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Saturday 9 December 2023 Dublin: 10°C

The 9 at 9 Every morning, brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day…

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day…

1. #LET’S GO JOHN JOE: It’s all eyes back on the ExCeL Arena in London this evening as Mullingar’s John Joe Nevin bids to emulate Katie Taylor and Michael Carruth, and secure an Olympic boxing gold. Nevin faces Team GB’s Luke Campbell in the final of the men’s bantamweight division at 8:45pm. Plenty of other Irish in action today too, including four walkers:‘s Olympic Breakfast will get you started.

2. #TULLAMORE: It has emerged that three of the four young men killed in yesterday’s horrific motor accident outside Tullamore were brothers. The men – aged 27, 24 and 17 – were killed when the Honda Civic they were travelling in hit a minibus. Driver Lee Bryan, 22, was also killed.

3. #MANHOLE MEN: It’s reported this morning that Gardaí are examining a potential link between last week’s incident at a manhole in central Dublin and Ireland’s forthcoming EU presidency. The Irish Daily Star says the two men seen climbing down the manhole on Ship Street Little, near Dublin Castle, may have links to Ireland’s term at the head of the European Council which begins in January.

4. #WATER: Dublin City Council believes an old cast-iron pipe may be to blame for an ongoing contamination in Clontarf. The Irish Independent says the contamination may have resulted from a crack in a mains pipe laid in the 1920s. A boil notice will remain in place at least until Monday.

5. #US 2012: Mitt Romney will today officially name his vice-presidential nominee – with major news outlets confirming that Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan will be the running mate. The 42-year-old Irish-American is the head of the House of Representatives’ Budget committee.

6. #AURORA: Lawyers for the man accused of being behind last month’s cinema massacre in Colorado have said their client is “mentally ill”. Attorneys say James Holmes had sought to get professional help before the attack in Aurora.

7. #SLANE 2013: There may not have been any gig at Slane Castle this summer, but Henry Mountcharles has promised that there will be not one, but two concerts there in 2013. The Slane owner told the Irish Daily Mirror that the concerts would be “special”. It’s likely that the gigs would be held months apart.

8. #MILLION DOLLAR BRAY-BY: Katie Taylor’s journey from a dilapidated rural gym to Olympic boxing champion could be set for the big screen. The Irish Sun reports that movie distributors are already looking to make a film of Katie’s life, while publishing houses are also anxious to secure rights to an autobiography. Paddy Power is already offering odds on Saoirse Ronan playing Katie.

9. #IT WASN’T EU: They said somebody had to win last night’s Euromilllions… but it probably wasn’t you. There was only one winning ticket of the €190 million jackpot, sold in the UK. Let’s hope that Britain has exhausted its luck before the Nevin-Campbell fight tonight…

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