriend, played by Scarlett Johansson, in Don Jon, and left, in sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun from 1996 ‘Some people saw it in a more cynical way, as a set up for more movies. I don’t think of it that way.’ But when Ben Affleck got the role for the upcoming Batman vs Superman – did he mind? ‘no,’ he winks. ‘It’s cool to be a part of something people feel so passionately about.’ Don Jon is out now

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The opening film in this year’s Franco-cine fest is Just A Sigh starring Gabriel Byrne in a Gallic take on Brief Encounter, while controversial Palme D’Or winner Blue Is The Warmest Colour opens on Friday Wed to Dec 1, IFI, 6 Eustace Street D2. Tel: (01) 679 3477. www.irishfilm.ie

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The connor Mckeon Band

Following a triumivarate of sell-out shows at the National Concert Hall, big-band luminary Connor McKeon is back – with a 24-piece orchestra in tow – for a benefit in aid of the 3T’s registered charity Turning The Tide Of Suicide. Expect a brassy and brilliant evening in the company of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ray Charles and many other mavericks from The Great American Songbook Tomorrow, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace D2, 8pm, €20 to €30. Tel: (01) 417 0000. www.3ts.ie

On recent single Indie Cindy, the altrock heroes offered up a gloriously disjointed, low-fi classic with Frank Black line pulling off the line ‘I’m in love with your daughter’ with menacing panache. Bassist Kim Deal might be absent from this tour but, if reviews are to be believed, it hasn’t put a dent in their still raucous live shows. Expect Black and his fellow Bostonians to showcase new tracks, while also embracing evergreen indie gems Here Comes Your Man, Wave Of Mutilation, Caribou et al Tonight & tomorrow, Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street D2, 8pm, €39.05. Tel: 0818 719 300. www.pixiesmusic.com

Patty Griffin

Steve Earle is a massive fan, as is Emmylou Harris, but Grammy-winning Patty Griffin remains a shamefully neglected figure on this side of the pond, despite our love for all things Americana. Her recent album American Kid – featuring two duets with her new beau Robert Plant – is a beguiling, finelyhoned collection that underscores Griffin’s place alongside Gillian Welch as one of the queens of contemporary country music Thu, The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street D2, 8pm, €28. Tel: 1980 719 300. www.thesugarclub.com

They Might Be Giants

The quirky New York alt-rock duo return with new tracks

(and stylish accompanying visuals) from their album Nanobots Tonight, Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street D8, 8pm, €30. Tel: 0818 719 300. www.theymightbegiants.com

Television

Providing the missing link between 1960s garage rock and Sonic Youth, Television’s Marquee Moon LP is frequently counted as one of the most influential in rock history. Find out why when New York’s legendary punk architects fetch up at Vicar Street this week Thu, Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street D8, 8pm, €32. Tel: 0818 719 300. www.vicarstreet.ie

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An exhibition of work by leading Irish children’s book illustrators, which even big kids will find hard to resist, has recently opened at Imma. Pictiúr features 42 works by 21 illustrators including Oliver Jeffers, PJ Lynch, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick and Chris Judge (work pictured) who has countless fans – both little and large – for his Lonely Beast books. See website for full list of family friendly events taking place throughout November and December Until jAN 12, Imma, Royal Hospital, Military Road D8, Tue to Sat 10am to 5.15pm (Wed 10.30am to 5.15pm), Sun noon to 5.15pm, free. Tel: (01) 612 9900. www.imma.ie


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exanborn, Londonraised and now new York-based, 27-year-old singer/ songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Dev Hynes has flitted through varied musical guises over the years. These have included playing a youthful mash-up of pop, punk and hardcore in the outfit Test Icicles, transforming into cartoonish solo indie adventurer Lightspeed Champion and exploring more exotic, r‘n’b-laced flavours as blood orange, yielding an excellent 2011 debut album

Coastal Grooves. That pop immediacy carries through to the melodies on the second blood orange album, Cupid Deluxe, but Hynes laces his own music with alluringly androgynous tones. The tunes are easy to fall for, too, from the shimmering sax on the single Chamakay (with yearning backing vocals from Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek) to Uncle aCe, with its peculiar layering of gritty funk guitar, jazzy horns and synth pop; Hynes summons the image of a big city as a refuge for all souls. There are numerous guests but they all melt harmoniously into the elegant instrumentation. It’s sentimental, emboldened with smart twists; the forlorn always Let U Down even sneaks in a sample of Grace Jones’s nipple To The bottle. blood orange’s gentleness has a gripping power. Arwa Haider

ALSO OUT More New albuMs rateD robbie Williams: SwingS Both wayS Island HHHII

If robbie’s first big band album, 2001’s swing when You’re winning, was entirely made up of hoary old standards, this time almost half the songs are originals, written with his old pal Guy Chambers and biographer Chris Heath. and some are rather good. there’s a jaunty guilty pleasure that recalls Gilbert o’sullivan (Go Gentle), an unlikely marriage of Gloria Gaynor’s I will survive with oliver Nelson’s stolen Moments (swing supreme) and a tragicomic waltz about male body image (No one likes a Fat Pop star). among the daft cover versions are duets with olly Murs, Michael bublé, Kelly Clarkson and lily allen. best of all is the title track, a camp-as-Christmas two-way with poperatic diva rufus wainwright, that suggests ‘everyone swings both ways’. ‘Face it robbie,’ croons Siobhán Murphy rufus, ‘you’re a little bit gay.’

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to say little Mix are the best manufactured pop group since Girls aloud might put us in world’s tallest Midget territory but so be it. unlike every other product of simon Cowell’s evil empire, the 2011 X Factor winners sound like they’re having fun, revisiting bubblegum pop history and adding some contemporary electronic squelches. the

highlight of their second album is lead single Move, a slice of twitchy funk minimalism with a wonderfully wiggly bassline. there’s also a feminist anthem based around a sample of Faure’s Pavane (little Me); a squelchy synth pop belter about boyache (about the boy); and what sounds like a Diwali dancehall take on timbaland (boy). Kudos to producers tMs, Duvall and the Phrased Differently stable, who are starting to resemble the Neptunes in their heyday. SM

Jake bugg: Shangri la

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there aren’t many 19-year-olds who can call on powerhouse rock us producer rick rubin. but via a million-selling selftitled 2012 debut and a Mercury Prize nomination, Nottingham-born Jake bugg has been fast-tracked to a level of fame that means he is able to follow in the footsteps of Jay-Z, Metallica, black sabbath and eminem for his second album (apparently named after rubin’s Malibu studio). as a bid for emotional heft from a young talent, it’s paid off: this is an electrified set of songs, a song about love and the jazzy Kitchen table widening his perspective beyond mop-top pop. even if you question the resonance of lyrics about his short-lived relationship with Cara Delevingne (Me and You), this has some thrilling pop moments: the arctic Monkeys-esque what Doesn’t Kill You, the supercharged skiffle of there’s a beast and we all Feed It. He may outlast one Direction yet. Amber Cowan

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Music on Moore Street Christy moore: where i Come From Columbia HHHII acquired tastes don’t come any more distinctive or strongly flavoured than Christy moore. to some he is a folk icon and speaker of truth to power, to others a d’unbelievables sketch brought to life, what with his sweat-sluiced performances and heavily accented singing. whatever side of the fence you are on, there is no questioning his longevity and, with his 70th birthday approaching, the newbridge bard has put together a sprawling, threedisc compilation, tracing his career from folk outsider to firebrand to elder statesman. Some of the songs wallow a little too much in their distinctive ‘irishness’ – you really do have to be part of the ole ole generation not to gag at Joxer goes to Stuttgart and lisdoonvarna while the hectoring tone of arthur’s day is almost enough to bring on a flush of sympathy for global drinks conglomerate diageo. Eamon de Paor


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I’m A CelebrIty… Get me Out Of Here! 3E/utv, 9pm This year’s jungle inmates have been in the camp for a whole day now – so more than enough time for us to make up our minds about who we love, loathe and couldn’t give an endangered witchetty grub about. EastEnders actress Laila Morse (aka Big Mo) is least likely to win the shrinking violet award; most potentially flirtatious pair has to be Joey Essex from Towie and model Amy Willerton; while Olympic star Rebecca Adlington must surely be the least whingy inmate – after swimming a zillion miles a day, this will be a walk in the park. Ant and Dec (right) supply the chortling from the treetops.

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Frank Darabont, director of The Shawshank Redemption and the man who brought The Walking Dead to our TV screens, is turning his attention to Los Angeles in the 1940s for new series Mob City. Former Walking Dead favourite Jon Bernthal (above) stars alongside Neal McDonough and Ed Burns in a tale of mobsters, cops and Tinseltown glamour. It starts on Fox on January 17.

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The wait is over for fans of This Is Jinsy, Sky Atlantic’s surreal comedy musical series that was one of the treats of 2012. Series two arrives in January and there’s a stellar guest list joining Chris Bran and Justin Chubb: Stephen Fry, Ben Miller, Olivia Colman and Rob Brydon will all be popping up on the imaginary isle, with Brydon playing Jinsy pop sensation Rex Camalbeeter, who sings dressed up as a female badger. That catches the flavour of it.

fIlm Of tHe dAy JFk, Film4, 11.10pm This Friday marks the 50-year anniversary of John F Kennedy, the 35th US president, being assassinated. New film Parkland is released this week to mark it, and is shot from the point of view of ordinary people (such as Zac Efron’s young doctor) who were there at the time that it happened. But Oliver Stone’s political epic, JFK, remains the daddy. In it, New Orleans’s district attorney (Kevin Costner, pictured) sets out to prove that gunman Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman) did not, as it was judged at the time, act alone. His investigation uncovers some dark evidence that many people had motive to kill Kennedy, while framing Oswald, including the next US president Lyndon Johnson, the CIA and the Mafia. Director Stone’s triumph is in managing to make the three hours of detailed conspiracy theory into a riveting political detective thriller – though only obsessives may last the full course tonight.

Get Out AlIVe WItH beAr Grylls DiScOvEry, 9pm tv survival king Bear Grylls (pictured) growls instructions at ten intrepid duos in this reality knockout competition, which sees hardy hopefuls pitch up in the wilds of new Zealand’s South island with the simple goal of staying alive. Oh, and bagging $500,000 (€371,000) for their troubles. But in order to dodge the weekly elimination, they’ll first have to impress mr Grylls with the way in which they bravely launch themselves over cliffs and hurl headfirst into gushing torrents. So at least they can say that they earned their cash.

New tV3 soap

TV3 is in the planning stages of making its first home-grown Irish soap opera. Some sixteen production companies, including Fremantle, the makers of Australian soap favourite Neighbours and The X Factor, are now competing for the honour of making the new show, which is expected to be set around a hospital environment or some other specific community. TV3 is planning on broadcasting the programme twice a week when it airs in 2015.

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The surprise demise of an officer of the law sees an Irish prisoner – jailed for a prison blast that killed innocent civilians – set loose on the streets of Whitechapel. In an explosive chain of events, a rampantly anti-Irish parliamentarian is murdered and bright spark Detective Constable Albert Flight (Damien Molony) is sent undercover to find the killer or killers.

After months of strutting, pouting, beaming and bickering, it’s time for Naomi Campbell, Erin O’Connor and Caroline Winberg to air kiss each other as we find out which of their protégées is set to become the new face of Max Factor. First, though, there are still a couple of hurdles to be cleared, not least being required to ‘exude stardom’ in an online advert.

Let’s just say Coronation Street’s Eileen Grimshaw is well used to drama, but who knew there could be even more lurking round the corner for the hapless heartwarmer. She’s in for a new surprise in the new year when son Jason’s estranged father Tony (Terence Maynard) lands in Weatherfield next year, hoping to reconnect with his son. ‘Tony’s arrival is going to cause massive ructions for the Grimshaws’, Corrie producer Stuart Blackburn said. ‘He can be your best friend or your worst enemy, and has a lot of making up to do.’


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fREE ADvicE fOR… Kian Egan Dear Kian, what is a boyband member to do when he’s past his prime and has minimal songwriting skills to capitalise on? Reality TV of course, and so off you’ve gone into the Australian jungle for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! While fellow Pondlifer Shane Filan is determined to follow his crooner path, putting out a hit album

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What do I always say about dipping one’s pen in the office ink? Mind you, it’s like talking to a brick wall: Figures suggest that nearly 40 per cent of people have dated a co-worker at least once. But water cooler awkwardness aside, this is a classic case of wounded pride. You dumped a man and he went off with the first bit of skirt that crossed his fickle path. It sounds like he’s on the rebound, possibly even using her to spite you – which appears to be working. So wait a few more weeks and I might well be imparting break-up advice to your dumped teammate…

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post-bankruptcy, you and Nicky Byrne are relaunching your careers as ‘TV personalities’. While Byrne offers little more than good looks, you may well succeed but only if you eat as much kangaroo bum as possible, flirt up a storm with the token ‘babe’ and form a bromance with the token gay. It’s celebrity by numbers. Do you really want to join those dots? didn’t work. Three and a half years later he’s my husband, and we find that a sinus wash before bed works a treat with a humidifier in the room. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Marie OvER TO YOU:

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Out and about in Dublin

Hooray for Shay: Shay Healy and his wife were at The Black Door on Harcourt Street for a musical tribute to the 70-year-old musician

Black at White’s: Ali and Clara McGinley were at The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Dine Out at Marco Pierre White’s Bar and Grill

Hitting the road: Jean Byrne and Annie Gribbin at the Art From The Last Road exhibition at Residence, St Stephen’s Green

Dressed to impress: Paul Lynch and Anna Taylor got dressed up for the Peter McVerry Trust’s gala ball sponsored by Clontarf Castle

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Gem of an evening: Emma Davis and Simon Jaffery were at the opening of new jewellery design store Seoidin in the Westbury Mall


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IT WAS not a cute mammal with large claws and rescue-me eyes that hangs around in trees all day; instead ‘sloth’ was the skill being talked about by the panel at the latest Seven Deadly Skills talk at National College of Ireland. Sloth: Office Politics And Modern Business Etiquette was kicked off by journalist Sinead Ryan, a columnist for The Herald newspaper (a distant relation), who outlined her rules for office etiquette to the audience of eager young professionals at NCI’s IFSC campus. Ms Ryan said email was a big culprit for the sloppiness that had invaded many offices. She cited the example of the communications consultant whose vengeful parting shot to his boss, admitting to a fling on the boardroom table, went global after he accidentally sent it to the whole company and their clients. She advised sticking important missives in a draft folder for a while before re-reading them and finally sending them. Ms Ryan also has zero-tolerance policy for those who ignore voicemails. ‘If I ring somebody and leave a voicemail for them and they ring back without having listened to the voicemail,’ she explains, ‘I’ll invariably say something along the lines of: “I’ve sent you a voicemail so I won’t keep you

by ALAn cAuLfiELD now by repeating it all”, and hang up.’ Talking on the phone on the loo is also ‘a real no-no’ she said as is leaving phones on in business meetings. Ms Ryan also proposed scrapping ‘dress-down Friday’, saying ‘dress-up Friday’ would be far better, with people wearing tuxedos and silk gowns to work, which met with much approval. Next up was Metro Herald’s Wholly Thursday columnist, comic and communications consultant, Ken Rogan, who said

‘Shy people can be underestimated’ sloth was ‘probably the mildest of the seven deadly sins’. ‘Who gets put on trial for sloth?’ he asked, imagining a judge would hardly send someone found guilty of sloth to prison: ‘Where he can do… absolutely nothing.’ From his time as a communications consultant, Ken also said he had learnt: ‘You can get average results and have a good client relationship and that will be okay. If you deliver excellent results but don’t have a good client relationship, that doesn’t matter, sooner

or later they will leave you.’ Finally it was the turn of Communications Clinic head honcho, Terry Prone, who has been training ministers and businesspeople how to dodge questions for generations. She said very often workers who are thought of by their boss to be lazy are just a product of being well brought up – they ‘speak when they are spoken to’. But shy and introverted people can also be wrongly labelled. ‘This country at this time has a massive prejudice against introverted people,’ Ms Prone said. ‘That’s a mistake that companies are going to lose out by making. ‘Introverts are what every organisation needs, because they come up with more than pub talk.’ She added: ‘If you are introverted, you may need to rejig what you are doing because you may be underestimated as a result.’ Ms Prone also had a pop at what she called ‘the myth of multitasking’, advising to prioritise the person in front of you over the phone in your pocket. She warned: ‘Don’t kid yourself that you can multitask, because you will end up doing two jobs badly.’ But I missed the rest of what she said because I was checking my phone…

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Ireland top Group with narrow win over UAE Ireland moved top of ICC World T20 Qualifying Group a with a tense five-run win over the United arab emirates in abu dhabi. Chasing 139 after Gary Wilson’s half-century and 47 from Kevin O’Brien, the Uae were bowled out for 133, one ball from the end of their 20 overs. a third win in succession leaves Ireland two points ahead of their opponents at the group summit, with Hong Kong also two points behind and with a game in hand. Ireland lost Paul Stirling and niall O’Brien in the fourth over and William Porterfield was then run out, but Kevin O’Brien and Wilson put on a decisive 92 in a fourth-wicket stand lasting almost 13 overs. Kevin O’Brien’s run-a-ball innings featured two fours and a six but ended when he was caught by rohan Mustafa in Manjula Guruge’s final over. Wilson remained unbeaten on 53 from 44 balls, with three boundaries. Muhammad azam hit the second ball of the Uae reply for six but then holed out off the next, but Shaiman anwar and Khurram Khan put on 53 for the second wicket to put the home side on top. Max Sorensen (two for 17) made the vital breakthrough when Khan (35) was caught by John Mooney and Paul Stirling soon removed anwar as the match swung. George dockrell removed Swapnil Patil and Muhammad Shafiq for figures of two for 21 but two sixes from amjad Javed put the game back in the balance, with Mustafa going well at the other end. But Trent Johnston’s yorkers caused problems and after two run-outs and with six needed from two balls, Guruge was bowled for a golden duck and Ireland snatched the win.

Winning: Mount Leinster Rangers’ Gary Kelly celebrates a goal as Conor McCormack of Ballyboden looks on

Dublin goalkeeper Gary Maguire saw red as ballyboden St Enda’s blew their big chance of Aib leinster club hurling title success. The former All-Star stopper was handed a straight red card during a frantic finale that Mount leinster Rangers edged to secure a historic semi-final success. They’ll be the first ever Carlow side to contest a leinster club decider when they face Oulart-The ballagh, who dumped out holders Kilcormac-Killoughey in the other semi-final. After receiving a bye to the last four, ballyboden were red hot favourites to progress to just their second final, where they were expected to push hard for a first title. but with the Kilkenny champions and the holders accounted for elsewhere, they were unable to see off the minnows and set up the final date. Gavin Corrigan and Conor McCormack netted in the first-half for the Dublin champions to leave them two clear at half-time, 2-7 to 011. Rangers, who stifled ballyboden’s attack with a sweeper, drew level at Dr Cullen Park thanks to a sideline conversion from Eddie byrne after 44 minutes. Referee James Owens dished out three penalties in the last quarter of an hour. Two of them went to ballyboden but they wasted the first when county ace Paul Ryan saw his shot blocked by Frank Foley. it was a double blow as Diarmuid byrne linked up with sibling Eddie for Rangers soon after and fired a 49th minute goal to put them 1-15 to 2-9 up. ballyboden were reduced to 14-men in the 52nd minute when Maguire clashed with John Coady and was dismissed. The visitors did convert a late penalty through Ryan, who finished with 1-4, after a foul on niall McMorrow, but they couldn’t claw back the two-point gap. Free-taker Denis Murphy top scored for Rangers with nine points to secure their December 1 showdown with the Wexford champions at nowlan Park. Oulart, who won their semi-final by 1-18 to 2-11, are also chasing a maiden title after losing the last three finals in a row.

Fitting score from Kelly spurs Portlaoise to victory BOSS MICK lIllIS thanked the heavens, literally, as Portlaoise came from eight down to clinch a dramatic 1-15 to 3-7 leinster club SFC quarter-final win. Portlaoise’s clash with longford Slashers was played a week later than scheduled because of the death of Gretta Kelly, mother of player adrian Kelly. Kelly appeared as a late sub in longford yesterday and made a big impact, firing the point that put them ahead at the start of extratime after finishing level in normal time.

amazingly, the seven-time champions and beaten 2012 finalists, had fought back from eight down at one stage to force extra-time. and they made no mistake in the extra 20 minutes, with points from Kelly, star man Craig rogers and Imact ex-laois ace Kevin Fitzpatrick to sub: seal the narrow win. Adrian lillis believes it wasn’t Kelly came on coincidence that Kelly was the man and who kicked such an important scored at score, the first of extra-time, when a vital the game hung in the balance. time ‘lord have mercy on Gretta Kelly,

I think she kicked that one over the bar for adrian,’ said lillis. ‘It was just fantastic. I’m delighted for him and his family. The whole club has been through a traumatic time.’ Portlaoise will play Kildare’s Moorefield in the semi-final while dublin champions St Vincent’s take on Summerhill of Meath in the other tie. Meanwhile, four players were sent off as ex-all-Ireland winners Ballinderry Shamrocks beat Kilcoo 1-10 to 0-9 to set up an Ulster club final clash with Michael Murphy’s Glenswilly.


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great to have that support at the National Championships.’ britton will continue her preparation for the european Cross Country next weekend when she races in the Cross de l’Acier in France. Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) was an impressive winner in the Men’s Senior race. brothers Michael and Dan Mulhare (North laois AC) battled it out for the minor places. Michael was second and Dan third to become the first pairing of brothers to represent Ireland in the european championships.

Champions: Walsh and Hurricane Fly

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SebaStian Vettel made Formula One history as the first driver to win eight consecutive races in the same year, before claiming he doesn’t know the secret of his success. Having equalled Michael Schumacher’s 2004 feat a fortnight ago in abu Dhabi, 26year-old Vettel made the record his own at the United States Grand Prix to move 148 points clear in the drivers’ championship. another triumph in brazil next Sunday will see the German equal alberto ascari’s all-time record of nine straight wins set in 1952/53, and Schumacher’s victory haul for one season of 13. ‘i don’t know how i do it if i’m honest,’ said Vettel. ‘i want to say thanks to the crowd. it’s unbelievable to have more than 100,000 here on Sunday in only our second year. the city is going crazy.’ behind Vettel, Rosmain Grosjean held off the challenge of Red bull’s Mark Webber to claim the best result of his F1 career in claiming the runner-up spot. With his tyres giving way the australian had to settle for third, with lewis Hamilton fourth. Vettel added: ‘the car was fantastic. it was a bit tight at the start, Romain had a good start and i didn’t know if it would be enough. We had good pace though and could control the gaps. ‘My debut was in 2007 in indianapolis so to come back last year, podium and win today, it’s fantastic.’ Jenson button finished tenth, with fellow brit Paul Di Resta 16th. Seb’s salute: Vettel after an unprecedented eighth consecutive win in the same season

world record 17 Grade One wins with victory in the StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on a day that saw his jockey Ruby Walsh ride a fivetimer and his trainer Willie Mullins saddle seven winners at two meetings. Mullins’ brilliant hurdler overtook Paul Nicholls’ outstanding chaser Kauto Star and legendary American Flat performer John Henry. Mullins also had the third and fourth through Mikael D’Haguenet and Midnight Game. Walsh, who has been on board for 11 of Hurricane Fly’s wins, was quick to pay tribute to Mullins. He said: ‘to go and win 17 is incredible. To keep a horse that fit and to keep running at that level for so long, is an achievement in its own.’

Haye to finally hang up gloves bOxing Former world heavyweight champion David Haye is facing retirement on doctors’ advice after revealing he has a serious shoulder injury. The Londoner has pulled out of his rescheduled February 8 fight with Tyson Fury – sparking an angry reaction from his domestic rival on Twitter last night – and looks set to end his career after an unsuccessful operation in Germany last week. ‘It’s a crushing blow for me,’ said the 33-year-old. ‘Perhaps it just wasn’t meant to be. The boxing gods keep hinting enough is enough and it’s time to hang up my gloves.’ The former WBA champion added: ‘ This wasn’t how I wanted to end 2013.’

Stenson win ends a ‘dream season’

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gOLf Henrik Stenson hailed a ‘dream season’ after becoming the first man to win the Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup in the same year following his World Tour Championship win. The 37-year-old carded a closing 64 to finish with a tournament-record of 25 under par, with rival Ian Poulter six shots back in second at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. France’s Victor Dubuisson was two shots back in third and Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood shared fifth. ‘It has been a dream season,’ said the Swede. ‘I don’t know how I am going to top this but I am going to give my best in the majors and that [becoming the first male Swedish player to win one] would be the icing on the cake.’


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JOE SCHMiDt called last week’s patchy triumph over Samoa a reality check for his team and Saturday’s thumping at the hands of the resurgent aussies should have the same effect on ireland’s fans, as the gulf between the sides was clear for all to see. the resurgent Wallabies played with an accuracy and intensity their hosts could not match, a missed touch and a lost lineout in the opening minutes setting the tone for an irish performance that never motored beyond third gear. the australian backline, marshalled by Will Genia and Quade Cooper, lived up to their billing, with israel Folau putting on a show and nick Cummins unlucky to only net the one try. More concerning for Schmidt, though, was the way ireland were bullied at the set-piece and the breakdown, the foundations of their victory over australia in the World Cup two years ago. Having begun well, the irish scrum struggled as the game wore on, notably when turned over on their own line in the run-up to the try from Cooper that reasserted australia’s dominance after half-time. Likewise, the visitors held sway in the loose exchanges, ireland’s forwards unable to meet the challenge posed by the likes of Michael Hooper, who rounded off a miserable day for the irish pack by touching down

at the back of a thundering aussie maul. But it would be premature to start searching for the panic button just yet, as there were some crumbs upon which to build. ireland dug in admirably in the second quarter after conceding two early tries to go in just three points down at the break, while Luke Marshall showed flashes of ability and the sight of paul O’Connell running Leinster’s famed loop move with Jonny Sexton shows signs of Schmidt’s ideas taking root. it is also remarkably early in Schmidt’s regime. Both he and his opposite number Ewen McKenzie are new to their roles and post-match both men acknowledged the latter’s fourmonth headstart. McKenzie began his tenure by shipping a combined 85 points at home to new Zealand and South africa but results have been improving ever since. and let’s not forget Schmidt began his career at Leinster with a disastrous first month that had many questioning his appointment, before the season ended with a Heineken Cup, so let’s hope he can conjure up a similar turnaround between now and the Six nations. Before that, however, come the all Blacks this Sunday. if the native new Zealander can reverse ireland’s fortunes before then, most likely without Sexton, he truly is a magician.

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Injury doubt jonathan Sexton must train at least twice this week to be considered to face new Zealand on Sunday, according to Ireland boss joe Schmidt. Sexton limped out of Ireland’s lacklustre 32-15 defeat to Australia at halftime on Saturday in Dublin with a hamstring problem. Head coach Schmidt will receive an update on Sexton’s condition on Monday, once Ireland’s medics have examined scans. If the prognosis is unclear, Schmidt admitted Ireland can ill afford to gamble on the 28-year-old racing Metro playmaker’s availability. Schmidt explained: ‘I guess we’ll find out the degree of his injury and then that will either make a decision easy for us, because it looks good or it doesn’t look good. ‘If it’s halfway in between, then certainly my expectation would be that he would have to train on Friday. ‘He hasn’t spent that much time with us training, he had a little hip-flexor issue, plus we left him to rest against Samoa just because of the attritional game time he had already accumulated. ‘And I think the wear and tear of that game time has consequences, and unfortunately those consequences have fallen in our lap.’ new Zealand are one win away from the perfect season after seeing off England 30-22 at Twickenham on Saturday. The All Blacks will be desperate to complete a grand slam northern hemisphere tour in Dublin on Sunday weekend and rubberstamp a 100 per cent year to boot. Steve Hansen’s side may have to do

Taking its toll: Jonathan Sexton gets to grips with Australia’s Nick Cummins pICture: InphO

without 100-cap fly-half Dan Carter though, who suffered a leg injury of his own in London. new Zealand’s 24-year-old fly-half understudy Aaron Cruden already boasts 27 caps, in contrast to Ireland’s out-half back-ups Paddy jackson and Ian Madigan who have a combined cap total of 11. Schmidt admitted that experience gap will require careful handling should Sexton miss out this weekend. Gordon D’Arcy could be primed for a midfield recall if former Leinster pivot Sexton is laid low, to offset any potential inexperience at fly-half. Schmidt added: ‘One of the things is the number of Tests they’ve played. ‘Aaron Cruden’s accumulated almost 30 Tests (whereas) Paddy jackson and Ian Madigan have a handful each. ‘That’s a very big gap in terms of learning, experience and opportunity

to maybe make some errors and learn from them. ‘And they will be surrounded by some experienced players. ‘So it’s important for us to try to get the right players around the 10 if it’s not jonny.”’ Schmidt called upon Ireland supporters to stick with his squad, who he described as a ‘work in progress’, and predicted a hectic week trying to solve a host of shortcomings. He added: ‘This All Blacks team put 47 points on this Australia team in Australia, when the Wallabies first got together under Ewen McKenzie. ‘I think that’s going to make it very tough for us. At the same time I would implore the public to hang on in there. ‘I’ve got a lot of time for this group of young men who will try to deliver something that will be a little bit special.’

O’Connell knows Ireland have a lot to learn about Schmidt’s ideas Captain paul O’Connell admits ireland have been far too slow to adapt to Joe Schmidt’s coaching methods. the 34-year-old lock also believes the new head coach’s emphasis on technical knowhow has been tough to master. Munster talisman O’Connell is famed for his mental ferocity, but conceded the ireland side failed to deliver any emotional intensity in Saturday’s 32-15 Dublin defeat to australia. Schmidt’s highly-successful Leinster tenure centred around supreme accuracy, while Munster typically build their game on passion and fire. O’Connell knows ireland have yet to strike a healthy balance between the two. He said: ‘Joe talks about the inches in rugby matches, and i think australia won a lot of them.

‘they got a few scrum turnovers, and a few at the breakdown too. ‘You could see how high their emotion was in comparison to ours when we got our turnovers, and that was disappointing. ‘i suppose for a few of us we’ve a little bit to learn under Joe, there’s a lot of technical stuff we need to get right. ‘But you can’t lose track of that intensity and that aggression that’s required at test rugby as well. ‘a lot of the stuff is quickly

rectifiable, defending mauls close to your line, you just can’t concede tries there, and that’s a really disappointing aspect for us. ‘the two tries they scored in the first half, they went width to width and it was disappointing how tight we got there. it was something we discussed in the week that we needed to hold width if we were going to take line speed. So i think some things are easily rectifiable.’ O’Connell believes australia are far more developed under new head coach Ewen McKenzie than ireland are under Schmidt – but he will not accept that as an excuse for a lack of precision.

He continued: ‘the accuracy we talked about in the week, and since we’ve come into camp, it wasn’t there. ‘We can put pressure on teams by just keeping the ball and staying in their half, and unfortunately we didn’t do that. and that’s an area we’ve worked on quite a bit. ‘they probably learned a lot more about themselves in the last few months than we have. You read Leinster players talking about accuracy over the last few years, in every interview they do. ‘We need to be accurate if we want to deliver what we intend. that was disappointing from our point of view to see a lot of what they were doing, at the scrum, the line-out and at the breakdown: they were very accurate and worked very hard at what they were doing.’


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Here’s how it’s done: Roy Keane gets involved on the training pitch as the Ireland squad train ahead of their friendly match against Poland tomorrow Picture: inPho

Doyle delighted at his return to the irish fold KEvIn DoyLE insists he never gave up on his Republic of Ireland career despite being discarded by Giovanni Trapattoni as he slid down the divisions. The Italian, who once described Doyle (pictured) as one of the best strikers in England, if not Europe, during the early years of his reign, decided to dispense with his services after he suffered successive relegations with club Wolves. However, the 30-year-old was recalled by interim manager noel King last month and was retained when the Under-21s manager named the squad for new management duo Martin o’neill and Roy Keane to lead into Friday night’s 30 friendly victory over Latvia. Doyle was handed his 56th senior cap as a late substitute against the Latvians and will hope for a further taste of the action in Poland tomorrow night as he attempts to further resurrect an international career he refused to let slip away. Asked if he ever feared his days in a green shirt were over, he said: ‘no, not at all. you just put your head down, go again and get on Monthly Certified Distribution Sep 30 - Oct 27, 2013: 56,764

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with it, don’t moan and try to get picked again. I did in the last squad and this time, so I will try to do the same. ‘I was out for seven or eight months and it’s a nice opportunity to be involved again. I missed it, especially big games against Sweden and Austria in qualifiers. ‘It makes you really want to come back and be involved again.’ Doyle’s fall from grace was little short of spectacular – Trapattoni’s rave reviews during the summer of 2010 coincided with speculation linking him with a series of clubs including Arsenal. However, Wolves’ subse-

quent difficulties and a lack of form for his country took their toll and where once he had been the first-choice partner for skipper Robbie Keane, he slipped first out of the team and then out of the squad. T h e former Readi n g frontman said: ‘It was tough. Four of us from Wolves went to the Euros and three or four months later, none of us were in the Ireland squad. ‘The manager, Giovanni, told us at the time he felt with the morale at Wolves, it wouldn’t have been good for us to come into the squad and I accepted that. ‘It’s just nice to be involved again.’ Doyle’s return to the international set-up came with his fortunes hav-

ing improved dramatically at club level too – a 1-0 win at notts Country on Saturday sent them to the top of Sky Bet League one – and he is hoping promotion, if not a title charge, will help to cement his place in o’neill’s long-term plans. Asked if he was confident of doing that while playing his football in England’s third tier, he said: ‘It makes it more difficult, but I don’t think of it that way. I just get on with it and see if I can impress. ‘I am enjoying playing at Wolves and hoping to win something – and if not, get automatic promotion – so we will see what it brings with Ireland then. ‘It’s not been easy, though. Actually, it’s been very difficult. We haven’t walked away with any games, but it’s been enjoyable to be part of it.’ o’neill’s reign was launched in style on Friday evening, when Ireland were also boosted by news of Greece’s play-off victory over Romania, which means the Republic should be among the second group of seeds for the Euro 2016 qualifying draw.

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daniel Sturridge is desperate to make it to the World cup after missing out on a trip to Rio last summer because of an injury that also wrecked his holidays. Sturridge sat out england’s 2-0 defeat to chile because of injury, but he is expected to return to the side to face Germany tomorrow. Sturridge was handed his first england start against Ireland in may but lasted just 33 minutes before being substituted with an injury that ruled him out of england’s friendly against Brazil to open the new maracana. ‘That was devastating. I had to go on holiday to Jamaica with crutches. I haven’t been to Brazil. Hopefully I will be on the plane next summer.’

Hopes of Northern lights dim – O’Neill

Northern Ireland manager michael o’Neill admits he has reached a dead end in his efforts to expand the country’s player pool. like most of his predecessors, o’Neill has spent time poring over lists of uncapped players to see if any are eligible for Northern Ireland. When he was appointed two years ago he was enthusiastic about the possibility of unearthing new talent but, aside from Scotland-born defender James mcPake, he has found the process frustrating. ‘There are none in the Premier league eligible and prepared to play for Northern Ireland,’ o’Neill admitted. ‘The likelihood of finding a French player or a Nigerian with a granny from Belfast is slim.’

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Falcao swoop on cards for Chelsea Radamel Falcao is being looked at by Jose mourinho as the chelsea boss considers a January swoop for the monaco striker. The £60million marksman (pictured), 28, helped colombia beat Belgium 2-0 in Brussels. Blues midfielders eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne were on duty for Belgium but it was Falcao who was believed to be the real draw. He said: ‘I don’t know if he [mourinho] was impressed – I hope I made a good impression on him.’ u aRSeNal are hoping to sign former ac milan forward alex Pato in January. a new striker is arsene Wenger’s top priority when the window opens. u QPR keeper Julio Cesar could be on his way to Manchester City to challenge under-fire Joe Hart.


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