A musician watches the German Finger Wrestling* championships in Warngau, Germany earlier today. Image: Matthias Schrader/AP/Press Association Images
HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps.
THINGS WE LEARNED
#DISCOVERY Gardaí have said results of post mortem examinations carried out on the body of an 11-year-old girl found dead in a house in Tullamore last night are inconclusive. They now await the results of toxicology reports.
#TRAGEDY Tributes were paid today to rising rugby star Nevin Spence who lost his life last night after entering a slurry tank to rescue his father Noel and brother Graham. Emotionally drained and fighting back tears, director of rugby at Ulster David Humphreys, offered prayers and sympathies to the Spence family during a press conference.
#APOLOGY Bishop John Kirby of Clonfert has apologised for remarks he made earlier this month in relation to child sex abuse in his diocese in the mid-1990s. Referring to his comments that he believed such abuse was a “friendship that crossed a boundary,” the 73-year-old said that it was not his intention to minimise the gravity of the criminal activity.
#ROADS It’s been a bad weekend on Ireland’s roads and another sad day for a number of Irish families. A 21-year-old man was killed in Louth this morning when he lost control while driving and crashed into a tree. Separately, a 32-year-old pedestrian died after being struck by a Range Rover in Ballymena, County Antrim.
#KATE VS THE PAPARAZZI The Royal Family is to lodge a criminal complaint over photographs taken and published of Kate Middleton as she sunbathed topless at a family residence in France. Meanwhile, INM has said it will do everything in its power to safeguard 70 jobs at the Irish Daily Star after its partner Richard Desmond threatened to take immediate steps to close down the joint venture.
#CAMOGIE Wexford are undoubtedly the best camogie side of the past decade, producing a massive performance in Croke Park today to secure their third All-Ireland Senior title in-a-row – a feat not achieved since the great Tipperary team of 1999-2001.
THINGS WE LOVED
- Kissing animals…and in particular, this California sea lion and walrus at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium-amusement park in southwest Tokyo. Awww.
- As well as this dog and parrot. Although, this one might fall more on the gross side of “making out”.
- We also loved seeing our favourite sports stars as just wee young souls with (possibly) pushy parents.
THINGS WE SHARED
- TheJournal.ie‘s resident Cork woman Aoife Barry has been taking a tour of Dublin, discovering the bullet holes, park-marks and other scars from the Easter Rising of 1916 that are still visible on the streets and buildings of the capital.
- Call us sappy, but we needed the Kleenex for this Love Story In 22 Pictures (thanks Buzzfeed).
*Wondering what finger wrestling is? Here’s a better image of two competitors battling for the title in the traditional rural sport. The winner has to pull his opponent over the marked line of the table by tugging on the leather ring. Don’t try that at home, you hear?