EVERY MORNING, THEJOURNAL.IE brings you the nine stories you need to know as your start your day.
1. #HOMECOMING: An official homecoming for Ireland’s Olympic athletes is to be held at the Mansion House in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon following major confusion at the weekend over why no official event had been organised. Team Ireland is due to arrive back in the country later today but the Dublin Airport Authority has asked members of the public not to come to the airport to welcome the team back.
2. #WINNER: Rory McIlroy last night won the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island by a massive 8 shots, breaking the record for margin of victory set by Jack Nicklaus in 1980. The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland has become the youngest player since Seve Ballesteros to win two majors, and has returned to number one in the world.
3. #DUNNE VERSUS NAMA: NAMA has launched a legal action against property developer Seán Dunne in the USA, claiming that he has hidden hundreds of millions of euros worth of assets from the agency. The Irish Independent reports that NAMA is trying to recoup some of the €185 million Dunne was ordered to repay by Irish courts earlier this year. The hearing is expected to go ahead in October.
4. #TIA SHARP: Stuart Hazell, the man accused of murdering missing 12-year-old London schoolgirl Tia Sharp, is due to appear in court later today charged with murder. 37-year-old Hazell who is the partner of Tia’s grandmother will appear via video link, reports the Guardian. Hazell was charged at the weekend after a body was discovered at the home of his partner, seven days after the 12-year-old went missing from south-east London.
5. #IRISH SUMMER: Time to break out the raincoats yet again – it looks like the warm weather at the weekend was a freak occurence which has come to an abrupt end. Met Éireann is warning of heavy thunderstorms across the east coast and the midlands this morning while AA Roadwatch has told motorists to watch out for excess surface water on some roads after heavy rain. Same old, same old…
6. #EARTHQUAKE: Rescuers are searching for survivors of the twin earthquakes which hit Iran just 11 minutes apart at the weekend. Close to 300 people are believed to be dead, around 2,600 are injured and thousands of people have been made homeless by the powerful earthquakes.
7. #LEAVING CERT RESULTS: CAO points for some college courses are expected to hit record highs when offers are made for courses after the Leaving Cert results come out on Wednesday, the Irish Times reports. The bonus points system for maths, coupled with intense competition for coveted places on science and technology courses, are believed to be behind the hike.
8. #ENGAGED: What will celebrity tabloids use for fodder now? Jennifer Aniston is engaged to marry actor Justin Theroux after he proposed at the weekend. His agent said that he received an “extraordinary gift” when Aniston accepted his proposal.
9. #CLOSING CEREMONY: The London Olympics came to a close last night after what has roundly been praised as one of the most successful Olympics of modern times. The spectacular – and at times surreal – closing ceremony featured performances from the Spice Girls, Eric Idle, Annie Lennox, George Michael, Fatboy Slim and Jessie J during the three hour ceremony. Only four years to go until Rio 2016…
Jessie J performing We Will Rock You with Queen guitarist Brian May at the closing ceremony. (Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire)