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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

The Taliban march on Kabul, portal for 12-15 year olds opens up, and Irish people’s generous vaccine donations.

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


HU9A4513 Frank O'Flahery of Gurranabraher and his dog Dripsey and Donal Scanlon of Carrignavar with Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Colm Kelleker at the new 'City Trees' on St Patrick's St.

  • HSE chief Paul Reid welcomed calls for the publication of a roadmap on how maternity restrictions will be eased, saying it would be “valuable”
  • Residential property prices increased by almost 7% nationwide in the year to June
  • Irish people have donated more than one million Covid-19 vaccines to people in some of the world’s poorest countries
  • The HSE’s Covid-19 registration portal opened for parents and guardians to register children aged between 12 and 15.


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#9/11 WITHDRAWAL: Taliban militants seized the Afghanistan provincial capital of Ghazni as they marched towards the capital Kabul.

#ROYAL FAMILY: Britain’s most senior police officer said detectives will re-examine allegations against Prince Andrew due to the US civil suit against him for alleged sexual abuse.


Most people will have seen this Alan Partridge-like sketch of Ireland AM presenter Tommy Bowe put his talented foot in it when reacting to the fact that their next guest had 10 siblings.

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The guest in question, author and one-of-the-good-ones-on-Twitter Séamus O’Reilly took the moment in his stride, however:

“I’d like to assure everyone sending me this that I DID catch this beautiful moment during my interview this morning. I’d also like to reassure Tommy that there are zero hard feelings as my entire family and I think it’s absolutely hilarious.”

He even shared this moment from his book, where someone’s reaction to the same two striking life events was even more spectacular:

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