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Lunchtime Fix: 5 things you need to know

Catch up as you refuel.


1. THE funeral mass for Jonathan, Thomas and Paddy O’Driscoll was held in Charleville this afternoon. Father Tom Naughton said the community was “questioning so many things”, adding that there may never be “complete answers at this side of the grave”.

He said the tragedy challenges society to “continue and to increase our efforts to understand and to assist, especially young males, to communicate the darkness that seems to be increasingly troubling young minds and hearts”.

He also talked about the young boys and how they “took care of each other and stood up for each other”.


2. POPE Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland on age grounds.

Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh ordination PA Archive / Press Association Images PA Archive / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

3. THEY may not have taken any honours yesterday but the tidiest town in Ireland for 2014 is…. DRUMROLL please….. Kilkenny.

Cathal McGrath and Billy Ryan celebrate winning Dan Sheridan / INPHO Dan Sheridan / INPHO / INPHO


4. THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that they are expecting their second child. Their first born, George, turned one in July.

Oh, and one is pleased.

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5. EVER wondered how many people in Clontarf have oil central heating or how many houses in Clondalkin have a toddler running around? NUI Maynooth and Dublin City Council have put that information and more together in a series of over 700 maps.

AIRO housing

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