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The Evening Fix... now with added epic beards

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

Ouch: Two performers, Jenny Ecke and Dylan Quinn, warm up for the Dublin Dance Festival at Fallon and Byrne supermarket in Dublin city centre. (Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)

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


#PENALTY POINTS: An internal Garda report into the cancellation of penalty points has found no evidence of corruption or criminal conduct – but does say that there were ‘possible breaches’, in which three officers terminated a total of 661 penalty point notices. The matter is under investigation. Meanwhile Alan Shatter has hit out at Mick Wallace and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan for what he says are ‘silly political games’ over penalty points.

#SHOOTING: A man who was shot outside a gym in Glasnevin in Dublin this morning remains in a critical condition in the Mater Hospital. Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have seen a silver Mini leaving the area in the direction of Finglas to contact them as the search for the shooter continues.

#JIM CORR: A court in Dublin has heard that singer Jim Corr’s financial affairs are ‘chaotic’ as the musician was questioned about an outstanding loan of €778,000 with ACC Bank. The 48-year-old secured a €1.4 million loan in 2004, which remains mostly unpaid almost nine years later.

#BUS ÉIREANN: Good news for customers: Bus Éireann services will operate as normal tomorrow, despite no agreement being reached during today’s talks. Intensive negotiations took place between management and unions today but a final deal has yet to be hammered out.

#JOBSWATCH: Up to 50 jobs are to be lost following the announcement that Citi Bank is closing its hedge fund office at the IDA industrial estate in Waterford.

#FUNERAL: The funeral has taken place of Kerry teenager Donal Walsh, who died of cancer at his home on Sunday. Members of the Munster rugby squad, including Ronan O’Gara, Damian Varley and Simon Zebo, carried the 16-year-old’s coffin from the church in Tralee. Walsh had spoken out about his illness and called for young people not to take their own lives.

(Image: The Kerryman/Facebook)


  • Random moment of trivia of the day: The first flight attendants started work 83 years ago today. This pic taken on 15 May 1940 shows Ellen Church (on the right), a San Francisco nurse who started the entire profession AND was the first flight attendant to ever fly. She’s posing in front of a 12-ton United Mainliner plane to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the founding of the profession, while managing to look like a complete boss in the uniform attendants wore in the 1930s. What a dame.
  • “What a bunch of cox sackers” – Here’s the story of how the BBC got into trouble over one of its radio presenters using a jokey play-on-words, which one complainant described as “grossly offensive”.


  • “Do you wanna get paid for having an epic beard?” asks the excellently-named “”It’s simple – turn your beard into a business”. Well, advertising is everywhere today, so the idea of clipping miniature billboards into a beard makes sense, right? RIGHT?
  • The Canadian Space Agency has put together this rather lovely video showing what it was like for Commander Chris Hadfield to return to earth after five months aboard the International Space Station:

(Video: canadianspaceagency/YouTube)

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