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/ 12 November 2006

Boks rue 30 missed tackles

South Africa were let down by their tackling on Saturday, captain John Smit said after his side’s 32-15 defeat to Ireland in Dublin. The inexperienced Springbok team, without stalwarts like Os du Randt and Victor Matfield who were left at home to test new players ahead of next year’s World Cup, missed a remarkable 30 tackles against the composed Irish.

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/ 9 November 2006

No more inferiority complex, Ireland warn

Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll wants his side to use their November programme, including this weekend’s Test against the Springboks, to assert themselves against southern-hemisphere opponents and banish any lingering sense of inferiority they may have heading into next year’s World Cup in France.

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/ 8 November 2006

Springbok trio to debut against Ireland

Springbok coach Jake White handed debuts to three players when he announced his starting side on Wednesday to play Ireland in the team’s European tour opener at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on Saturday. The new players line up in the back three, with fullback Bevin Fortuin, right wing Jaco Pretorius and left wing Francois Steyn all taking the field.

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/ 11 October 2006

UK vows not to ‘blink’ over Northern Ireland deadline

Britain vowed on Wednesday it would not back down over a November deadline for reaching a power-sharing deal in Northern Ireland as it prepared to host crucial talks with the province’s politicians. Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain said he believed a deal was possible but stressed that London was serious about closing down Northern Ireland’s Stormont assembly if a deal is not reached.

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/ 23 June 2006

Intel opens plant making smallest, fastest chip

Intel unveiled a plant on Thursday that manufactures the semiconductor company’s newest 65-nanometer chips, an industry-leading technology that allows computers to work faster using less energy. The plant, which began production three months ago, joins similar facilities in the United States in making Intel’s most efficient microprocessor.

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/ 30 March 2006

Irish novelist John McGahern dies at 71

John McGahern, widely praised as Ireland’s greatest living novelist, who specialised in semi-autobiographical portraits of rural life, died on Thursday in a Dublin hospital after a long battle with cancer, his family and friends said. He was 71. McGahern published six novels, four collections of short stories and, last year, his non-fiction Memoir.

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/ 22 December 2005

Irish punts turn up in strange places

Four years after Ireland adopted the euro, up to 60 people a day are still turning up at the central bank in Dublin to offload their old punts — many with some peculiar explanations. ”There are still a lot of people finding hoards of old money, but the amounts are getting smaller,” a central bank spokesperson said on Thursday.

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/ 20 November 2005

Harsh words worked a treat, says Eddie Jones

Australia coach Eddie Jones said that some harsh words spoken at half-time had sparked his side into a revival that saw them end a run of seven straight defeats by beating Ireland 30-14 in Dublin on Saturday. Jones, for whom the pressure on his job will now be slightly lessened, said that he, captain George Gregan and the vice-captains had had words with the rest of the team after going into the break 6-3 down.

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/ 18 November 2005

Reports: Keane sacked by Manchester United

Roy Keane was sacked by Manchester United after being barred from playing for the club’s reserves on Thursday evening, according to reports emanating from his home town of Cork after the official announcement of his departure from the club. United issued a statement on Friday claiming that Keane was leaving by mutual consent.

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/ 17 November 2005

New Zealand to host Rugby World Cup

New Zealand were chosen by the International Rugby Board as hosts for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in Dublin on Thursday. New Zealand edged out Japan after South Africa was voted out in the first round. The result was never expected as SA, along with Japan, had been considered clear favourites to go head-to-head in the final round for the right to stage the rugby showpiece.

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/ 17 November 2005

D-Day for Rugby World Cup

International rugby officials have a choice between traditional strongholds and a new Asian frontier when they select the host country on Thursday for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. South Africa, New Zealand and Japan are the candidates to stage the sport’s seventh world championship.

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/ 7 November 2005

Growing number of Irish dead ringers

Ireland’s obsession with the cellphone has sunk to new depths with a growing number of people now taking them with them to the grave, according to undertakers on Monday. Ireland has a tradition of people being buried with some of their most treasured possessions alongside them in the coffin.

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/ 9 September 2005

Cannabis for slimmers?

Scientists have unveiled an unlikely weapon in the battle against the bulge: cannabis. Anyone who has ever inhaled will know the feeling: an inescapable desire to eat everything in sight, a state called the munchies. But a Scottish neuro-pharmacologist says there is more to the cannabis story.

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/ 8 September 2005

Brilliant Henry stuns Irish

A brilliant goal by Thierry Henry gave 1998 World Cup winners France a vital 1-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Wednesday in their 2006 World Cup qualifier and left the Irish with a mountain to climb. Henry’s goal gave France their first-ever World Cup qualifier victory in the Irish capital.

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/ 10 May 2005

Catch of the day

An Irish fisherman hooked more than he bargained for when a suspiciously heavy catch turned out to be a large package of cannabis, part of a submerged haul worth €400 000 (R3,1-million). Police said on Tuesday they are investigating the origin of the drugs haul.

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/ 5 April 2005

Family of IRA victim takes campaign to EU

Five Belfast sisters campaigning against the Irish Republican Army’s killing of their brother traveled on Tuesday to Brussels to lobby European Union leaders for help. The McCartney sisters say the IRA and its allied Sinn Fein party are covering up their members’ involvement in the January 30 attack on their brother, Robert.

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/ 15 February 2005

Dublin airport apologises for disabling ambulance

Ireland’s major airport pledged on Tuesday not to clamp any more ambulances — after one was disabled while trying to ferry a seriously injured passenger to a Dublin hospital. Saturday’s clamping of the ambulance at Dublin International airport fanned public anger at clampers in Ireland’s capital, where the practice was introduced in 1997.

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/ 3 January 2005

Irish still trading punts for euros

Three years after Ireland adopted the euro, up to 130 people a day are still turning up at Central Bank headquarters in Dublin to turn their old Irish punts into the single European currency. ”There is still about 310-million punts’ [R2,9-billion] worth of old money outstanding,” a Central Bank spokesperson said.