An Indian Hindu man jumps up and down in the water at the start of Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation that lasts more than 50 days. (Kevin Frayer/AP/Press Association Images)
HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today.
THINGS WE LEARNED:
#STONEYBATTER: The bodies of a man and a women have been found in Drumalee Court in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Bord Gáis have ruled out a gas leak as the cause of death. Carbon monoxide poisoning has yet to be ruled out, however, as Gardaí continue their investigation.
#GUILTY: Clive Sharp, 46, has today pleaded guilty to murder in the case of Irish vet Catherine Gowing, who went missing in Wales in October. Offaly native Gowing, 37, had been living in Flintshire for 18 months before she disappeared on 15 October last.
#BOND: Permanent TSB, which was bailed-out to the tune of €4 billion by the State, paid out €1.3 billion to bondholders today. The government guaranteed bond that today’s payment related to was issued on this day in 2010 after the government took control of the bank.
#ROADS: A man in his 30s has died after an accident involving his lorry in Co Donegal this morning. The accident took place at Bannus on the Laghy-Pettigo Road, close to the border with Fermanagh. Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.
#KEAVENEY: Labour Chairman Colm Keaveney is to ask Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore if the party’s conference can be moved to April. Keaveney, who voted against the Budget, wants the issue of his chairmanship sorted as soon as possible amid rumblings that Labour wants to oust him.
#IEDS: Four viable explosive devices have been made safe by the Army Bomb Disposal Team. The IEDs were found on waste ground off the Malahide Road in Dublin.
THINGS WE LOVED:
- Big Hollywood blockbusters can be a force for good, if the forthcoming Daniel Day-Lewis film Lincoln is anything to do by. Props from the film are to be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the Wicklow Hospice Foundation, of which Day-Lewis is a patron. I think we have some popcorn in our eyes…
- Keeping the nice gestures going, Claire Cully wanted to raise money for both the Beaumont Hospital Foundation and Temple Street Hospital. By promising to shave her hair off, she managed to raise nearly €7,000. Claire, we salute you.
THINGS WE SHARED:
- Did you ever hear about the time that Kelly Hildebrandt met Kelly Hildebrandt. Neither had we… until today.
- So, yeah. Manchester United marshmallow footballers are a real thing. Apparently you can get them for €3 in some sports shop in Cavan, not that you would want to.
- The glitz and glam that is the Golden Globes have come and gone for yet another year. Here are some alternative images of the stars – captured on a regular ‘ol Polaroid Big Shot camera – which make them look a little bit less beautiful and the rest of us feel a little bit better about ourselves. Let’s have some cake and celebrate this fact.
- Having now seen what astronauts actually eat in space (stew in a can, anyone?), we’re pretty happy that our dreams of being one never came to much.