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Pink has fiercely defended her children running through Berlin's Holocaust Memorial after she was criticised online for supposedly disrespecting the museum.

The Walk Me Home singer took to Instagram last night to share an image of her eight-year-old daughter Willow and two-year-old Jameson at the famous and eye-opening Memorial, and was faced with a barrage of angry replies.

Pink explained in her caption why it's important for her to capture her kids experiencing the famous landmark, despite others online thinking it was inappropriate parenting.


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She wrote; "Berlin, I love you. #holocaustmemorial #panamarestaurant #cocktailclasses #history #herstory #worldtour."

The singer emphasised the fact that she's Jewish herself; "And for all of the comments; these two children are in actuality Jewish, as am I and the entirety of my mothers family."

"The very person who constructed this believed in children being children, and to me this is a celebration of life after death. Please keep your hatred and judgement to yourselves."


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Back in 2017, The American architect who designed Berlin's Holocaust Memorial spoke out about how certain visitors treat the space;

"People have been jumping around on those pillars forever. They've been sunbathing, they've been having lunch there and I think that’s fine," Peter Eisenman said to the BBC.

"A memorial is an everyday occurrence, it is not sacred ground." At the end of the day, the Berlin memorial has become a huge part of the city's lifestyle.


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Pink has been to Holocaust Memorial before with her daughter, explaining in an interview with Reese Witherspoon how the experience was a massive learning lesson for Willow.

The youngster discovered that her grandmother was Jewish; "We went to Budapest, and we went to Berlin, and the Holocaust memorial. This could have been us," Pink said.

When Pink asked her daughter what her favourite city was, she replied;

"I think it was Berlin, because there was a wall and people were separated, and there was a war and people were killed, and now everybody's together and there's no more wall and there’s no more war and that means everything that’s bad can be good again."


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Pink reminisced on the moment, saying; "And I'm just listening to her and I’m like, 'You're amazing and you’re totally right: Everything that’s bad can be good again.'".

The legendary singer has taken on "the parenting police" on multiple occasions, and is well able to tackle the criticism.

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Forbidden Fruit may seem like it's YEARS away (the countdown began a very long time ago), but it's not too long until you'll be soaking up the sunlight in the pure STUNNING grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, listening to top-class music.

Just picture the scene; You're taking in the sweet, sweet tunes with a refreshing beverage in hand, surrounded by your friends and some randoms you only just met (happens every year).

Forbidden Fruit is the green light which indicates the beginning of summer, and it's been building up in popularity over the last few years, and for good reason. The festival draws in some of the biggest emerging talents around.

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They've already gifted us with some seriously amazing acts actress the weekend, including grime hero Skepta, majorly-talented dance artist MURA MASA, Paul Kalkbrenner, Jon Hopkins, Saint Sister, First Aid Kit and many more.

Now they've given us a treat to warm our cold, dead, January hearts; they've give us another wave of uber talented acts who are gracing us with their presence this June; Laurent Garnier, Earl Sweatshirt, Peggy Gou, Ry X, Julien Baker, Kojaque, Mahalia, Honey Dijon, Joy Orbison, Empress Of, Barns Courtney, I Have A Tribe and Midland

Laurent Garnier is a pioneering French DJ making the planet dance for almost 30 years. We're especially pumped tos ee 24-year-old Californian rapper Earl Sweatshirt perform; the former Odd Future member released his third album last year Some Rap Songs and boy, is this guy skilled beyond his years.


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Irish representation comes in the form of I Have A Tribe, Dublin’s own Patrick O’Laoghaire. The lad has two EPs (Yellow Raincoats and No Countries) under his belt and his album Beneath A Yellow Moon.

His intimate folk songs has garnered high praise from the likes of the Irish Times, RTE, NME, Q, Clash and The Line Of Best Fit; he's gonna be BIG.

British R&B soul singer Mahalia is making hr Irish outdoor festival debut, and is fresh on the rise after her release Sober, and work with Rudimental.

Grab your tickets for Bulmers' Forbidden Fruit 2019, tickets onsale via Ticketmaster now. For the full thre-day weekend, prices range from €159 and €169; definitely worth it.

See you there, folks. We'll be passed out by the Portaloos, most likely. 

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January is really a month for the winter blues. Christmas is a hazy memory, you can't quite shake that cold that's been bothering you, and summer seems like an eternity away.

Why not escape for a weekend to see some of Europe's most incredible sights, and stay in the best Airbnb's you can find. Treat yo'self, gowan.

Luckily for you, we've curated a list of some of the continent's best apartment finds.

We've already booked our flights straight out of Dublin airport, ASAP….

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1. Zagreb, Croatia

This new stylish apartment is in the perfect location in the centre of the beautiful Zagreb, on Križanićeva street.

For a quiet and safe space which is still central, this is one of the best areas to stay in. Close to the main city square, central bus and train station, everything is easily within walking distance.

A modern, contemporary apartment with a monochromatic décor theme, yet still so comfortable, this apartment is perfect. It can host three guests, and has two beds and a bath. 

New stylish central apartment
Price: €37 per night

2. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is an incredible city to visit, the Old Town is stunning and has a huge amount of history, and most of the town is within walking distance.

It also is home to some of the best pub crawls in the world, just sayin'. This gorgeous boutique apartment has us DROOLING.

The spacious design, the window panels allowing light to stream in, we just need to stay here ASAP.

The boutique apartment is located in the Bohemian Zizkov district, packed with unreal cafés, bars, restaurants and bars with some amazing views of Prague.

3. Paris, France

We have found a sunny, cosy studio apartment LITERALLY just down the road from the Eiffel Tower. What more would you need?

The charming apartment is ideal for an escape to the Parisian life; it's both residential and family-oriented.

There are windows throughout the apartment to let in the French sun, and the location is absolutely perfect; the seventh district of Les Invalides

Just picture yourself having a coffee and croissant downstairs, looking out the window at the Parisian aesthetic. We can.

4. Berlin, Germany

A 'superhost' owns this GORGEOUS Berlin apartment, which can house four guests and his also an absolute bargain of an offer for what you're getting.

The apartment is a short walking distance away from some of Berlin's top spots, with restaurants, shops and bars surrounding the area.

The subway station is only a seven minute walk away, and the location is both safe and central. You'll be prancing around Alexanderplatz in no time…

Design apartment
Price: €34 per night

5. Barcelona, Spain

This spacious loft is on Airbnb Plus, and for a good reason.

The stunning studio apartment has an actual JETTED TUB. Be still my beating travel heart. The location is extremely central; with the city's main sights within walking distance.

The New York-style space has exposed brick walls, high ceilings of rustic Catalan wood and bold modern art.

Catch some rays on the balcony and make use of the space's incredible amenities.

Spacious loft
€70 per night

6. Rome, Italy

This 'superhost' certified apartment in the centre of one of Europe's most renowned cities is GOALS.

The apartment can house up to four guests, and is located on the first floor of a beautiful palatial residence just minutes from the Piazza Della Repubblica.

The studio home is freshly renovated, filled with light and more luxurious than our future. We LOVE.

7. Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This stunning Georgian apartment in Edinburgh's New Town is one of the best Airbnb's on the market.

The loft is a ground floor flat in the famous area, with absolutely every part of the city within walking distance. The apartment is spacious, has fantastic amenities such as a bath, and even an indoor fireplace for those cold January months.

The beautiful home as Wi-Fi, free parking down the road and houses two guests easily, with comfort being the essential promise. 

New Town apartment 
€54 per night

8. Vienna, Austria

This sunny apartment is extremely sought after, for it's dedication to space and light.

It can house four guests, and they can each experience the unique, warm decor of the apartment while being close to the most famous parts of Vienna.

The metro station at Ober-St. Veit is only a seven minute walk away, with the home featuring a spacious living room with a kitchen, one bedroom and a bathroom.

The terrace can be used in summer to soak in that European sun that we Irish can never seem to get.

Sunny apartment in Vienna
Price: €69 per night

9. Krakow, Poland

Poland is a great country to escape to, especially because of how affordable it is.

This chic loft apartment in central Krakow is only €18 PER NIGHT, we cannot believe how great it is.

Beautiful, modern studio for one or two people has air conditioning for the hot summer months, and is located on Bonerowska Street in Krakow city centre. 

The space is less than five minutes walking distance away from Krakow's main historical sights including main square, Wawel Castle, the Jewish Quarter and more.

Loft apartment
Price: €18 per night

10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The hosts don't call it the 'stairway to heaven' for no reason. Amsterdam is one of Europe's most interesting cities, with a huge amount to do and some immensely picturesque locations to visit.

Little loft apartments near the canals and boats are such a dream come true, and this luxury apartment with warm, modern décor is perfect for a weekend away with someone special.

The private trendy studio is built in the attic of an authentic 1880 Amsterdam house, and is located in the cool neighbourhood near the food hall and outdoor markets. I wouldn't book this if stairs aren't suitable for you, however, it's a steep climb up.

Stairway to Heaven
Price: €80

You all deserve a holiday, and January is the perfect time to escape the winter blues and catch the travel bug.



Thanks to the affordability of flights, Berlin has become one of the most popular weekend break cities for Irish people.

And what's not to love? Divine food, Bauhaus architecture and a rich, striking and poignant history make the city a riveting experience for travellers. 

While sights like the Berlin Wall and the Jewish History Museum are must-sees, there are a few other little places that you need to visit to get the true measure of the city. 

6. Roamers Cafe, Pannierstraße 64, 12043 

Roamers Cafe is an idyllic little place tucked away down a residential side street. 

The place is completely stuffed with plants, minted water vials and a laid-back vibe. 

Open from 9.30am to 7pm, this place is pretty popular with the locals so be prepared to queue as the little nook barely seats 30. 

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5. The DDR Museum, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, 10178

The DDR Museum is a pretty interesting place to visit if you're a history buff. 

The museum offers highly interactive installations about Communist Germany, including a vintage car you can sit in and "drive" around pre-war Berlin in.

There is even a house you can walk into which is decked out in the decor of the time, so definitely give this place a go. Plus, it's located in the shadow of the Berlin Cathedral, so that's two birds with one stone. 

4. Mauer Park Flea Market, Mauer Park, Bernauer Str. 63-64, 13355

This hidden gem is the perfect place to do some unique shopping while in Berlin on a Sunday. 

The gorgeous sprawling market is full to bursting with vintage clothing stalls, unique art prints, knickknacks and delicious, warming drinks and cuisine.

Make sure you bring your poker face and prepare to haggle with the vintage veterans and you'll leave with a pretty amazing deal. 

3. Tresor,  Köpenicker Str. 70, 10179

So Tresor definitely features on a few must-see travel guides, but it's made it onto this list for a reason. 

Tresor is and underground (literally sub-terrain) techno club where night could melt into day and you'd never even know.

The smoky, concrete interiors and eclectic crowd make this intense EDM experience completely unmissable. 


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2. Nordbahnhof S-Bahn Station, Invalidenstraße 131, 10115

This subway station doubles up as a museum, which focuses on detailing the sorry tale of the train stations which were walled up during the building of the Berlin wall.

Trains still passed through these stations but didn't stop, making them gone but never forgotten.

It's a creepy, poignant and eccentric part of Berlin's history. 


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1. Urban Nation, Bülowstraße between U-Bahn stations Bülowstraße and Nollendorfplatz, 10783

Nestled in downtown west Berlin is a street art bonanza. 

Thanks to the work of Urban Nation, these ever-changing displays of art serve as Berlin's exterior gallery.

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Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!



According to emerging reports, 27 people have been injured in Germany's capital city following a tram collision.

It is understood that emergency services, included 50 firefighters, have descended upon Prenzlauer Allee at the corner of Danziger Strasse following the incident.

Speaking to German newspaper, Welt, train operator, BVG, explained that the trams had been travelling in opposite directions on the M10 line when the collision occurred.

As of yet, the exact cause of the crash has not been established.

Press at the scene have reported that one of the tram drivers is suffering from shock.

This is a developing story.



Anis Amri, the Tunisian asylum seeker suspected of carrying out the Berlin Christmas market terrorist attack earlier this week has been shot dead in Milan. 

The 24-year-old hi-jacked a lorry, killing the driver, and drove it through a busy market at high speed, killing 12 people and injuring 48 others. 

Marco Minniti, Italy's interior minister told a press conference that Amri had been shot dead by police after firing at them when they stopped his car for a routine identity check around 3:00am this morning. 

“He immediately took a pistol out of his rucksack and shot at the police who asked him for documents."

"The person killed after a number of inquiries without any shadow of a doubt is Anis Amri, the presumed suspect of the terrorist attack in Berlin," he said.

A police source said that Amri was then identified by fingerprints.

Amri had been missing and on the run since escaping after Monday's attack in central Berlin.



At least 12 people were killed and 48 injured as a truck ploughed through a Berlin Christmas market in a suspected terrorist attack yesterday evening.

The driver of the truck is currently in custody after deliberately driving the truck into civilians as they congregated around stalls. 

Australian student Trish O’Neill was at the market in Kurfürstendamm, celebrating the last day of her German classes.

"We sat just behind the stall having a gluhwein and then all of a sudden there was a big boom and the people in front me jumped on top of me," the student told ABC.

"I just saw this huge black truck speeding through the markets crushing so many people and then all the lights went out and everything was destroyed.”

"I could hear screaming and then we all froze. Then suddenly people started to move and lift all the wreckage off people, trying to help whoever was there."

The student described hpw she and her friends were frozen with fear during the attacks, and had no idea what was going on. 

"Eventually we had to and there was blood and bodies everywhere," she said.

"I never thought I would see something like this in my life. I'm shaking and scared. It all just happened so fast."

Police have said they would hold a press conference today to discuss the incident further. 



Rihanna is in Berlin at the moment and when she was wandering around the streets, she came across a massive statue of herself.


The whole thing was captured on Snapchat and she looked totally blown away.


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She even met the artist of the piece, Juan Sebastian Pelaez, who told her a bit about why he created it.


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And of course, she posed beside it like the Goddess she is.

Nobody can do it like Rihanna.



This is a developing story

According to emerging reports, shots were fired at the University Clinic in the Steglitz district of Berlin this afternoon at approximately 1pm local time.

German newspaper, Bild, report that a doctor has been shot and killed during the incident and the gunman has turned the gun on himself.

The news comes after a week of violence in Germany which saw the death of 13 individuals and the hospitalisation of dozens more.

Across the border in France earlier today, French police shot and killed two knife-wielding individuals who had taken hostage of a group of worshippers at a church in the Haute-Normandie region of the country.

Police do not have any further details on this afternoon's incident in Berlin.


She regularly shuns Hollywood stereotypes – and says she'd never diet for a movie role.

But the intense on-set demands of The Hunger Games means that Jennifer Lawrence is currently rocking a super-streamlined look.

In Berlin yesterday as part of a promotional tour for Mockingjay Part 2, the 25-year-old actress was looking gorgeous in a pretty patterned tea-dress teamed with €1,100 Christian Louboutin ankle boots.

Jen is also still sporting platinum blonde locks – cut short into a choppy bob style.

Earlier this year, Ms Lawrence said that the constant pressure to look good and remain super-slim for movies really only applies to those actors who are desperate for parts, or to those who are up-and-coming in the industry. 

"It’s more about the struggle for actors and actresses who have not made it to a certain place," she said. "There’s a lot of pressure."

Jennifer also quoted a friend who had told her: "All of the main movie stars aren’t very underweight," – a statement to which she replied: "Yeah, because once you get to a certain place, people will hire you.

"They just want you to be in the movie, so they don’t care."



This is seriously awkward, like really, really awkward.

25hours Hotel Bikini in Berlin – yeah, we don’t get the name either – has given guests a pretty good view of Berlin zoo, however, the view is not all that great for zoo goers.

The hotel which is only 10 storeys high has floor-to-ceiling windows – in the bathrooms. So, that means you can have a look at what the animals are getting up to while you are, eh, doing your business. At least you won’t be bored.

However, on the flip side, passersby have a view of you, eh, doing your business.

Unfortunately, so many people have noticed this that the hotel has actually had to put up a sign in the bathroom that says: “Please be careful, not only the monkeys are watching”.

Not sure we’ll be heading to this hotel anytime soon or at least we won’t be using their bathroom.




Irish designer, David O’Malley, has already made an impact here in Ireland thanks to his new stylish collection, but he is also known for promoting young Irish designers, both here and abroad.

David’s interest in fashion began at an early age but he really only began to develop his famous textile skills when he started studying at NCAD (National College of Art and Design).jeanbyrne

David’s stylish textile collection has become popular with big names, including RTE weather reporter, Jean Byrne. Jean wore one of his designs at the VIP style awards and has been a great supporter of his designs since the beginning.

“My pieces are now stocked in Design Centre and when she saw the collection we were both happy for me to make a one off piece for the VIP Style Awards consisting of leathers and metallic lime green. I was very happy to see the piece on her and I have gotten a huge response and extremely good feedback,” said David.

He will be spending his summer in Milan and Berlin to promote Irish design, saying: “it’s early days,” but is very excited about what impact these events will have on young Irish design.

O’Malley says the recent economy has it made more difficult for young designers to enter the industry but believes that Irish designers are starting to make a bigger impact.

“I have a feeling that Ireland will still take the world by storm – with the strength of Design Centre and fellow young designers working on design for Game of Thrones and Irish design waving a flag for international events I think Ireland is just about to make waves.”

Design Centre Powerscourt is currently holding an event to promote young Irish designers. Tickets are still on sale and if you would like to get involved you can get in contact with the Design Centre number: 01 – 6795863