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The Evening Fix: Friday

Things we learned, loved and shared today.

Footprints of a Nepalese farmer left on mud during the celebrations of “Asar Pandhra” or the festival of planting rice, in Pokhara, Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

THESE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps:

THINGS WE LEARNED

#QUINN VERSUS ANGLO Ireland’s one-time richest man Seán Quinn escaped jail time today despite being found guilty of contempt of court. However, he could face a prison sentence if he fails to cooperate with an order to stop moving assets out of the reach of the former Anglo Irish Bank.

#RATTLE AND STUNG In another high-profile case, personal assistant Carol Hawkins did her best to hide her identity outside the Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin today after she was found guilty of stealing almost €3 million from her ex-boss, U2 bass player Adam Clayton. We have the pics.

#EUROZONE A game-changer and a seismic shift – that is how the Irish government described the deal that was eventually agreed on by the European Union member states at an impromptu summit yesterday. Not convinced? Here’s our explainer of exactly what happened overnight.

#INSOLVENCY On a more micro level, the coalition today published its long-awaited laws to overhaul the bankruptcy regime to help struggling mortgage holders out of debt.

#COCA-COHOL A new study has revealed that some of the world’s most popular fizzy drinks, including Coca-Cola and Pepsi, have trace amounts of alcohol in them. We’re not sure if the report examined TK Red Lemonade though.

#DRUNKEN IRISH It probably isn’t just Coca-Cola (or TK) being consumed by some backpackers in Queensland, where a hostel owner and publican has recently stopped taking in Irish visitors because of a number of drunken and disorderly incidents.

THINGS WE LOVED

  • A group of Loggerhead sea turtles were released into the Gulf waters in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates today by employees at the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project. Look at her go:

(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

  • There was some disappointing news from the National Gallery today as its director Seán Rainbird confirmed that a 19th-century painting by French Impressionist Claude Monet was seriously damaged. Our hashtag for that story, #ArtAttack, got people talking on Twitter. Emma Conway (@msflywheel) reminded us that the host of the 1990s show of the same name, Neil Buchanan, is now in a British heavy metal band, while @accounticus had fond memories of the paper mache trousers, big montages and that weird stone head:

  • We also loved some of our readers comments on today’s Picture of the Day which featured eurogroup president Jean-Claude Juncker looking just a little alarmed. This, however, was our favourite:
“OMG! I forgot to record Geordie Shore.”

Take a bow, Chris Murphy.

THINGS WE SHARED

#DeppinDublin and the less succinct ‘Jonny Depp is in Dublin’ trended on Twitter today as rumours about the Hollywood A-lister’s possible presence circulated around town. Although it now looks like it was just all harmless hearsay, people did have fun with it:

Johnny Depp wasn’t the only newly-single man trending on social media today. Tom Cruise, who at 49 is the same age as Depp, is reportedly to split from wife Katie Holmes. Some people were not surprised.

Finally, check out this unlikely friendship between a crab and a dog. Disney film, anyone? The Crustacean and the Canine has a ring to it…

Video uploaded by AssociatedPress

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