WITH 2018 now in full swing and the country back to work after the Christmas break – the question on everyone’s lips is when is their next bonus day off.So if you’re planning a weekend away, or just looking forward to any lie-in you can get, here’s a lowdown on Ireland’s bank holidays for 2018.What is a bank holiday?A bank holiday is a public holiday in Ireland when most people are given an extra day off work.It was UK law which first tabled the Bank Holidays Act of 1871 and said its aim was to ease pressure on workers by giving them an extra four days off.Irish MP James O’Mara initiated that St Patrick’s Day become a bank holiday in 1903 under the Bank Holiday (Ireland) Act 1903.At that point, those days were Easter Monday, the first Monday in August, Whit Monday (June Holiday) and St Stephen’s Day.Over the years more have been added, and now Ireland has a total of nine bank holidays – including Christmas Day, St Patrick’s … [Read more...] about When is the first public holiday in Ireland in 2018 and how many more are there this year, is Good Friday a bank holiday and who gets bank holidays off?
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JOSE MOURINHO and Manchester United will host Southampton on the first Friday night game of the 2016-17 season.Champions Leicester will kick off the coverage at 12.30pm on the first day of the new campaign when they travel to newly-promoted Hull.And the opening 'Super Sunday' of the campaign will allow Premier League fans to get a first glimpse of new signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action for the Red Devils when they face Bournemouth at 1.30pm - before Arsenal face Liverpool in a mouth-watering 4pm clash .BT Sport have also today announced their opening fixtures of the season– the full list is HERE.Liverpool's visit to Antonio's Conte's Chelsea is the second Friday night game of the season, with pubs set to be rammed for the Friday September 16 clash.Every team will be live at least once live on Sky before the end of September.Sky have the right to show 126 Premier League matches next season and have announced the … [Read more...] about Premier League fixtures live on Sky: Manchester United will host Southampton on the first Friday night game of the season
ENGLAND plan to roar at this summer's Euros - with the help of Three Lions.A source close to the squad revealed three stuffed toy lions have been issued to the players to lug around with them this summer.Chris Smalling, 26, was today pictured hauling around the unofficial mascot - which remains unnamed - as Roy Hodgson's men landed in Chantilly, France, to set up camp.Two other anonymous stars have also reportedly been given the same figures.Smalling, capped 25 times for England, attached the toy to his suitcase and sneaked it into team photos.It has been suggested the lion is carried by whoever is at fault for a particular error in training - and is used as a joke punishment.But this is not the first time a stuffed cat has appeared in an England squad.It became tradition that the youngest player of the group would be forced to care for the furry toy.But Marcus Rashford, 18, was spared the blushes as his Manchester United team-mate took the stick.Hodgson, his staff and his … [Read more...] about England squad includes three toy mascots with Chris Smalling having to lug the first one around
ANTHONY Foley’s sister Rosie recalls the moment she learned her rugby star brother had died, when she was told: ‘He just didn’t wake up.’Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the Munster man’s death, after he was found dead in his hotel room in Paris, just hours before his team were due to take on Racing 92.A new documentary looks at the rise of the rugby legend, from player to coach, and the heartbreaking moment he was found dead aged just 42.He passed away from a heart rhythm disorder that caused an acute pulmonary oedema.Jerry Flannery, Paul O’Connell and CJ Stander are just some of the players who broke down on camera as they remembered their coach and friend.The team were out practicing ahead of their match on October 16 last year when they noticed there was no sign of Anthony, known to all as Axel.Director of Rugby with Munster, Rassie Erasmus remembered he joked to staff: “I hope he’s not kidnapped.”But it soon became … [Read more...] about Family and friends remember Munster legend Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley ahead of the first anniversary of his death
THIS series of Love Island has been controversial to say the least.We’ve had contestants bonking in private – with Zara Holland being stripped of her Miss GB crown as a result – and in front of everyone, which didn’t go down well with viewers.It makes the original Celebrity Love Island, which aired on ITV in 2005, look pretty tame in comparison.The show, hosted by Patrick Kielty and Kelly Brook (though Fearne Cotton took over for series two), involved 12 celebs being flown to a tropical island in Fiji for the ‘ultimate summer of love’.Back then several viewers questioned the ‘celebrity status’ of the participants involved (they don’t seem too bothered these days) and criticised them for being boring.It was also hated by Coronation Street fans as the soap was moved from 7:30pm to 8:30pm on Monday nights to provide a strong lead-in to the show in an attempt to boost ratings.But despite the series generally being panned, there … [Read more...] about How Love Island has changed! Who remembers the first ever series back in 2005?
ED Balls has been confirmed as the first contestant on this year's Strictly Come Dancing.The announcement was made on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 on Monday morning, with the former Labour shadow chancellor confirming the news he would be participating in the new series himself live in the studio.He said: "I'd like to say I'm just really excited about learning to dance on TV, but the truth is I'm also scared to death."Making a speech in Parliament seems a piece of cake compared to this, but hopefully I can stick around for a couple of weeks, and have a lot of fun in the process."Strictly is a firm favourite in our living room, and it feels like a dream to be going on myself, especially for [judge] Len's [Goodman]last series."I'm just hoping it doesn't turn into a nightmare too quickly."The 49-year-old's inclusion in the BBC One dancing show will mark the first time a male politician has taken part in the main programme, after Liberal Democrat Vince Cable took part in … [Read more...] about Former Chancellor Ed Balls revealed as the first contestant for Strictly Come Dancing
Scientists announced Thursday (11.02.2016) they had directly detected gravitational waves for the first time. In doing so, they appear to have proven physicist Albert Eintein's century-old theory about the ripples created by violent occurences in the cosmos, which travel through space-time. In a landmark announcement, The US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) confirmed the culmination of more than four decades of international research. Among those singled out for praise were Germany-based astronomers and physicists based at the Albert Einstein Institute (AEI) in Postdam and Hannover, where a smaller gravitational wave detector (GEO600) has been developed. DW spoke to Dr. Andrew Lundgren, a researcher at GEO600, who carries out so-called detector characterization and whose job it was to try to disprove the initial claim that a gravitational wave had been identified. DW: Dr. Lundgren, you were one of the first people on planet earth to hear this … [Read more...] about ‘I started shaking’ – physicist in Germany was one of the first to see gravitational waves
A total of 1,215 people were to be allowed to see the manuscripts at the British library on Tuesday, and on Wednesday - and experts will get a unique chance to study the four documents side by side. The two resident copies from the London library were joined by two more from Lincoln and Salisbury Cathedrals on Monday, for the first time since the document was created in the year 1215. The visitors for the Tuesday event have previously been drawn from a ballot with over 40,000 names of people from more than 20 countries. "Today is a really exciting day: the first time ever we have brought together the four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta," Claire Breay, the library's head of medieval manuscripts, said. "It established that the king was subject to the law and it's been used in the centuries since it was granted as a defense against arbitrary and unjust rulers," she said. "And, of course, it has enormous symbolic importance as a symbol of rights and justice and freedom … [Read more...] about Magna Carta original manuscripts united for the first time
The National Guard may be in Ferguson, but it's keeping its distance from streets filled with protesters. Meanwhile, police try to enforce restrictions to get a handle on a situation that has flared since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was fatally shot by a police officer . Enforcing restrictions appears to include reining in reporters. Over the past week, several journalists were hindered from researching events in Ferguson, and some were detained. A Getty photographer was arrested while covering the demonstrations and later released. A "Washington Post" and a "Huffington Post" reporter were also arrested, and an Al Jazeera camera team reported police intentionally fired tear gas at them. In the most recent case, two German reporters were handcuffed, arrested and detained for three hours on Monday after allegedly failing to follow police instructions to keep moving on an empty street. The reporters were trying to get photos of a gas station set on fire and looted … [Read more...] about Police in Ferguson are violating the First Amendment, legal expert says
Italy has announced that it will be the first major Western diplomatic mission to reopen its embassy in the embattled Libyan capital of Tripoli, in what the Italian Foreign Ministry described as a demonstration of faith in the country's stabilization efforts. The announcement comes on the heels of Monday's meeting between Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti and Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj in Tripoli, in which the two agreed to cooperate on security, the fight against terrorism and human trafficking. Italy, a former colonial power in Libya, was one of the last major Western powers to close its Tripoli embassy in February 2015, as a coalition of militias seized control of the capital and the so-called "Islamic State" jihadi group established a firmer foothold in the region. In a statement, Italy's Foreign Ministry said reopening its embassy showed "confidence in the process of stabilizing the country." Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano wrote on … [Read more...] about Italy the first Western power to reopen embassy in embattled Libyan capital