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1. #PARADE OF NATIONS: The Rio Olympic Games were officially opened during a ceremony at the iconic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro last night.

2. #APPEAL: It’s reported that Irish boxer Michael O’Reilly has decided against having his B sample tested after he tested positive for a banned substance and is instead going to ask for an appeal hearing.

3. #BIRTHDAY CANDLES: At least 13 people have been killed and six injured in an accidental fire during a birthday party at a bar in the northern French city of Rouen.

4. #WASHED UP: Two dolphins died after becoming stranded off the coast of Mayo.

5. #ACTION: Dublin Bus drivers have floated the possibility of ‘no fare days’ taking the place of traditional work stoppages as an alternative.

6. #PROTECT AND SERVE: A big recruitment drive in the Irish Defence Forces has already closed.

7. #ISRAEL: Palestinians are outraged at a donkey sale planned by the Israeli army.

8. #FOUR SEASONS: Most complaints made to Met Éireann are about inaccurate weather reports.

9. #LIGHT UP: The man who was robbed of glory by an Irish priest 12 years ago lit the Olympic flame in Rio last night.

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