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Former Father Ted star and all-round comedic legend Ardal O'Hanlon is set to join Derry Girls season two.

As a key character in one of Ireland's most hilarious TV shows, Father Dougal McGuire, we're over the moon to see him join the latest brilliant Irish comedy series.

Derry Girls was first released on Channel 4 back in January of 2018 and quickly became one of the most watched show in Northern Ireland's history.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The show, which is based in Northern Ireland and follows a group of school friends who get up to mischief during The Troubles, with hilarious results.

It snagged Best Comedy at the IFTA Gala Television Awards and Lisa McGee took home the gong for Best Writer for Comedy/Soap after creating the absolute gem.

Soon after the show ended, it was publicised that a second series of the show had been commissioned, and today the news broke that Ardal O'Hanlon will be joining the cast.

A release from Channel 4 claims that the Monaghan native will play the role of; “Eamonn, the awkward, middle-aged mummy’s boy of the Quinn/McCool extended family”.

Saoirse-Monica Jackson, who plays Erin Quinn spoke about the actor in an interview with RadioTimes“Ardal O’Hanlon joins our family this year, which is brilliant.” ​​

Nicola Coughlan, who plays Claire, says that the character of Eamonn is “a real Irish stereotype” – but he’s “not a priest”. “I think it’s something that everybody will recognise, and he completely gets it so on the money,” she added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“It was really surreal, just looking at him, because he’s such an iconic figure in Ireland, and he’s such a lovely man. He’s so good in it," Coughlan continued.

“There’s a scene where it gets quite physical, and Lisa McGee came over. She was like, "Don’t bully Ardal". And we were like, "We’re not bullying him, he’s like a national treasure!" ‘Cause we had to like go for it in the scene.”

Thank the Derry Gods, the show returns to our screens next month, and we finally got a sneak peak when Channel 4 released the trailer for season two a few days ago. It's gonna be pure gas, we cannot WAIT.

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We're getting SERIOUSLY excited about 2019, for the sole reason that Lady Gaga is potentially getting her own cosmetics line. Ready? We were born for this, just GIVE US THE GOODS.

The Blast is reporting and the U.S. Patent and Trademark office has confirmed that the pop diva and all-round superstar has taken out a trademark for the cosmetics line Haus Beauty.

The Joanne singer's company, Ate My Heart Inc., appear to be gearing up for a major launch that could legit change our mediocre lives for the better.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Haus Beauty will allegedly sell products such as cheek blushers, bronzers, foundation, lipstick, lip glosses, brow accoutrements and eyeshadows.

There could even be skincare goodies such as moisturisers, hand-creams, sun-creams, self-tanners and body scrubs. Dear God, let this be the TRUTH.

2018 was Lady Gaga's year, with her starring role in A Star is Born possibly earning her a Oscar nod, Joanne gaining multiple Grammy nominations and her Las Vegas residency ENIGMA opening with a bang and gaining rave reviews.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Ate My Heart Inc. trademark is possibly coming after watching the incredible success of Rihanna's Fenty Beauty cosmetic and lingerie business

Lady Gaga has been dropping numerous hints on her Instagram, and more hashtags regarding Haus Beauty.

2019 is going to be another huge year for the unbelievably talented woman, we can't wait to see what she achieves.

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The Irish public is amongst the most confident in the world, according to new LinkedIn research,  with a whopping 7 out of 10 adults believing they are successful in life – no hint of imposter syndrome here. 

According to the data, the Irish public places more emphasis on their work life balance, relationships and personal experiences when defining success than their salary.

Being healthy was actually the top characteristics that respondents defined success by – with 74% of those surveyed in the LinkedIn study singling it out.

Having a great relationship with your family, and spending time with them, as well as building healthy friendships were also viewed as popular definitions of success, at 62% and 58% respectively.

Being able to spend time on their passions and hobbies contributed heavily in terms of whether people viewed themselves as a success.

We're all obsessed with travel Instagram accounts, which isnt surprising when 44% of people defined the ability to travel as a marker of success.

LinkedIn’s research found that traditional perceptions of success were outdated, with just 15% of respondents identifying a six-figure salary as a definition of success – the figure rose to 32% among respondents in the 18-24 year old age group.

6% judged earning more money than their friends as success and similarly only 16% viewed getting a pay rise a positive milestone in terms of being a success.

We'll be over here working on our travel plans and our health, thank you. 

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So, keeping a regular bedtime routine can be difficult at the best of times. Whether it's a Netflix binge or impromptu post-work drinks, there are lots of things that can prevent us from getting to bed at a decent hour.

And what's even worse is the lack of consistency. One night you're wide awake at 4:00am and the next you're falling asleep to the sound of the Six One News.

It's a pattern many of us are familiar with – but it's a habit that could affect you in more ways than one.

Researchers have found that having a regular sleep pattern is actually just as important as getting enough sleep each night.

What's more, those with a regular bedtime are actually more successful than those who sleep at different times every night.

61 Harvard undergraduates were asked to keep sleep diaries for 30 days. Scientists then measured the participants sleep and circadian rhythms, before comparing that data to their academic performance.

Results showed that the students with the least regular sleep patterns had a lower grade point average than others.

As well as that, those who went to bed at the same time every day had less trouble getting up in the morning and fell asleep faster at night.

It seems it's all down to the irregular release of melatonin (the hormone that tells your body it's time to sleep), which it turn causes your body clock to become completely confused.

Dr Andrew J. K. Phillips, lead study author and biophysicist at the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, Brigham and Women's Hospital, said, “Our results indicate that going to sleep and waking up at approximately the same time is as important as the number of hours one sleeps.”

“Sleep regularity is a potentially important and modifiable factor independent from sleep duration.”

What's interesting is that even though the students all slept for a similar amount of time, their body clocks varied.

“We found that the body clock was shifted nearly three hours later in students with irregular schedules as compared to those who slept at more consistent times each night,” said Dr Charles A. Czeisler, senior study author and Director of the Sleep Health Institute at the Hospital.

“For the students whose sleep and wake times were inconsistent, classes and exams that were scheduled for 9am were therefore occurring at 6am according to their body clock, at a time when performance is impaired. 

“Ironically, they didn't save any time because in the end they slept just as much as those on a more regular schedule.”

So, if you often don't feel yourself waking up until lunchtime, it's because your body clock hasn't caught up yet. 

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If you’re a twenty-something experiencing even the slightest twinge of self-doubt about your life achievements to date, all you need to do is turn on the radio to feel totally inferior all over again. To take one very glaring example, Taylor Swift’s recent new album sold a record 1 million copies in its first week, and she conveniently titled it 1989 to let us know that, as well as being a hugely successful artist, she is only 24.

The same goes for Adele, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and countless other artists who were selling platinum records while we were still pulling all-nighters over college essays. And that’s just the music side of things. Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook, was named the world’s youngest self-made billionaire in 2012, aged just 27. Ouch.

With so many youthful successes out there, it can be easy to feel like we’ve made a bit of a mess of things. Where is OUR multi-billion euro company, huh? Where is our international acclaim?

Next time you’re getting down on yourself for not having made the Billboard Top 100 just yet, try to remember that the Taylor Swifts and Mark Zuckerbergs of the world are only a tiny percentage of all the young adults out there. For every global name, there are a million other unknowns who haven’t made their mark just yet.

That’s exactly the point Mark and Anna Vital of Funders and Founders were trying to drive home with their It’s Never Too Late campaign – a series of infographics paying tribute to the many people who found huge success later in life.

Jan Koum, the founder of WhatsApp, didn’t come up with his big idea until he was 35, for example. And CraigsList? The genius idea didn’t occur to founder Craig Newmark until he was 41. Mark and Anna also note that of the top 100 founders on the Forbes List, the most common age to start a successful company is 35. Food for thought.

But if tech isn’t your strong point, and you were relying on your vocal/acting/dancing talents to have earned you global acclaim by now, it can be difficult to trust in the fact that your big moment might suddenly arrive when you reach your mid-thirties. Sadly, some success is just down to pure luck. Jennifer Lawrence, Lady Gaga and all the others do have huge talent, but they were also the one in a million who was spotted at the right age and at the right time, when the market needed someone just like them. If it hadn’t been J-Law cast as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, it would have been the next girl in line.

And despite all of the perks that come with it, would we even want to be global superstars? Unless you’re a hyperactive, attention-seeking extrovert, it’s probably going to be hard to keep up the momentum needed to stay in the spotlight.

One Direction’s Zayn Malik has come under criticism recently for missing out on the band’s album launch and showing less interest in public appearances – but can you really blame him? It must be exhausting having to work to someone else’s agenda, day in and day out. Your life is no longer about you. It’s about your manager, your agent, your audience, maybe even your shareholders.

So next time you berate yourself for doing nothing with your life, be thankful that it’s yours to live, and don’t forget that your light bulb moment might be waiting just around the next corner.

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There is nothing worse than writer’s block when filling out your online dating profile! While you could natter away about yourself for hours on a night out, you find yourself lost for words when sweating over that ‘write here’ white box.

According to a study carried out by a leading online dating site, which analysed the word trends among those who had found love, these are the words you should use:

1. Love

2. Time

3. Life

4. Friend

5. Music

Also, among women, those who found relationships online also used the word ‘relationship’ 16% percent more often than those who were still single.

According to the survey, those who are still looking for love are more likely to use words that describe shorter-term activities. For women in particularly, those words are ‘travel’, ‘dinner’, and ‘shop’.

Other words and phrases to avoid are ‘soul mate’ ‘connection’ and ‘financially secure’.

It seems guys scare pretty easily!

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