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Netflix' Bird Box has consistently found itself in the headlines, mainly because of how absolutely ridiculous the whole debacle is.

The movie sparked a change this week in YouTube's guidelines after people began posting videos of themselves carrying out potentially dangerous acts while blindfolded, such as driving.

The streaming giant even had to come out and tell viewers not to try the so-called 'Bird Box Challenge', but now the company is under fire for using REAL footage from a 2013 rail disaster.


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In 2013, a 74-car freight train transporting crude oil derailed beside the small Canadian town of Lac-Mégantic, and resulted in the tragic deaths of 47 people.

At first, Netflix refused to edit its post-apocalyptic horror flick after it was criticised for using footage of the disaster. A spokesman told AP it had no plans to remove the footage; “We will keep the clip in the movie.”

Now, it has been reported that the streaming service will be exploring ways to prevent this from happening in the future. BBC reports that Netflix has used footage of the tragedy before, in the Canadian-American science fiction show Travellers.

Julie Morin, mayor of Lac-Mégantic, criticised Netflix for using the upsetting footage, telling The Globe and Mail: “You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”

Peacock Alley Entertainment, who produced Travellers, released an apology and said they unintentionally dishonoured the Lac-Mégantic incident and would replace the footage.

Pond 5 also stated their regret that the footage had been ”taken out of context and used in entertainment programming”. They apologise “to anyone who was offended, especially the victims and their families”.


Liam Neeson's nephew, Ronan Sexton, has tragically passed away five years on from the accident which saw him fall 20 feet from a phone box.

The Taken actor has suffered yet another family loss following the heartbreaking death of his wife Natasha Richardson ten years ago.

His nephew was just 31-years-old when he sustained serious head injuries while on a night out in Brighton five years ago.


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Sexton passed away last weekend in Cushendall in Northern Ireland, the The Belfast Telegraph reports. His family were all present during his poignant time of death.

Back in 2014, he fell from a telephone booth and hit his head, after enjoying a night out with his friends.

Ronan was the youngest of six children to Liam's sister Bernadette Sexton, who he remains close with.


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This marks the second heartbreak to hit Liam's family, following his wife Natasha's fatal fall in March 2009.

The 45-year-old The Parent Trap actress passed away after suffering a freak head injury while skiing in Canada.

Natasha fell during a ski lesson on the beginners' slope at the Mont Tremblant resort.

We offer our deepest condolences to Liam and his extended family, who are mourning a great loss.



An Irishman has sadly passed away in the Greek wildfires. He has been named as Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp.

Brian was on his honeymoon with wife Zoe Holohan when the fires broke out.

The pair tried to flee seaside resort Mati, but were separated in their efforts to escape.

Zoe was taken to hospital in Athens and is understood to be receiving treatment for burns to her head and hands. It is believed she will make a full recovery.

The newlyweds married in Ireland last Thursday before jetting off to Greece on Saturday.

Their families issued a statement following the news of Brian’s passing:

"We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of our family member, Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp.

"The families would respectfully appreciate privacy at this time as we grieve and as Zoe makes her recovery.

"Funeral arrangement will be announced at a later stage,” they added.

The Greek wildfires have claimed the lives of over 80 people. The death toll is expected to rise.

Rescuers continue to search the area for survivors.

This is the worst fire crisis the country has seen in over a decade. The wildfires are a recurring issue during the hot, dry summer months in Attica.

It is believed the flames were fanned by high winds this week.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is said to be “providing consular assistance to a number of individuals in Greece.”

Anyone with concerns should contact the Irish Embassy in Athens 0030-210-723-2771 or  01-4082000.


The six students who lives were tragically lost in the Berkeley balcony collapse of 2015 have been honoured in a special ceremony.

Niccolai ‘Nick’ Schuster, Eimear Walsh, Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Lorcán Miller and Ashley Donohoe were remembered at the service in California.

A memorial plaque was unveiled in their honour, which featured a quote from James Joyce: “They lived and laughed and loved and left.”

The plaque reads:

“Berkeley, named after an Irish philosopher, will forever remember the six young adults from America and Ireland, guests in this city, who tragically died near this spot in a balcony collapse at 2020 Kittredge Street early in the morning of June 16, 2015.

“Here, the families of those who passed and the community of Berkeley have joined hands to establish a permanent memorial.”

The families of the six students attended the moving service. They recently marked the third anniversary of the horrifying accident on June 16.

Speaking of the tragedy, Ireland’s Ambassador to the USA, Daniel Mulhall said: “The Berkeley balcony collapse of June 2015 was a terrible tragedy and one which had an enormous effect on Ireland. The depth of grief, shock and sorrow was immense – six young lives so tragically and prematurely ended and serious injury inflicted on so many.”

“I would like to pay tribute to the first responders, medical staff and our wonderful Irish community who provided such fulsome support for everyone affected, especially the young people and the families directly involved,” he added.


Iarnród Eireann have informed the public that service has resumed following a tragic incident in Sallins, Co Kildare.

Earlier this afternoon, they informed passengers on Twitter that service to and from Heuston had been suspended.

"All services suspended through Sallins, emergency services attending tragic incident on line north of station. All services to/from Heuston disrupted until further notice," read the initial tweet.

They updated passengers in the hour that followed and confirmed that disruption was ongoing and significant delays should be expected.

However, their recent tweet confirmed that while delays were still to be expected, service had resumed and routes should soon be operating on schedule.

Twitter users have expressed their sympathy over the incident, and received further updates from the company with respect to individual enquiries.


27-year-old Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin has died after a freak accident outside LA home this weekend.

Friends of the actor became concerned when he didn’t make it to planned rehearsals on Sunday morning and it was later revealed Anton had been killed in an accident involving his own car. 

It was reported by TMZ that the Alpha Dog actor was found pinned between his car and a brick mailbox pillar which was attached to a security gate.

The car was reportedly still running when Anton was found and although it is still not clear why the actor got out of his car, foul play is not suspected.

Stars have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the actor who is best known for his role as Chekov in the sci-fi hit.

Taylor Swift’s boyfriend Tom Hiddleston said he was “absolutely devastated” to learn of the death.

Actor Chris Evans said the actor was “thoughtful, kind, and gifted”.

While Anna Kendrick described the situation is “unreal”.



A nurse working at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin lay dead for two days in a room used by parents. 

Efforts were made to resuscitate her, but sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A garda investigation is now underway following the shocking discovery on Tuesday morning, however, the Irish Independent reports that the death is being treated as a tragedy. 

It is also being reported that the woman turned up for work as normal on Sunday.

The room where she was found can be used by parents whose children are receiving treatment at the Dublin hospital. 

A Crumlin spokeswoman told the Irish Independent: "Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to the staff member's family and friends and colleagues here at Our Ladys's Hospital.

"The hospital will be making no further comment as it is the subject of a garda investigation."


Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery been left reeling after a devastating loss this week.

Her fiancé, Cork man John Dineen, is understood to have died in the county's Marymount Hospice on Sunday December 13 following an illness.

His funeral will take place in Cork tomorrow.

Michelle and John began dating in September 2013 after being introduced by their mutual friend, Michelle's Downton co-star Allen Leech.

The pair reportedly got engaged earlier this year, with Michelle's colleagues saying the actress had been excited to show off her ring during filming of the drama's final series.

Both Michelle and John were reluctant to comment on their relationship in the press, though the English star did open up somewhat about her romance last year.

"I have a wonderful man in my life from Ireland. We were introduced by Allen Leech. That’s all you need to know," she said in September 2014.

John is a native of Waterfall, Co. Cork and studied at UCC before completing a Masters in UCD in 2005. 

Our thoughts are with Michelle and the Dineen family at this time.



A total of 13 people are now dead following a mass shooting in the US state of Oregon. 

Another 20 have been injured, and it is also being reported that the 20-year-old gunman has been shot dead by police. 

The tragic incident took place Umpqua Community College in rural Roseburg on Thursday morning.

In the aftermath, US President Barack Obama stated that his country's gun laws will have to change. 

"Somehow this has become routine," Mr Obama said at the White House.

The shooter, who was also a student at the college, had according to eye-witnesses asked people to stand and state their religions before he began firing.

Dozens of police officers and detectives remain the scene now, although authorities have ruled out a link with international terrorism.

Drawing on a message he allegedly posted on social media prior to the tragedy, CNN is reporting that the shooter picked the campus because it was a "soft target".

Social media reports also suggest that the 20 injured are all young women. One of them is critical wounded, while two others are described as being in a "serious" condition.


Fans of Jim Carrey have been taking to social media this evening to express their shock at the passing of his girlfriend, Cathriona White.

The 28-year-old Tipperary-native had moved to Hollywood in 2009 to work as a make-up artist and had met the high-profile actor on a movie set in 2012.

Sadly, reports from the US this afternoon say that Ms White has taken her own life.

According to TMZ, she was found dead by friends last night and it has been furthermore reported that she had left a suicide note addressed to Mr Carrey.

Now, in a heartfelt statement, Jim has responded to the tragedy.

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of my sweet Cathriona,” he said.

“She was a truly kind and delicate Irish flower, too sensitive for this soil, to whom loving and being loved was all that sparkled.”

The 53-year-old added: “My heart goes out to her family and friends and to everyone who loved and cared about her.

“We have all been hit with a lightning bolt.”

Just a week ago, the talented make-up artist had dined at Malibu's upmarket Nobu restaurant. 

Ms White also recently travelled to Canada – taking to Instagram to thank the Irish consulate in San Franciso for renewing her passport promptly. And earlier this year, she had shared a snap of her proudly wearing her Tipperary hurling jersey around LA. 

Her most recent post was from just five days ago when she uploaded a wind-swept black-and-white snap for her 7,500 followers. 

Underneath the image, people have this evening been leaving their condolences.

"Sweet Dreams @littleirishcat may flights of angels sing you to your rest xxx shocked," one sympathiser wrote. 

Another said, "RIP young lady. May you find peace at last."

Meanwhile a third person stated: "At dheis Dé go bhfuil a anam. Had the pleasure of playing football with Caitríona, she was a loyal, kind and caring girl.

"Her heart was always in the right place. So sorry to hear of her loss my sympathies to all family and friends xx Rest in peace a stór."



After a ten-day search, a body has been recovered by sea divers which is believed to be that of Cork student Barry Davis Ryan.

Barry drowned on June 30th when he entered the water in Baltimore, West Cork, to try and save his girlfriend Niamh O'Connor after she was swept into the sea while walking. Both Ms. O'Connor and Barry's father, Barry Ryan Snr, died in the tragedy.

The bodies of Mr. Ryan Snr and Ms. O' Connor were recovered later that same day and their funerals were held last weekend.

The extensive search over the last week and a half was carried out by 70 experienced divers and 52 other support officials, all of whom volunteered their time to try and recover Barry's body.

Barry was the grandson of Penney's founder Arthur Ryan, who last weekend paid tribute to his son Mr. Ryan Snr at his funeral in Baltimore, calling him a "true hero" for sacrificing his life to try to save others. 

Speaking on RTE News last week, Barry's mother Ann Davis said she was still struggling to come to terms with what had happened. "The loss is huge. I’ve lost two of the loved ones," she said.

"Barry, the dad was a very spiritual, very intelligent man, and my son was a lovely boy. Very intelligent as well. When I heard that two were gone and Barry was missing. What can you say. I still can’t believe it. It’s hard to come to terms with it."

Our thoughts are with all the families involved at this time. 



On Tuesday at around lunchtime local time in California (it was past 9pm in Ireland) police authorities named the six young people who were killed in Berkeley: Ashley Donohoe, 22; Olivia Burke, 21; Eoghan Culligan, 21; Nick Schuster, 21; Lorcan Miller, 21, and Eimear Walsh, 21.

They died – four of them by the time emergency services arrived – when the fourth-floor balcony they were standing on collapsed and came crashing down onto the street below.

It is believed that at least seven more J1 students currently remain in hospital suffering from injuries, some of which have been described as “serious or life-threatening”.

The six dead, who would have only arrived in the US in recent weeks, were an exceptionally talented and ambitious group of young people.

Their Irish families are all already en route to California, with most arriving in the late hours of Tuesday and early hours of Wednesday.


Olivia Burke, 21

A former pupil of Loretto Foxrock in Dublin 18, Olivia went on to attend IADT Dun Laoghaire. There, she was studying for a degree in business, entrepreneurship and management, and had just finished her third year exams. As part of her course, she had also recently completed a five-month work-experience stint with East Coast FM. Extremely popular and well-liked by her wide circle of friends, she lived with her family in south county Dublin. A fan of TV shows such as Glee and The X Factor, Olivia furthermore enjoyed keeping fit.


Eoghan Culligan, 21

Eoghan was studying at DIT. A native of Rathfarnham, he attended St Mary's College in Rathmines and sat his Leaving Cert in 2012. Throughout his school years, Eoghan was a keen rugby player, but GAA was his first love. He was a member of his local club, the well-known St Enda's in Ballyboden, since childhood. He had two brothers, Stephen and Andrew. Eoghan also loved travel, and had been abroad several times since beginning his third-level education. Indeed, just a few months ago, he was in south-east Asia on a trip.


Nick Schuster, 21

A classmate of Eoghan's at St Mary's, Nick was sports-mad, and had frequented the popular Pappy's Grill & Sports Bar on Telegraph Ave in the days before his death. Counting rugby, GAA and horse-racing among his interests – he loved Bayern Munich in particular: following the completion of his Leaving Certificate, he even visited the football club to meet his heroes. Studying at UCD prior to his death, he hailed from Terenure in Dublin 6 and his family run the popular Saba Thai restaurant in the capital's city centre.


Eimear Walsh, 21

Eimear was immensely bright and popular and had, like Olivia, attended Loretto Foxrock. Due to graduate in 2018, she was studying medicine at University College Dublin. She had one older brother, and lived at home with her parents in Dublin. Her mother, Patricia, originally hails from Westport in Co. Mayo. Earlier this year, Foxrock-native Eimear went on a UCD-organised ski-trip to the French Alpian region of Les Deux Alps.


Lorcan Miller, 21

Lorcan was also studying medicine at UCD, and was a former pupil at St Andrew's College in Booterstown. He was a member of the school's Junior Cup-winning hockey team in 2012 and was involved in the Bray Hockey Club. Following his Leaving Cert, he went inter-railing around Europe with his school-friends. Lorcan, who lived in Shankhill, also participated in several charity events during his time in university, raising funds for the likes of cancer research. 


Ashley Donohoe, 22

Ashley was the only member of the group who didn't grow up in Ireland. A native of Rohnert Park in California, she nevertheless held dual Irish and American citizenship. Olivia Burke, who also died in the accident, was her first cousin. Something of an adventurer, Ashley had been sky-diving and bungee-jumping. She was attending the Sonoma State University, where she was studying biology, and hoped to peruse a career in the health industry upon graduation.