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It's wedding bells for one Kilkenny hurler.

TJ Reid has announced the happy news that he is set to wed his girlfriend, Niamh De Brun.

The sportsman popped the question to the former Miss Ireland contestant at the Europe Hotel and Resort in Killarney, Co Kerry.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 31-year-old took to Instagram to post a snap of him and his fiancee celebrating with glasses of champagne.

He captioned it, ''Let the celebrations continue. Cheers to my wife to be @niamhdebrun.''

Niamh also posted a picture of her staring at her diamond ring.

She wrote, ''I said yes” followed by another snap captioned, ''Champagne for breakfast. Still in shock.''

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fans and friends to to the comments to express their congratulations.

One said, ''Heartiest congratulations @tjreid12 and @niamhdebrun…what a wonderful occasion…enjoy the celebrations…''

While another wrote, '' Will ya look at that ROCK!''

Massive congratulations guys.

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A man in his 20s remains in a critical condition this morning following a stabbing incident in Kilkenny yesterday evening.

The man was taken to St Luke's Hospital after Gardaí and emergency services were called to a house on Love Lane at around 7pm.

Three men, two in their 30s and one in his 40s, have been arrested in connection with attack and are currently being held at Kilkenny Garda Station.

The scene has been preserved for technical examination and Gardaí are urging witnesses who may have been in the area between 5pm and 7pm yesterday evening to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact  Kilkenny Garda Station on 056-7775000, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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It is a very good day for the locals of the town of Longford because they have just been bestowed with the title of Ireland's tidiest town for the year of 2015. 

Snatching the crown from the reigning champs, Kilkenny, the central Irish town won the title closely followed by Dublin's coastal town of Dun Laoghaire. 

The winner was announced at a ceremony in Dublin on Monday which was organised by the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL)

The shortlist for the win included Dungarvan, Dun Laoighaire, Drogheda and Kilkenny but all were pipped to the post by Longford. 

Reviewers of the town noted that Longford's public spaces were: "not just clear of litter, but many were also superbly presented and maintained."

In recognition of their achievement, IBAL will commission a prominent artist to design a public sculpture to be proudly displayed in the town. 

And even if your town did not make cut, there were no areas in Ireland that IBAL deemed as "black spots" for litter. 

Phew! Because that could have been embarrassing. 

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Seven Irish restaurants have reason to celebrate today as it was revealed that they have been awarded prestigious Michelin stars.

The announcement came via Twitter a day before the news was expected to break.

Loam in Galway and The Greenhouse in Dublin were two new additions to the respected list.

House in Ardmore, Aniar in Galways, Campagne and Lady Helen in Kilkenny and Dublin’s Chapter One and L’Ecrivan all retained their Michelin star status. Patrick Gilbaud in Dublin 2 remains the only Irish restaurant to have two Michelin stars.

Owner and Head Chef at Loam, Enda McEvoy (who previously worked at Aniar) told the Independent that the award came as shock when he considered that they have only been open since 2014.

“I think what we do is up to that standard but I wasn’t expecting this. We’ve only been open for about 20 minutes so things worked quickly.”

There was some bad news for Irish chefs however as it was revealed that Bon Appétit in Malahide and Thornton’s at the Fitzwilliam Hotel did not retain their Michelin status.

Chef Oliver Dunne of Bon Appétit remarked earlier this year that he did not expect them to retain their status after undergoing some changes:

“It became frustrating trying to live up to people's expectations and their inaccurate expectations of what a Michelin restaurant should be.”

Meanwhile, we are busy Googling menus and adding dishes to our wish lists because there are certainly some amazing dishes to be had around the country.

This news has certainly made our dinner of last night’s leftover seem just a smidgen less appealing.

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