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It's safe to say PokémonGo has taken over the world in just a few short weeks.

Kids and celebs alike are playing the game, but with 150 different Pokémon to catch, sometimes the chances are slim.

Unless you have the Irish start-up app, Mawla.

The Dublin-made app is after putting together a series of maps in order to help people find their Pokémon.

Explaining how it works, the app's developer Dan Malone said: "We speak directly with the PokémonGo servers.

"We pretend to be an app and to be in a certain location and they say 'oh you're an app, in Stephen's Green! There's x,y,z Pokémon around you!'

"The way I get the coverage of the areas that I have is by creating a grid of overlapping rings an slowly walking out from the centre to a radius I've defined."

Mawla has been rolling out since PokémonGo was released, and so far, Dan said the fans are unbelievable.

"The reception has been incredible, I've had 180,000 visits to my website in one week. It's been great overall."


Brent and Brianna Daley were arrested this week after leaving their two-year-old son at home alone for about 90 minutes.

The real kicker to the story? The young parents were just driving around their area playing Pokémon Go!

The family are from Arizona, and have been experiencing a heat wave this summer, with the temperature being 35 degrees when the young boy was left alone. 

According to reports, the two-year-old was found “red faced, sweaty and dirty” outside his home while barefoot and only wearing a nappy!  

When authorities arrived to the house, they said they found the boy “screaming and crying attempting to get into the residence."

When the police called Brent Daley, the boy's father, he answered and said, “whatever,” when told that they had found the boy abandoned.

After the parents were taken into custody, they admitted that they had left the child alone for roughly 90 minutes. 

In a press release, the local Sheriff said that “The couple admitted they were away for the residence for up to 90 minutes playing Pokémon Go! the smartphone game,” 

The Sheriff, who is also running for local government in Arizona, posted a status on Facebook about the situation.

Brianna and Brent Daley were booked into the local county jail on charges of child neglect and endangerment. 

It is not clear if the couple has hired legal aid, but the child is now with child protective services in Arizona. 



Pokémon Go has kinda taken over the world in the last few weeks.

Kids and adults alike are roaming around the earth to catch all of the Pokémon they can, and now it seems like Bressie has become a fan.

Taking to Instagram, the singer shared a video of him searching for the virtual creatures in Lough Ennell in Mullingar.


The most intense game of #pokemongo ever. #swimmingacrosslakes

A video posted by bressie (@bressie) on

He captioned the pic: "The most intense game of pokemongo ever."

But that wasn't game over for Bressie. Nope, minutes later he uploaded another video, telling his fans his search wasn't over.

"Search for pokemon continues across Lough Ennell. I could swim in these magic waters all day," the Westmeath native wrote.

Did he catch 'em all, though?


Unless you’ve been living under a giant impermeable rock for the last month, you’ll know the latest reincarnation of 90’s cartoon Pokémon has pretty much taken over the world.

And as if being constantly hit with virtual pokéballs isn’t bad enough, some strange individuals have now decided to strip your most precious childhood memories of their innocence by creating Pokémon inspired sex toys.

Thanks to the people at Geeky Sex Toys in Brisbane, Australia, you will never been able to think back to the adventures of Ash, Brock and Misty again without seeing their beloved pocket monsters transform into the horrifyingly named "Pokémoan" toys.

According to Mashable, the couple behind the new poké products had always hoped to launch a Pokémon-inspired range.

Because of the success of Pokémon Go, that idea got fast-tracked into production and, like all things Pokémon, the sex toys have proven to be ridiculously popular. 

On that note, we’re off to cry ourselves to sleep.



If Pokémon Go has given you the pep in your step life coaches could only dream about, then it won’t be long before you’ll want to take your Pokémon hunting abroad, right?

After tramping the highways and byways of our own little emerald isle, it’ll be no time before you’ll start imagining pastures new, and envisioning the number of Squirtles and Sandshews which are nestled among them.

Let’s be honest, there’s only so much rambling around your own neighbourhood you can do before you start wondering what other countries have to offer you in the Squirtle stakes.

With that in mind, it's definitely worth considering the Pokémon hotspots dotted across the globe, right?

The good folk at Expedia are all about helping you tick off your Pokémon Go travel bucket list, but the question is – are your prepared to pack your bags?

1.Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia

According to the experts, there are Pokémon popping up all over the place in Circular Quay, especially when thousands of Sydney-siders descend on the waterfront to join an unauthorized Pokémon Go Walk.

So, what are you waiting for?!

2. Disneyland, Anaheim, California, United States

Those in the know claim elite players will make a beeline to the Sleeping Beauty Castle which is now a top tier gym if they're serious about catching those little lads.

By the sounds of things, the most magical place on Earth is practically a Pokémon breeding ground.

3. Central Park, New York, United States

We've all seen the vid, right? Yep, there's no denying those little guys have made a home for themselves in one of the world's most famous city parks.

And it's time for you to go find them.

4. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pokémon players will find “Zubats” flying around ancient Roman sculptures, encyclopedic collections as well as antique weapons and armour from all around the world.

If only it had been this much craic when our parents were dragging us to museums of a Sunday.

5. State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Combine Pokémon hunting with culture-celebrating at this Aussie hotspot!

Sightseeing and Pokémon Go can be an exhausting combination so take some time out and join the other players sitting on the library steps training up their Pokémon.

6. Big Ben or Savoy Hotel, London, United Kingdom

The good folk at Expedia assure us that London is awash with Poke Stops right now.

And if you're in need of Pokeballs? You need look no further than the Savoy Hotel.

7. The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

There are some serious Pokémon hunters in this Italian city, and when in Rome…

This city is crawling with Pokémon as both the young and old of Rome have given into the craze, so it looks like you might have a little competition on your hands.

8. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

Not only can you walk in the footsteps of Neolithic ancestors, but you can also follow the path of the adorable Eevee.

And if you really are on a quest to catch ‘em all, you’re going to need to get all of this cute character’s different evolutions.



Rihanna is taking a stand against the pp that has been taking over the world in recent weeks.

There is no denying that Pokémon Go is EVERYWHERE at the moment, but if you are attending a Rihanna concert any time soon, we suggest you leave the phone at home. 

At her concert in Lille, France on Saturday night, Riri announced to the crowd that nobody was to be seen hunting for Pokémon. 

"I don't want to see you texting your boyfriends or your girlfriends," she told her fans during her performance. "I don't want to see you catching any Pokémons up in this bitch."

Fans took to Twitter, referring to the singer as a "queen" and a "legend" for taking a stand against the app. 

Rihanna is not the first person to speak out against Nintendo's latest craze while at a concert. 

A fan at a Beyoncé concert recently LOST IT with a person who was playing Pokémon Go instead of watching Queen Bey at work, and instagram erupted. 


She's lucky Solange never saw her. Side note I'm never showering again.

A video posted by Anand Desai-Barochia (@ananddb) on

Moral of the story: as with everything else in life, there’s a time and a place for video games. 



When a trend hits as hard and as fast as Pokémon Go did, it's inevitable you'll find as many people irritated by it as you will enthused by it.

And while there's something admittedly adorable about watching people bump into one another in public as they desperately search for Squirtle, some people have had enough of the whole damn thing, and aren't afraid to say it.

Irritated by the sheer number of people who have strayed onto his property in the hopes of catching a Pokémon, one Canadian homeowner has shared a few home truths with those responsible, and the internet is all over it.

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"Get a life and stay out of my yard," he began on a sign which he initially left in front of his house but which ultimately made its way onto Imgur. "This whole Pokemon hunt is by far the stupidest thing I have ever seen,"

And in hammering home his point, he confirmed that he has lived through some seriously questionable times including Crystal Pepsi, the Macarena and ten seasons of CSI: Miami.

"There is a bar up the street and around the corner," he advised. "Go there, have a beer, and seriously think about your life choices."

You heard the man…

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While most video games are played in the privacy of teenagers’ bedrooms, nowhere seems to be safe from the phenomenon that is Pokémon Go.

And it looks like the game’s colourful creatures are set to go where no pocket monsters have gone before – that's right, to the pub.

According to Pokémon Go Ireland’s Facebook page, a Poké pub crawl is to be held in the nation’s capital on Saturday July 30 which will lead some of the game’s 9.5 million players to mysteriously located Poképubs in Dublin's city centre.

The event, which is in association with digital marketing agency Clicks to Causes, promises there will be plenty of Pokémon to be caught between the hours of 8pm and 12am and that its hosts will be awarding Pokécoins for the best Pokésnap caption from the night.

The Poképage encourages attendees to post their snaps to the Pokémon Go Ireland Facebook site using the #COYPG hashtag which means Come On You Pokémon Go (obviously).

If you want a go at catching them all, head to the event’s Facebook page for more details.

And if you just happen to be walking around Dublin on the last Saturday of the month be aware that the Pokéballs will be flying.


Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you'll know that a staggering number of people around the world have devoted a serious amount of time to catching a bunch of imaginary creatures with the help of their phones.

And, like everything else that takes the world by storm, it wasn't long before our social media feeds were awash with memes dedicated to the new game and posts detailing the impact it has had on society as we know it.

But if you –  like countless others – have had your fill of info on the trend, you'll be happy to know that there's a Chrome plugin which allows you to rid your feeds of all Pokémon Go references.

PokeGone (Props to whoever came up with that one) is a free extension which means you can log on without having to see anything about the game which is currently taking the world by storm.

Excuse us while we go do a little downloading…




If your social media feeds have been awash with Pokémon Go memes and you have no idea why, you’re not alone.

While many of us assumed Pokémon was the reserve of our childhood and as likely as light-up runners and rip-off tracksuit bottoms to rear its head again, this past weekend has proven just how wrong we were.

So, what’s the 411 exactly?

Basically, Pokémon Go allows people to catch Pokémon in real life with the help of augmented reality, and has proven so popular after initially being rolled out in Australia and New Zealand, its UK and international release have been delayed due to technical issues.

The game, which is a free-to-play mobile game, allows players to capture, battle, train and trade virtual Pokémon who appear around the world, and has basically sent every die-hard Pokémon fan over the edge.

While the creators – Niantic Labs – had anticipated interest in Pokémon’s first foray into the mobile world, they weren’t expecting servers would crash as a result of the hype surrounding the game.

According to Forbes, despite the fact it has yet to be released world-wide, the newly-released game is set to surpass Twitter in daily active users on Android.

Figures indicate that within 48 hours of its release, Pokémon Go had been installed on 5.6 percent of all Android devices in the US – making it more popular than Tinder.

Now just imagine what will happen when it actually goes global…

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