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With many (misogynists) arguing that the demand for women's football simply isn't there, audience statistics completely disproves this theory.

Last night's Women's World Cup semi-final saw tournament defenders and favourites USA take on England in an incredibly exciting game filled with VAR drama, missed penalties and controversial dives.

It also saw some stunning goals scored by Christen Press, Ellen White and global soccer star Alex Morgan, but USA were victorious in their 2:1 win after England missed their penalty opportunity.

RTÉ2 has released the viewers' statistics of last night, which revealed that a whopping 315,000 tuned in to the broadcaster to watch USA seal their victory in last night's FIFA WWC Semi-Final.

20 percent of those watching TV in Ireland at 9:45pm were watching the game, with an audience peak of 316,700 at that specific time.

Declan McBennett, Group Head of Sport RTÉ commented on the excellent support of Irish people for women's soccer.

“The continuous growth in viewing figures as the tournament has progressed shows the value in bringing a global tournament to an Irish audience free to air."

"RTÉ, TG4 and indeed BBC are to be commended for backing the Women’s World Cup to the level they did," McBennett continued, commenting on the support across the UK.

"The tournament has created not only new heroes for many young girls and boys but also new role models given the level of expertise and insight witnessed across the television panels."

A peak viewing audience of 11.7 million watched England's semi-final loss to USA on BBC One, breaking a new record for women's football in the UK and the most-watched TV programme of 2019.

The second semi-final will air tonight, featuring Sweden taking on the Netherlands on TG4. Sunday's grand final will be live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 3:30pm in Lyon.

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Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are hitting international screens in their roles as Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.

The 24-year-old Irish actress has just opened up about the hugely emotional experience of finally coming face-to-face with co-star Margot Robbie in costume.

Ronan was candid while visiting The Graham Norton Show, explaining that the duo were kept apart for weeks while they settled into their roles in the flick, Mary, Queen of Scots.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actress explained: "Mary and Elizabeth never actually met so we took a bit of artistic license and lied about what really happened."

"We only met once in the film and because of that Margot and I stayed apart so we didn't know what each other looked like. When we finally met for the scene we cried. It was very emotional," she continued.

The Lady Bird actress also spoke about her time working with animals on the set of the period piece, which proved challenging.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"The horse I had to ride had starred with Wonder Woman and was very good looking and he knew it," she said. "He just wouldn't do anything, he wouldn't move."

"Then I realised that every time someone shouted 'rolling' he would do a little cough. He was actually nervous!" she added.

Ronan plays the titular Mary, who was Queen of France at just 16 and widowed at 18, and defied pressure to remarry and returns to her native Scotland to try and take the throne.

But Scotland and England fall under the rule of her cousin Elizabeth I, who was played by Margot Robbie.   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking of the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth on ITV's This Morning, Ronan said;

"Elizabeth, is this shell of her former self – she’s completely not human, Mary is bloody and dirty, it’s two women meeting who have been pushed to the very limit."

"We asked for it (the separation), it was a cool experiment to stay apart, we didn't know what the other person looked like… we were revealed to each other the shock of seeing the visual of what they looked like," she continued.

"How we felt as actors after three weeks of being kept apart was how Mary and Elizabeth would have felt, it gave us so much adrenaline and emotion."

Photo image credit: evoke.ie

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The helpline which was set up by the HSE to offer information on unplanned pregnancies to women was reportedly "busy but not overwhelmed" on it's first day yesterday.

The HSE set up the MyOptions helpline in order to act as the main referral path for women seeking abortion services.

On the first day of operation services available nationwide, 20 women sought an abortion according to GPs who have agreed to carry out the services.

The exact level of demand will not be known yet for another number of weeks.

The Irish Times reports that it will be next week at least until the first terminations can be carried out, as a result of the three-day 'cooling-off' period.

The first cases which were referred to doctors ranged from upwards of four weeks' gestation.

In terms of cases which are close to the 12-week limit, they will be facilitated with same-day appointments at the nearest maternity unit.

The flow of Irish women who are travelling to the UK for abortion services is expected to continue, though at a reduced level, as abortions over 12 weeks are not permitted under Irish law except under highly limited circumstances.

The Minister for Health will be notified of the amount of terminations performed within 28 days. 

A number of minor teething issues have arisen involving blood testing procedures and ultrasound provision.

Simon Harris has said;

“The level of preparedness varies, but the initial experience with the HSE’s helpline has been very positive."

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Following their defeat to Wales last week, tonight's game versus Australia was a must-win contest for the English rugby team.

Sadly for the host nation's fans, however, they failed to deliver, being resoundingly defeated by 33 points to 13.

A last-minute converted try proved to be the cherry on the top for the Aussie boys, who played some of the best rugby of the tournament so far.

England also finished on 14 men after golden boy Owen Farrell was given a yellow card for a mistimed tackle with less than 15 minutes to go.

England came within seven points of their rivals early in the second half – but ultimately Australia always looked dominant. 

And big things had been expected of them in the run-up to the competition.

Indeed, several commentators had suggested that, with all the advantages of playing on home-soil, the team was on course to scoop the title, as they did back in 2003. 

Prior to the match, England coach Stuart Lancaster had admitted that his squad faced the "biggest game of their careers".

Statistics seemed to be on their side too: they had won four of their past five meetings with the Wallabies.

In the aftermath, England fans could be heard booing as Mr Lancaster walked out onto the pitch at Twickenham. And on the 75th minute, streams of supporters could also been seen leaving the stadium in disgust. 

England, now placed third in Pool A behind current leaders Australia and runners-up Wales, will next week travel north to Manchester, where they play Uruguay. 

They do so as the first ever host nation to go out of a Rugby World Cup in the pool stages.

Tomorrow in Pool D, Ireland take on Italy at London’s Olympic Stadium.

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Ireland has kicked-off a great Rugby World Cup campaign so far – with tries galore leaving the team sitting on top of Pool D.

And Wales's stunning 28-25 win over host-nation England has had a major impact on the just-released world rugby rankings.

Yes, while the All Blacks remains the best team playing, Wales has climbed up two places on the same list – hitting the No.2 spot for the first time in the 12-year history of the weekly-released table. 

Despite being something of a pre-tournament favourite, England, on the other hand, falls down to No.6. On this side of the water, there was good news for Ireland, however – the Boys In Green are up a spot to No.4 in the world.

France, our most threatening rival in Pool D, is currently ranked No.7.

Scotland is the biggest climber – making it into the Top Ten to reach No.9 from a previous ranking of 12. 

Joe Schmidt's squad next face 14th-placed Italy in six days' time at the Olympic Stadium in London. 

Earlier today it was announced that more than a million people had tuned into TV3 to watch the Ireland Vs Romania game yesterday. 

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Aw, this is cute!

It was David Beckham's son Romeo's 13th birthday last week and the teenager was given a pretty exciting gift by his dad. 

Romeo led England out at Wembley – the home of English football – guided by the captain of the team, Wayne Rooney, who was there to give the kiddo a few words of wisdom ahead of the match. 

The 13-year-old played the part of England's lead mascot for their match against Switzerland, and the boy looked pretty happy to be there. 

Of course, David pulled a few strings with the FA to make it all happen! 

And while he might not be playing in the match (yet) he at least followed in his father's footsteps by donning the English jersey, walking out on Wembley turf and singing their national anthem. 

And as you can see on David's face, he was pretty cheerful to see his son on the field. 

 

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Each week we speak to an inspiring go-getter as part of our Rising Stars series.

Here, 24-year-old Hazel Wallace – better known to her many fans as the Food Medic, explains to us how she mingles her medical degree studies with managing her incredible online profile.

She also intimately discusses 6am starts, the sudden death of her father, and her BIG plans for the future…

Hazel Wallace is busy. Very busy in fact. She’s taking medical exams for one, and she runs her own business. Oh, and she still finds time to go to the gym.

If you follow her on Instagram (and if you don’t you should), you will probably have noticed that she looks her happiest when she’s working out.

And yes, she now has a body to die for.

By Hazel’s own admission, however, this wasn’t always the case.

Five years ago, when she moved from her native Co. Louth to the UK to pursue an initial degree in medical sciences, and a subsequent degree in medicine, she found herself switching between comfort food and what she thought was a healthy diet of fruit, cereals and yoghurt.

Although Hazel was slim, she says she felt lethargic, lacked in body confidence and had dry skin and hair.

“I developed bad eating habits and an unhealthy relationship with food,” Hazel explains to SHEmazing! “During a six week revision period leading up to exams, I decided to join the gym as an incentive to keep me motivated and energised during the study period.

“Alongside my new training programme, I began to feed my body the nourishment it so desperately needed and soon became a more energised, healthy and happy girl. I started to cook meals from scratch, try new foods and experiment with different ingredients.” 

Two years ago, Hazel decided to merge her love of health sciences with her interest in nutrition and fitness, and in doing so, created the Food Medic blog. Her aim was simple: to show people that a healthy lifestyle is possible for everyone regardless of how busy they are.

She also began posting to Instagram pictures from her sessions in the gym, and at last count, her followers totaled some 48,000.

Hazel finds her insta-fame “all a bit surreal” but says she is “humbled by the support and constant positivity” she receives from her followers.

Last year, she even released her first eBook, Clean Eats And Protein Treats.   

The 24-year-old explains that her interest in medicine was first triggered at 14 when her father suffered a stroke and sadly passed away. Medicine, she says, pushes her mentally, while training pushes her physically.

Understandably, her day is planned with military precision – because it has to be.

“I get up at 6am every day to reply to emails and get organised for the day ahead by packing my lunch, a gym bag and my bag for placement or the library,” she explains.

“I spend 9am-4pm in the library revising. I hit the gym afterwards for 60 minutes and come home for dinner. I do an hour of emails and social media or any Food Medic admin that needs attending to.

I revise for another few hours, prep my lunch for the next day and try to get to bed by 11pm. On the weekends I generally do all my meetings and events. I’m just back from the NIKE NTC tour in Stockholm!” 

And Hazel has big plans too for the Food Medic brand and hopes to one day open a health food café.

“Some say I might bite off more than I can chew, but so far I’m enjoying juggling medicine and a business!” she laughs.

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It's already one of the most hotly-anticipated sporting events of the year, and the rugby world cup is now just two months away.

Taking place in England from September 18 to October 31, Ireland will be expected to perform well – emerging top of Pool D, a group which also boasts fellow Six Nations teams France and Italy.

And at least now we know what the boys in green will be wearing: Canterbury, which is making the jersey for the first time since 2007, officially unveiled its design this morning in Galway.

The jersey is simple and classic – and has a striking similarity to the England jersey (probably because they're both made by Canterbury).

There is also a white trim around the neck and no collar.

The Irish rugby team is currently ranked third in the world behind New Zealand and South Africa.

Our best result in a world cup is still the quarter finals stage; we've made it that far five times, most recently in 2011 when the tournament was held in New Zealand.

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Obviously not a couple for a long engagement – Eddie Redmayne is tying the knot with his fiancée in a romantic ceremony in England TODAY!

The actor will wed Hannah Bagshawe in a winter wonderland themed ceremony at Babington House in Somerset later today – how perfect does that sound?

Eddie and Hannah became engaged during the summer and announced the news through an article in The Times that read: “Mr. E.J.D. Redmayne and Miss H.J. Bagshawe. The engagement is announced between Edward, son of Mr and Mrs Richard Redmayne of London, and Hannah, daughter of Mr. Nicholas Bagshawe and Mrs. Caryl Bagshawe, both of London.”

The cute couple made a red carpet appearance at the premiere of Eddie’s new movie, The Theory of Everything where Hannah showed off her stunning engagement ring.

Hannah and Eddie aren’t the only couple who had their wedding at Babington House, as Millie Mackintosh and Professor Green chose the stunning venue for their nuptials back in September 2013. 

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Star Trek star, Zoe Saldana has opened up about married life, as well as some of the lessons she’s learnt from love in the latest issue of Marie Claire.

Zoe who secretly married her partner Marco Perego in England last year said the decision made perfect sense to her.

"I don't do the ABCs. I do what my heart says, what my heart feels. So from the moment I met my husband, we were together. We knew."

The 36-year-old then went on to share some lessons that she’s learnt from past relationships, and says when it comes to love, you should never settle.

“Not to settle. If you’re not happy with a person, leave. And wait until you find that one person who makes you feel good about yourself every single day and is not expecting you to change, but to grow.”

Without naming names, Zoe reveals for good reasons why she doesn’t keep in touch with her exes!

“I have been in relationships where a man has disrespected me, and I don’t need to be friends with that man anymore. I don’t want to be the one going, ‘I’m cool, because I’m friends with all my exes.’ There’s a reason why you’re called an ex. I crossed you off my list. Moving on. You cross a line, you need to know that you’re going to walk this earth knowing that there’s an individual who has no respect for you.”

Makes sense to us, we think Zoe should become our relationship guru from now on!

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Star Trek star, Zoe Saldana has opened up about married life, as well as some of the lessons she’s learnt from love in the latest issue of Marie Claire.

Zoe who secretly married her partner Marco Perego in England last year said the decision made perfect sense to her.

"I don't do the ABCs. I do what my heart says, what my heart feels. So from the moment I met my husband, we were together. We knew."

The 36-year-old then went on to share some lessons that she’s learnt from past relationships, and says when it comes to love, you should never settle.

“Not to settle. If you’re not happy with a person, leave. And wait until you find that one person who makes you feel good about yourself every single day and is not expecting you to change, but to grow.”

Without naming names, Zoe reveals for good reasons why she doesn’t keep in touch with her exes!

“I have been in relationships where a man has disrespected me, and I don’t need to be friends with that man anymore. I don’t want to be the one going, ‘I’m cool, because I’m friends with all my exes.’ There’s a reason why you’re called an ex. I crossed you off my list. Moving on. You cross a line, you need to know that you’re going to walk this earth knowing that there’s an individual who has no respect for you.”

Makes sense to us, we think Zoe should become our relationship guru from now on!

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These towns are small and picturesque – all you want for a relaxing or perhaps romantic weekend away.

1. Sennan Cove, Cornwall
A tiny picturesque village situated on the beach in Cornwall.

2. Ilkley, Yorkshire
Home to Michelin star restaurant The Box Tree, this town also holds a music festival and a literature festival every year.

3. Hereford, Herefordshire
Hereford is an historic town that is steeped in English charm and has a cider museum – we’re sold.

4. Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
Visit Mother Shipton’s Cave and the Petrifying Wall – sounds intriguing!

5. Lacock, Wiltshire
Owned almost entirely by The National Trust in the UK, this quaint town is completely unspoiled by modern buildings and has been the set for many movies such as BBC’s Pride and Prejudice and two of the Harry Potter films.

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