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Every girl around the world is moved by The Notebook and the romantic story of Ali and Noah. Most guys are too, even if they don’t admit it…

Now, an Irish version of The Notebook couple have been found and it is that bit more special. In TV3’s Home from Home series, Mary Coleman is moved into the Glanaulin Nursing Home in Dublin after she develops dementia and could no longer live at home. 

Her husband, Frank used to visit her every single day before moving into the home himself under doctors’ advice. Frank spoke about his sadness when Mary had to leave him to go to Glenaulin: “I used to bring her up to the doctor, he told me she was sick, the old Alzheimer’s. I didn’t notice it. She must have had it when she was with me in the house. I didn’t notice. I didn’t know what it was. They told me she was sick and then I felt sad over that and she had to go into the home.”

Now, Frank lives with Mary in the home though he still maintains his old lifestyle as he often goes to meet friend for a pint in his local. 

Frank says that he often talks to Mary about their life together, and especially about the time he proposed to her in Phoenix Park. The dedicated husband also says that he would like to go first: “If anything happens, I’d like to go first, not Mary, because if she goes it would break my heart, it really would.”

Frank and Mary’s story will air on TV3 on New Year’s Eve. 



Ah rain. We see so much of it here in Ireland you would think we'd be used to it. But no, when we look outside and know that we soon will be out there our hearts sink. 

For the rainy weekend that's in it – here are the reasons we, as Irish women, HATE HATE HATE rain!

1. Not to sound vain, but the wet, scraggy look just does NOT do it for us and it won’t look right for the whole day now. Grr.

2. Wet leaves+boots+rain = a wet sore arse. Not cool.

3. Taking a good twenty minutes to perfect your make-up for that big meeting only to see it float away in the wind the minute you step outside the front door

4. Public transport is always 100% more miserable in the rain. Fact. Sweaty, condensed windows and steam rising off everyone – Taxi!

5. Making the mistake of putting on lipgloss only to be removing your hair from it every twenty-thirty seconds. Oh the humanity.



A good book, and we mean a REALLY good book, is a rare find.

When you reach the last page of a really gripping novel, it’s always a little bit devastating that you’ll never read it again for the first time. That’s why it can be really exciting when you find out your favourite book is being turned into a film. 

Some book-to-film adaptations are spot-on: great movies in their own right but also totally faithful to the original material. Others… not so good. Cringey accents *cough* PS I Love You *cough*, giant plot holes and, the worst of all, changed endings. NO.

Here are some of the movies that got it right, thank God…

1. The Harry Potter series
J.K. Rowling’s creation became one of the publishing world’s biggest success stories, so it’s understandable that the Harry Potter series would become the most talked about movie franchise of all time. We admit that the earlier films don’t QUITE hit the mark but from The Prisoner of Azkaban onward, we were hooked. We challenge you not to cry for 90% of the last two films. Just the word “Dobby” is still enough to bring a lump to our throat…

2. The Notebook
Call it cringey, call it cheesy, but The Notebook is still our go-to love story! The book itself is quite short, so nothing is cut out in the film which we love. And let’s face it, the addition of Ryan Gosling didn’t do any harm either!

3. The Fault In Our Stars
This young adult novel had a huge cult following among readers of all ages, so the film was definitely put under heavy scrutiny when it was released. But author John Green was so happy with how the screenwriters adapted his work, that he asked them to work with him on upcoming adaptations of his other books, Paper Towns and Looking For Alaska. The film is a total tearjerker and really does remain faithful to Green’s writing.

4. Bridget Jones’ Diary
Just like the book, the film version of Bridget Jones was funny, realistic and a little bit tongue-in-cheek. Renée Witherspoon was a controversial choice for singleton Bridget but she definitely made the part her own, gaining over two stone for the film . As for Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, they were already well used to the rom-com genre!

5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Author Stieg Larsson died when his books were still unpublished, so he never knew of their success, let alone of a film adaptation. A Swedish movie version of the first book in the three-part series was released in 2009, with a higher-budget English version following in  2011. Both get the thumbs up from us – dark, sinister thrillers that totally capture the essence of the book. 




Nicholas Sparks is breaking our hearts all over again. The trailer for his latest book turned film The Best of Me has been released and it has a lot in common with The Notebook.

Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden play lovers who were torn apart by society, but find each other again 20 years later.

Sparks has obviously figured out a template that works for his stories, and he’s sticking with it. Not that we mind – we love a good tear-jerker around here!




The news broke last week that Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are rumoured to be expecting their first child together.

While we’re still coming to terms with this – more rumours are now emerging that the couple could be getting married quite soon.

Yes, you read that right. A close friend of Eva’s has revealed, that the couple plan on getting married soon after the arrival of their first child.

“I think they will wed after the baby is born. Eva would love to eventually marry Ryan and be a family with their new baby.”

While both Ryan and Eva have yet to confirm the good news, several sources have confirmed that Eva is expecting, and even American TV presenter Ellen DeGeneres, tweeted her congratulations to the couple.

Ryan and Eva have been dating after working together on the 2011 film, The Place Beyond the Pines

Oh well, we’ll just watch The Notebook instead.




A Reddit user has recreated some classic movie scenes with his boss’s dog.

There isn’t much more explaining to do really, you just have to feast your eyes on these strange, yet wonderful pictures:




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The Hunger Games

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Say Anything

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The Graduate

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The Notebook

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Top Gun

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Brokeback mountain


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Dirty Dancing

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Uh oh! It sounds as if Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling had their fair share of issues while filming The Notebook together back in 2004.

The on-star love birds also dated for two years from 2005 until 2007.

The director of the epic love-story, Nick Cassavetes, has recalled one certain incident in which the couple had a massive bust-up and Ryan even requested his co-star be removed from set!

He said: “Maybe I’m not supposed to tell this story but they were really not getting along one day on-set. Really not … And Ryan came to me and there 150 people standing in this big scene, and he says, ‘Nick, come here.’ And he’s doing this big scene with Rachel and he says, ‘Would you bring in another actress to read off camera with me?’ I said, ‘What?’ He says, ‘I can’t. I can’t do it with her.'”

Wow – we’re sure they will be very impressed with the director spilling their secrets like that!



It’s been ten whole years since The Notebook hit cinema screens, and we’re STILL not over Ally and Noah’s epic love story.

To celebrate the anniversary of one of the most notable tear jerkers of all time, why not take a look at Rachel McAdam’s audition tape – it’s pretty damn great.



It’s a sad fact of life that we can’t all marry Ryan Gosling, but would you dress up your hubby-to-be so that he looked like him in the engagement photos?

Cindy Gauthier and Jean-Nicola Barile decided they loved The Notebook so much they would recreate some of the iconic scenes in their engagement photoshoot (don’t worry – we didn’t know engagement photoshoots were a thing either!).

We’re not sure how we feel about these photos. They’re kind of great, but they’re also kind of mortifying. What do you think?







While we’ve seen our fair share of engagement announcements – Cindy Gauthier and Jean-Nicola Barile’s unusual but sweet way of announcing their upcoming nuptials, has to be our favourite so far.

It seems Cindy like us, is a big fan of The Notebook and thought what better way to share her good news, than by recreating the most iconic scenes from the romantic film with her husband to be.

We have to say they did a good job, and it must be true love if Jean-Nicole was willing to go through all of those poses for his fiancée.







It’s been reported, that a married couple who held hands for 70 years at breakfast every morning, have died only 15 hours apart from one another.

Helen Felumlee and her husband, Kenneth Felumlee were from Nashport in the U.S.A. and according to their eight children, were inseparable.

Helen died at the age of 92-years-old on April 12, but it seemed that Kenneth couldn’t imagine a world without his dear wife, as the 91-year-old died the following morning.

Their daughter, Linda Cody knew that if one of her parents passed, her other parent would soon follow.

“He was ready. He just didn’t want to leave her here by herself.”

Some reports have even suggested, that the couple once shared the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry, rather than sleeping one night apart.

Their children said that both Helen and Kenneth remained deeply in love, till the very end.



It makes you go weak at the knees, squeal with delight and secretly long for a similar smooch with your significant other. It’s the best big kisses on the silver screen.

The Notebook
The chemistry between Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling in The Notebook was electric resulting in a kiss that would make your toes curl. The rain-soaked smooch between Allie and Noah is one we’ve always yearned to recreate (preferably with Gosling himself).

Lady and the Tramp
Even the biggest cynic would melt the moment the Lady and the Tramp share their first kiss at the end of a string of spaghetti in this magical Disney movie.

Who knew that the power of a kiss could make a past-time of the retired sexy, as Patrick Swayze interrupts Demi Moore’s pottery session with a steamy, late-night rendez-vous.

The Quiet Man
Hollywood director Martin Scorsese has dubbed the passionate kiss between Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne in The Quiet Man as one of the best onscreen kisses in cinematic history. The chemistry between the flamed-hair siren Mary Kate Danaher and super-manly Sean Thorton when they kiss during a storm, would stand up to any modern-day movie.

The sunset smooch between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet to Celine Dion’s most romantic hit My Heart Will Go On showed that their love was unsinkable, even if the ship wasn’t.