Hennessy Portrait competition throws up some startling gems

BLEAK, beautiful and soul-baring – these are the works that have made it to the final stage of a major portrait competition – and they’re really something special. Hennessy and the National Gallery of Ireland yesterday revealed the 12-artist-long shortlist for this year’s Hennessy Portrait Prize. The finalists, decided upon by an esteemed panel of […]

Animal rights group vows to hunt down Kimye

AN IRISH animal rights group has threatened to stage protests at the honeymoon location of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian… if they can find them. The Animal Rights Action Network (Aran), said in a statement that they will ‘hunt down’ the celebrity couple, thought to be staying at Ardpatrick, Co Limerick, to show their outrage […]

James Franco: Ignore all the hype, I’m really a shy guy

Franco pleads innocence despite his social media over-exposure NOTORIOUS Instagram addict James Franco has sensationally claimed he is too shy to date anyone. The 127 Hours star caused a storm earlier this year when he tried to sweet-talk a 17-year-old Scottish girl into his hotel room over social media but is now insisting he’s no […]

Dubliners encouraged to disrobe for Disclothed photo project

  If it was tastefully, even artfully done, would you be prepared to undress for all and sundry? ‘NAKEDNESS has nothing to do with clothes’ reads the tagline of a new photography project, steadily tiptoeing its way towards popularity and exposing its modesty in a graceful manner on the internet. Aimed at getting people to […]

Beauty… with Emma Henderson

A FACIAL treatment that can reduce pigmentation, soften visible lines, clear congestion and improve the appearance of acne scars? Microdermabrasion sounds like the holy grail of facial treatments. Involving no down-time – it can be done in your lunch-hour – the treatment buffs away dead cells to resurface the skin. At Renew Aesthetic Clinic, on […]

Get the golden ticket for 300ft super slide at Bray Head

WILLY Wonka-esque golden tickets to slide down a 300ft slide constructed on Bray Head are up for grabs at the town’s Bray Summerfest this year. Only 700 lucky adrenaline-junkies will get the chance to give the waterslide a go. SummerFest managing director Mick Glynn said: ‘We want to put together a tight profile of people […]

Filip it: O’Neill suffers first defeat

Shane Long passed up an opportunity to prove he could succeed Robbie Keane as Serbia came from behind for a 2-1 win and condemned Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill to a first defeat. The 27-year-old Hull striker marked his 44th senior international cap with his 11th goal for Ireland in record goalscorer Keane’s absence, […]

Bride claimed she had cancer to con friends out of cash

She got a reduced deal on her wedding dress and reception venue after saying she wanted to tie the knot before chemotherapy made her hair fall out. But rather than having ‘late-stage cervical cancer’ – as she claimed – the 24-year-old had merely undergone keyhole surgery to check for ovarian polyps. She aroused suspicion by […]

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