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Lewis Capaldi has just announced his biggest Irish shows to date, taking in two huge outdoor gigs.

The singer will play the Irish Independent Park, Cork on June 18, 2020. 

He will also take to the stage at Malahide Castle on June 20, 2020.

2019 has propelled Lewis to superstar status. With his debut album spending six weeks in total at #1, it was certified platinum in just 10 weeks and is currently the second highest selling album of the year in the UK, hot on the tails of The Greatest Showman OST.

Becoming the biggest streamed week one debut of all time, the album also spawned the country’s biggest smash hit single of the year in Someone You Loved, which spent seven weeks at the summit of the UK’s Official Singles Chart. Someone You Loved, released in March, has now been streamed more than a BILLION times worldwide and has now entered the Billboard Chart Top 10.

Success is manifesting worldwide, with sold-out tours everywhere he goes, and Someone You Loved rapidly climbing the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S, where it’s fast on the heels of breaking the Top 10. With memorable performances on The Late Late Show with James Corden he is being taken under the wing of every country he sets foot in. Ireland is certainly no exception, Lewis has already sold out The Olympia Theatre in November and two nights at 3Arena next March.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lewis helped wrap up Ed Sheeran’s two year World Tour, as well as tearing through a summer of festivals that have included memorable sets at both Glastonbury & TRNSMT. The performances come in preparation for his sold out winter headline tour, as well as a 2020 arena tour which sold out before album release, making him one of the first artists to ever achieve such a feat.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 27 at 9am. Tickets from €49.90 including booking fees.

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The sunny weather has finally made an appearance and we can’t help but daydream about summer adventures. Spending the summer in New York sounds perfect, but unfortunately, our bank accounts are stopping that dream from coming true.

Luckily, there are plenty of places to visit around the Emerald Isle that are perfect if you’re in need of some time away from reality.

There's one place you must visit this summer and it’s the charming town of Clonakilty, Co.Cork. The West Cork town is one of the nicest parts of the county with the stunning Inchydoney Beach, snug pubs, plenty of dinky cafes and dozens of historical sites including Michael Collins House.

Once you arrive in the colourful and vibrant town you’ll never want to leave. The locals and their cheery disposition will make you feel like you’ve lived there your entire life.

There are plenty of hidden gems in Clonakilty that will make your trip all the more memorable.

1: Cafe On The Lane

This quirky spot is hidden down Spillers Lane, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. The cafe is covered in bunting and fairy lights, with fresh flowers donning every table. The main seating area is full of mismatched, vintage furniture that adds to the character of the place. Treat yourself to a croissant or a brownie and a cup of coffee and listen to Elvis play on the cafe's record player.

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2: Cycle around Clon​​​

Clonakilty is the first rural community to offer a bike rental scheme. There’s no better way to see the glorious town than cycling around Clonakilty, especially when the sun is shining. The Clonakilty Bike Scheme even shares advice on how to cycle safely on West Cork roads. Cycle out to Long Strand, which is only 20 minutes away from the town. Take in the breathtaking scenes and breathe in that fresh sea air.

3: Pints in Scannells

This gastropub is the heart of the town, known as the small pub with the big garden, you just have to visit Scannells for a quick pint and a bite to eat. You’ll struggle to leave the pub with the infectious atmosphere and assortment of live music, from jazz to trad, Scannells has something for everyone.

4: A bookworm’s paradise

The Children’s Project charity shop may just look like every other charity shop, but once you go upstairs you’ll be greeted by mountains and mountains of books. The second floor of the shop is a bookworm's idea of heaven. They have shelves full of best-sellers, horror tales, young adult novels, well-loved classics, popular chick-lit books more. You’ll go in for a quick browse and end up leaving the shop hours later with bags full of books.

Clonakilty is the perfect place to visit if you need to escape to the country, especially when the sun is shining!

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Gardaí in Cork are appealing for witnesses in relation to an investigation into an alleged serious sexual assault on a woman last Saturday, August 24. 

Gardaí wish to make contact with anyone who was in the Connolly Road or Vicars Road area between 4am and 7am on the morning of August 24, 2019 and noticed anything suspicious.

They are also appealing to possible motorists who may have dash-cam footage to please contact investigating Gardaí at the incident room at Togher Garda Station.

The incident allegedly occurred in the vicinity of Ballyphehane in Cork during the early hours of the Saturday morning.

Anyone with information are asked to contact the Togher Garda Station on 021-494712, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any local Garda station.

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Gardaí in Co Cork are appealing for help in finding a missing teenager. 

Alaa Mohammed Al Naser has been missing from his home in Kanturk and was last seen on Sunday, June 23. 

The 17-year-old is described as being 6ft in height, clean shaven with short dark gelled back hair, and has brown eyes.

Alaa Mohammed Al Naser was last seen on 23 June
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According to gardaí, he was wearing a green rain jacket and had a black backpack with him. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardaí in Kanturk or at any garda station. 

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This June Bank Holiday, preparations are well under way for the 2019 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon, with thousands of supporters and spectators expected on the streets.

While some of us are winding down for the next few days, thousands of others are warming up for this year's race, which takes place on Sunday, June 2. 

Marathon fever has most definitely caught hold of the population, with one of Ireland's largest athletic events welcoming participants from home and abroad.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The incredible race is now in its 13th year, and is internationally recognised with a certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

8,000 participants will run on the course in Cork this Sunday, with runners settling in to the city before race day. 

The Full Marathon, Team Relay and Youth Challenge will be kicking off bright and early with a start time of 8.30am on Patrick’s Street, with the Half Marathon commencing at 10.15am on Albert Road.

The city's history and iconic buildings, streets and monuments will be shown off as runners take part in one of the biggest sporting events on the Cork calendar.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The route remains the same as last years, which returning participants are undoubtedly happy about. There will be some disruption to traffic from 5:30am to 6pm due to the scale of this incredible event.

A number of roads and streets such as Wilton Road and Western Road will be closed to facilitate the race between 10am and 3pm. Those travelling in and around the city are advised to leave extra time for their journey.

The South Ring Road (N40) is the predominant route to divert around Cork, but access to the City Centre is via the South City Link which will be open all day with lane restrictions from 8am to 1.30 pm.

The recommended car parks are at the Black Ash Park & Ride, and a full list of road closures and restrictions are available on the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon website here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This phenomenal event is universally recognised for its inclusivity, and it's more than just a marathon for runners, walkers, wheelchair athletes and fitness enthusiasts. 

As with every year, there are some massively inspiring participants taking to the starting line. Some of those included this year are a double-lung transplant recipient, two teams of visually impaired runners and an Irish Defence Forces soldier running with a 14kg bag to raise much-needed funds for Cerebral palsy.

Hundreds are also joining the Sanctuary Runners to show solidarity for those in direct provision, a worthy cause.

Other runners are hoping to set a new personal best, raise money for charity and record milestone marathons like 60-year-old Mary Murphy, who aims to collect her 200th marathon medal.

Inspiring Cork wheelchair athlete Jerry Forde is also looking to cross the line for his 450th marathon, an incredible achievement.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Supporters and spectators play a vital role in this momentous day, not just those with a penchant for athletics. The people of Cork and those visiting the city are encouraged to take to the streets in support of these fantastic athletes and give them a real Cork welcome.

The crowds make a huge difference, giving participants that extra drive to make it across the finish line. The city will be coming to life this Sunday, so don't miss your chance to get involved for a great cause.

For participation information such as registration locations and times, race day check-list and for all traffic restrictions, head over to the Cork City Marathon website here.

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, AppliancesDelivered.ie, Ireland’s highest rated electrical retailer, carried out a nationwide survey to find out what exactly makes Irish Mammies the best in the world. The survey found that Irish men will spend more than their female counterparts when it comes to spoiling their Mammy with gifts this week. And Cork people came out on top for generosity compared to the rest of the country, with nearly one in three planning to spend between €60 and €80 on a Mother’s Day gift.

Don’t tell Mam:

No matter how hard we try, there’s not much that can get past the ‘all-knowing’ Irish mammy. She’s got eyes and ears all over the place and you’re only fooling yourself if you think you can pull a fast one on her.

So, it comes as no surprise that 40 percent of respondents revealed that their mothers know absolutely everything about them – whether they like it or not.

However, there are a few of us out there who managed to keep the odd secret or two. The most common responses included hidden body piercings, smoking, and teenage antics.

“Mam, please. You’re embarrassing me”:

While they may be the queens of world, it’s not all tea, chats and cuddles, with over 70 percent of respondents admitting their mothers could get on their nerves from time to time. The most common offences include telling her friends about their personal lives (31.76 percent), criticising their appearance (25.88 percent), and cleaning up whenever she comes to visit (10.59 percent).

A nation of Mammy’s boys:

It’s no secret that Irish mammies are guilty of mollycoddling their sons, but it seems the affection works both ways, with 32 percent of men surveyed revealing they call their mothers at least once a day, and a further 10 percent admitting to calling multiple times per day.

Results also revealed that 26 percent of men still call on their mothers to iron their shirts, while 8 percent of men aged between 35-44 admitted they still rely on their mothers to make their doctor’s appointments.

What’s more, Irish men will also spend more on Mother’s Day gifts this year, with 28 percent saying they plan to spend between €40 and €60, compared to just 27 percent of women.

Just for you, Mam:

Speaking of gifts, it’s Cork mothers who are in for the biggest treat this Sunday, with almost one third of respondents in the Rebel County (29 percent) revealing they’ll spend between €60 and €80, compared to the national average of €20 – €40.

But of course, you can’t put a price on quality time – and there’ll be plenty of that had across Irish households this Sunday, with 83 percent of men and women surveyed saying they’ll make special effort to visit their mothers on the day.

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A GoFundMe campaign that is blowing up with over €200k raised for former Cork footballer Kieran O’Connor. 

The campaign has been set up to help him and his family with current living and future medical expenses to beat Ewing’s Sarcoma Cancer.

Kieran was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, which is a rare form of bone cancer. 

In the summer, Kieran went through aggressive chemotherapy for 3-4 months to shrink the tumour enough so that the surgeons could go ahead with his operation. 

The surgeon operated on the tumour and shaved off 110mm of bone and attached ligament as part of the repair.

Over the last few months, the 39-year-old was suffering from persistent pains in his leg and the wound was not healing fully.

In January 2019 he had to have another serious operation and his lower leg was amputated.

Kieran’s local club Aghada GAA Club have also set up a 5KM walk as a fundraiser along the scenic Rostellan Peoples Path. 

While trying to recover from the amputation, he started experiencing bad back pains, and last week his family were all devastated to find out that his cancer had spread.

Kieran is a fighter, he is back on chemo treatment this week battling Ewing’s Sarcoma for the third time in 18 months.

Kieran’s friends have set up this campaign as funds are needed to help Kieran with all aspects on further treatment and care, as well as potential prosthetic costs following his lower leg amputation and to help support his family.

If you can help at all click here and donate what you can. 

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If you find yourself in Cork this May, you should see the hybrid festival of food and design, which will be taking place from May 17-19.

Design POP is set to merge innovative design with local and international food and drink experiences in a collaborative pop up festival with events and exhibits taking place in various iconic locations across the city.

We like the sound of that. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you're a fan of design, you'll love that Design POP will see six of Ireland’s leading designers working closely with six top local food producers to create bespoke installations.

These will be strewn across Cork city centre throughout the festival.

It will be a three-day event that will also engage the public through a program of pop-up events in venues around the city through workshops, showcases, exhibitions, lectures and demonstrations.

So there's something for everyone – see you there, yeah? 

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Legendary multi-Grammy winning singer Ms. Lauryn Hill has announced a massive outdoor concert gig at the Irish Independent Park in Cork on June 26. 

The artist will perform classic tunes from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and some other bangers, for Irish fans in 2019.

The New Jersey songstress revolutionised hip-hop and R&B through her soulful hybrid musical approach which transcended genre and earned her fans all over the world.

Ms. Hill became musical from a highly young age, as well as showing a streak for community service and charity work. She acted, danced and was involved in performance art of all kinds from her formative years.

Excelling academically, she attended Columbia University in New York at the same time as joining the up-and-coming band The Fugees. As the lone female in the group, she guided them to achieve record sales.

The band became the biggest selling R&B act worldwide since Michael Jackson, and Ms. Hill then launched her solo career after releasing the commercially successful and critically acclaimed album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

The album deservedly earned her a record-breaking five Grammy awards, and she blazed the trail for female soul and R&B artists in the coming years. 

The Cork gig slot comes after confirmed appearances at Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on June 21 and the Love Supreme Jazz Festival in East Sussex on July 7.

Tickets are priced from €49.90 including booking fee, and are going on sale at 8:30am this Friday, February 15 on www.ticketmaster.ie.

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Fota Wildlife Park has announced the arrival of four adorable baby cheetah cubs. 

The six-week-old cubs were born back in November to proud parents Nimpy and Claude

The cubs do not have names yet, and the Cork wildlife attraction is asking the public to help name the cubs.

Fota Wildlife Park is delighted to have four new cubs born in such a vulnerable wild species. 

Kelly Lambe, Lead Ranger said 'We are delighted to welcome four new cheetah cubs to Fota Wildlife Park as the Northern Cheetah is considered vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.'

'Cheetahs face many threats to their population including the conversion of their natural habitat, grasslands, to agricultural zones, conflict with humans and competition for food with other large predators such as lions, leopards and hyenas.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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For each cub named, the moniker-bestower will receive a free annual pass to the Park. 

Follow the link here to enter, on your behalf or on behalf on any little ones running around who might like to name the cubs.

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Hozier has announced another Irish date and we are DELIGHTED.

The Wicklow native will be taking to the Irish Independent Park stage in Cork on June 25, 2019.

The artist revealed he will joined by special guest Maggie Rogers.

Hozier has dropped a new single, Movement ahead of a sold out UK/Irish tour. 

You can expect to be jamming to his new album in March.

The tickets for the extra date will go on sale on Thursday, December 6 at 9 am. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We imagine if you want to get your hands on those tickets, you need to act fast as he sells out so quickly.

For anyone who managed to secure a ticket for his 2019 concert, we are so JELLY. 

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The Bernard Shaw is a well-known site for political activism: murals dedicated to Savita Halappanavar, the Repeal Movement and the homelessness crisis have appeared in recent times alone.

This week saw a spark of anger which turned into a flame following a controversial Cork rape trial in which a female barrister named Elizabeth O'Connell used a 17-year-old woman's underwear as evidence against her.

As a result, #thisisnotconsent protests took place all over the country, with women and men marching with 'I Believe Her' banners in the air.

The Bernard Shaw's latest activist art piece is dedicated to the young woman whose 27-year-old alleged attacker was acquitted of rape following Elizabeth O'Connell's finishing statement.

The barrister urged the jury of eight men and four women to consider the woman's underwear, which happened to be a lace thong, claiming that the woman "was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone".

The Richmond Street South mural shows painted images of various shapes and sizes of underwear, with each branded with the words 'Not Asking For It.' The work was created by Emma Blake, a street artist and graphic designer, also known as Estr.

The mural's appearance is in support of the solidarity rallies which took place this week, urging the government to change the way in which rape trials are conducted.

Women's rights group ROSA wrote that the judicial consideration of the girl's underwear  as evidence was a "disgrace".

ROSA also stated: "These lines of character accusation and victim blaming are unfortunately a common tactic used in cases before the courts relating to sexual violence."

"The judiciary has proven itself time and time again to be utterly damaging to survivors of sexual violence to seek justice."

 Let's hope these crucial protests lead to the necessary changes to Irish law regarding sexual violence.

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