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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C

# big ben

This year
Healy the hero as Munster snatch dramatic win away to Ulster
The Tipperary native came off the bench to switch the game in Munster’s favour.
Last year
From farmer's son in Tipp to the Aviva Stadium - the rise and rise of Ben Healy
Healy has emerged over the last year as a key player in Munster’s squad – but his schoolboy mentors believe there is a lot more to come.
All time
‘Five months ago, I wondered if I’d walk again – now I’m at the Olympics’
Ben Fletcher’s Tokyo dream turned into a nightmare in February when he broke his leg in competition. The Irishman’s comeback to take his place at this year’s Games has stunned everyone.
'If Irish people ever thought I was brash, that would be my worst nightmare'
When the opportunity came to switch allegiance from Britain to Ireland, Ben Fletcher jumped at it.
Norwich City sell Godfrey to Premier League leaders Everton for club-record fee
The fee for the promising 22-year-old centre-back is understood to be in the region of £20million.
More than €22m extra needed for Big Ben repair works after discovery of asbestos and war damage
The renovation work will cost about €95 million in total.
Countdown clock to be projected onto Number 10 to mark Brexit day
A commemorative Brexit coin will come into circulation on exit day.
'Big Ben must bong for Brexit' GoFundMe page tops £160,000 but it could all be in vain
The House of Commons Commission said it would be an “unprecedented approach” to fund the cost through public donation.
Extinction Rebellion activist in custody after climbing London's Big Ben
Tree surgeon Ben Atkinson (43) evaded police for more than three hours after climbing the scaffolding.
What's going to happen in the 9 weeks between now and the Brexit deadline?
The UK and the EU are running out of time, options and patience (you’d imagine).
Big Ben goes silent today for four years, and UK politicians aren't happy
The famous clock’s bells are set to stop ringing at midday over safety concerns.
Big Ben won't ring for another four years after next week
The bell of the iconic clock tower is over 150 years old and needs a little conservation work.
Big Ben says he'll sit down to think about whether to retire or go on for another NFL season
The Steelers quarterback says he will ” take some time away to evaluate next season — if there’s gonna be a next season”.
A little girl has offered to shout 'BONG' for the BBC while Big Ben is being repaired
Their response was absolutely lovely.
England-bound Te'o: 'I'm pretty proud of where I am and where I'm going'
Even the powerful Kiwi centre has been surprised by how quickly he has converted to a new code.
Big Ben is in a bad way...
The iconic tower clock in Westminster, London needs about €55 million in repairs to prevent ‘its hands from falling off’.
The bongs on Big Ben bong wrong
“We don’t know why it happened. You’re talking about a 156-year-old clock; it does have a little fit every now and then. It’s a little temperamental.”
'The breakdown is about hitting people': Leinster asking Ben Te'o to keep things simple
The province’s new signing from rugby league is relishing the chance to smash his way through rucks against Edinburgh tomorrow.
Photos: Four brave people are cleaning Big Ben today
Don’t look down.
CBS compare statistics of a clock and the Steelers quarterback
Just when you thought Gene Simmons’ hair would be the most embarrassing part of the evening.
The Evening with added evil Philip Seymour Hoffman
Things we learned, loved and shared today…
Big Ben to be silent during Margaret Thatcher's funeral
The bell of the clock tower was last silenced for former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.
Big Ben clock tower to be renamed for Queen Elizabeth
The clock tower – which currently goes by the imaginative name of Clock Tower – is to be renamed Elizabeth Tower.
Whales, legs and Big Ben - the best inanimate objects on Twitter
Tired of celebrities? Here’s what these inanimate objects have to say about the world.