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With just four weeks to go, Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development is joining forces with Dancing With The Stars winner, Mairéad Ronan and calling on people to reach out to their neighbours as part of The Big Hello!, the first National Community Weekend which takes place this May Bank Holiday Weekend (May 4-6).

“The Big Hello!” supports communities to host events in their local area in order to strengthen community ties and help tackle the problem of social isolation.

Minister Ring said: “In a world where people are spending less time in their communities and more time at work, it is important to find new ways to connect people and focus on the importance of neighbours. In our busy lives we rarely make time for each other outside of our network of family, friends and social media contacts.”

In order to support these events, Minister Ring has allocated €10,000 to each of the 31 Local Authorities and asked them to allocate funding to The Big Hello! events in their areas. The target is for at least 1,000 local events to be held throughout Ireland.

Funding for events is available to residents’ committees and community and voluntary groups through their Local Authorities. Further details can be found here, and on The Big Hello! Facebook page.

Minister Ring continued: “Sadly, many people living among us are experiencing social isolation and loneliness. I firmly believe that this initiative can help people to connect or re-connect with their neighbours and communities.”

Mairéad Ronan said: “We all lead such incredibly busy lives nowadays; The Big Hello! is a wonderful opportunity to catch up with our neighbours by organising an event or attending one in our local communities. No matter how big or small, it’s up to you to decide with your neighbours what type of event you’d like to host in your area.”

The event is being organised by the Minister’s Department in partnership with representatives of Public Participation Networks, Local Community Development Companies, Volunteer Ireland, Young Social Innovators, Macra na Feirme, Street Feast, An tOireachtas and Change X.

It is intended to have at least one Irish language event in each Local Authority area.

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Niall Horan has only recently bought a new home in Hollywood, but his neighbours already don't like him.

The singer is causing a stir with the residents as there's a historic tree in front of his house that he took down.

"These sort of celebs disrupt everything with no regard for others," said one neighbour.

 

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According to The Sun, the One Direction star bought his new $3 million home in the same neighbourhood as Robert Pattison and Justin Timberlake.

The neighbour added: "Workers spent hours with a crane to lift the tree out."

It looks like Niall might have to throw a house party to sweeten his neighbours up!

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British-born actress Vivean Gray, who played Mrs Nell Mangel in hit TV soap Neighbours, has died aged 92.

The actress will be best remembered for the role of the Ramsay Street villain, having appeared in in 292 episodes of the soap in the 1980s. 

Vivean was born in Lincolnshire in the east of England but she moved to Australia in 1952.

She was cast in the role of Mrs Mangel after appearing as a similar character in another Australian soap. 

 

Another part of our childhood ends. RIP Vivean Gray aka Mrs Mangel!! #neighbours #mrsmangel #viveangray #rip #80s #nofilter

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As the meddling Mrs Mangel, she appeared alongside Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan and was the fictional sworn rival of Madge Bishop. 

Mark Little, who played Vivean Gray's on-screen son, paid tribute to her on Twitter.

He wrote: "Vivean Gray: Legend many times over.I was privileged to know and work with her.We laughed a lot creating The Mangel Dynasty. RIP."

Rick Maier, Network Ten's Head of Drama, told the Sydney Morning Herald: "Vivean's contribution to Australian drama will never be forgotten. It is a very sad day for the Neighbours' family."

Rest in peace. 

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Scotty T popped up on Aussie soap Neighbours last night and Twitter just couldn't handle it.

In his cameo role, he pops up for only a few minutes and makes a laugh out of one of Ramsay Street's residents.

AND you're going to see more of him on the soap too. The show's bosses liked him so much that they asked him back to do another appearance.

Here's Twitter funniest reactions to his cameo last night:

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Scotty T is making waves on the beach, and it's not hard to see why.

The reality star was asked to make a cameo appearance on the Aussie soap Neighbours, so last December he flew out to film a short clip which is set to air in June.

However, the show's bosses enjoyed his presence so much that they have asked him back again.

According to BANG, Scott's publicist confirmed: "Scotty will make a cameo in Neighbours. He flew out in December to film it and it is due to air in June. They liked him so much that they have asked him to go back."

Back in December, Scotty said of his performance: "In the scene I've just shot, I come in the park and I'm training and I see him attempting to do sit-ups on the bench.

"But we have a bit of confusion over what each other are saying because I can't understand him and he can't understand me and then we have a bit of a tiff and that and I tell him to 'jog on' and he actually jogs on the spot."

You never know, Scott might just make it as a permanent cast member soon!

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From the trials and tribulations of Ramsay Street to playing the wife of corrupt stockbroker, Jordan Belfort, former Neighbours star Margot Robbie has come a long way in six years. In fact, we reckon 2016 is going to be her biggest year yet.

With three major movies to be released in the next few months alone and the announcement today that she is set to portray disgraced Olympian Tonya Harding in a new biopic, the future is all sunny skies for the Aussie beauty.

Here’s just a few reasons everyone will be talking about Margot Robbie this year…

She’s starring alongside one of comedy’s biggest names
From the 22nd of April you can see Robbie in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot with Tina Fey. The pair play two journalists sent to Afghanistan to report on the war.

She’ll be heading to the jungle, too
Tarzan, meet Jane… or should we say ‘meet Margot.’ Heading into the summer months you’ll catch Margot swinging from vines in The Legend of Tarzan alongside (her one-time rumoured fling) Alexander Skarsgard.

She’s trying her hand at some bad-ass comic book action
Possibly the most re-created Halloween costume from last year, Harley Quinn will come to life in this year’s Suicide Squad. And who plays the black-and-red bad girl? Yup, you’ve guessed it…

She’s just scored a MAJOR film role in I, Tonya
Margot’s latest casting, in the biopic of disgraced Olympian Tonya Harding, marks the first time Robbie will play the lead in a major motion picture. Harding had an incredibly tough rise to fame in the figure-skating world, before later being charged and imprisoned for her ties to the attacks on her rival Nancy Kerrigan. A very meaty role for the young actress and one that is already gathering a lot of interest.

Oh, and she KILLED it on the Oscars red carpet this year
The Aussie topped all of the best dressed lists at this year’s Academy Awards in shimmering gold custom Tom Ford. WIN.

 

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Charlotte Church celebrated her 30th birthday by hosting a wild party in her house, but now her neighbours are in RAGE.

Residents if the small village in Wales were less than impressed when music was heard playing until nearly 6am, and they called it a "warzone" on the street outside.

Nearly 100 guests attended the party in Charlotte's £1.5m (€1.9m) home and the police received numerous calls of complaint.

Some disgruntled neighbours said they heard a woman "shrieking" all night long.

A local man said: "I called the police about 4.30am. I was sick of hearing this wailing coming out over a speaker system. I presume it was Charlotte singing. Put it this way – she's no longer got the voice of an angel."

While another said, "Wow, I heard it till 5am, I'm all for people having a good time but the noise was ridiculous."

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Neighbours actress Rose Byrne has given birth to a baby boy. 

Her longtime boyfriend Bobby Cannavale made the major announcement on Friday night when appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

His leading lady welcomed a baby boy with him earlier this week.

"I had a baby on Monday, yes," the actor said on the show. 

"You know, I didn't do anything. We [men] don't do anything and I'm so tired. I think I've gained 28 pounds since Monday."

He later admitted that his baby's name is Rocco and he "is doing great."

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