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HUNGOVER PAR: Rory McIlroy’s prized Claret Jug was conspicuous by its absence as the newly crowned Open champion met the North’s First Minister Peter Robinson (left) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle yesterday. It turns out the noble trophy is still recovering after a night out on the Belfast tiles with McIlroy and his entourage that saw the silverware used as a Jägermeister decanter. ‘It actually needs a bit of a clean after last night,’ McIlroy said picture: pa

Independent tds Mick Wallace and Clare daly have said they breached security at Shannon Airport yesterday because former Justice Minister Alan Shatter ‘challenged’ them to do so. the pair have said Mr Shatter told them to ‘produce the evidence’ that US military aircraft using Shannon are breaching Irish and international law. Mr Wallace and Ms daly used a rope ladder to scale a security fence at the airport so that they could search two US military aircraft parked, under armed guard, on a remote taxiway. Ms daly sustained minor facial injuries after she fell while attempting to scale the fence. the pair got within 100m of the planes before airport police intercepted them. they were arrested and taken to Shannon Garda Station where they were released later without charge. ‘We’ve been raising the issue of US military use of Shannon for the last three years in the dáil,’ Mr

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Wallace said following their release. Ms daly said: ‘Alan Shatter basically challenged us to produce the evidence and that’s what we’ve tried to do. He said he’d do something if we produced the evidence.’ ‘Last year, 630 US military aircraft either passed through Irish airspace or landed in Shannon. You wouldn’t have this kind of movement of aircraft without them being involved in some military activity.’

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Mick’s son with model looks is a chip off the old rock star at movie screening

Smooth like Jagger... IT WAS James Brown who sang ‘I feel like being a sex machine’ but even the Godfather of Soul might have struggled to top Mick Jagger’s exploits in the bedroom. And evidence of the Rolling Stones frontman’s roving eye was there for all to see at the premiere of new Brown biopic Get On Up. Jagger, who produced the movie, was joined by guests including son Lucas and the 14-year-old’s mother Luciana Gimenez – a 43-yearold Brazilian model Mick met backstage at a Stones gig in 1998. There was no mistaking the resemblance between the dapper youngster and his rocker dad – whose affair with Gimenez was the final straw that led Jerry Hall to

by SHAROn MARRiS leave him in 1999. Lucas worked the camera like a young Mick – all in black and sharing his father’s long locks and wide grin. Great-grandfather Jagger, 70, regularly spends time with his love child – but there was a rather more awkward family reunion for relatives of Brown at the New York screening. The funk legend’s fourth and last wife Tomi Rae Hynie, 45, attended with their 13-year-old son James Brown II but the star’s other children were clearly keen to give the pair a wide berth. Brown had little time for his older children and Hynie – who married Brown in 2001 – said the family treated her ‘like dirt’ after he died in 2006.

Like son: Lucas, with Gimenez, has dad’s genes Picture: fameflynet

Widow: Tomi with son James Jr and Brown in his pomp

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Tolka fish kill incident under investigation DUBLIN City Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland is investigating an overnight pollution incident in the Tolka River which has resulted in an extensive fish kill. In a statement, the City Council confirmed the presence of a foam-like substance in the river. It said that staff from its Drainage Services Division have taken water samples for analysis and have placed ‘a boom wall barrier’ across the river at Griffith Park to prevent the foam from spreading downstream. Meanwhile, Inland Fisheries added that the full extent of the kill ‘has yet to be quantified’. Local councillor Noel Rock said: ‘This is a great disappointment, and whoever is found to have caused this needs to be held responsible.’


Union gives €10k to binmen Youth stole to feed drug habit THE Unite trade union has donated €10,000 to the Siptu Greyhound Workers’ Support Fund, warning the recycling company that it is not ‘simply dealing with a small group of workers. You are dealing with the trade union movement’. Unite’s chief Jimmy Kelly made the comments at the Clondalkin picket line while leading an international delegation of union members.

He added that ‘the workers can count on our solidarity.’ Meanwhile, Greyhound has called on Siptu to ‘control’ its picketing members, citing health and safety issues when picketers come into contact with vehicles at depots. Siptu says its 70 members have been ‘locked out’ of the company since June 17, after rejecting wage cuts of up to 35 per cent.

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UP to 100 jobs are to be created with the expansion of three companies in Dublin, Cork and Laois. Independent News and Media has vowed to take on 40 new staff in the capital as part of an investment in its digital services while in Cork, technical security company AlienVault said it will hire 40 new workers for highly skilled roles in the coming year. Separately, news came of the creation of 20 jobs at Internal Results in Portlaoise. The firm provides services to technology and telecommunications companies such as McAfee, Cognizant, Verint, CNET and 02.

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sometimes violent attacks from 2013 to early this year in order to pay for drugs. Judge John O’Connor handed down the sentence and ordered that it would only begin when the teenager’s exisiting sentence for other crimes expires in November. Three other youths are also awaiting trial on charges connected to the spate of robberies.

Dana ‘knew about abuse for years’, court hears

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A YOUTH has been given a fourmonth sentence for taking part in a series of gang robberies of young boys in Dublin city-centre to fund his €500-a-week cannabis habit. Dublin Children’s Court heard the 16-year-old boy, who went into the care system when he was aged 12, was part of a gang of teenagers who robbed other youths of money, phones and iPods in

Model Sarah McGovern launches the inaugural Dublin Coffee & Tea Festival, set to take place at the RDS from September 12-14 picture: conor heAly

EUrOvISIOn Song Contest winner and former Irish presidential candidate Dana rosemary Scallon covered up her brother’s sexual abuse of two under-age girls for decades, a court has heard. John Brown, 60, is accused of five counts of indecent assault against two girls under the ages of 13 and 16 at different times and locations in the north and England during the 1970s. He denies the alleged abuse or that his 62-year-old sister helped him to cover up the allegations. But Claire Howell, prosecuting, told a jury of six men and six women at Harrow Crown Court in London the pair had both lied in Mr Brown’s three-week trial. ‘This defendant says that the complainants are lying, he says that this is a wicked conspiracy involving both women,’ Ms Howell said in closing. ‘He says that all the witnesses who have given evidence for the prosecution are part of an evil conspiracy to accuse him of abuse that he did not commit. It’s no sophisticated conspiracy, it’s a cover-up from many years

‘Slick’: Dana was accused of covering up the abuse of two girls by her brother picture: pA

ago, at a time when you might think that cover-ups of this sort did happen for various reasons. ‘And, having covered it up, it’s very difficult for them to come clean about it for various reasons.’ Ms Howell said Mr Brown and his sister had given a ‘slick presentation’ to the court but what the complainants remembered most was how they felt when they were allegedly abused. And she claimed the defendant had confessed the abuse to several people, saying of one of the complainants: ‘She came on to me.’ Ms Howell added: ‘This family, the defendant and his sister, have known about this for years.’

Blood donations fell 4% Survey finds many savers last year, report reveals aren’t down with the Dirt BLOOD donations were down just over four per cent in 2013 compared to 2012, a report by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) has revealed. Some 82,697 donors made 135,547 donations, compared to 85,762 donors making 141,350 donations in 2012. The drop is attributed to the decline in use of blood and platelets which has had a ‘serious impact’ on the organisation’s income. A spokesperson said: ‘It is unclear what the exact reasons

are but undoubtedly some of them are less wastage, improved surgical techniques, reviewing at hospital level of transfusion practice and less elective surgery taking place due to the cutbacks in health spending.’ IBTS chief executive Andy Kelly said the trend poses ‘a major challenge’. ‘While there may be some scope for further reduction in costs, this will not be sufficient to meet the expected reduction in income,’ Mr Kelly said.

THREE-QUARTERS of Irish adults have a deposit account but don’t know they’re paying 41 per cent tax on interest earned. The Standard life Survey of more than 1,000 people revealed that 61 per cent don’t know what rate of deposit interest retention tax (Dirt) is payable on their interest earned. Two-thirds (68 per cent) think current deposit rates are bad value for money. This is especially true for those aged

65 or over, of whom 88 per cent consider deposit rates to be poor value. The average person has €20,500 on deposit and nearly a fifth have between €10,000 and €50,000 saved. Sinead Cullen of Standard Life said: ‘Tax on deposit interest earned can be up to almost half because Dirt of 41 per cent is payable as is four per cent PRSI for certain savers. Many are now earning as little as one per cent or roughly half that after taxes.’

Israel likens Hamas to ‘al-Qaeda’ by DOMInIc yEATMAn

ISRAELI leader Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday appeared to rule out an early end to fighting in Gaza as he compared Palestinian militant group Hamas with al-Qaeda. He was speaking after meeting UN secretarygeneral Ban Ki-moon, who also met Palestinian leaders in the hope of brokering a ceasefire. Mr Netanyahu said: ‘What we’re seeing here with Hamas is another instance of Islamist extremism, violent extremism that has no resolvable grievance. Hamas is like Isis, Hamas is like alQaeda, Hamas is like Hezbollah, Hamas is like Boko Haram.’ The death toll has risen to more than 600 Palestinians and 29 Israelis. Officials said among the dead were six members of a Palestinian family – including five children – of German nationality. More than 100,000 people are said to be taking refuge in UN schools. An Israeli

Kidnapped: Sgt Shaul Picture: iDF soldier feared captured was named as Sgt Oron Shaul, aged 21. US secretary of state John Kerry said Egyptian plans for a ceasefire could work, despite being rejected by Hamas, but ‘serious engagement regarding the underlying issues’ was imperative.


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Slumped: The Palestinian man collapses after apparently being hit by a sniper

Gunned down as he searched for his family GRAPHIC footage has emerged appearing to show a young Palestinian being shot by an Israeli sniper while lying helpless and wounded in the rubble of a bombed-out street. Aid worker Muhammad Abdellah said the man was hit first in the hip before being shot again moments later in the chest, while he lay wounded. Mr Abdellah added: ‘And that bullet, I guess it was in his heart or almost there, because he was like dying in front of our eyes.’

n airlines have begun to cancel flights to israel, after a rocket landed near Tel aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. Delta air lines’ sole daily flight was en route from new York when the call was made yesterday and landed at Paris. United airlines, lufthansa and air France also confirmed they were pulling services.

invasion. The ISM said its crew was filming the unidentified man as he searched for his family in the heavily damaged area. The Israeli Defence Forces have not commented.

The video was filmed by the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement in the Shijaiyah neighbourhood of Gaza, which has seen the fiercest fighting during Israel’s

Cry for help: He is seen on his phone moments after being shot

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Army brings flight woes Eviction at tallest slum

cHINA: Thousands of flights are expected to be cancelled or delayed for the next three weeks thanks to ‘military exercises’. A dozen airports, including two in Shanghai, have been told to reduce flights by 25 per cent. More than 100 flights were delayed or cancelled at Shanghai on Monday.

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VENEzuELA: The eviction of thousands of squatters from the world’s tallest slum has begun. Residents at the 45-storey Tower of David, first built as a bank and used in TV’s Homeland, said authorities were moving them to homes south of Caracas, under an initiative of the late Hugo Chávez.

One dead in train crash Nelson’s freedoom ride

SOuTH KOREA: Two trains collided yesterday leaving one woman dead and 87 injured. The cause of the crash, which happened in the evening rush-hour near Taebaek, is being investigated. The country is still reeling from the ferry disaster in April that left more than 300 dead.

SOuTH AfRIcA: An embarrassing ‘PR hiccup’ meant that hundreds of cyclists riding in honour of late leader Nelson Mandela were doing it for ‘freedoom’. Five thousand T-shirts printed for the event in Johannesburg read: ‘The purpose of freedoom is to create it for others.’

AMERIcA: This shot of Marilyn Monroe on the set of 1953 film Niagara is part of an unseen collection going on display in Manhattan today

czEcH REpubLIc: A shopper wearing a kilt was thrown out of a mall for being ‘indecently dressed’. Tomas Zahalka, 36, a fan of all things Scottish, was told off for ‘wearing a skirt’ and warned the police would be called unless he left the shopping centre in the north-east city of Pardubice.

Kim’s sex tape ex ‘assaulted woman and spat at police’ STORM’S COMING: A girl struggles with winds from approaching Typhoon Matmo along the eastern coast of Keelung, Taiwan. The eye of the typhoon is expected to make landfall in eastern Taiwan early today bringing heavy rain and winds, with gusts of over 130km/h Picture: AP

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KIM KARDASHIAN’S sex tape costar Ray J has been hit with ten criminal charges including sexually assaulting a woman in a hotel bar and spitting at a police officer. The 33-year-old singer is also said to have kicked out the window of a police car because he was ‘claustrophobic’ after his arrest on a boozy night out at the swanky Beverly Wilshire hotel in LA. His problems began when he brushed up against a woman’s bottom, which officers initially ruled was ‘incidental’ contact, before being ordered to leave the venue in May. Ray J, who is the brother of actress and singer Brandy, 35, allegedly became aggressive and hotel security made a citizen’s arrest. When police arrived to take him into custody, he is said to have spat at an

by JENNI McKNIGHT officer – leading to the assault charge. On Monday, an LA district attorney, charged Ray J with four counts of resisting arrest, three counts of assault and battery, two counts of vandalism and one count of sexual battery. The Californian denies all ten charges. Ray J – real name William Ray Norwood Jr – became a household name alongside Kardashian after their now infamous sex tape was exposed to the world in 2007. Former Playboy model Kardashian said of the leak: ‘Not my most proud moment. It was humiliating.’ Ray J claimed he sent a cheque for €35,000 – four months’ profit from the tape – as a wedding gift to Kim and Kanye West.

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TV reporter apologises for riffling through dead passengers’ luggage at crash site

‘Error of judgment’: Colin Brazier picks up a child’s flask

A TV reporter criticised for riffling through by SHAROn MARRIS dead passengers’ possessions – including picking up a child’s pink flask – at the comprehend what we were seeing... scene of the MH17 crash has apologised bodies and body parts everywhere.’ for his ‘serious error of judgment’. During his live broadcast on Sunday he Colin Brazier, of Sky News, sparked spotted a pink flask. He explained: ‘My outrage when he was captured in a live six-year-old daughter, Kitty, has one just broadcast picking items out of like it. I bent down and, what my open luggage. Twitter critics cannot hear – beThe veteran broadcaster cause of the sound quality of yesterday issued a public internet replays – is that I apology for his actions, had lost it. 7 MH1 which have prompted 182 ‘I fought for some selfcomplaints to broadcasting control, not thinking clearly watchdog Ofcom. as I did so,’ he said. ‘Too late, He said: ‘I got things wrong. I realised I was crossing a line. If there was someone to apologise I thought aloud: “We shouldn’t be to in person, I would.’ doing this... this is a mistake’’.’ Describing the crash site near the Mr Brazier said he saw other Ukrainian village of Gravobo as being journalists handling items and speaking ‘like the set of a horror story – except to camera. that movies are never allowed to show He added: ‘In a place without rules, I what we saw’, he added: ‘I could not foolishly took that as a precedent.’






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Bodies of MH17 victims to be flown from Ukraine today THE victims of Flight MH17 were expected to finally make their way out of the Ukraine today – but it could be months before they are reclaimed by their loved ones. Many of the 298 victims were carried in a train with five refrigerated wagons containing 200 body bags to Kharkiv, a Ukrainian city outside of rebel territory yesterday. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 victims were expected to be flown to the Dutch city of Eindhoven

that identification can be done in today, then on for 100km to a the Netherlands as well as possible. facility in the Dutch city of ‘As soon as some victims are Hilversum for identification. ready to be transported, But although the victims, the plane will leave. two-thirds of which were ‘As soon as a victim is Dutch, journey back to be identified first and reclaimed by their lovedforemost the family will be ones is now almost informed and no one else. complete, the identification That can take weeks or process could take months, months,’ said Mr Rutte. Dutch prime minister A team of 150 Dutch Mark Rutte warned. investigators has been He said: ‘Preparations will be made in Kharkiv so Warning: Rutte pulled together to begin

Owner of Sewol Hollande laughs ferry found dead off wedding plan A TYCOON who owned the ferry which sank off the South Korean coast has been found dead. Yoo Byung-un, the country’s most wanted man, was discovered decomposed in an orchard. The 73-year-old (pictured) was surrounded by empty bottles of booze and his autobiography. His Sewol vessel, with 476 on board, capsized in April. Only 172 people survived.

THE French president has laughed off rumours he is to marry his film star mistress on his 60th birthday. François Hollande (pictured) said: ‘As far as I know, the only event taking place on August 12 is my birthday.’ Mr Hollande’s affair with Julie Gayet, 41, became public in January when he dumped first lady Valerie Trierweiler.

trying to identify the victims, including police officers, military personnel, forensic dentists and other medics. The movement of the bodies comes after days of revulsion at the casual way militia have treated the remains. Tony Tyler, head of the International Air Transport Association, has called their treatment so far ‘appalling’ and called for them to now be returned to loved ones ‘in a respectful manner.’

THE widow of poisoned Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko last night said she was ‘relieved and delighted’ at a decision to hold a public inquiry into his 2006 death in a London hotel. Marina Litvinenko had challenged coroner Sir Robert Owen’s assertion that he could not hold a ‘fair and fearless’ investigation as part of the

Killed: Alexander Litvinenko inquest. Yesterday, British home secretary Theresa May said she hoped the U-turn ‘will be of some comfort’ to the dissident’s family. Mrs Litvinenko added: ‘It sends a message to Sasha’s murderers: no matter how strong and powerful you are, truth will win out in the end and you will be held accountable for your crimes.’

Justice promised over downed jet THE United States will not rest until justice is done in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine, President Barack Obama wrote in a condolence book for the nearly 300 victims yesterday, as he visited the Netherlands Embassy in Washington. Of the 298 people killed in the July 17 shootdown over an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists, 193 were Dutch.

Tree dedicated to Beatle dies from... beetles a small plaque at its base to commemorate THE irony of it would have surely made the Beatle and his love of gardening. the quietest Beatle laugh, so perhaps fans The guitarist and songwriter, who died shouldn’t mourn the loss of ‘the George aged 58 from lung cancer in 2001, spent his Harrison pine’ too deeply. final days in nearby Beverly But the fact remains it has been Hills. The inscription, below the killed by.... bark beetles and image of a lotus flower, reads: ladybirds. The tree had grown to ‘In memory of a great humanimore than 3m tall since being tarian who touched the world as planted in the garden of Los an artist, a musician and a Angeles’ Griffith Observatory in gardener.’ 2004. Local councillor Tom Below that are some of Labonge said the insect onslaught Harrison’s own words. For once had been too much for it. A new they aren’t quite appropriate. one will be planted. ‘For the forest to be green, each The sapling went in, unobtrusively, near the observatory with Memory: Harrison tree must be green.’

n A HORSE killed on a beach by toxic algae died because of negligence by French officials, a court ruled. The animal died in Brittany after getting stuck in muck that gave off toxic hydrogen sulphide gases emitted by rotting algae. A court in Nantes said France had failed to enforce rules to protect water from pollution.

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lake lIVelY is giving Gwyneth Paltrow a run for her money after launching a website that urges fans to splurge on light installations and curried ketchup. The Gossip Girl star insisted she wouldn’t presume to tell people what to buy as she unveiled the Preserve venture. But she went on to tout wares including vegan hot fudge, a €1,400 light installation and a €700 leather bag. It invited comparisons with actresses-turned-lifestyle tipsters Jessica alba, 33, and 41-year-old Gwynnie – who used her site to plug €1,000 throws and tell fans that water has feelings. ‘Can’t wait for another sleb to tell me how to live my life,’ one reader quipped. another observed: ‘Following behind Gwyneth and Jessica alba? Please don’t become as annoying as those two.’ lively, 26, said writing the intro to the new site had been ‘the hardest thing I’ve done’. She wrote: ‘I’m no editor, no artisan, no expert.

Stardom: But now Blake wants sales and certainly no arbiter of what you should buy, wear, or eat.’ The Californian – once paid €3million to model for Gucci – added that Preserve would showcase ‘inexpensive’ items as well as costly ones. But browsers of the site will have to judge for themselves whether a €70 apron, €95 cushions and the €5 spicy ketchup are their idea of ‘inexpensive’. at least the money-spinning scheme will do more than line the pockets of the multi-millionairess, who is married to Hollywood hunk Ryan Reynolds, 37. a share of profits will go to help needy children, the site says.

Taylor zones off beach for a private tan

has been TaYLOr SwiFT fellow diners by va dubbed a di s. and beach goer id to have sa as w d ol rThe 24-yea wled up set when she bo left punters up se in rhode island for Goo to The Cooked o pals on Saturday. tw ith w t as kf ea br ed the singer’s witnesses claim e eyeing fellow bodyguards wer wks. There was more of ha ocked off customers like hen her team bl e could w r te sh the same la so ch hill beach a portion of wat tan in private.

Shia channels his homeless chic look Shia LaBEOUF is said to be on the mend following his meltdown at a New York theatre – but his homelesschic shorts could use some TLC of their own. The 28year-old Transformers star was spotted in La wearing the torn denim as he took a stroll. he was arrested last month for disorderly conduct during a performance of Cabaret.

Charlie hunnam has hit back at rumours he is upset biker drama Sons Of anarchy never gets nominated for an Emmy. ‘i really don’t give a s***,’ he said.

Chris Moyles’s retirement from showbiz didn’t last long as he has already signed up to make a guest appearance on ant & Dec’s Takeaway On Tour.

Avengers star Mark Ruffalo, 46, was delighted when a fan found his wallet in Chicago. ‘Wow! Another point for the decency of people,’ he tweeted.


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Bradley Cooper and suki Waterhouse have sparked speculation they might be engaged by wearing matching gold bands on their wedding fingers. The couple, who have been dating for 18 months, were spotted wearing the rings at a recent visit to celebrity dining hotspot Chiltern Firehouse in London. Cooper is currently filming American sniper.

Zoe goes bump in the night at premiere Rumours that Zoe Saldana (left) is pregnant continued to swirl as she stepped on to the red carpet at the LA premiere of Guardians Of The Galaxy. She wore a black and silver Louis Vuitton Resort collection dress which had a slimming effect on her figure – but teamed it up with a white belt harness to accentuate a small bump on her stomach. Meanwhile, Karen Gillan (right), 26, was also at the premiere. She later tweeted: ‘Amazing premiere tonight! Ended perfectly with an In And Out burger.’

Jessica Alba loves to bitch about hubby Cash Warren to her girlfriends. The 33-yearold says letting off steam stops her feeling their relationship is ‘a burden’.

Mrs Will Smith has revealed the secret to her 18-year marriage. Jada Pinkett Smith said the pair share a ‘warrior mentality’ to ‘dig in’ during tough times.

Alive: Miley strikes a pose in the desert

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igupthegigup, here’s my experience to balance yours out: walking for miles with a lot of heavy baggage when my bus route was diverted and receiving verbal abuse from drunken teenagers staggering out of the park. Diversity of culture? Not a jot – they were all white, middle-class kids as far as the eye could see. Furthermore, unlike Croke park, the Aviva and the O2, Marlay park is a park and should be treated as such: open to the nonpaying public as a place to enjoy the peace and beauty of nature instead of finding it a rubbish tip. You think the concerts are beneficial to the economy? the café on the grounds appears to suffer during the concert season as locals avoid the place like the plague. i can only pity the resident wildlife who don’t get any financial benefits for putting up with the concerts. So no, not everyone’s enjoying their summer. No To Bad Music, Ballinteer ■ patrick Spillane, although you have a

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I couldn’t sing – I was just petrified of my situation La Roux is back with a new sound and a new writing partner. I know who I am now, she tells Amy Dawson


feel like I’ve got a pillow over puss and stuff in my throat and I my head,’ apologises a wasn’t allowed to fly, so we had poorly Elly Jackson, aka to cancel a couple of shows.’ La Roux. She may be under After visiting every specialist the weather but she’s not looking under the sun, it became a day older than the 21-year-old apparent the cause wasn’t who burst on to the scene in 2009 physical. She had been having with that distinctive ginger quiff panic attacks that had given her (now brushed softly to one side) something called ‘residual and a zeitgeisty electro pop tension’ – and it took a long album full of killer hooks. process of therapy to get her Still, I commiserate as she larynx (and her mind) relaxed drizzles the first of enough to sing again. umpteen spoonfuls of ‘I thought I didn’t honey into a tiny have a voice, even cup of lemon and after my throat I thought I didn’t ginger tea: after was fine,’ she have a voice, even all, a recent says. ‘Things can after my throat was festival left me be psychosofine. Things can voiceless for a matic but the be psychosomatic week. It would symptoms are but the symptoms be a clanger very real. All you are very real to admit this can do is have to Jackson – one of therapy – talk the reasons she has it out. I was just been all but missing petrified of the from the public eye since situation I was in. But it was making such an extraordinary a good thing, something I first impression is because, for a learned a lot from. I would time, she totally lost the ability to never take it back.’ sing in her distinctive falsetto. First time around, the now ‘I was complaining of throat 26-year-old Jackson clearly problems before a really stressful found fame uncomfortable. How gig,’ she says. ‘Then the doctor is she feeling for round two? told me there was all sorts of ‘I think there is definitely

La Roux on sex in pop

La Roux has always been applauded for not conforming to sexualised pop-female stereotypes. But with the dawn of Miley Cyrus’s twerking and other such antics, how does she feel about the current pop scene? ‘Female pop stars can do whatever they want – I’m not telling them to go inside and put their clothes on,’ she says. ‘It’s about saying that if women do want to take their clothes off, can

we just not aim it at seven-year-olds? That’s my only point.’ La Roux says she doesn’t mind artists following Madonna’s lead in using their sexuality (right). ‘She made it artistic and she knew exactly what she was doing. Now I feel it’s often just an excuse to get attention. I’m sure if I stripped naked and released a

eRRR… does he Like it oR not? a way to be successful and… quiet,’ she says, ‘Of course even the attention I have now does seem very weird but it’s normalised, whereas when I was 21… but it’s not like I get mobbed. I also had to develop a lot as an artist. ‘However big what I did before was, I didn’t know who I really was or where I was going. It was a little bit like flying by the seat of my pants.’ La Roux’s Grammy-winning debut was totally in sync with the music trends of the time – and a remix of In For The Kill

video, a million people would watch it as well – purely to go, what the HELL, La Roux’s naked? Not because they thought it was hot, just because it was shocking. It’s a cheap way to get attention, and it’s too easy.’

While ex-bandmate Ben Langmaid has been tweeting a lot of praise for the new album (on which he gets five co-writing credits) he’s also shared some less favourable views. So what is he really thinking? Your guess is good as ours… I’ve got loads of credits as engineer on the album. Funny that cos I’m the worst engineer I’ve ever known #TIP by Skream, just as dubstep was reaching its zenith, went stratospheric. The new album is something else entirely – a more organic, groovier, sexier selection of tracks she loosely dubs ‘ragga disco’. She seems to have hit her creative stride with a new writing partner, engineer Ian Sherwin, replacing Ben Langmaid. The split, rooted in artistic differences but becoming personal, means Jackson and Langmaid haven’t spoken for two years. ‘I wouldn’t do something that drastic unless I was unbelievably serious,’ she says of parting with Langmaid. ‘It wasn’t whimsical, on either of our parts.’ With her androgynous, Tilda Swinton-esque vibe, Jackson has always faced speculation about her sexuality and her private life – and several songs on the new album, such as Cruel Sexuality

“Ben you are a great engineer and Elly is a multiinstrumentalist. ;)” massive lol Er triangle I think (on the instruments Jackson played) The guys an idiot. He’s the reason I left (on Ian Sherwin, Jackson’s new writing partner) The dude’s a poacher. He couldn’t write a nursery rhyme (on Sherwin, again) (‘Why must you keep me in your prison at night?’) are bound to set tongues wagging. But she says the album is half personal, half story-telling – and won’t be drawn on which is which. ‘I want my private life to be f***ing private,’ she says. ‘And I don’t think it’s interesting to talk about what I do on the weekend – it’s not like I go to space.’ Nevertheless she will go so far as to say she has ‘a home life that I have been very happy in for years’. ‘I know who I am now,’ she adds, ‘and I’ve been able to make the music I wanted to make. All areas of my life are kind of covered. Of course I still get stressed – there’s always something, isn’t there? But I’m happy, really happy.’

Trouble In Paradise is out now. La Roux plays The Academy on Nov 20


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Bailegangaire, which translates as ‘town without laughter’, is one of Tom Murphy’s most complex, demanding and arresting works. It’s good news then that the venerable Druid theatre company isn’t afraid of a challenge: in 2012, under the aegis of director Garry Hynes, they presented three of Murphy’s works – Conversations On A Homecoming, A Whistle In The Dark and Famine – as a back-to-back, nine-hour epic. With shades of Beckett, Bailegangaire sees a bedridden old woman, Momma, recite a meandering tale about a village laughing contest but denies her two granddaughters – and by extension, the audience – the luxury of a punchline. To supplement this production, Murphy has penned a companion piece, Brigit, which is set in the same household 30 years earlier. The double-bill, directed by Hynes, features a quintet of Druid stalwarts: Jane Brennan, Marty Rea, Marie Mullan (pictured), Aisling O’Sullivan and Catherine Walsh. Oct 1 to Oct 5, Olympia Theatre

L A IV T S E F E R T A E DUBLIN TH HAMLET Think you know Hamlet? Th Thomas Ostermeier wants ink again. Director the Shakespeare in a new light. atre-goers to look at production – don’t worry, In this German-language there are surtitles – of the Bard’s greatest work, the stage of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre will be tra nsf lashed mound of earth. By ormed into a filthy, rainheavily cutting the play and adding colloquial lan guage (‘You are forced to wear discount glasses and can’t get it up any more,’ Hamlet berates Polonius at one point), it’s fair to say that Ostermeier isn’t out to gutsy, self-reflexive take on pander to purists. But his eponymous prince of Denma classic, which sees the includes a hard rock sound ark don a fat suit and track, is unlikely to leave theatre-goers feeling sho rt-changed. Sep 25 to Sep 27, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre


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r spending almost This really is Eimear McBride’s year. Afte her debut novel, A Girl Is A for languishing in a drawer, the manuscript by a tiny Norwich publisher, up ed pick lly Half-Formed Thing, was fina the Goldsmiths Prize and just Galley Beggar Press. It went on to win Prize For Fiction. Told in an last month bagged the Baileys Women’s cts the troubled thoughts of refle that style uncompromising modernist -Formed Thing will be adapted its damaged protagonist, A Girl Is A Half part of this year’s festival. as for stage by Corn Exchange’s Annie Ryan on the role of the unnamed s take ) ured (pict Moone Boy’s Aoife Duffin and bracing monologue. narrator in what promises to be a vivid Sep 30 to Oct 5, Samuel Beckett Theatre


Ganesh Versus The Third Reich In this provocative, offbeat Australian show (pictured above), the Hindu god Ganesh takes on the task of travelling through Nazi Germany in order to reclaim the swastika Oct 1 to Oct 4, O’Reilly Theatre If These Spasms Could Speak Edinburgh man Robert Softley will present his one-man play based around his life with cerebral palsy -– and the indignities he’s faced with on a daily basis Sep 25 & Sep 26, Project Arts Centre Perhaps All The Dragons Belgian theatre group Berlin offers a tantalising glimpse into the stories of people from around the world with recourse to 30 interactive monologues Oct 7 to Oct 11, Smock Alley Theatre


In the final instalment of an acclaimed quartet of works examining the social and cultural fabric of the Monto area of the inner city, director Louise Lowe turns her attention to the lives of migrants eking out an existence in the black economy. This experimental work at the Oonagh Young Gallery concludes an extraordinary sequence

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Following an electrifying, darkly charismatic turn in Mark O’Rowe’s breakthrough 1999 play Howie The Rookie at the Project Arts Centre last year, Tom VaughanLawlor is guaranteed to pull in the crowds when he stars in the celebrated playwright’s new work which premieres at the National Theatre. In Our Few And Evil Days, the Dublin actor will join his Love/ Hate co-stars Charlie Murphy and Ian Lloyd Anderson, with help from veteran thespians Ciarán Hinds and Sinéad Cusack. Murphy plays a young woman, Adele, whose troubled relationship with her parents comes into focus when the family are visited by a stranger with a chilling revelation. From Oct 3, Abbey Theatre

of site-specific works for Anu Productions that have dealt with the Magdalene Laundries, the struggles of the disenfranchised and Monto’s reputation as one of Europe’s most notorious red light districts. Given the intimate nature of the work, places are limited to four visitors per performance so book early. Sep 25 to Oct 12, Oonagh Young Gallery

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★ Must see

Veep SKY ATlANTIC, 9.35PM The razor-sharp US satire picks up the political hot potato that is abortion and mashes it into submission in fine style. Ambitious Veep Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, right), eyes on the White House prize, finds herself tiptoeing through a ballot box minefield as the pro-life, pro-choice, prowhatever lobbies try to pin down exactly where she stands on the issue. It’s a numbers game – how many weeks, how many votes – that all adds up to a deliciously cynical take on the electoral machine.


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Imagine Adele’s surprise when a mysterious man (Josh Brolin) covered in blood makes her acquaintance and demands to be taken to her home. He’s an escaped convict on the run for murder. Adele (Kate Winslet) falls in love and plans to set up home with him – much to the bemusement of teenage son Henry.

The zerO TheOrem

Director Terry Gilliam revisits some of his favourite themes in this sci-fi dystopia where genius Qohen (Christoph Waltz) has been tasked by his boss (Matt Damon) to prove his ‘zero theorem’ – that life is meaningless. Qohen takes his mind off his daily drudgery with the help of cybersex call girl Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry, right).

Drama dOwnTOn abbey ITV Encore, 9pm

If Downton Abbey went in for subheadings the way they do in movies then this would be Downton Abbey: Mary In Mourning. It’s a re-run of the downbeat season four, the Grantham clan thrown back on its well-heeled heels by Matthew’s fatal car crash – a Christmas Day catastrophe many fans have never been able to forgive.

siliCOn Valley Sky Atlantic, 9pm

It’s not easy being the hottest geek in town, as Richard (Thomas Middleditch) discovers to his cost in this slyly amusing send-up of the hi-tech revolution. As Richard’s Pied Piper idea shifts gear from noodling about on his computer to multi-million investment, it’s pointed out to him that his best mate Big Head, inventor of the Nip Alert app, is surplus to requirements. The slacker has to go – but does Richard have the bottle to do it?


★COmmOnwealTh games: Opening CeremOny BBC1, 8pm

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is not likely to jump out of a helicopter at Glasgow’s Celtic Park, but don’t rule out Prince William turning up in a kilt and doing a jig – he’s a chap well aware of the PR value of these ceremonial gigs. You know the score: massed ranks of athletes, crazy ‘uniforms’, a few pop stars and some big-scale dance routines, all guaranteed to get us in the mood for 11 days of sporting action. Hazel Irvine (above) is one of the commentators.

Fun This Old Thing: The VinTage ClOThes shOw C4, 8pm

High Street chains will be trying to shut Dawn O’Porter down soon – she’ll be hitting their profits if her nifty ideas for upcycling old clothes catch on. Mrs Chris O’Dowd’s latest fashion victim is Elissa, who needs some convincing that old, or in fashionspeak, vintage, clothes can be stylish. Plus there’s a trip back to the 1960s to see how the miniskirt was born.

The mimiC C4, 10pm

He does a cracking David Attenborough and his Bill Nighy’s not bad either, but the bed gets crowded when Ian McKellen pops between the sheets too. It’s an orgy of voices when mimic Martin (Terry Mynott) beds the impressionable Harriet. But is she interested in him or his cast of characters? This takes downbeat to new lows.


★ garTh brOOks: whaT wenT wrOng TV3, 10pm

TV3’s Garthsploitation doc was meant to air last night, but when RTÉ planned a spoiler, TV3 moved its forward by a day, so they both went out last night. We know, we could barely take the drama either… Following the fiasco of the announcement of the Croker concerts that ended with 400,000 fans being let down, TV3’s take is repeated here, with contributions from Croke Park area residents, Aiken Promotions, the GAA and Dublin City Council.

Film i am legend RTÉ1, 9.35pm

Military doctor Dr. Robert Neville (Will Smith) and his pet German Shepherd are the only survivors in a postapocalyptic New York which has been taken over by flesheating zombies in this horror drama based on the Richard Matheson novel. Inexplicably immune to the virus that wiped out most of the world’s population and turned the rest into mutants, Smith uses his own blood to develop a vaccine. Gripping.

The TOurisT Film4, 9pm

Panned on its 2010 release and panned to this day – so why not grab a drink to blot out the pain and judge for yourself? Johnny Depp plays a maths teacher (yes, really) who becomes embroiled in Angelina Jolie’s scheme to help her criminal boyfriend evade the police. High jinks are meant to ensue but instead critics found it difficult to stay awake.



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My childhood on a deserted island


grew up in central London in a house without a garden but every year we would spend the summer on my dad’s uninhabited Hebridean island off the west coast of Scotland. The island was tiny – if you stood at its highest point you could see the sea all around you – and when we first went had no habitable houses except for abandoned crofters’ cottages and Viking king ruins. A boatman would drop us off and pick us up two weeks later. Then my dad renovated an old crofter’s cottage and we would stay there the whole summer. There was nothing else on the island apart from ruins and birds – no electricity, no TV and certainly no mobile phones – so in the evenings my dad would tell us old Viking stories, including one about

Cressida Cowell tells Claire Allfree what inspired her smash-hit children’s series How To Train Your Dragon a dragon that had been turned into a hillside on the nearby Isle of Mull. I was con convinced the hill behind our house look looked just like the back of a sleeping dragon, too, and on stormy nights I w would imagine that the dragon might shak shake off its incarnation and w wake up. Because of the w way we were living, I felt something of ho how real Vikings might have felt living there and, of course, real Vikings used to believe in dragons... Islands are extraordinarily resonant for children. Think of all

Carefree: Cressida Cowell (above and below left) listened to dragon tales told by her father the children’s books that feature them: Peter Pan, Treasure Island, some of enid Blyton’s Famous Five books, Swallows And Amazons. Islands are children-sized; children find them easy to claim as theirs. I realise now how incredibly lucky we were to have had such a childhood: these days we are so protective of our children, we rarely afford them that much freedom. Me and my siblings spent our days on the island by ourselves – having adventures, putting on plays and, when it rained, telling each

other stories by candlelight. My parents were always utterly blithe about the possibility of us having an accident. Had one of us broken a leg, or worse, we would have had to have waited for the boatman to come back to get to the mainland. The idea of growing up and being responsible for oneself is very much at the heart of my How To Train Your Dragon books, which are about the adventures of a young Viking who lives on an island, and Toothless the Dragon whom he has initiated into his clan. But also

Dear Dolly

Got a problem? No one else can help? Our resident agony aunt tells it like it is

I sent a topless photo to a guy I’ve been seeing. Turns out he showed his mates – I know this because one of them said about not recognising me with my clothes on. I’m really upset but he insists that they must’ve nicked his phone while he was at the jacks. I don’t know what to believe PT anymore.

Dear Cheryl, quite why you held on to your philandering husband’s name for the last four years is a mystery (though probably has something to do with a publicist advising against a return to Tweedy and those pesky toilet attendant fisticuff charges). But I digress. Marrying within mere months of meeting someone is an act of lunacy, but marrying a moneyed playboy – Jean-Bernard – takes foolhardy to another level. You thought Ashley broke your heart, well let’s see what this sub-Rupert Everett, er, estate agent comes up with. He can’t even so much as



My handsome GIY fanatic neighbour kindly brought some excess vegetables from his allotment, one carrot of which was lasciviously shaped and, I could’ve sworn, pointed suggestively at me. I, meanwhile, appear to have brought home from Tesco an extraordinarily buxom potato. Fate! Shall I show him my Maris Pipers, or is building a relationship Rose on rude food just a fallacy?

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And therein lies the appeal of Snapchat. While sending nudie selfies, particularly during the first flush of lust, seems like a great idea at the time, it has the potential to backfire while in the sweaty hands of a proprietary male keen to show off his girlfriend’s fabulous norks. In no way is this a compliment; it’s just disrespectful. If you have any doubt in your mind that he is capable of sharing intimate photos then you’re probably right and he’s unworthy of your time. Send him a belfie with the words ‘kiss’ and ‘my’ on each cheek, and good riddance to him.

key is the need to protect the environment. My dad is a passionate environmentalist and one-time chairman of the rSPB and hugely concerned with preserving bird species. How To Train Your Dragons are all about what happened to the dragons and why it is we don’t see them any more.


Relationships have been built on much, much less, Rose. This is DEFINITELY fate, although there’s nothing wrong with coaxing destiny into position with a few well-placed engorged gourds. So may I suggest doing a farmer’s market sweep of the filthiest looking vegetables – not forgetting those old faithfuls, a pair of melons – before depositing one a day on his doorstep until he tosses off his wellies and leaps straight into your moist areas. LaST WeeK:


I started seeing a guy and when I received a ‘plus one’ wedding invite I asked him along,

as the relationship was going so well. Problem is it has gone downhill ever since and now I don’t feel comfortable introducing him to my family. Do I break up with him before or after the wedding – we’ve paid for the hotel (and he bought a CF new suit…)? YoU SaId: Dump him – which means you can be a free agent at the wedding. He can use the suit for Suzy Bevan something else.


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crack a smile in your selfies – is he that vain, or that miserable? Or Victoria Beckham’s long-lost French cousin? While I don’t doubt that you’re in love, I’m afraid we’re already waiting for the merde to hit the fan. Bon chance with that one, love. morning she wouldn’t give me her number, because she’s the bride-tobe. I tracked her down on Twitter (ha!) and now she is regularly phone sexing me, which I can’t seem to refuse... How can I get it into her head that she must cancel the wedding, not for me, but for both their sakes? FP What do you think? Lend Dolly your words of wisdom on our Facebook page or at deardolly@ Best replies published in two weeks week. And remember: Dear Dolly can also be found at

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Samuel L Jackson may have had to deal with snakes on his plane but he had it easy, says Tamara Hinson

The stream of hands dipping in and out of seat pockets makes them a germ heaven, particularly for cold and flu bacteria. The Auburn study found MRSA could survive for seven days inside seat back pockets and it’s known cold viruses can survive for several hours. It’s also an area the cleaners are likely to forget.


etting away this month? Better pack the sanitiser. A recent study from Auburn University, Alabama, found MRSA and e coli bacteria can survive in a plane for almost as long as your holiday. MRSA, which although rare can be fatal, can stick around for a week, while e coli – stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting – survives for up to four days. Dr Michael Schmidt from the Medical University of South Carolina has carried out his own work on infectious diseases. He says planes are ‘a prime mixing ground’ for microbes. ‘Bacteria bump into each other while moving around within confined spaces such as planes,’ he says. ‘they exchange antibiotic resistant information, meaning we’re more likely to encounter germs we’ve no resistance to.’ With this in mind, we’ve identified the biggest germ hotspots on board a plane – and how to avoid bagging the bugs.

how to avoid it: If you must keep your reading material in the seat back pocket, keep it in a separate carrier bag and wash your hands or use a hand gel after reading the material inside the pocket.

Germs on a plane! The Tray Table

That fold-down tray table you eat your in-flight meal off? Parents who can’t face the cramped toilets are prone to using it as a nappy-changing table. Although it’s usually given a quick wipe-down after flights, that’s not enough to prevent germs breeding. The Auburn study found diseasecausing bacteria including MRSA can live for up to a week on tray tables. how to avoid it: The simple answer is to wash your hands or use hand gels, particularly those that are EPA or European Community registered. Make sure it has an alcohol content of at least 30 per cent – alcohol is an extremely effective disinfectant – and apply before and after eating. Use your own tissues instead of the napkins provided and use an antibacterial wipe to clean your tray table.

The ToileT

No surprise here but traces of E coli and faecal bacteria have been found in plane toilets while the US Center for Disease Control said aircraft toilets were major risk isk areas for Sars and bird flu. Sars (inset) is a rare but potentially fatal respiratory virus spread through touch or water. Although most cases are passed on through bird contact, it’s thought the virus has been passed from person to person. To complicate matters, each toilet on a plane could be used by up to 100 people per flight and the taps – designed to shut off after a few seconds – can make washing your hands difficult. how to avoid it: Use paper towels to touch the toilet lid and hand gel after washing your hands.

Pillows/ blankeTs

It’s thought a third of the weight of your pillow at home could be made up of dead skin, house dust mites and their faeces, so a pillow used by hundreds hundr of passengers a week will be a haven for microscopic nasties. In previous studies, germs found on pillows and blankets include the aspergillus niger

fungus, which can lead to pneumonia. And just because the pillow is wrapped in plastic doesn’t mean it’s been properly cleaned, either. A 2007 investigation by the Wall Street Journal found several major airlines only cleaned blankets every five to 30 days (unless there was visible staining). how to avoid it: Bring your own pillow and wear easily

Drinking waTer

Traces of E coli have been picked up in tests on drinking water supplied on planes. Bear in mind that the water in the plastic cups doled out by the cabin crew doesn’t always come from bottled water but from storage tanks. Additionally, the aircraft may have restocked in countries with questionable water quality. People often associate E coli with food poisoning but it

can also be caught from contaminated water. how to avoid it: Avoid ice or water given out mid-flight. Take your own water on board and

removable layers so you can keep warm without reaching for the blanket. If you’re short on space, take a pashmina or scarf that can double as a pillo pillow.

use this to brush your teeth if you need to. It’s important to stay hydrated as some studies have suggested airline passengers are less able to resist infection because the dry air impairs the body’s defences. Sipping is better because gulping liquids flushes them straight through your system. Sip the equivalent of 200ml of water for every hour of flying.

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hey say the company that plays together, stays together, so gather your workmates, enter a team and have a sporting and social night out. The Metro Herald Corporate Cup Challenge is on Thursday, July 31, with defending champions PwC hoping to retain their title. It will take a lot of defending, though, as there are serious contenders already entered. Last year, they had to beat off the challenges of many ‘top dogs’ including Facebook, Pfizer, Microsoft, KPMG, LinkedIn and Oracle, to claim their win. Twenty four companies will fight for the honour (along with the prize fund, sponsored by Metro Herald) in a relay of matches and of course, the beer and BBQ will flow afterwards. It

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Team Ireland hit London last weekend to defend their title as the 2013 British & Irish Cup Champions. It was a tense, well fought battle – to the bitter end. The Irish mixed Open and the Seniors Team won their series 3 – 0. Great Britain won the Women’s Series 3 – 0, while the men’s Series was a draw, with both teams winning one match and one game drawn. Ireland took the Overall Series win by 9 points, 22-13. Well Victorious: Team Ireland retained the Cup in London Done to you all for retaining the Cup.

is sure to be an amazing Tag Blitz ’n’ BBQ, in Wanderers RFC, Merrion Road. ‘The chance to win €20,000 prime advertising is proving to be a huge incentive, judging by the level of entries. Every company would relish the opportunity to showcase their business through such a powerful medium,’ says Peadar Niland, chief executive officer of the Irish Tag Rugby Association. The 6pm kick-off will see the ‘Business Battle’ begin and end in sporting fun, when a host of new friends and colleagues will meet, play and eat at the prestigious Metro Herald Corporate Cup Tournament. Visit to enter your team for the Corporate Cup now

TAG TALk No cigar in Pembroke tonight, but from zero to Div2 Cup Final in 2 seasons ain’t bad! #tagrugby #tiocfaidhárlá

Brilliant evening last night @tagrugby in Pembroke Rugby Club but now hearing late summer league sold out #noway

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Mountain to climb: The peloton passes through a Pyrenean pass on the stage to Bagneres-deLuchon, won by Rogers, inset

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spORT DigEsT Knox: I’ll help Rory win if he needs me gOLf Augusta

member Jeff Knox has vowed to help newly-crowned Open champion Rory McIlroy (pictured) win a green jacket and become just the sixth player to complete a career grand slam. Speaking after claiming his third major title at Royal Liverpool, McIlroy said he would consider playing practice rounds with Knox, who was his marker in the third round earlier this year and beat him by one shot. And Knox said yesterday: ‘I’m not sure he needs a lot of my help, he’s the number two player in the world. We have left it openended, the ball is in his court, but I have his address and I will drop him a note of congratulations on winning the Open.’

Barnes angered by drugs test timings


ROMAIN BARDET and Tejay van Garderen’s podium hopes suffered major blows yesterday when they lost considerable ground during the 16th stage won by Michael Rogers. Australian Rogers powered

tour de france away from a breakaway with four of the 237.5-km mountain trek left. Vincenzo Nibali kept the lead ahead of Alejandro

Valverde, while France’s Thibaut Pinot, strongest on the climb to Port de Bales, moved up to third at the expense of compatriot Bardet as he lost a minute and 50 seconds. American Van Garderen lost more than three minutes.

O’gara bite allegation is dropped by Royals by pAuL kEAnE

Dublin star Eoghan O’Gara is in the clear after disciplinary chiefs opted not to pursue allegations of biting during Sunday’s leinster football final defeat of Meath. A lack of evidence was cited by the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) when they contacted both counties yesterday evening to confirm the news. Meath were initially contacted on Monday afternoon and given 24 hours to submit their version of events following allegations by manager Mick O’Dowd that defender Mickey burke was bitten. Photographs and video evidence showed burke’s finger making contact with Dublin forward O’Gara’s mouth area. burke then appeared to complain to referee Padraig Hughes of being bitten, though he didn’t make any submission to this effect in the sub-


Rough ugh stuff: Mickey Burke grabs gr hold of Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara’s face sequent investigation. in the absence of a conclusive statement from burke or Meath officials, the CCCC decided they hadn’t enough evidence to propose any punishment for O’Gara and the case was dropped. Dublin county board chairman Andy Kettle confirmed last night

that the issue is ‘done and over with’ though declined to make any further comment. Meath secretary Francis Flynn outlined how the situation developed from Meath’s side. ‘We discussed the situation on Monday night and sent in our submission to Croke Park,’ said Flynn.

‘The matter was then dealt with by the CCCC and we were informed that due to insufficient evidence there will be no charges brought against any players. That would be the end of it now as far as we’re concerned.’ burke himself was seen as an aggressor in the 63rd minute melee that led to the bite claim and was yellow carded, along with O’Gara and Meath goalkeeper Paddy O’Rourke. O’Gara was praised by some commentators for his restraint following rough treatment by both burke and Meath captain Kevin Reilly. Yesterday’s outcome means both teams can move on and prepare for their upcoming games in the All-ireland series. Meath play Armagh in a Round 4b qualifier tie on Saturday week at Croke Park. Dublin, who demolished Meath by 16 points at the weekend to claim a ninth leinster title in ten seasons, face as yet unknown opposition in the quarter-finals on August 9.

bOxing Northern Ireland boxer Paddy Barnes has branded Commonwealth Games drug test timings a ‘disgrace’ and insisted the procedure could have put his participation in Glasgow in doubt. Barnes and team-mate Michael Conlan were singled out for random testing after training on Monday and the 27year-old double Olympic bronze medallist was kept up until 2am by doping officials. Barnes told reporters: ‘I could have got cold or sick but they didn’t care – they just cared about getting urine.’

Hamilton is happy with place in team AuTO Lewis

Hamilton is confident Mercedes are treating him no differently compared to teammate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton is eager to allay the rumours sparked online that, as Rosberg is German and driving for a German manufacturer, there is perhaps slight favouritism towards him. Twitter trolls suggested sabotage following qualifying on Saturday for the German Grand Prix when Hamilton crashed out due to a right-front brake disc failure. Asked whether he was receiving equal treatment to Rosberg, Hamilton said: ‘Yep. I feel really comfortable. The team is doing a great job.’

Cavendish return cycLing Isle of Man cyclist Mark

Cavendish hopes to be back racing in four weeks’ time and is targeting September’s World Championships to make his comeback. The 29-year-old sustained a shoulder injury after crashing on the opening stage of the Tour de France a fortnight ago, forcing him to pull out of the event and also miss Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games. Cycling’s third grand tour event, the Vuelta a España, begins on August 28.

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Zaha hopes for role in new United era

Tough talking: Keane and O’Neill

coaching duo bring energy to bord gáis REPUBLIC of Ireland management duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane are never short of opinions, and last night at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre they gave their views on a range of topics including World Cups, diving, crying and punditry. Launching Club Ireland, the FAI’s new premium seat packages, the pair talked openly about Roy’s decision to withdraw from World cup punditry duties, quipping: ‘It’s not the first World Cup I’ve missed out on.’ And when asked whether he’d consider a punditry job on Irish TV, Keane cheekily responded: ‘It depends on the money.’

‘It’s not the first World Cup I’ve missed out on’ While discussing Ireland’s Euro Qualifier chances, the duo also talked about the trend of diving in the game, with Keane saying it is a ‘cultural thing’ Irish players don’t do. Quizzed about players crying before a big game, Keane said he ‘scratches his head’ when he ‘sees lads crying at games’, but when asked if that included rugby’s John Hayes, he said: ‘No, not him. He can cry all he wants.’ The interview was broadcast live on The Last Word yesterday evening, with Matt Cooper’s show extended to 7.30pm to allow for questions from the public, but you can listen to it on For more information on Club Ireland visit

Fresh start: Van Gaal takes charge of United for the first time, with Zaha, below, out to impress PICTUREs: gETTy

MANCHESTER United enter a new era in America tonight when Louis van Gaal takes charge of the Reds for the first time. United play Los Angeles Galaxy in Pasadena in the early hours, their first match of a two-and-a-half-week US tour ahead of the new season. It will be the club’s fringe players like Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Ashley Young, Nani and Wilfried Zaha who will be most under the spotlight in the friendly encounter. Zaha joined from Crystal Palace last year but soon fell out of favour with then boss David Moyes and was loaned to Cardiff in January. He admitted: ‘For me, I definitely feel like this is a clean slate. ‘All I’m trying to do is impress the new manager and get into his squad. All I can do is give my all. There’s a new manager and I want to make sure I show him what I can do. Van Gaal has a fine reputation for developing young talent and Zaha added: ‘There’s a nice vibe, every-

by nick METcALfE body’s working hard and we’re looking forward to the new season. Moyes actually played Zaha in the Community Shield last season, suggesting the youngster may get a decent run in the team, but he hardly figured after that. But after a 13-game loan spell in Wales, the 21-year-old feels he has

‘I definitely feel like this is a clean slate’ ‘come back a better player’. ‘Going to Cardiff was a really good experience for me,’ he added. ‘I’ve realised there are things I need to work on and this is the best place to be if I want to improve.’ United fans will be keen to see Van Gaal’s formation for the match against Galaxy. So far in training, the Dutchman has been using 4-3-3.


Dunga named new Brazil boss 6 National teams

BraZiL named Dunga as their manager for the second time yesterday following the resignation of Luiz Felipe scolari. a humiliating 7-1 defeat by Germany in their recent World Cup semi-final has led to the appointment of Dunga (pictured), who captained Brazil to their world title in 1994, and was last in charge of the national team between 2006 and 2010. ‘i am immensely happy to be back,’ he said. Confederation

president Jose Maria Marin said: ‘He has shown his capacity to lead Brazil, not only in words but also in numbers.’

managed by Dick Advocaat. The Dutchman (right) yesterday took charge of Serbia, having previously coached Holland, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Belgium and Russia.

Uefa punish PSG City’s Alvaro boost

Paris saint-Germain have been punished by Uefa after disabled Chelsea supporters were abused during a Champions League match in april. The French champions have been ordered to close two sections of the Parc des Princes for their next home game in the competition. a statement said: ‘The sanction has been imposed for the discriminatory conduct of some PsG supporters.’ PsG won the tie 3-1 but were eliminated after Chelsea’s 2-0 victory in the return leg at stamford Bridge.

MaNCHEsTEr City are banking on having their spanish striker alvaro Negredo back by the end of september, despite having broken his foot. Negredo (pictured), 28, who picked up the injury in a friendly against Hearts last week, had initially suggested he might be out for three months. He said: ‘i will be back stronger than ever. i will return with a vengeance.’

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by fRAsER RORisOn VIRGIL VAN DIJK and Teemu Pukki each scored twice as Celtic eased past KR Reykjavik at the BT Murrayfield stadium in Edinburgh. Leading 1-0 from the first leg in Iceland, the Hoops wasted little time as defender van Dijk helped himself to a brace within 20 minutes. Teemu Pukki grabbed a third before the break and struck again in the second half to set up a third qualifying round clash with either St Patrick’s Athletic or Polish side Legia Warsaw. With Celtic Park out of commission due to its use in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Hoops were forced to switch the tie to the home of Scottish rugby. But they showed no sign of being unsettled. Kris Commons played Pukki through, only for the Finnish striker to drive straight at Stefan Magnusson. Celtic took the lead in the 13th minute when Commons’ corner was headed towards goal by captain Charlie Mulgrew and, with Magnusson flailing, the ball came off van Dijk on its way in. The Hoops’ second also came from a corner. Mikael Lustig headed back across goal and, with Magnusson grasping thin air, van Dijk headed into an empty net. Celtic were threatening to rack up a rugby score as Pukki tapped in on 27 minutes after being set up by Callum McGregor. The Hoops kept up the pace after the restart with Leigh Griffiths’ snap-shot from 20 yards hitting the side-netting. Pukki got his second in 71 minutes when he rounded Magnusson on the edge of the box before slamming the ball high into the net. Commons almost made it 5-0 as he fired off the post on an encouraging night for new boss Ronny Deila.

sion goalkeeper Ben Foster has signed at west Brom – which will see him remain with the Baggies until 2019.

OnTHEgRApEvinE u Stoke have announced the signing of Spanish striker Bojan krkic from Barcelona on a four-year deal. u MaRiO Pasalic has joined Elche on a season-long loan from chelsea. The 19-year-old midfielder signed for Blues from Hajduk split this month. u LeiceSter have signed Argentine striker Leonardo Ulloa from Brighton for an undisclosed fee. u sundERland boss Gus Poyet admits striker ignacio scocco is likely to move on despite only arriving in January. The £3.2m signing could return to former club newell’s Old Boys. u JoSe cAmpAnA has joined Sampdoria from crystal palace for an undisclosed fee. u nEwcasTlE midfielder sylvain Marveaux has joined French club Guingamp on a season-long loan deal. u LiverpooL look set to beat Arsenal to Atletico madrid defender Javier manquillo.

THEy sAiD iT Fresh start: striker Teemu Pukki, right, celebrates scoring celtic’s third goal on his way to netting a brace

Dreams and performance Poles apart for O’Brien st. patrick’s v legia warsaw Ger O’Brien is determined to ensure that St Patrick’s Athletic are not a hard luck story at Tallaght Stadium tonight as he and his team-mates face a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity. The SSe Airtricity League champions are tied at 1-1 with Legia Warsaw from the first leg in Poland last week. Given their resources and standard, the Poles remain favourites to go through. But skipper O’Brien insists St Pat’s need to realise they are good enough to mix it with them. The prize is (almost

to have a lot of the ball. certainly) a meeting with But we need to realise how Celtic in the third round. good we are as players. ‘They’re a massive club and it is huge for them to go ‘They can have all the through,’ said O’Brien of possession they like but Legia. ‘They’ve ambitions of once we are on the right getting to the group stage end of the scoring whereas we just want to tomorrow, that’s progress through the tie. the only thing that For the players, for the matters. club financially, it’s huge, ‘We won’t use and it’s huge for the anything as an profile of the league excuse, the as well. pitch, the ‘They’re a good change in side. We knew last venue. We week, and we know have to make sure ‘Huge’: Ger O’Brien we’re not a hard (tonight) they are going

luck story. We need to go out, perform, work on our game plan and try to get through the tie.’ St Pat’s have earned €375,000 in UeFA prize money thus far. Should they go on to meet Celtic they could add up to €1million to that, given additional minimum prize money of €350,000 plus a massive home gate against Celtic at the Aviva Stadium. But it’s a prospect manager Liam Buckley wants put to the back of his players’ minds. ‘We have spoken about, we are aware of it, it’s there for us,’ he said. ‘That said, we could be out of the tournament at 10pm (tonight).

‘what was today’s rumour? Mats to Man u? For how much? 20 million? For a sum like that, you can forget about it anyway.’ Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp dismisses rumours Germany defender Mats Hummels could be heading to Old Trafford – he said the 25-year-old and Marco Reus, also linked with United and more recently Liverpool, would be playing for him next season

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