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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 7°C
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Here's What Happened Today: Bank Holiday Monday
Here’s what happened today on a quiet August Bank Holiday Monday.

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


4458 People Sasko Lazarov People going for a walk on the pier at Dublin bay on a Bank Holiday Monday. Sasko Lazarov

  • Walk-in vaccination centres have been hailed as a “huge success” after 18,000 people were vaccinated at these sites this weekend
  • The organiser of Electric Picnic is “very confident” that the Laois festival will get the go-ahead this year, as he hasn’t heard otherwise from the Government
  • A decorative part at the top of four buildings in Bray, Co Wicklow collapsed
  • Common cranes that set up home on a rewetted peatland successfully hatched two baby chicks, the first in 300 years – though the chicks are feared to have died
  • Four men were arrested in relation to a racially-motivated hate crime in Belfast
  • There were 1,352 new Covid-19 cases today, and 177 people are in hospital.


tokyo2020japan-tokyo-oly-athletics-mens-high-jump-awarding-ceremony Xinhua News Agency / PA Images Gold medalists Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy get their gold medals for the men's high jump. Xinhua News Agency / PA Images / PA Images

#RUN: Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya plans to seek asylum in Poland, an activist group said today, after Poland ranted her a humanitarian visa.

#CENTRAL CHINA: More than 300 people died in recent flooding in central China, authorities said, three times the previously announced toll.

#WILDFIRES: Wildfires have been raging near Turkey’s holiday beach destinations of Antalya and Mugla as the discovery of more bodies caused the death toll to rise to 8.

#PINGDEMIC: The NHS Covid-19 app was updated so fewer contacts will be instructed to isolate amid an increase in people being pinged since England’s legal pandemic restrictions ended.


The lead singer of the Eurovision-winning Finnish heavy metal band Mr Lordi gets his second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Rovaniemi.

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