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Winner of Love Island 2019 Amber Gill is heading to Limerick to visit Greg O'Shea this weekend, and we can't WAIT to have the Geordie on Irish shores.

The pair were crowned the winning couple after Greg had only entered the villa 12 days previously in a shock decision, beating favourites Molly Mae Hague and Tommy Fury in the process.

Gill will fly over to Ireland to spend the weekend with rugby player Greg, after he was spotted visiting Amber's family in Newcastle and surprising her with a huge birthday cake.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The charming Irishman received a massive homecoming when he arrived in Shannon airport last week following his big win, earning 25,000 pounds in the process.

The stunning beautician has since landed gigs with British Vogue, Loose Women and Dancing On Ice, and answered fan questions via Instagram about her 'lush' beau.

She said: "I'm going to see Greg this weekend. I'm going to fly over to Ireland and spend the weekend with him." When asked: "Is Greg as lush in real life?" Amber confirmed he's "10/10."

She said: "Greg, oh my god, he is lusher in real life he is so fit." *Swoons* He really is a keeper.

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The pair were spotted Facetiming after spending their third night apart since Greg's return home.

He told the MailOnline: “I asked her about fifty times to come home with me but she's so busy, everybody in Britain wants a bit of Amber, I'll get her over very soon.”

He made sure to mention that he only has eyes for the 22-year-old beauty.

“I definitely will be faithful, I've always been a one woman kind of guy and Amber is a great girl.

“I’m lucky to come out with her so I can't wait to get her over here to meet my family and friends. To use the Love Island phrase, all my eggs are in Amber's basket right now, I'm only looking at her.”

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An ex Love Island contestant has accused the show's bosses of "fixing" the series to Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague would beat Amber Gill and Greg O'Shea.

The Geordie beauty technician and Irish rugby player were crowned King and Queen of the villa, taking home the £50,000 cash prize last night.

Georgia Steel, from the 2018 series, has said the programme is rigged to give the producer's favourites, Molly and Tommy, more air time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking to the Daily Star, Sam Bird's ex-girlfriend said: "To be honest I think they are getting 50 per cent of the airtime, so I do think obviously they are going to win.

"It is a bit of a shame as the other guys aren't getting much airtime. I feel like it is the Molly and Tommy show," she added.

"Of course they are going to win as the audience are invested in them more than anyone else as they are seeing them more."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The friend of Dani Dyer went on to reveal that the editing process can make a massive difference, and that the bosses have an agenda with what they allow viewers to see.

Georgia continued: "The edit can change so much and I feel like the audience are kind of gathering that now.

"I want Ovie to win, I really like him and I think the way he has handled himself is so real, he hasn't been manipulated in any way."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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21-year-old Georgia believes contestants are chosen strategically by producers, as this year's Islanders who entered the villa already had a big influencer fan base or celebrity contacts.

"I feel like the people that have gone in this year are either influencers or in the field where they are hanging around with celebs already. I still hope they want to find love and not just for fame and money."

Molly-Mae and Tommy were tipped to win the show this year, but Amber and Greg took the crown and split the £25,000 prize with each other. They had only been coupled up for 12 days.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Amber had a wild journey in the villa, after being coupled up with villa villain Michael Griffiths before his head was turned by Joanna Chimonides while she was in Casa Amor, staying loyal.

She confessed that she still had feelings for Michael, even after he badmouthed her behind her back, and he turned her down twice before changing his mind.

Once Greg entered the villa, Amber coupled up with him and Michael was dumped from the show for being chaldish. He has since been spotted back with Joanna, and half-heartedly congratulated Amber on her win last night.

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Protests have been organised across the country today in the wake of the not-guilty verdict handed out by the jury to Paddy Jackson and his teammate Stuart Olding.

Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison were also found not guilty of perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

Public opinion clearly shows an opposing view to the verdict, with the #IBelieveHer trending in Ireland, and now rallies have been organised in opposition to the verdict.

Rallies have been organised outside the high court in Belfast tomorrow, with solidarity rallies being held in Limerick and Dublin at 12.30pm

‘This event is for those who cannot make the rally at Belfast High Court. Brings signs and placards to show your support,’ reads the Dublin rally Facebook event.

‘There is a lot of anger and upset among women who have observed the treatment of the victim in this case and found it harrowing and re-traumatising.’

‘Let’s show our solidarity to this woman and all women who have been mistreated by the justice system and the way it deals with sexual crimes.’

More information regarding the rallies is available via Facebook.

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Is there anything more satisfying than a well-deserved post-work pint? 

Sometimes a little tipple is just what's needed to unwind after a long day on the grind, and as we're slowly but surely seeing that little stretch in the evening, thoughts of mid-week gatherings and bright beer gardens are begging to creep back into our minds. 

But luckily, we live in a country brimming with cosy little pubs and gorgeous bars just waiting to welcome us after a long, hard day. 

This week, we're heading South to bring you our pick of the best spots in Limerick city. 

House, Limerick. 

Is there anything better than a gorgeous outdoor terrace, gorgeous cocktails and divine interiors.. all under one roof? No, no there is not! The sister to House on Leeson Street, House opened up in Limerick just on the bank of the River Shannon, making for highly picturesque scenes. The food is also delicious, if you're feeling peckish. 

 

Mariposa, the Spanish word for Butterfly.

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Flannerys.

Michael Flannery’s Pub is well known to everyone in Limerick. Located on Denmark Street, alongside the pedestrian shopping area of Limerick and just around the corner from the famous Milk Market, its vibrant red shopfront is set off against a beautiful stone façade. 

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The Locke Bar.

Dating back to 1724, the lively Locke Bar in Limerick City is an genuine local institution. It is the home of live music, great craic,  and a great pint of the black stuff. The food is traditional: the menu includes local favourites like potted crab, lamb stew, fish and chips, and plenty of sublime Irish steak. Divine. 

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Dolans.

Dolans Pub is one of Limericks best loved traditional Irish pubs and seafood restaurants situated on the dockland of Limerick City. Dolans is synonymous in Limerick and beyond for its charm, Irish hospitality, incredible atmosphere, great pint, delicious food and Irish music and dancing sessions. 

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South’s Pub.

South’s bar is situated just at the edge of Limerick’s Crescent, a uniquely Georgian urban feature, a three-minute stroll from the city centre. A small snug is located to the side of the double swing front doors for those desiring that little bit of privacy or perhaps intimacy, while the rest of the customers sit at either the long bar or along its opposite wall. Get yourself a pint of Guinness, apparently it is the business. 

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Fans of the late Dolores O'Riordan will pay their last respects at a public wake due to be held in Limerick this afternoon.

Large crowds are expected to gather between 12.30 and 4pm, as the body of The Cranberries' singer lies in repose at St. Joseph's Church, O'Connell Avenue.

A heartbreaking statement released on Monday confirmed that the singer, age 46, has been found dead in a London hotel room.

Ite read: “Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today."

"She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time."

“Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

Dolores' body will be removed to Ballybricken, ahead of funeral mass on Tuesday at St Ailbe’s Church.

She is survived by her three children, Taylor Baxter Burton, Molly Leigh Burton and Dakota Rain Burton.

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Acting on health and safety advice, officials in Llimerick have made the decision to cancel the events due to take place this evening as part of the city's New Year's Eve festivities.

With threats of severe weather and flooding due to the arrival of Storm Dylan, Limerick Council have confirmed that tonight's celebrations will not be going ahead as previously anticipated.

According to a recent report in The Journal, the erection of flood barriers along Clancy Strand, O’Callaghan Strand and the boardwalks will prevent the use of these sites for New Year's Eve-related events.

"Clancy Strand is the event site for the large scale projection mapping onto King John’s Castle and unfortunately due to the risk of flooding this area is not available for use by the event management company," the council explained.

Commenting on the decision which was made on Friday, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Service with Limerick City and County Council, Caroline Curley, said, that the move was not made lightly.

"It is with great regret that this decision has been taken, but in the interests of information from the event’s safety officer, the impact of the weather on the installation and rigging of the event and the safety of the tens of thousands of people expected to come out for the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, it was decided to postpone the entire event."

Ms Curley did, however, confirm that the event will be incorporated into future festivities, adding: "The extravaganza will still take place at a later date, the event will now happen as part of Limerick’s St Patrick’s Festival 2018."

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A student at the University of Limerick has died following an incident on Monday, September 25.

Sophie Coll, originally from Barna, Co Galway, suffered critical injuries after taking a fall in an off-campus house.

It's understood the 19-year-old was treated at University Hospital Limerick Intensive Care Unit, but later died as a result of her injuries.

Those in the local community have described the death as a “tragic accident.”

The President of UL, Dr Des Fitzgerald, has offered condolences on behalf of staff and students.

"It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of the sudden death of UL student Sophie Coll, 2nd year, BBS International as a result of a tragic accident on Monday September 25," he said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Sophie's parents Rory and Carol, her sisters Stephanie and Abbie, her friends, housemates and fellow students," he added.

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Two men have died in separate motorcycle accidents in Limerick.

The first incident, which took place at 7.40pm yesterday evening, led to the death of a man in his 20s who was seriously injured after his motorcycle left the road at O'Malley Park.

He was treated at the scene and taken to University Hospital Limerick but was unfortunately pronounced dead a short time later.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is still ongoing.

Gardaí are also seeking witnesses to a second fatal crash involving a motorcyclist in Limerick City.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, sustained serious injuries when his motorcycle struck a roundabout at Quinn's Cross, Mungret at 7.30pm.

He was also taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where he was later pronounced dead.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact Roxboro Road Garda Station 061 214340 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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It's turning out to be a great year for music fans, and now one more performer is setting his sights on Ireland.

George Ezra has announced that he's taking his tour over to our lovely green isle.

George will play in Belfast on May 26 and in Derry on May 27.

He'll then make his way to Dublin's Olympia on May 29, and carry on to Limerick, where he will play in the Milk Market on May 30.

The singer recently spoke about his hiatus from being in the public eye on Twitter.

He said: "There is no need for me to point out the fact that I’ve been fairly quiet over the last year.

“But I’d like to reassure you all that I’ve been beavering away at what will one day be my second record.

"It took a second to work out what it was that I wanted to write about, and then how to approach the writing and recording process."

We're looking forward to seeing him live!

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Five months after his death, the wife and father-in-law of Jason Corbett have been charged with his murder.

Mr Corbett, a Limerick native and father-of-two, was found with fatal head injuries, allegedly from a baseball bat, at his home in North Carolina on August 2 last.

His wife Molly Martens and her father Thomas, a former FBI agent, were both charged with second degree murder and voluntary manslaughter by a grand jury in the state yesterday. A trial against the pair will go ahead at a later date.

Police were called to the home of Mr. Corbett and Ms. Martens in the early hours of August 2 following reports of a domestic disturbance. According to police reports, Mr Thomas Martens told the 911 dispatch operator who took the call that "he had been in an argument with his son-in-law and that he had struck him with a baseball bat".

However the Martens family allege that the actions against Mr. Corbett were "necessary and justified," with Ms. Martens' uncle Ernest saying he was confident the pair would be "exonerated."

There are "no finer people you could meet" than the Martens, he said on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, adding that the pair plan to plead not guilty.

Mr. Corbett married Ms. Martens after moving to the US in 2011 and employing her as his nanny.

His first wife and the mother of his two children Jack and Sarah, Mags Corbett, died after suffering an asthma attack in 2006.

Mr. Corbett's sister Treacy Lynch and her husband David – who are currently the legal carers of David's two children after a custody battle with Ms. Martens – travelled to the US for the grand jury decision hearing yesterday.

"The family see it as a start," a source close to the Corbetts said of yesterday's development.

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Do you have plans for the next four weeks?

Well now you do because there are Christmas markets all around the country that you need to visit. 

We are already stupidly excited about the arrival of the GIANT 15 metre tree that has arrived in Dublin for the festive season. Now we’re even more eager to spread the Christmas cheer because… Christmas markets.

Dublin 

Dublin's Custom House Quarter will be transformed in order to host the I Believe Festival, which is running from November 26 to December 23. 

Along with an appearance from Santa (of course) the “chalet style village” is going to offer amazing food and craft stalls so those last minute shopping trips won’t seem so bad.  Also, this will be the home of that massive tree, so basically everything you love about Christmas in one place.

Galway 

Grab your Lederhosen! Galway's Christmas market is offering a range of traditional fare this year. The market has 50 stalls takinh over the central square, with an amazing mix of food, crafts and festive activity.

Live entertainment is a big part of the festivities here, with choirs galore. And naturally, a souvenir-sized German beer tent sits at the heart of it all, offering Bavarian brews, salty pretzels, sauerkraut and more. Robbie Henshaw will be on hand to kick-off the festival on Friday 20 November.

Limerick 

Limerick's Milk Market is the best spot for Christmas activity for visit for two reasons: 1) ALL of the food and 2) the all-weather canopy covering.

If we’re being honest Irish Christmas markets are more likely to be caressed by rain than snow, so that canopy is a big plus. Also, the stalls packed with artisan foods are there all year round but when Christmas arrives they pull out all the stops. Just try the special festive fudges and you’ll understand.

Belfast 

Stalls are basically packed around Belfast’s City Hall, with a fab range of food, drinks, crafts and titbits available from Europe and beyond.

There is also a special post box whisking post off to the North Pole (get there before Dec 17). Also, brunch lovers should keep St. George’s Market – open all year round – in mind.

Cork 

Not to be outdone, Cork's Glow festival promises to be an amazing Christmas event. This year includes Ireland's largest Ferris wheel… winning. 

The market on Grand Parade has the usual festive food and craft stalls (don't forget to pop into the English Market across the road for a little Christmas nibble).

The highlight of Cork's celebrations though is the transformation of Bishop Lucey Park. The park is to become a Victorian pop-up storybook throughout Glow, with 3D scenes from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas set to create a very ethereal vibe. So you are basically in your own Christmas fairytale. 

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We were warned by Met Éireann that Barney was about to hit – and those rather clever meteorologists weren't wrong either: the storm has well and truly arrived in Ireland.

Indeed, 45,000 people are currently without power: ESB says the outages have been reported in parts Clare, Offaly, Westmeath, Kerry, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Wicklow.

Those in Limerick and Clare have even been told to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary. 

Meanwhile, flights are being diverted from Dublin and Cork airports, while Shannon Airport has recorded a wind speed of an astonishing 129km/h. 

Furthermore, Dawson Street and Trinity Street in Dublin's city centre have now been closed for safety reasons.

And southbound Dart services are currently only operating to/from Dalkey due to a power failure near Killiney.

The Dublin Fire Brigade has instructed those without electricity not to use any naked flames for light other than candles. It added that wheelie bins may need to be tied down. 

This afternoon a Ryanair flight was forced to abort two attempted landings at Shannon – before diverting to Liverpool.

With winds at Cork and Dublin also too strong for flight FR-1183 from London Gatwick, the pilot had to safely steer the craft towards Liverpool instead. 

Aer Lingus flights to and from Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol have all also been cancelled, as have City Jet planes to and from London City Airport.

Met Éireann this evening is saying that it will remain very windy, especially in the east – but that conditions will gradually ease before midnight with good clear spells developing. 

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