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New research suggests that social media is becoming a "common problem" in Irish marriages, according to The Independent.

Over 3,000 clients took part in a survey in Maynooth over two years which discovered that both men and women find social media and technology "behaviour" causes difficulties in marriages and relationships.

Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service maintains that constant access to technology and phones has taken away the "cooling off" period following an argument.

The Accord has commented that it will alter it's service to accommodate the issue following couples' feedback.

Bishop Denis Nulty, president of Accord and Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin, said: "Social media is a huge issue. Pope Francis spoke about this at Croke Park and we need to be digitally conscious."

He elaborated on why the results are vital for the organisation; "We're dictated by gadgets so being clued-in is important."

On the removal of the "cooling-off" period he said: "When you send a text, a tweet or a Whatsapp message, there's no way of pulling it back, and it causes huge heartache for everyone involved."

"As we shape our marriage preparation courses in the future, we'll be taking this into consideration," Bishop Nulty mused.

"We have a low divorce rate in Ireland, and I would like to keep it low. I have no doubt people in Ireland still take marriage very seriously."

16,048 individuals attended the Accord's marriage preparation courses across the nation in 2018, which was down almost 800 from 2017

Accord counsellors separately provided 24,180 counselling sessions to individuals and couples during 2018 throughout the whole island of Ireland, which was less than that of 2017.

The bishop attributes some of the drop in figures to couples attending different private counselling services.

Other "problem areas" included unresolved arguments, inappropriate behaviour during arguments and dissatisfaction with their sexual relationship.

75 per cent of clients who saw data reviewed claim that their relationship improved following counselling.

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Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan are devastated at the death of their beloved dog Lulu.

The former couple announced the heartbreaking development on their respective social media accounts yesterday, revealing that their lovable pet died from cancer.

Dewan shared an older image of Lulu with their five-year-old daughter, Everly, who was clearly very attached to the four-legged family member.

Jenna posted a series of pictures to her Instagram account, captioned;

"To our sweet and fierce Lulu…thank you for being the best dog in the entire world and for fighting cancer for as long as you did. Thank you for your tireless love, protection and humour."

"Thank you for the adventures. Heartbroken doesn’t even come close to how it feels. But you will live on forever in our hearts and our memories…fly sweet angel," she concluded.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Magic Mike actor also posted a memory to his social media account, captioning the black-and-white image;

"I’ll see you again baby girl. But you’ll always be with me. Always. Thank you Norman Jean Roy for this memory."

The picture shows the actor with Lulu running along the beach, what was a poignant and nostalgic moment for the star.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Those in the entertainment industry have been quick to offer their condolences to the actors, who met initially while filming Step Up, and announced their separation in April.

Paris Hilton commented on Tatum's post; "Sorry for your loss."

Hillary Swank wrote; "Ugghhhh losing a four legged family member is the hardest thing I have ever been through. Bless you both."

RIP Lulu, grieving the loss of a family pet really is heart-breaking.

Feature image: People

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These handy tips will make your time in the kitchen a breeze!

1. To freshen up wilted veg add it to some ice cold water. It will revive it in no time!

2. Mix up your spices. Instead of adding vanilla and cinnamon to everything, why not experiment with other sweet spices such as ginger or nutmeg?

3. If your butter is colder than it needs to be and you don’t have time to wait, grate it!

4. Always add some carmelization to your red meat when browning. It adds a depth of flavour when the dish is finished.

5. To avoid a soggy bottom on your tarts, pies and quiches ALWAYS blind bake first. This will help your pastry stay firm and crisp no matter the filling.

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Coca Cola is not just for drinking  – it’s a pretty handy domestic “tool” to have lying around.  Although you might be put off drinking it for a while after reading this…

An excellent rust buster
If you have a couple of rusty objects floating around, soak them in a coke overnight and then simply get a-scrubbing in the morning. The rust will disappear in front of your eyes.

Clean your clothes
Yes, Coke can free your clothes of grease and blood stains. Pour a can of Coke into your washing machine and put on a normal cycle. It’s also pretty handy for freshening up really smelly clothes.

Clean your car windows
Coke is really handy for removing dirt build up on car windows. Pour over the windscreen and rub off with a damp cloth.

De-blacken your pots
If you’,re prone to burning your dinner, this one will come in really handy. All you need to do is pour in enough Coke to cover the black layer and place it on a low heat for an hour. Simply wipe away – amazing!

 

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