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If theres one show we could re-watch over and over again, it's Pretty Little Liars. 

Spencer Hastings was one of our favourite characters, and bringing her role to life was Troian Belisario.

Troian is currently perusing around Ireland with her bae, Suits actor Patrick J. Adams, who was giving a talk in Trinity College, Dublin today. 

Rather than having a quick stop over trip, the pair made the most of their time here, and squeezed in more than a few sights:

The Cliffs of Moher

Galway, Galway and more Galway

 

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The Gap of Dunloe

Some Maser Street Art, Dublin

Trinity College

 

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You've seen it all over Instagram in it's millennial pink, minimal packaging, but what exactly is Glossier?

The online brand (pronounced like 'dossier') is the brainchild of Emily Weiss, and has a cult following on social media. 

The brands manifesto involves 'skincare first, makeup second,' and champions natural beauty.

 

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Fans of the brand salute it for it's diligent attention to details, such as the pink and red, 'grammable packaging, and the unique formulas which gently care for skin. 

There is even a hashtag caller #GlossierPink, where fans of the brand have spotted the distinctive shade out in the world.

It's skin care line, including the covetable Milky Jelly Cleanser and Exfoliating Skin Perfecter, are bathroom cabinet staples, and their best selling Boy Brow eyebrow gel and Cloud Paint skin pigments are securely in the makeup bags of models and it-girls the world over. 

 

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The products are not available in Ireland, but Irish beauty influencers are taking notice of the brand. 

Thankfully, there are a few ways to get it here, if you're absolutely dying to try it out for yourself :

1. The good old relative abroad

As Glossier only ships to the UK, the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico, if you have family tor friends here, it shouldn't be too tricky. 

Simply ask them if you can have the good shipped to their address, and have them them post it on to Ireland, Simples. 

2. An Post

Last year, An Post launched Address Pal, a service which allows you to ship items to Ireland even if the company doesn't have the option on their site. 

If you register with the service, you can have the items shipped to a UK An Post address you will receive on registering.

An Post will ship all items from the UK to Ireland and customers can collect them for just €3.50 at their designated post office. Handy!

3. Parcel Motel 

Parcel Motel has a similar service to An post. If you order your parcel to the Parcel Motel virtual UK delivery address, they can transfer it to Ireland for a €3.50 collection charge.

With a Parcel Motel account you’ll be able to order a broad range of products not usually available to ROI addresses.

 

Fingers crossed they will consider expanding their delivery to Ireland ASAP. 

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If you've ever spent any time living abroad, you'll know all too well how much you hanker after the food of the Emerald Isle.

Visitors from home are greeted with outstretched hands and a demand to see the contents of their 'snack' suitcase while trips back to the ould sod are spent eating (and stockpiling) your favourite foods.

Take Christmas, for example.

A fortnight spent gorging on all the country has to offer; soda bread, King crisps, Ballymaloe relish to name but three, is a veritable slice of heaven, and it isn't long before you start sacrificing the clothes in your case to make room for your 'back to reality' haul.

And while airport goodbyes are often painful, most expats will admit that the weight of their suitcase upon their departure goes someway towards helping ease the heartache.

And if a picture paints a thousands words, we'll leave Twitter user, Andrew Lowry, to say the rest…

Andrew, take a bow. 

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"Although health and wellness is a major contributing factor in the purchasing decision for many consumers in Ireland, the overriding trend for many consumers is indulgence."

If this statement bears a startlingly resemblance to your own nutritional choices, it would appear you are no different to the vast majority of your fellow countrymen.

According to recent figures issued by Euromonitor International, Irish people boast one hell of a sweet tooth and ultimately consume a staggering amount of chocolate per annum.

We are, in fact, the third biggest chocolate-eaters… in the world.

While Switzerland and Austria take first and second position respectively, Ireland's appreciation of the sweet stuff cannot be underestimated, with your average Irish person chomping on the equivalent of 155 Mars Bars a year.

Commenting on the trends evident in Ireland, the report makes reference to the disparity between an increased interest in health and wellbeing and the desire to treat yo'self.

"For example, a common phenomenon with consumers interested in health and wellness as well as sports nutrition diets is to have so-called 'cheat days' when they indulge in unhealthy snacks."

"Although Ireland is in the midst of an obesity epidemic, chocolate confectionery continued to grow, and consumers continued to be attracted by indulgence, which manufacturers sought to capitalise on in marketing material."

Sounds about right.

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Ryanair pilots based in Ireland will be striking on Wednesday of next week, the Guardian reports.

This walkout is expected to affect flights to and from Dublin, Shannon, and Cork.

The strike is being called in order to win collective representation in pay deals, instead of through Ryanair's employee channels.

The airline has said it will 'face down' the strike, in spite of the fact that some 'disruption may occur' as a result.

Ryanair claims that the number of pilots taking action is less than a third of those that they employ in Ireland.

The Irish Air Line Pilots' Association (IALPA) union disagreed, saying that the 117 pilots expected to take part in the strike make up almost 90 percent of the pilots directly employed by Ryanair in Ireland.

The IALPA, which are part of the Republic's second-largest trade union, Impact, also said that most of those 117 pilots are captains, who are needed on every flight.

They say the walkout will either cause major disruption or will greatly cost the airline if they bring in pilots from other European bases.

The situation is not unique to Ireland. Ryanair crew and pilots in Italy are striking on Friday, and in Portugal, pilots voted to strike. Ryanair fought back by telling cabin crew in Italy that if anyone strikes, their whole base will lose rights to transfers or promotions.

A statement by the airline says, "Ryanair will deal with any such disruptions if or when they arise, and we apologise sincerely to customers for any upset or worry this threatened action by less than 28 percent of our Dublin pilots may cause them over the coming days."

They continued. "Like any group of workers, Ryanair’s very well paid pilots are free to join unions, but like every other multinational, Ryanair is also free – under both Irish and EU law – to decline to engage with unions."

Ryanair has told their pilots that if they take action they will be in breach of their agreements, which means they will lose benefits such as guarantees over rosters and pay, as well as promotion opportunities. The airline says they offered 20 percent pay deals to their pilots.

Impact stated that the walkout is 'solely about winning independent representation for pilots in the company', as Ryanair is the only Irish-based airline that does not recognise the unions.

Union official Ashley Connolly said, "Management’s failed negotiating model has let down shareholders and tens of thousands of passengers whose flights were cancelled this year because company-controlled industrial relations proved incapable of recruiting and retaining enough pilots."

The union says that more strikes could follow.

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Dubliners, you're in luck.

Research by the latest Pobal Deprivation Index has shown that Dublin is the wealthiest area in Ireland (no surprise there.)

The research shows that income levels are growing strongly in the nation's capital. 

Pobal says towns with between 1,000 and 5,000 people were worst hit by the recession and didn't do the best during the recovery.

Communities located in the most rural areas are also the worst impacted. 

'The areas of highest affluence and highest disadvantage are largely those areas that were of highest disadvantage and affluence in previous census waves,' spokesperson Martin Quigley told Breaking News.

'While there has been some movement, in general, what we have found is social disadvantage is a long-term and geographically entrenched phenomenon.'

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It's time to dust off that CV. 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday, and a confirmation was made that Facebook will be providing hundreds more jobs in it's Irish division. 

Ireland hosts the company’s largest headquarters outside of California, and already employs 2,000 people.

The jobs will be created across many different areas. 

'We employ over 2,000 people here now and we have quite a large footprint,'  Facebook's Gareth Lambe told Breaking News.

'We have our International Headquarters in Grand Canal, we've taken another building in East Wall, we are just completing our data centre in County Meath and expanding that, we also last year, made an aquisition of a virtual reality research company in Cork.'

'So it is by far the largest footprint Facebook has in any country outside the US.'

Varadkar is currently in the US to discuss opportunities between Ireland and the States, to grow trade and improve tourism ventures.

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It's World Vegan Day, and veganism is on the rise.

Once the sole territory of surfing Aussie Insta babes and hemp-wearing free thinkers, veganism has infiltrated the diet and lifestyles of the masses.

Recognised as a heart healthy and sustainable diet, going plant based is gaining popularity in Ireland. 

 

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According to data from Deliveroo, orders for vegan food in Ireland have increased by 137pc in Ireland in the past year. 

While you may assume Dublin would be the vegan hot spot, it's actually a west coast county which takes the crown. 

Galway is hailed as being the vegan capital, leading the pack when it comes to plant-based eating. 

 

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'Deliveroo customers clearly love to order vegan food, with orders more than doubling this year,' said Deliveroo's Joe Groves.

'Galway is leading this trend with more vegan orders made than any other city in Ireland.'

The most popular vegan order on Deliveroo is the majestic Vegan Burger from TGO Falafel Bar in Galway.

This is followed by the Spiced Dish of the Day with Rice from Cornucopia in Dublin, the Vegetable Spring Roll from Malay Kitchen in Cork, and the Super Green Smoothie from Cocu in Dublin.

These are just ahead of another Galway order, the Rock My Beets Wrap, also from TGO Falafel Bar, Galway. 

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A record number of people are residing in temporary emergency accommodation, according to the Department of Housing figures acquired by RTÉ.

Figures show that 8374 people used emergency accommodation in the month of September this year.

Almost 6000 of these people are located in Dublin.

This is a drastic increase on previous figures.

Over 3000 of these were children, according to RTÉ.

'Month-on-month, we have seen consistent increases in those presenting as homeless with no clear intervention to prevent these people becoming homeless in the first place,' Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) chief executive Anthony Flynn told Today FM.

'This is a National Emergency and needs to be treated as such – the state is failing'

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said in a statement: 'Families and individuals continue to present to our emergency accommodation services.'

'There are still 690 families in hotels – while any one family in a hotel or B&B is one too many – this is still significantly down on the high point in March earlier this year, when 871 families were in hotels and B&Bs.'

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While acutely aware that some believe his perspective of his native country is borne of a vantage point in an ivory tower, Colin Farrell is still keen to add his voice to the conversation surrounding Ireland's homelessness crisis.

While speaking to The Irish Times ahead of the release of his latest film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, the Dubliner turned his attention to an issue which has been at the forefront of discussion in Ireland in recent years.

"There are an awful lot living on the streets," he said. "Look, I know I have no right to talk about that. I can talk how much I love Ireland and the timbre of the people. But something has to be done about the homelessness. It's atrocious."

With homeless people dying on our nation's streets at an alarming rate – two lost their lives this week alone – Colin struggles with the economic inequality evident in his native country.

The actor, who was raised in Castleknock and lives in Los Angeles, tapped into this, saying: "There is an ugly balance that says the better some people do the worse others do. That's a cruel balance. It's an imbalance."

"There is an awful lot of affluence in Ireland. But there's a lot of poverty," he added.

With long-term involvement in the Irish Homeless Street Leagues, this certainly isn't the first time the 41-year-old actor has addressed the issue.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy in December, Colin struggled to understand the imbalance, calling it 'absolute insanity'.

"I'm no politician and I certainly haven't got any clear fiscal answers to the issues because I'm not a politician and I'm certainly not an economist. I get it: I'm an actor and I'm a mouthpiece, blah, blah, blah."

"But it's outrageous; there's no one that wouldn't say it's outrageous. It also is just unnecessary; it doesn't need to be happening. But something has to happen."

Almost a year on, the actor continues to call on politicians to address the issue in a meaningful way, saying: "We're talking about it. But does that mean anything?" 

"Christmas is coming. It'll get colder. There needs to be real fundamental change. We need something that's lasting. Not temporary."

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If you spent last Monday sending Teresa Mannion memes to your mates, answering work emails and making copious amounts of tea and toast, you may have actually been in the minority.

While there's no doubt that's how our work day went during Hurricane Ophelia, it turns out many people in our great nation decided to indulge in a little 'me-time'.

According to the folk at Pornhub, on the day that the weather brought the country to a standstill, the adult site saw a substantial increase in traffic from Irish users.

Outlining the figures, the site's statistical analysts explained: "Beginning in the early morning, traffic was up 48% above normal levels at 02:00. We then found from 08:00 until 16:00 that traffic was as much as 53% above average."

"After a full day spent on Pornhub, Ireland’s evening traffic returned somewhat to normal, fluctuating plus or minus 10% from average."

Turning their attention to gender-specific analysis, they continued: "We also found that on October 16th traffic changes varied between Irish men and women."

"At 02:00, female traffic was up 53% compared to their average level, but at 03:00 Irish men peaked at 68% above average. At 07:00 in the morning, Irish women were on Pornhub 27% less than usual, while traffic from men was close to average."

"Later in the day, it seems that more of the traffic increase came from men, with their traffic being 61% above average at 15:00, and women up 34% during the same period."

And here was us thinking everyone would be on ASOS…
 

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Let's face it – us Irish aren't exactly know for our Michelin star cuisine, but there are a number of dishes we've managed to perfect over the years.

Spice bags, Tayto sandwiches, Sunday roast, chicken fillet rolls; not only are these the staple foods of ever Irish hangover – they're national delicacies and we're damn proud of them.

One man who found this out the hard way was Twitter user, Lil Chicken Tender.

Late last week, the 22-year-old shared a photo of something that looked suspiciously like a chicken fillet roll along with the caption: “If you from Florida you already know wtf goinn on.” (sic)

Infuriating, we know. But let's give the guy a break – half the island have already been on to him to point out the mistake.

Here's how it all went down:

Basically, Irish people are good at two things – making rolls and confusing Americans. 

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