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Ireland's favourite celebrity couple are reportedly selling their Goatstown home, which they bought in 2005, for a whopping 1.4 million euro.

The loved-up duo will be moving to Rathmines after buying a large Victorian red brick home on Palmerstown Road.

Huberman and O'Driscoll, both 39, apparently want more space to raise their children, Sadie and Billy.

The rugby legend and actress are known for their down-to-earth vibe and gas social media presence, we're sure they're over the moon with their new gaff.

The high-profile couple allegedly ran up against neighbourhood issues when those living beside them strenuously opposed their plans for a three-storey rear extension and a single-storey side and rear extension.

Their home was sold through private agents Savills, hence why fans can't get a glimpse of the lavish home on 1 Larchfield Road.

Darn, we're just going to have to use our imaginations now, aren't we?


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Exclusive walk-throughs of the house were offered to interested buyers only before the sale was agreed.

The family won't be moving into their new home until the new year, despite buying it in 2016.

Amy has said; “That’ll be our last Christmas in the house but that’s good.”


Ryan Tubridy is delivering a massive treat this week for RTÉ viewers, both for rugby fanatics and the 1990s generation.

Fresh from his heroic performance on Saturday which saw Ireland defeat the All Blacks, man of the match Peter O'Mahony is dropping by RTÉ One studios to discuss the immense victory, and what the team has planned for 2019's World Cup.

It's fair to say the entire nation was screaming at the TV, or else hiding behind the couch from the sheer tension of the match, where Ireland beat New Zealand for only the second time ever by 16:9 points, and Peter O'Mahony played a massive role.


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Next up: it's Boyzone, every 1990s Irish gal's dream.

After selling over 25 million records, it's fair to say that Boyzone have enjoyed phenomenal success.

With several number 1 albums and numerous top-selling singles, the boys are set to embark on their farewell tour after 25 years, we are SO THERE.

Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy will be telling Ryan Tubridy why it’s time to say goodbye.

Professor Brian Cox is stopping by, continuing on his journey to make complex scientific ideas understandable to all. 

The charismatic scientist joins Ryan to explain his passion for unpicking the infinite universe around us, and tells us why he's going on tour to bring science on the road.

Whether you're a nerdy fan or a total science novice, he's a fascinating guest to watch speak.

Fr Tony Coote was diagnosed earlier this year with Motor Neurone Disease and chose to walk the length of Ireland to raise awareness and funds for sufferers.

He will be speaking to Ryan on the show alongside Professor Orla Hardiman, consultant neurologist at Beaumont Hospital. Fr Tony intends to discuss the success of “Walk While You Can” and how he is adapting to life with the disease.


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Some of the entrants for Carer of the Year will also be guests on tomorrow nights show, so it's the perfect chance to hear about the amazing work they do in incredibly intense circumstances. 

Mario Rosenstock will be providing the comedy element with his renowned impressions, and music will be from The Stunning who are joined by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

There is also a pair of tickets to next week’s Late Late Toy Show up for grabs in the viewer prize, perfect for the kids to come along to.

The Late Late Show airs on RTÉ One this Friday, November 23 at 9.35pm.

You won't want to miss this one.

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Hup the LADS.

Let's be honest – nothing brings a nation together quite like a well performing sports team.

And thankfully, on this wonderful little Island, we have an exceptional rugby team. 

The lads have been killing it on the pitch, and thanks to this weekend's win, we have overtaken England in the world rankings. 

How glorious? 

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Naturally, those (virtually) unbeatable buggers down in New Zealand are still at number one (for now), but this is brilliant news for Irish rugby. 

The current rankings are as follows:

1 New Zealand 

2 Ireland 

3 England

4 Australia

5 South Africa 

6 Scotland 

7 Wales

8 France

9 Argentina 

10 Fiji 

14 Italy

Now, let's head to Twickenham this weekend, and show them how it's done! 




Today, Ireland play Scotland in the 6 Nations – and we're all heading to the to watch it.


However, pub selection is crucial, so we've done the work for you!

We have carefully selected pubs from across the country, that are the perfect spots to take in the match (and a few too many pints!)

Cheers lads!


Oliver St John Gogarty in Temple Bar.

Award winning food, wonderful drinks and a bit of live music after the match – what more could you want? 

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The Rob Roy in Cork City.

The perfect place to enjoy a pint and the rugby this weekend. 

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Cullens in Collooney.

Right on the main street of this gorgeous town, Cullens is a brilliant sports bar, with reasonable priced drinks and amazing staff. 

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The Creamery in Bunratty.

Next to the world famous castle lies a world famous pub, with more character and craic than you can imagine. Plus, the wings are absolutely DIVINE. 

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Lavery’s Bar & Gin Palace, Bradbury Place. 

22 HD TV screens spread throughout the venue? Say no more. 

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Murty Rabbitts, Forster Street. 

This spot is one of Galway's oldest pubs, so it is rich in character and history. Plus, they have a deadly pint of Guinness. 

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The Central in Navan.

Good food and GREAT cocktails! Plus, they have a glorious rooftop, with TVs, so you'll miss nothing! 

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Irish international and Lenister back-rower Jamie Heaslip has announced his retirement from rugby on medical advice.

The 34-year-old has said he is ready for the next chapter of his life after a second back operation failed to produce the desired result in November of last year.

Jamie's international career has been filled with spectacular moments. Winning a 95 caps for Ireland, the number eight helped the team win three Six Nations titles, two Triple Crowns and a Grand Slam in 2009.


Time will get us all, but it's cornered me earlier than I hoped. Every professional sportsperson always hopes to be able leave their chosen sport on their terms but too often that’s not the case. I have had to take on board the medical advice that I have been given and after talking to Sheena and my family, I have taken the difficult decision to retire with immediate effect from playing rugby in order to ensure my future well being. I’m very proud to finish my career as a one club man having played amongst some of the best in the game, who are all like a family of brothers to me. My goal when I started my professional career 14 years ago was to leave the jerseys that I wore in a better place and I hope I have done that. Thank you to the IRFU, Leinster Rugby, all the coaches, medical staff,back room staff, sponsors, media, supporters and most importantly my wife, family , friends and fellow players for helping me to make my dreams come true. I’ve had the time of my life on and off the rugby pitch but now its time for the next chapter. Jamie

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He was also part of the 2009 and 2013 Lions tours and was nominated for World Rugby’s Player of the Year in 2009 and 2016.

Speaking about his retirement, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said Jamie was an “intelligent and incredibly robust player.”

"Utterly professional, driven to succeed and a leader with the actions he delivered."


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Meanwhile, Jamie and wife Sheena O'Buachalla recently announced they are expecting their first child together.

"My wife is expecting so it is an exciting time for us," he told the Irish Mail on Sunday.

While we'll miss seeing him on the pitch, we wish Jamie all the best for the next chapter in his life.



Jamie Heaslip and Sheena O'Buachalla are expecting their first child together. The Irish Rugby star announced the big news in an interview with the Irish Mail On Sunday. 

"My wife is expecting so it is an exciting time for us," he revealed.

The dad-to-be has plenty of experience with kids but admitted he is a little nervous about the responsibilities of having his own.


Had to check this fella out for ID tonight in @lemonandduke while working behind the bar

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“I am the youngest of my family and I have eight nieces and nephews. I have had experience of small children but I have always been able to hand them back," he shared.

He added, “This time it’s different as I won’t be able to do that."

We're sure the sports star will be an incredible dad! Huge congratulations to both Jamie and Sheena!


Although they might not have been the star of the show at Jamie Heaslip and Sheena O Buachalla's wedding yesterday, we couldn't help but notice how loved up Rob Kearney and his model girlfriend, Jess Redden looked.

The pair, who have been together for two years, enjoyed yesterday's ceremony in Stephen's Green alongside a host of other Irish rugby stars.

Rob and Jess both took to social media to share their congrats with the newly married couple but we were too busy admiring them as a couple.

23-year-old Jess posted a beautiful picture of herself and her other half on Instagram with the caption:

"To the bride and groom."


To the bride and groom#jamieandsheena

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While 30-year-old Rob shared a snap of the wedding table he and his teammates from themselves on.

"Strong to V strong table."


Strong to V strong table #jamieandsheena

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The couple have not been shy about sharing pictures before either so these just add to a long list of romantic snaps.


@leinsterrugby awards ball with the belle. Well done @ben.teo on his deserved award.

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From weddings to workouts, there is no doubt that Rob and Jess are one seriously cute couple.


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Not sure why she's smiling…. I won!!

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Paul O'Connell's World Cup bid is sadly over, with surgery for a hamstring injury ruling him out of any future games.

Mike McCarthy will replace the Irish captain, making him the second Leinster player in two days to be called up to the World Cup squad.

O'Connell was taken off just before half time during Sunday's clash against France, and was due for a scan yesterday. The IRFU this morning confirmed that he would not be returning to the squad.

Speaking immediately after the match, Ireland's head coach Joe Schmidt admitted things didn't "look great" for Paul, who was administered oxygen before being stretchered off the pitch while in visible pain.

Also out of the World Cup is Peter O'Mahony, who suffered knee ligament damage during Sunday's game. He'll be replaced by Leinster backrow Rhys Ruddock.

Even with the loss of numerous players during Sunday's game, Ireland are now top of their pool after a 24-9 victory over France.

However it's a triple whammy of bad news this morning as Sean O'Brien is set to miss out on at least one World Cup game for disciplinary reasons.

Despite later being named as man of the match, O'Brien was cited for striking French player Pascal Pape in the early stages of Sunday's game.

The minimum suspension for striking is a generally two-week ban, but it's hoped this will be lowered due to O'Brien's good disciplinary record.

However at the very least he will be absent for this Sunday's clash with Argentina.


Rugby legend Paul O'Connell said goodbye to the Aviva Stadium for the last time today, as he played his final game on Irish soil.

It may have been a disappointing 10-16 defeat to a strong Welsh side for Ireland, but spirits were still high as Paul was given a hero's farewell by the crowds of fans. The Irish number 5 even led his young son Paddy onto the pitch, holding him up to wave to the thousands crowding the stands.

Fans have been taking to social media in their droves to pay tribute to the Irish captain, and we're getting a little teary eyed saying our goodbyes…


#rugby #irevwal #paulie @irishrugby #legend

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Of course Paul's rugby career isn't quote over yet, as he has the Rugby World Cup ahead, with Ireland's first game against Canada taking place on September 19th.

"The fans have been incredible for us and throughout my career. I've had an amazing time. Hopefully they can add to it at the World Cup. There will be a lot of Irish people at the Irish games. Hopefully we can give them a better performance than that," Paul said today after conceding defeat to Wales.

Thanks for the memories, Paul!