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Dublin: 14 °C Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Bobby Messett’s funeral, Leo Varadkar in Northern Ireland and Anthony Bourdain’s death had everyone talking today.

NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a roundup of today’s news.


BOBBY MESSETT II2A3498_90546787 Members of Glencormac United Football Club carry the coffin at the funeral of innocent shooting victim Bobby Messett. Source: Eamonn Farrell/

  • Mourners at the funeral of Bobby Messett heard of the “huge void” left in the lives of his family members after he was shot dead at Bray Boxing Club.
  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar became the first serving Irish head of government to visit the Orange Heritage Museum in Belfast.
  • A journalist told the Disclosures Tribunal he would remember being given a negative briefing by Superintendent Dave Taylor about Maurice McCabe and such an event “didn’t happen”.
  • A Dublin man who went on a cocaine-fuelled driving rampage armed with a submachine gun was jailed for nine years.
  • A man who pursued two attackers involved in the fatal shooting of Gareth Hutch recognised one of the men as murder-accused Jonathan Keogh, a court heard.
  • 42% of people in Northern Ireland want a united Ireland, according to an opinion poll.
  • Actor Alan O’Neill died at the age of 47 in Los Angeles.
  • Members of An Garda Síochána roundly criticised the rollout of new trial uniforms.
  • Met Éireann issued a Status Orange thunder warning for 15 counties, mostly in the west and midlands.


anthony Anthony Bourdain pictured at the Women in the World summit in New York City on 12 April 2018. Source: NameFace/SIPA USA/PA Images

#RIP: Tributes have been pouring in for TV presenter and chef Anthony Bourdain, who died at the age of 61.

#UK: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it’s “beyond belief” that relations in Northern Ireland are dictating the Brexit debate.

#G7: US President Donald Trump called for Russia to be readmitted to the G7 club of nation

#GAZA: Four Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border.

#GREECE: Three migrant children were among six people killed when a smuggler’s vehicle crashed in northern Greece todays.


DailyEdge has paid a lovely tribute to Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef and broadcaster, who died by suicide.

Take his Dublin episode of The Layover, for instance. Over the course of forty-two minutes, Bourdain tucks into a bowl of coddle and sinks pints of Guinness in The Gravediggers; inhales a Full Irish in Slattery’s on Capel Street; samples cuts of meat with restaurateur Joe Macken in Bear; eats a fine meal in The Chop House gastropub in Ballsbridge; downs shots of whiskey in The Long Hall; and sees out the night out in Hogan’s.

If you need to talk, contact:

  • Samaritans 116 123 or email
  • National Suicide Helpline 1800 247 247 (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement)
  • Aware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)
  • Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email (suicide, self-harm)
  • Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)
  • Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)

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