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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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Nationwide rallies will take place tomorrow to protest victim blaming in the Irish courts following a controversial trial verdict in Cork.

Irish women have been sharing viral images of their underwear in response to the rape trial, in which a Cork barrister used a 17-year-old girl's underwear to argue that she had given the man accused of rape consent.

The 27-year-old man was found not guilty of raping the young woman in a Cork laneway; a result which has caused outrage all over the country.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The barrister representing the man, Elizabeth O’Connell SC, asked jurors to take into account the underwear which the teenager had been wearing at th time of the alleged rape.

She claimed the woman's "thong with a lace front" suggested that the woman "… was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone."

The Socialist Feminist organisation ROSA have responded by organised multiple rallies all over Ireland following the result.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Through their Facebook account, the group called the reference to the underwear a "disgrace" and are campaigning for an end to "victim blaming in the courts."

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

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

The hashtag #thisisnotconsent has appeared all over every social media site, alongside photos of women's underwear in all forms.

There is a huge amount of anger online regarding the trial, which is especially poignant following an emotional year for women. The Belfast rape trial in March also caused a backlash nationwide when all four rugby players involved in the incident were acquitted of rape.

The '#IBelieveHer' hashtag is also spreading throughout Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in solidarity with the Corkwoman.

Protests in Dublin and Cork will begin at 1pm tomorrow, the rally on O'Connell street will meet at the Spire. On Wednesday November 14, a Limerick rally will begin at the earlier time of 12.30pm, and the Waterford protest will take place at 3:30pm on Friday November 16.

Check out the Ruth Coppinger TD and ROSA – Socialist Feminist Movement Facebook event page for more information.

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Halloween night is usually one of the busiest nights of the year for pretty much every fire brigade nationwide, and this year was no different.

Dublin Fire Brigade received a shocking 900 calls last night, with fireworks and illegal bonfires causing the vast majority of incidents.

Greg O'Dwyer, Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer with Dublin's brigade said the service's full crew was on duty last night, with the entire fleet in operation.

According to O'Dwyer, regional control centre mostly dealt with Halloween-related occurances, and injuries sustained were prominently of the hands and eyes.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, he commented on the massive amount of ambulance calls:

"We received 904 '999' calls into our control centre, 368 of these were Dublin fire calls (230 Halloween related) and 365 were Dublin ambulance calls," the service said this morning.

While speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr O'Dwyer said that this was at least six times busier than the normal Wednesday night, but relatively on the same wavelength as past Halloweens.

He also said that anti-social behaviour was actually decreasing and the number of injuries are being reduced as a result of organised events by local authorities in the run-up to this year's Halloween.

This past month, Gardaí have been clamping down on the gathering of incendiary items such as fireworks or bonfire materials, which appears to have had positive effects.

"I can’t stress how positive it is to have the organised events. It keeps people in a safe environment," said Mr O'Dwyer.

The assistant fire chief described the situations where cars were actually being driven onto dwindling bonfires in the early hours of the morning, as they die down. 

He claimed that people will do "anything to keep them going", and that the major danger with illegal bonfires is the combustible materials which people throw onto them, for example aerosol cans and gas cylinders.

"There is no safe distance" for those types of fuels.

Cork reported an unusually small number of bonfire-related calls, with Cork City Fire Service claiming that last night was no busier than average.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) described their Halloween as a "relatively quiet" evening.

Firefighters in N. Ireland responded to 6% fewer calls on Halloween night compared with last year.

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Anna Geary confirmed her engagement to Kevin Sexton earlier this week with the most romantic Instagram snap.

The GAA star shared a photo of her engagement ring placed in a red rose. She captioned the snap of the beautiful bouquet, “The easiest yes…”Yes a thousand times” xxx”

The sportswoman may be on cloud nine, but her initial reaction to the engagement wasn’t your typical response. There was no jumping up and down and tears when Kevin got down on one knee.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She admitted she thought Kevin had somehow managed to injure himself during their stroll. She told Ryan Tubridy: “We went for a walk, it was very simple. I was in my runners and my leggings and my trenchcoat.”

“And then all of a sudden, I was like 'Oh my god he's had three knee operations, his knee's after going! What's after happening?' and I found that he's down on one knee,” the Dancing With The Stars contestant revealed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Cork native said the moment was so surreal she can barely remember it: “And sure I don't remember anything else, it was a blur because he was saying what he was saying and I was going 'Oh my god oh my god oh my god'."

The All-Ireland champion was so stunned by the gesture she even asked Kevin, “'What are you doing?!'”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"So that was fierce romantic out of me. But it was fab,” the 30-year-old said.

Could Anna’s reaction be any more Irish? Huge congratulations to the happy couple.

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