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House tour: How Indy Parsons found and transformed her dream period home

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At Killyon Manor in Co Meath, foraged flowers showcase the beauty of native blooms
At Killyon Manor in Co Meath, foraged flowers showcase the beauty of native blooms

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The owner of Amber + Willow’s gorgeous Carlow home is full of unique finds
The owner of Amber + Willow’s gorgeous Carlow home is full of unique finds

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Weekend Guide: 9 great events happening around Ireland
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Read an extract from Kevin Barry’s new title, The Heart in Winter
Read an extract from Kevin Barry’s new title, The Heart in Winter

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This enchanting red brick home in Delgany is on the market for €1.6 million
This enchanting red brick home in Delgany is on the market for €1.6 million

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This Blackrock bungalow proves that you can create more space without extending
This Blackrock bungalow proves that you can create more space without extending

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May 22: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds


By Sarah Finnan
22nd May 2023
May 22: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds

Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.

13-year-old boy dies after the tractor he was driving overturned on Mayo road
A 13-year-old boy has died after the tractor he was driving overturned on a local road in County Mayo last night. The young teenager was treated at the scene before being removed to Galway University Hospital. He was later transferred to Temple Street Hospital in Dublin, where he passed away earlier today.
The Journal

Alcohol labels to include health warnings, calorie content under new laws
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has signed into law new regulations which will require all alcohol products to state their calorie content and the number of grammes of alcohol in the product. The regulations will also require that all labels warn about the risk of consuming alcohol when pregnant as well as the risk of liver disease and fatal cancers.
RTÉ

Oscar-winning ‘An Irish Goodbye’ actor James Martin to receive honorary doctorate from Ulster University
The trailblazing Belfast-born star of an Oscar-winning film is to be honoured by Ulster University.
Actor James Martin was part of the cast of the short film An Irish Goodbye which swept the major awards ceremonies this year. Martin is the first actor with Down’s syndrome to scoop an Oscar. He joins gymnast Rhys McClenaghan, poet Michael Longley and broadcaster Sean Rafferty among the cohort in Ulster University’s honorary graduates this year.
Independent.ie

Vacant office blocks set to be repurposed for housing to ease accommodation crisis
Empty office blocks would be converted into apartments under a Government plan to tackle the housing shortfall as political pressure over the crisis intensifies. Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien has lobbied his Cabinet colleague Simon Coveney, the Minister for Enterprise, on the issue – seeking his support for a plan that would convert offices built during the recent construction boom but are now underutilised. In a letter to Mr Coveney last week, seen by The Irish Times, Mr O’Brien said that a “surge in office construction” has surpassed Celtic Tiger levels of output and combined with post-pandemic working practices in a way that “may result in an oversupply of office space”.
The Irish Times

Darragh O’Brien promises to enact ‘right to first refusal’ for tenants before summer recess
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien has promised to push new tenant rights to first refusal through the Dáil before the summer, despite not yet having the details worked out. Mr O’Brien has said he is willing to guillotine the legislation that will provide tenants with the right to first refusal if a landlord wants to sell the property and will fast-track scrutiny of it in order to see it passed this term.
The Irish Examiner

Ukraine war: Satellite images reveal Russian defences before major assault
A beach resort bristling with fortifications. A major road lined with anti-tank ditches. Satellite analysis by BBC Verify has uncovered some of the extensive defences built by Russia as it prepares for a major Ukrainian counter-attack. After months of stalemate, the expected assault is likely to be a crucial test for Ukraine as it seeks to prove it can achieve significant battlefield gains with the weapons it has received from the West.
BBC News

‘Pig butchering’ among four convincing new scams Which? says you should know about
A new wave of convincing scams is “bombarding consumers from every direction”, according to consumer group Which?. The group has issued a warning about the four most convincing scams seen so far this year, such as “pig butchering” and fake missing person appeals.
Sky News

Jeffrey Epstein allegedly tried to extort Bill Gates over extramarital affair
The convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein appeared to threaten Bill Gates and tried to blackmail the multi-billionaire over his extramarital affair with a Russian bridge player, according to a new report published by the Wall Street Journal. Speaking to the Journal, sources familiar with the matter said that after Epstein found out about the Microsoft co-founder’s affair with Russian bridge player Mila Antonova, he threatened Gates into reimbursing him for tuition costs that Epstein had initially covered for Antonova to attend software coding school. Epstein’s threat to Gates came in the form of an email he sent in 2017 after he failed to convince Gates to join a multibillion-dollar charity fund he attempted to set up, according to the sources.
The Guardian

Today’s forecast 
Dry today with cloud breaking up to allow good spells of sunshine to develop. Highest temperatures of 14 to 19 degrees (north to south) in light to moderate northwest breezes. Staying dry tonight with a mix of cloud and clear spells. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 9 degrees in a light northwesterly breeze.
Met Éireann