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Dublin: 14 °C Monday 21 May, 2018

The Evening Fix... now with added watermelon love

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

Women’s Mini Marathon: Pictured (LtoR) “Geraldine”, “Rohna” and “Courtney White” run in the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin today for the Gary Kelly Cancer Support, in Drogheda. (Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.


#CHILD SAFETY: Online sexual predators are using increasingly aggressive approaches against potential victims, including the use of blackmail and threats, according to a new report by Europol. The report also revealed that grooming behaviour towards boys and girls was different, with predators attempting to establish a sense of mutual respect and trust with male children but attempting to be dominate female children.

#FLOODS: Six people have died and thousand have been evacuated in central Europe after heavy rains caused severe flooding, with water levels in Germany on the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers having already surpassed records from previous heavy floods in 1954 and 2002.

#RIP: Gardaí have today confirmed that a third person has now died following a serious collision near Athy, Kildare, on Friday. James O”Brien, 85, died of the injuries he sustained when the car he was driving collided with a motorcycle at Ballycullane; the passenger in his car, his wife Betty, was killed in the crash, as was John Doyle, the 27-year-old motorcyclist.

#MARATHON: Tens of thousands of women (and men dressed as women) took to the streets of Dublin and Cork cities today as they took part in the Women’s Mini Marathon and Cork City Marathon. Check out the photos of the day here.

#TURKEY: The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again dismissed street protests against his rule as actions organised by “extremists”, prompting the hackivist group Anonymous to take down several government websites last night in support of anti-government protesters. Meanwhile, the Turkish doctors’ association TBB confirmed a 20-year-old protester was killed in Istanbul after being hit by a taxi which drove into a group of demonstrators “despite all warnings”.

An egret carries a twig to make its nest on a tree along the River Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Monday, June 3, 2013. The arrival of egrets usually indicates the beginning of the monsoon season in this region. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)


  • If you like food – either to eat or to photograph – you’ll probably not like the new UK survey that reveals one in thee primary school kids thinks cheese is made from plants. But do you really know any better? Take this quiz to reveal all.
  • That Buzzfeed have given a massive facepalm to controversy and actually published a “definitive ranking of crisps from worst to best”. Yeah, they went there. A ballsy move. Now close your eyes so you don’t see the carnage.


  • Are you flat footed? Well you might be better suited to life in the trees than down here with us pavement pounders: scientists have uncovered evidence that indicates some of us have kept our “climbing feet” while other lost them.
  • The idea that great literature civilises its readers is widespread – but is it actually true?

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