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Christmas is LESS than a week away, so naturally we've complied the things you'll probably encounter over the festive period.

Deep breathes lads, grab a drink and see how many you and your mates relate to on this list.

Sure, it wouldn't be an Irish Crimbo without them.

1. The relative that asks you what 'Santa got you' even though you're 25 – and don't forget the wink if there’s a child around.

2. Hiding Roses wrappers – you have no idea how many you've managed to eat without vomiting and you're hiding the wrappers of shame from the fam.

3. Being woken up to go to early mass or trying to stay awake for midnight mass – and the church is always freezing, WHY?

4. Having to fake liking a gift – they've no clue what you're into or what you like and haven't bothered to find out. This one will definitely be re-gifted, thanks Linda.

5. Getting to the age when gifts of socks and shower gel are exciting presents – sure, we can't afford the luxuries anymore when we are forking out an arm and half for rent in Dublin.

 

6. Your siblings that have well and truly moved out of the house are back for the Christmas period and this means war. Reverting back to childhood roles and fighting over the remote is just a rite of passage.

7. Board games are broken out and they start off well, until someone gets WAY too drunk, starts a fight or storms off.

8. It wouldn't be Christmas without your drunk uncle singing RA songs in the corner.

9. The unwanted comments on your fashion choices – "that skirt is a bit short, did you forget your trousers?"  "Are you not cold wearing that?" "Do you know you have holes in your jeans?" – EYE ROLL.

10. Trying to find your glass of wine; It's come to that time in the evening when everyone is tipsy and nobody knows who's glass is whose. 

11. You've been looking forward to your FAVE soap Christmas special all year. The writers are going ALL out and the plot is just divine…and then you have that one person who has never seen an episode since last Christmas asking who every character is – breathe, just breathe.

12.  It isn't a family gathering without this question and we suggest a shot of bourbon every time it's asked – DO YOU HAVE A BOYFRIEND YET? When the answer to that question is you have a better relationship with wine than the male species – just smile and walk away.

13. It wouldn't be the silly season without the grandparents being slightly racist – just look at the ground, deep breathes.

14. Spicy comments about any of this year's referendums – my body, my choice, Declan – don't start.

15. Or any political comments that you just don't have the strength to argue about after a year of working your ass off at work.

16. Same conversation again and again – yes I'm still single, yes I'm still working there, yes, nothing has changed.

17. Having to watch the Angelus bells on RTE, although you have no religious beliefs, but you know your mother is watching and she'll disown you otherwise.  

18. The one relative that always loses or misplaced their glasses – cue the entire room looking for them, when they realise they were sitting on them in whole time. 

19. The person who said they aren't drinking but ends up getting hammered.

20. The hungover person: the one who was way too ambitious with the drink on Christmas eve, and they're trying not to vomit as they force the Christmas dinner down. 

21. Waking up at crack of dawn for the Christmas sales, being abused by the crazy crowds for a bargain and then being shamed by the family for going out on the holy days and ruining tradition.  

22. Acting surprised as money from the Christmas card falls into your lap – ah, Jesus that's a lovely card Mary, OOHH and €50 too – ah you shouldn't have.

 

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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after the attempted abduction of a woman on Blackhorse Avenue on January 6, 2020. The women, aged in her 60s, was approached by a male who attempted to force her into the boot of a car on the morning of January 6.

Gardaí believe that at approximately 7.30am on the morning of the incident, the injured party spoke briefly to an elderly lady who was walking a dog. They met close to Cumiskeys pub.

Gardaí are anxious to speak to this person who was walking their dog, and who may be in a position to assist with the investigation.

They are also calling on anyone who was in the vicinity of Blackhorse Avenue on January 6 between 6am and 8am, or anyone who may have information about this incident.

Gardaí are appealing to road users that were driving in the Blackhorse Avenue area, who may have camera footage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 666 7000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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The legendary Larry Gogan has passed away at the age of 81.

The man with the golden voice, Larry Gogan was at the very heart of 2fm – and RTÉ – for over 50 years. Part of the original line-up for Radio 2 in 1979, Larry began with RTÉ Radio in the 1960's, latterly presenting for RTÉ Gold.

Dee Forbes, Director General, RTÉ said: "Larry Gogan was a legend, and a genuine national institution. He transcended generations – whether it was a hilarious moment on the Just a Minute Quiz, the breakneck countdown of the weekly top 40, or the first play of a Christmas song – Larry didn’t just preserve these traditions, he created them.Legendary, cross-generational, universally popular: The Golden Hour and the “Just a Minute Quiz” were national institutions, just the like the man himself.

"He returns now to his beloved Florrie – we are the poorer for his loss, but the richer for having known this gentleman of the airwaves."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jim Jennings, Director of Content, RTÉ said: "Larry Gogan defined the Irish popular music scene for decades; he advocated for Irish artists and Irish music throughout his career, meaning he was respected not only by audiences, but by musicians too. This, in many ways, was his unique quality: he was loved by the listener, and loved by the artist. Larry’s legacy will endure in popular culture and the popular imagination for decades to come."

Larry met his wife Florrie when she was 15. Both their fathers ran newspaper shops in Dublin. They were engaged two years later and married when she was 21. He is survived by his five children – Gerard, Orla, Grainne, David and Sinead – and 12 grandchildren. Florrie died in January 2002.

 

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Gardaí have called on the public to help in tracing the whereabouts of 17-year-old Jacinta Hand.

The teenage girl is missing from Seville Place, Co.Dublin.

Jacinta hasn’t been seen since New Year’s Eve and Gardaí are urging anyone with information to come forward. 

She is described as being approximately 5'6", of medium build, blonde hair with brown streaks and blue eyes. 

She was last seen in Navan on December 31.

Jacinta is known to frequent Dublin City Centre, Blanchardstown and Navan areas.

Anyone with information on Jacinta's whereabouts are asked to contact Gardaí at Store Street on 01-6668000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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Tributes have been pouring in after the sudden death of broadcaster Marian Finucane. RTÉ announced the untimely passing of the broadcasting legend last night, much to the shock of colleagues and loyal listeners.

Leo Varadkar expressed his heartache: “I am stunned and deeply saddened to hear of the death of Marian Finucane. She was a true broadcasting legend who reshaped current affairs radio. Ireland will miss her voice. Weekend mornings will never be quite the same again.”

Moya Doherty said: “It is with the deepest shock and sadness that I heard the news of Marian Finnucane. Marian was a pioneer in women’s broadcasting and was rightly renowned for her fearless yet human interview technique. Many who work in broadcasting today, male and female, owe her a great debt.”

Ryan Tubridy wrote, “Desperately sad news that Maria Finucane passed away today. A pioneering journalist and incomparable broadcaster, she will be missed by her colleagues and listeners alike. Thinking of her family tonight.”

“In November 2018, Marian Finucane brought to air the issue of #femicide and the impact on families with her interview with Chris and Susanna Cawley, Celine Cawley's siblings. A truly important interview. Marian's impact & loss will be felt for a long time,” Women’s Aid Ireland shared.

“So difficult to believe Marian is gone. Colleagues and friends since 1979. A shining talent, a great listener, a fearless questioner, a good friend. RIP. Good Night, sister,” said Clare Duignan.

Marian Finucane is survived by her husband John and their son Jack.

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A new mum has welcomed identical triplets at The Rotunda Hospital. Annmarie Byrne-Ryan gave birth to her ‘one in a million’ baby boys on New Year’s Day.

Minister for Health Simon Harris congratulated the new parents on the arrival of their sons.

He tweeted: “Wow! Congrats to Annmarie and David and to all the staff at the @RotundaHospital – one in a million chance – 3 identical triplets!”

“That’s going to be one busy home! Every good wish to the family & congrats and thanks to the brilliant midwives and doctors,” he added.

Speaking to Morning Ireland about the birth of her three boys, new mum Annmarie said that she has yet to see all three of her boys together.

“I’ve yet to see the three together. David’s been up and down, back and forward to the NICU ward taking loads of pictures, keeping me updated. So I’m anxious myself to get down to see them,” she shared.

The mum-of-three revealed that she was stunned when she discovered she was pregnant with triplets. Annmarie and her husband David had just been on their honeymoon to Dubrovnik when she discovered their family was about to get a lot bigger.

She said: “It wasn’t planned. We got married at the end of April and went on honeymoon to Dubrovnik in May, and where most people come back with fridge magnets, myself and David brought home triplets.”

Life with triplets is going to be pretty crazy for the new parents, but luckily they have plenty of support from friends and family.

Huge congratulations to Annmarie and her husband David on the safe arrival of their three sons.

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Gardaí in Trim have called for the public's assistance in locating 38-year-old Karen Comey. She has been missing from her home at Effernock Mews, Trim, Co. Meath since December 24, 2019.

Karen is described as being approximately 5 foot in height with a slim build, short blond hair and blue eyes.  It is unknown what Karen was wearing when she went missing.  Karen is travelling in her car a silver peugeot 206 hatchback and the registration number is 04 MH 1252.

Gardaí and Karen's family are concerned for her and are seeking any persons who has information on Karen or the car she is travelling in to contact them at Trim Garda Station 046 – 9481540, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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The parents of Nóra Quoirin have called on the Irish Government to assist them in securing an inquest into the death of their 15-year-old girl.

Nora tragically died of intestinal bleeding – likely caused by hunger and stress – after she disappeared in August. The teenager was on holiday with her family when she went missing in the Dusun rainforest resort.

Her parents have stressed that they need to find out the truth about Nora’s death. They said that her disappearance was out of character.

Speaking to RTÉ, Meabh and Sebastian Quoirin revealed that they had a promising meeting with the Department of Foreign Affairs this week.

"For us something very complex happened. We have insisted from the beginning that we believe there was a criminal element to what happened.

"While a post mortem, when it comes through, may give us answers, and has already given us some basic answers around what caused Nóra's death, it doesn't explain any of how she could possibly have got to where she was found."

"I think we will be living with the horror of what happened in Malaysia for the rest of our lives,” they added.

The parents understand that finding out the “whole truth” won’t be easy, but vowed to try.

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Shane Filan’s mum Mae sadly passed away this weekend. The singer has opened up about the devastating loss in an open letter. 

Losing a parent is something you never get over, no matter what age you are. Shane’s tribute to his mum Mae is sure to bring a tear to your eye.

The Hello My Love singer wrote:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Yesterday, Sunday 15th of December was the saddest day of my life… My mother Mae who was an incredible, beautiful women, wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by all her family.

"I’d like to say thank you to everyone for all your well wishes at this time. To all the fans for all your support and lovely messages… thank you.

"Her funeral is a very private time for me and my family to grieve and I know you all understand and will respect that," he continued.

"If you would like to do something in her memory you can make a small donation to Sligo North West Hospice who looked after her so beautifully and peacefully in her final days and will continue to do so for so many more families.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Flying Without Wings singer concluded, "Thank you. Love always, Shane and Family."

Losing someone so close to Christmas is beyond heartbreaking.

We are thinking of Shane and his family during this harrowing time.

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A woman in her early 30s is in a critical condition following a serious assault in Arklow.

The attack occurred at a residence at approximately 4.25am this morning.

 The female was brought to St Vincent's Hospital with serious injuries. 

No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

Gardaí in Wicklow are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may have information in relation to this incident to come forward.

Gardaí are also appealing to any road users who may have camera footage who were travelling in the Arklow area between 4am and 5am to contact Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wicklow Garda Station on 0404 60140, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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Boy B has launched an appeal against his conviction for the murder of schoolgirl Ana Kriegel.

The 15-year-old was found guilty of murdering Ana and was sentenced to 15 years, with a review after eight years.

The teen, who was only 13-years-old at the time of Ana’s murder, lured her to the derelict house where she was cruelly killed by Boy A on May 14, 2018.

He lied to Gardaí numerous times before confessing that he watched Boy A attack Ana. 

Boy A has been sentenced to a term of life. He will serve an initial 12 years, followed by a review. He was also convicted of aggravated sexual assault.

Boy A has not lodged an appeal.

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Gardaí are appealing for the public’s help following a sexual assault in Howth. They are currently investigating a sexual assault that reportedly occurred in the early hours of Saturday, November 23, 2019.

The assault is believed to have taken place in the Sutton Cross area near Howth.

Gardaí are now appealing for anyone who may have information, particularly anyone who may have travelled on the Dublin Road, Sutton, Dublin 13 between 3:30-4:10am who observed any suspicious behaviour, or any road users in the area who may have camera footage to contact Raheny Garda Station on 01 666 4300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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