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The death of two men has occurred following a house fire in Co Kildare in the early hours of this morning.

According to emerging reports, the alarm was raised at approximately 02.40 in Tully East, Kildare Town.

It has been established that the bodies of two men – one believed to be in his 30s and one believed to be in his 70s – were discovered at the scene following the arrival of emergency services.

Three units of the fire service attended the scene which is currently under technical examination.

A Garda investigation has been launched.

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Black Friday turned tragic this year as two people passed away while trying to nab bargains in the US.

According to Inquisitr, the first reported accident happened in Nevada when a fight broke out over a parking space in Wal-Mart. The altercation resulted in one man being shot, but police believe it was in self-defence, as the 33-year-old was hitting the shooter's car with a bat.

The second victim, a 21-year-old man, was shot and killed outside of Macy's in Atlantic City. The victim's brother was also shot in the incident, but he is expected to survive as he was shot in the lower leg.

The next incident came when a man, Telles Juarez, 21, was allegedly seen grabbing a woman by the hair and punching her inside his car. The man who witnessed the abuse rushed to the woman's aid when Telles opened fire, shooting him in the neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus paid tribute to the man who was killed: "You have to give credit to the man for being willing to intervene.

"Unfortunately, this man was too eager to shoot."

These fatalities come as crazy Black Friday scenes broke the Internet last night:

Our thoughts are with the families of yesterday's victims. 

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Gardaí are investigating the deaths of two people whose bodies were discovered at a property in County Mayo this afternoon.

The body of a woman in her mid 60s and a man in his late 70s were found near Irishtown, Claremorris, at around 3pm today after a family acquaintance raised the alarm.

The deceased are believed to have been married and were well known in the local area.

A man in his 30s was found with serious injuries nearby.

He was taken to University Hospital Galway and his condition is currently unknown.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

The scene has been preserved for a technical examination.

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According to numerous emerging reports, two people have been found dead at the T in the Park festival at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire, Scotland.

It is understood Police Scotland officers are currently investigating the separate deaths of a man and woman who had attended the popular music festival.

Commenting on developments, a spokesperson for the force said: "Police Scotland can confirm we are investigating reports of the death of a female and the separate death of a male at T in the Park."

"The deaths are unexplained at this time and work is ongoing to establish the exact circumstances surrounding both."

"We are unable to comment further at this stage," they added.

More as follows.

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An investigation is underway into the deaths of a man and a young boy after the discovery of two bodies in a Dublin stream.

A passer-by notified police at around 3pm today after seeing evidence of the bodies in the stream, which is part of the Royal Canal at Ashington in Dublin 7.

The area has been sealed-off and the state pathologist has been alerted.

Train service on Irish Rail's Maynooth line stopped following the discovery but has since resumed.

According to the Irish Independent, it's believed the bodies may have been there "since last night."

More to follow.

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We are not now nor have we ever been a large country – but we are certainly getting bigger. 

In fact, when it comes to population growth, Ireland is booming. Last year, there were 4,605,500 of us knocking around; this year, that's swelled to 4,625,900.

According to Eurostat, we continue to have the highest birthrate in Europe, and the second lowest rate of deaths (behind only Cyprus): 66,500 babies were born here with only 29,300 deaths occurring. 

Gordon D'Arcy and Aoife Cogan welcomed a daughter in May

 

In contrast, 700,000 babies were born in Germany, but 875,000 Germans died.

However, with 16 percent of the total EU population (81.2million people), Germany continues to be the most populated EU country, ahead of France (66.4million residents) and the United Kingdom (64.8million residents).

On 1 January 2015, the population of the European Union was 508.2million, compared with 506.9 million the year before.

In March, Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said the island of Ireland can expect to hit a population of 10million before 2050.

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Erin Brockovich, the American lawyer and environmental activist whose life and career was the subject of a major Hollywood film, has reached out to the families caught up in the Berkeley tragedy.

In a Facebook entry posted last night, she said: “As a Californian, I am devastated that these young visitors to our shores were caught up in this horrific situation.

“My heart goes out to their families, friends, and loved ones, and along with all of the people of California, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the people of Ireland.

“The waking nightmare that these families have been living for the past week is hard to imagine, and no words from me or anybody else can ease their pain.”

The 55-year-old is also calling for “immediate action on the costs for Berkeley families”.

She added: “Some of those injured would require extensive care before being able to return home.” Ms Brockovich furthermore explained that it was essential that families did not face the “additional nightmare of mounting medical bills”.

The lawyer has now made herself available to meet with and assist the families, and says she wants to help them find “a non-litigious solution in the coming weeks”.

She continued: “As a lifelong activist, I feel it is my duty to come forward and offer these families my assistance. For those who did not survive the accident, there is a need for us to uncover the truth about what happened.

“For those who did survive, there is a pressing need to ensure that the company responsible for this tragedy is held to account.”

Ms Brockovich added: “I will be calling upon those involved to do the right thing in an effort to avoid the need for prolonged and expensive litigation.”

Her calls are being supported by Dublin law firm Phelim O’Neill, with which she is working.

The Facebook post concludes by saying that she offers her “deepest sympathies” to the victims of the tragedy, “and to the people of Ireland”.

On this side of the Atlantic, Erin Brockovich is still best known for the 2000 movie of the same name. Starring Julia Roberts in the title role, the actress went on to win an Oscar for her portrayal.

Despite coming from a disadvantaged background and with no formal legal training, Ms Brockovich was instrumental in building a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company 20 years ago. 

She currently works for Girardi & Keese in the New York, and Shine Lawyers in Brisbane, Australia. 

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On Tuesday at around lunchtime local time in California (it was past 9pm in Ireland) police authorities named the six young people who were killed in Berkeley: Ashley Donohoe, 22; Olivia Burke, 21; Eoghan Culligan, 21; Nick Schuster, 21; Lorcan Miller, 21, and Eimear Walsh, 21.

They died – four of them by the time emergency services arrived – when the fourth-floor balcony they were standing on collapsed and came crashing down onto the street below.

It is believed that at least seven more J1 students currently remain in hospital suffering from injuries, some of which have been described as “serious or life-threatening”.

The six dead, who would have only arrived in the US in recent weeks, were an exceptionally talented and ambitious group of young people.

Their Irish families are all already en route to California, with most arriving in the late hours of Tuesday and early hours of Wednesday.

 

Olivia Burke, 21

A former pupil of Loretto Foxrock in Dublin 18, Olivia went on to attend IADT Dun Laoghaire. There, she was studying for a degree in business, entrepreneurship and management, and had just finished her third year exams. As part of her course, she had also recently completed a five-month work-experience stint with East Coast FM. Extremely popular and well-liked by her wide circle of friends, she lived with her family in south county Dublin. A fan of TV shows such as Glee and The X Factor, Olivia furthermore enjoyed keeping fit.

 

Eoghan Culligan, 21

Eoghan was studying at DIT. A native of Rathfarnham, he attended St Mary's College in Rathmines and sat his Leaving Cert in 2012. Throughout his school years, Eoghan was a keen rugby player, but GAA was his first love. He was a member of his local club, the well-known St Enda's in Ballyboden, since childhood. He had two brothers, Stephen and Andrew. Eoghan also loved travel, and had been abroad several times since beginning his third-level education. Indeed, just a few months ago, he was in south-east Asia on a trip.

 

Nick Schuster, 21

A classmate of Eoghan's at St Mary's, Nick was sports-mad, and had frequented the popular Pappy's Grill & Sports Bar on Telegraph Ave in the days before his death. Counting rugby, GAA and horse-racing among his interests – he loved Bayern Munich in particular: following the completion of his Leaving Certificate, he even visited the football club to meet his heroes. Studying at UCD prior to his death, he hailed from Terenure in Dublin 6 and his family run the popular Saba Thai restaurant in the capital's city centre.

 

Eimear Walsh, 21

Eimear was immensely bright and popular and had, like Olivia, attended Loretto Foxrock. Due to graduate in 2018, she was studying medicine at University College Dublin. She had one older brother, and lived at home with her parents in Dublin. Her mother, Patricia, originally hails from Westport in Co. Mayo. Earlier this year, Foxrock-native Eimear went on a UCD-organised ski-trip to the French Alpian region of Les Deux Alps.

 

Lorcan Miller, 21

Lorcan was also studying medicine at UCD, and was a former pupil at St Andrew's College in Booterstown. He was a member of the school's Junior Cup-winning hockey team in 2012 and was involved in the Bray Hockey Club. Following his Leaving Cert, he went inter-railing around Europe with his school-friends. Lorcan, who lived in Shankhill, also participated in several charity events during his time in university, raising funds for the likes of cancer research. 

 

Ashley Donohoe, 22

Ashley was the only member of the group who didn't grow up in Ireland. A native of Rohnert Park in California, she nevertheless held dual Irish and American citizenship. Olivia Burke, who also died in the accident, was her first cousin. Something of an adventurer, Ashley had been sky-diving and bungee-jumping. She was attending the Sonoma State University, where she was studying biology, and hoped to peruse a career in the health industry upon graduation. 

 

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