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Here's What Happened Today: Wednesday

A rise in divorce applications, ancient sponges and Joe Canning made headlines today.

NEED TO CATCH up? The Journal brings you a round-up of today’s news.


stardust 326 Families of the victims of the Stardust fire pictured before they attended their inquest at the RDS today. Source: Sam Boal


sumatra A rumbling volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash and hot clouds down its slopes today. Source: Sastrawan Ginting/AP

#AUSTRALIA: Sydney will remain in lockdown for another month. The New South Wales state government announced that the lockdown of the city of five million has been extended until at least 28 August.

#OLYMPICS: Gymnast Simone Biles has been praised for speaking openly about the importance of looking after her mental health, amid a call for people facing “perfect storms” of pressure to be supported whether in daily life or top-level sport.

#UK: Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised the wider use of public “chain gangs” to tackle anti-social behaviour in Britain as he defended his approach to law and order in the face of police anger over a pay freeze.

#SPONGES: Sponges may have lived in oceans up to 890 million years ago, a study that identifies sponge-like structures within ancient reefs has suggested. If verified, the findings could represent the earliest known fossilised animal body.


Galway legend Joe Canning announced today that he is bringing his glittering inter-county hurling career to an end.

The announcement unleashed an outpouring of admiration for the giant of the game, with Kilkenny great Henry Shefflin among those sharing match footage where Canning’s breathtaking skill was on display. 

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For a blow-by-blow account of how the Portumna man broke the news today, check out this piece by Emma Duffy of The 42.

The Galway supporter writing this Evening Fix is still hoping there’s some way Canning will wear maroon again.

Joe, the people of Galway love you.

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