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Love Island star Maura Higgins isn't one to withhold vital information, including about shenanigans from the Spanish villa that she may have caused.

The reality star has fast become a fan favourite due to her frank and honest nature, though she has now admitted to skirting around the rules to get some extra wine. Mad respect.

"I should never tell, but I'm gonna…" she revealed during an Instagram Q&A after an appearance on The Late Late Show last Friday night.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Some nights you get one glass of wine, some nights you get two, you either get a choice of beer or wine, I always choose wine," Maura explained.

"One night I went into the larder where the drinks get prepared and there's like a water dispenser there. I went in before everyone else and I downed everyone's wine and I filled it up with water.

"And I got in really big trouble. The whole island got punished the following night because I got really drunk. I shouldn't have probably said that. I'll get in big trouble now!"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We can relate to the struggle of craving some vino, especially if we were on a stressful reality show fighting off other gals to find love.

The Longford native has also divulged on other behind-the-scenes secrets from the reality show, admitting that some scenes were reshot.

"Yeah, we did re-shoot," Maura said. "Just say, for instance, if a text came through and you weren't loud enough or if you stumbled on your words, you'd have to re-take obviously." 

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Maura Higgins has spoken out for the first time about her fellow Islander Amber Gill's split from Greg O'Shea, insisting that the winner is a "strong, independent woman."

The Love Island star believes that the Geordie beautician, who won the show with the Irish rugby player, will thrive despite being dumped ruthlessly via text.

Greg broke up with the Newcastle beauty only five weeks after they split the £50,000 prize and beat out Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Speaking at the TV Choice Awards, Higgins claims that Amber doesn't need the honest relationship advice she now dishes out on ITV's This Morning.

"You know what, Amber is such a strong girl. I don't think Amber needs much advice, she's very strong. She is a strong, independent woman and she will be absolutely fine."

Gill appeared on Loose Women yesterday to confirm that the relationship ended over text after she had asked Greg to make more of an effort with the romance by flying to London or Newcastle.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She appeared at the TV Choice Awards alone, without O'Shea in attendance. Maura also spoke about joining the ITV team, saying she felt "part of the furniture".

The emphasised that the villa friendships still exist; "We try to see each other as much as possible but it's difficult. Once you've been through that experience you want to be there to support one another."

Maura has had huge success since leaving the villa; "With the opportunities, it's insane. I feel very, very lucky, honestly."

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None other than the Queen of Longford, Maura Higgins, will join Ryan Tubridy on the new season of The Late Late Show this week.

The Love Island star is set to join iconic singer Sinead O'Connor and hilarious comedian and actress Aisling Bea on the couch.

Ryan Tubridy revealed the opening episode features “a selection of people representing Ireland", telling RTE Guide;

“Sinead O’Connor, an icon; Aisling Bea, a new superstar knocking them out in the UK; and Maura Higgins from Love Island, a pop-culture phenomenon. It’s running the gamut, and that’s where The Late Late excels.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"We’re also hoping to make a nod towards all the people who’ve served this country in uniform, which needs to be done. Just to say thanks. And where else can you do that, but on the Late Late."

Tubs has previously hinted that the Longford lass will join him on the sofa, saying to the Irish Mirror last week;

“I was watching it (Love Island) over the shoulders of youngsters no but like my feeling about that is even if you didn’t watch it, you know that even when it was going down the toilet and people were saying it was boring and it was the worst series of it, what did it take?"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“It took an Irish woman from Longford to change it all. She goes on and suddenly the show comes alive. And not even just that it was also won by an Irish man.”

This year will mark Tubridy's 11th year as host of the show;

“As of midnight when we get to the end of the show on September 6, I’ll be the second longest-serving host of the Late Late Show which is a strange mantel but a very big honour in my life.”

 Maura is currently taking a break from her appearances at events after admitting via her Instagram stories that she's completely "shattered" and "burnt out".

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Molly-Mae Hague won't be back in Ireland anytime soon, according to The Clare Echo. Remember when she took a private plane to an underage disco in Co. Longford? We do.

The Queens Nightclub in Ennis announced during the airing of Love Island that the social media influencer would appear for a meet-and-greet in August.

Tickets had been on sale for the event, but the nightclub have now confirmed that Molly-Mae has postponed her trip indefinitely to Co. Clare.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Ennis venue wrote; “Due to unforeseen circumstances Love Island’s Molly-Mae Hague has had to postpone her appearance at Queens Nightclub Ennis this Saturday night.

"She would like to apologies to all her fans. Full refunds available on tickets already purchased from both eventbrite.com and Kaffeine," they added.

"Stay tuned to our social Media Accounts for further updates. Apologies for any inconvenience caused."

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Molly-Mae has been dating professional boxer Tommy Fury since mid-way through the ITV reality show, but is currently undergoing photoshoots in Los Angeles.

The star has yet to comment on the postponement of her nightclub appearance, after winners Greg O'Shea and Amber Gill spent the weekend in the county to see the Cliffs of Moher.

You're missing out on some Wild Atlantic Way beauty, gal. Your loss, we say.

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Looks like we'll be seeing plenty more of Maura on our screens pretty soon, thank Goddess.

Maura Higgins is set to land her own reality show after TV bosses were impressed by her attitude and personality on ITV's Love Island.

The fiesty nature of the 28-year-old former grid girl has meant that she's become a breakout star of the villa, but Curtis Pritchard won't be needed for her new show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Curtis himself has been named as the receptionist for the next series of The Greatest Dancer on BBC, while Maura is joining ITV's list of big stars.

While the producers aren't offering any couples a spin-off show (we want more GREG) due to fears of the partners splitting up before filming finishes

Maura made a flying start on This Morning as an agony aunt, but plans to challenge the star with a number of activities are in the works.

The Sun reports that there are plans for Maura to tick off a number of items from a 'turning-30 bucket list', which will see her take on everything from bungee-jumping to pottery making.

An inside source told The Sun that Maura is "great on screen so bosses want to create a platform where viewers can still get their fix."

Producers are "focusing on Maura" as "no-one really knows what the future holds" for her relationship with Curtis. Maura has "ratings-winner potential," and ITV are "ironing out details at the moment."

Maura's fanny flutters are getting her far in her career, it seems. 

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The Irish nation is undeniably in debt to the Duchess of Longford: Maura Higgins.

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The Love Island contestant has represented her country proudly, uttering the word 'tanks' at every turn and using her wily ways to nab Curtis Pritchard. 

We're all pretty dedicated to her for providing us with endless entertainment, but Naturally Fast Food brand LEON has taken the crown for possessing the most commitment to the grid girl.

LEON Ireland have pledged to rename their famous LOVe burger to 'The Maura Burger' for a day if the hilarious hopeful bags the £50,000 prize. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her bid to win the Love Island crown hasn't gone unnoticed by the food brand, who recently opened their doors in Dublin's Temple Bar. Their gas offer is sure to turn heads and set pulses racing.

The day after the reality show's finale airs, The Maura Burger will come to life if the Irish hopeful bags the crown.

The burger itself will be exactly like the LOVe Burger, but with extra sauce on the side for some added spice. We all know Queen Maura loves a bit of seasoning and flavour in her life…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If the Longford native wins the show, the first 50 people to order The Maura Burger will get one for free in LEON restaurants. It's an offer we just can't refuse.

All customers must do is say “I got a text from Maura” when ordering and they will be offered a free side.

We're all about celebrating our icons with food, that's for sure.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Managing director of LEON Ireland, Stuart Fitzgerald, said;

Our team are addicted to Love Island and our favourite islander is definitely Longford native, Maura. Our team are 100 percent loyal to Maura so we thought we’d share the love with our customers."

The poor girl must have crippling back pain from carrying the ENTIRE series of the show. Don't miss out on LEON's offer, and remember your manners. As Maura would say; "Tanks".

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Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to an assault which occurred in Longford yesterday morning. 

The incident occurred on Main Street, Ballymahon, at 7am on January 30. 

One man in his 40s received what appears to be stab wounds during the course of an incident. 

A large number of men are believed to be involved.  

The man is in serious condition in hospital.

 Gardaí are asking anyone with information or anyone who travelled through Ballymahon yesterday morning between 6.30 am and 8.00 am to contact them at Longford Garda Station.

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An investigation has been launched following an alleged assault in Co Longford.

One man is said to be in a serious condition and is being treated at the intensive care unit of Mullingar's Midland Regional Hospital.

It's understood that the victim sustained a stab wound in Ballymahon, Co Longford shortly after a memorial ceremony had been held in Longford town’s St Mel’s Cathedral.

The service was held to mark the anniversary of John 'Dodie' Stokes was passed away last year, and it's believed that Gardaí were aware of the tensions that existed between those in attendance.

Detectives believe the assault took place following a road traffic collision Ballymahon where at least two vehicles were rammed.

It's thought the victim may have been dragged from one of the vehicles and stabbed.

Gardai have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed anything untoward in the Ballymahon area between 6:30am and 8am this morning to contact them at Longford Garda Station at (043) 3350570.

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The village of Drumlish in Co Longford is in mourning today following the tragic death of a young woman last night.

The 34-year-old was involved in a three-car collision on the R198 at Cloonagh near Drumlish yesterday evening, and was pronounced death at the scene by emergency services.

Three other people were involved in the crash, and subsequently transferred to Mullingar Hospital, where their injuries are said to be not life-threatening.

The deceased, who is believed to be from Dromond, was taken to the mortuary at Tullamore Hospital for a postmortem examination.

Speaking to The Longford Leader, local priest Father Bernard Hogan, reflected on the impact the fatal collision has had on the wider community.

"There are a number of families affected, not just one and our thoughts go out to them today," he said in response to the tragic incident.

"A dark cloud hangs over the place, there's no doubt about it".

The road has been reopened to the public, following an examination of the crash site by Garda forensic collision investigators.
 

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Gardaí have renewed their appeal for information following a road traffic collision in Co. Longford on September 12, 2017.

A man in his twenties suffered serious head injuries after he was truck by a silver Ford Transit van (07 – SO registration) on Main Street, Edgeworthstown at around 2.30am.

The vehicle did not remain at the scene.

The pedestrian was originally taken to The Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar, but has since been transferred to Beaumount Hospital in Dublin, where he remains in a critical condition.

Anyone who was in the Edgeworthstown area between 2am and 3am on 10th, or anyone with any information about the incident, is asked to contact Granard Garda Station on (043) 6687660.

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A woman has suffered stab wounds to the back of her head following an incident in Longford Town this afternoon.

It's understood the incident occurred on Main Street in the town just after 4pm.

The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was treated by medics at the scene before being rushed to Mullingar Hospital.

The extent of her injuries is not yet know, though they are not thought to be life threatening.

No arrests have been made as of yet, but Gardaí say a full investigation is underway.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Gardaí at Longford station on 043 3350577 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111

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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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