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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.


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.



Sorry Cork, but according to a new study, your citizens are some of the least sexually satisfied in the world.

Lazeeva surveyed more than 450,000 adults (aged 18 to 70) from cities around the world to find out how sexually active, experimental and satisfied they are – and the results are very interesting to say the least. 

Researchers also combined their findings with statistics from each country's health department to discover how well these cities faired when it comes to contraception, gender equality and LGBT friendliness.

All these factors combined to reveal a number of sexual truths about cities around the world.

Unsurprisingly, Paris, A.K.A. the romance capital of the world, came out on top when it came to sex positivity. It was closely followed by Rio de Janeiro, London and Los Angeles.

However, it was the appearance of a certain Irish city on the list of 'least sexually satisfied' that really caught our attention.

Cork, Ireland's southern capital, came in at number five.

Top 10 least sexually satisfied cities:

  1. Chengdu

  2. Guangzhou

  3. Shanghai

  4. Tokyo

  5. Cork

  6. Hong Kong

  7. Perth

  8. Helsinki

  9. Oslo

  10. Beijing

What's more, Cork also took home the silver medal for 'least sexually experimental' – which isn't that shocking, all things considered. 

On the other end of the scale, the Belgian city of Antwerp came out on top when it came to sexual satisfaction… so if any Corkonians are looking to spice up their sex life, you know where to go. 

If you’d like to read the full stats (and find out where Dublin ranks in all of this), you can head over to Lazeeva to read more.


 Doughnuts and burgers are both a delight to behold separately, so why not combine the two?

We're sure this must have been the logical thinking at Holy Smoke down in Cork, as the south-west eatery has created the ultimate frankenfood. 


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The doughnut burger includes two juicy beef patties, double layers of cheese, and two layers of bacon, all sandwiched between two doughnut buns. 

The new taste sensation is one of the most highly recommended foodie experiences in the rebel county, so next time we're down there we'll definitely have to give it a try.

The revolutionary combination is exactly the kind of thing that a hangover brunch needs. 


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 The BBQ restaurant is getting a lot of attention for the doughnut burger, so we're certain the queues will be out the door for this cheat-day creation.

After all, the weekends are for indulging. 



This is not a drill! This weekend has been an absolute scorcher, and we're already gasping for a bit of ice cream to cool off. 

If you're based in Cork, you're in luck, as the brand new Gino's store on Oliver Plunkett Street is dolling our free scoops this Saturday. 

All you have to do is be at the store between 11am and 1pm – no strings attached. 

The new store from Gino’s Gelato is the second Cork store to open in as many months.

After the success of the Paul Street store, owners Anthony Murphy and Jonathan Kirwan were eager to expand their offering in the People’s Republic.

The new shop will create jobs for 16 staff including 3 master gelato makers who will make the gelato fresh in store each day – that's something we'd like to add to our Linked-In profiles. 


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'Cork has been on our radar for some time now but we were waiting for the right locations before expanding.'

'The Cork people are some of the friendliest in the country and seem to be big gelato fans. We are already in the planning stages for opening a 3rd store in the city centre,' co-founder Anthony Murphy said.

Cheers to more free gelato in the future. 

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We want you to enjoy Ed Sheeran’s record breaking Irish Tour 2018 so here are few helpful tips ahead of the Cork dates.

 Aiken Promotions have created an Ed Sheeran Irish Tour App which is available now on android and Apple.  It can be downloaded in the Google Play Store or Apple Store.

So here are some of the tips from the lovely folks at Aiken:

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The venue will open at 5pm on the show days.

 Please remember to keep your tickets safe and check your tickets in advance to ensure you are attending the correct venue on the correct date.

 Early queueing will not be permitted in the streets around the venue. This is a residential area and we ask ticket holders to please respect the privacy of the residents and respect the local community.

 PLEASE do not bring a bag unless it is totally necessary. People without bags will be Fast-tracked. If you must bring a bag it needs to be less than A4 size. Bags larger than A4 size will not be allowed into the stadium.

 The opening acts for Ed Sheeran at each show will be very special guests Anne-Marie, Jamie Lawson & Beoga. Please check the App and Social Media for Stage times closer to show-days.  All Times subject to change

 Patrons are strongly discouraged from purchasing tickets from any sites other than www.ticketmaster.ie which is the authorised seller of tickets for this event. Purchasing on www.ticketmaster.ie or from a Ticketmaster outlet directly guarantees genuine tickets. Anyone presenting a bogus ticket will be refused entry to the show.

 Under 18’s MUST be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian attending the event who will remain with them and take full responsibility for them throughout the duration of the event. 

There will be FREE-TAG-A-KID safety wristbands which will be available at all the customer care points both outside and inside the venues. The purpose of these wristbands is to help reuniting lost children with parent/guardian should your child become separated from you within the venues.

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This is an outdoor event and will take place rain, hail or shine. Please remember to plan for adverse weather conditions and check the weather forecast before leaving home.

Umbrellas are not permitted in the venue. Any large lens professional cameras or any form of video recorder WILL NOT be admitted. Only small 35mm cameras will be permitted.

 Flag poles, selfie sticks, sticks for banners are not allowed. Only small banners of other (A4 or A3 size) will be permitted into the events as anything larger can obstruct the views of other customers.

 Prohibited articles and items are as follows: any article that may be used as a weapon, Bottles, glass vessels, cans, flasks, Frisbees, and related items, dangerous or hazardous items, illegal substances, scooters, skateboards, or other skates. Laser devices, prams/push chairs, inflatable and folding chairs, suitcases, laptops, illegal merchandise items, hampers, and cold boxes, air horns and animals (except service dogs and guide dogs). 

For tickets purchased online: To gain access to the concert you are required to bring your tickets along with the purchasing credit card or a photo/photocopy of the credit card and a valid form of ID to reflect family name. 

For tickets purchased in outlets: Whether you have paid by cash or credit card your name will be printed on your tickets and you will be required to bring valid ID matching the name printed on the ticket, or a photocopy, to gain access to the show.

The venue is well served by public transport. Bus and Rail transport options can all bring you within walking distance of the venue. Plan your journey online from anywhere in Ireland to the venue via www.transportforireland.ie 

There will be signage to direct patrons to the appropriate entrance to your seating or standing area. Follow the coloured route / directions as indicated on your ticket.

An Garda Siochana will have a traffic management plan in operation for city. For full details please visit www.garda.ie

Further transport information available HERE



The Irish Designer Sample Sale Event (IDSS) returns to Cork city from 5pm on Friday April 20 for its second annual showing of the very best in contemporary Irish fashion and accessory design. 

The two-day extravaganza kicks off with a Sample Sale Shindig, where style-savvy shoppers will get the chance to purchase some gorgeous Irish fashion at a fraction of the retail cost. 

The pieces on offer include samples used for photoshoots, prototypes for production and items previously displayed in store, as well as end of line stock. 

Free and open to the general public, bargain-hunters will not only get to meet some of Ireland's best-loved designers, but they'll also be treated to complimentary drinks from Cork's Stonewell and tunes spinning into the evening. 

Speaking about the event, founding member of the collective, Emma Manley, said: "I'm so excited to be coming back to St. Peter's, Cork with our Irish Designer Sample Sale for the second time, For us designers, we love meeting our customers while they shop and we talk all things fashion and Irish design!"

The event will also feature Theo & George by Philadelphia designer, Katie O'Riordan, as well as work from 2015's 'Irish Designer of the Year', Jill De Burca. 

For more details, and to register your interest, click here



It only takes a quick scroll through Daft.ie, or a passing glance in an estate agents window to realise that Dublin's property market is, for lack of a better term, in absolute bits.

Renters are forced to opt for sub-standard accommodation as they search for properties close to work or college, while first-time buyers are being priced out of the market left, right and centre.

Average house prices in Dublin have now surpassed the 400k mark, which, by our calculations, means we'll be the proud owner of a cosy three bed semi some time mid-2036.

It's enough to make you want to pack it all in and start a new life as dairy farmer on the east coast of Kerry – which, when you consider how much affordable housing becomes once you venture outside The Pale, actually doesn't sound like a bad idea. 

In an attempt to highlight just what you can get for your money, we've done some digging and discovered the dreamiest Cork mansion. 

Set in a tranquil location just a short distance from Fermoy, Ballyclough House is nothing short of a fairytale.

Sitting on just under 2 acres of lush gardens, this dream home boasts a wonderful staircase hall, two large reception rooms, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Oh, and the best part? This gorgeous Elizabethan style mansion is on the market for just €450,000.

Still a big chunk of cash, sure. But when you consider an apartment in Dublin 4 could set you back in excess of €1.5 million, it's serious value for money.


Up until now, we have all read about amazing gin festivals popping up all over the world. 

However, there never seemed to be any hitting the Emerald Isle.

We have VERY good news though, because there is a speciality gin festival coming to the fine city of Cork. 

The Spirit of The City is taking place in the Cork Cricket Club, Mardyke Walk on March 30th until April 1st, when an authentic traditional style travelling big top will play host to gin lovers alike.

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Visitors can apparently expect communal table reservations, table service and a truly mouthwatering selection of local and international craft gins such as Kinsale, Blackwater, Monkey 47 and Hendrick’s.

Has anyone tried Monkey 47? Sweet Jesus, you won't regret it! 

And as if all the glorious gin wasn't enough – there will also be plenty of prizes on offer each day with Gin gift sets and restaurant vouchers up for grabs. 

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Cork Cricket Club Members will be on hand in full match gear to talk you through the finer points of the game, maybe even do a demonstration.

Honestly, you can keep the cricket – we'll take the gin though. 

Also, it won't just be gin, with a selection of ciders, a selection of wines, Champagnes, gluten-free beers and minerals also in plentiful supply.

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Local and national bands, street performers, fire breathers and DJs will keep the beer garden rocking while everyone kicks back and soaks up the spring sunshine – honestly, it sounds like the best weekend ever. 

Early bird tickets are on sale now, and cost LESS than a tenner

See you all in Cork, yeah? 



This one goes out to the beautiful people of Cork – we see you!

There's nothing like a little morning freebie to start your day off on the right foot – especially if Valentine's Day has left you a little strapped for cash.

In celebration of the most romantic day of the year, Savills Cork is teaming up with the Three Fools Coffee on Grand Parade to offer customers FREE tea and coffee from 8am to 12.00pm tomorrow morning.


Cork, Boi!  #threefoolscoffee

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“We are thrilled to partner with the Three Fools Café to give out free teas and coffees in our special reusable cups on Valentine’s Day. Our aim with this initiative is to spread the love, and give a different outlook to a day that for some, can be a strain on the finances.”

The property advisors will be providing free coffees and teas in environmentally friendly reusable cups, so make sure to hit up the much-loved café if you're around the city. 

Now, that's our kind of Valentine's Day!

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Gardaí at Midleton Co Cork are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 20s lost her life in a fatal collision this morning. 

The single vehicle collision happened at approximately 8.25am this morning.

Gardaí along with local fire and emergency services were called to the scene on the N25 at Water Rock east bound.

It is understood the car left the road before it struck a barrier. 

Garda forensic collision investigators are examining the crash site and local diversions are in place.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Midleton Garda Station 021-4621550, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.