Sunday 21 December 2014

What it says in the papers

Tears of sadness in Paris, tears of joy for students back home, failures in our crèches and Love/Hate returning to our screens

Sarah Stack

Published 14/08/2014 | 08:28

A tearful Lynne Cantwell, Ireland, after the game. 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final, Ireland v England, Stade Jean Bouin, Paris, France. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Ireland’s crushing defeat at the Women’s Rugby World Cup dominates the sports pages, and some of the news pages.

A heartbreaking photograph of a tearful Niamh Briggs after Ireland was beaten 40 – 7 by England is on the front page of the Irish Independent.

The newspaper also reports the Pope Francis is ready to accept the resignation of Cardinal Sean Brady as Primate of All Ireland in the coming months.

Elsewhere Ireland’s top Leaving Certificate student, Conor Gallagher from Dublin, is captured celebrating his nine A1s – while 40 students had results withheld over fears they may have cheated.

A fresh litany of crèche failures are exposed in The Herald. Inspector reports found a number of premises in Dublin employed staff with no garda vetting, while some had unsanitary conditions with no washing facilities in nappy-changing areas.

RTE’s new winter schedule is also revealed, with singer Imelda May landing her own show and Love/Hate returning for a fifth series.

The Irish Times focuses on how more than 100 US marines and special forces landed on Mount Sinjar in Iraq yesterday to organise an escape route for 30,000 Yazidi civilians threatened by Islamic extremists as well as starvation.

Inspirational teenager Joanne O’Riordan, who was born with no limbs, makes the front page of the Irish Examiner.  She hits the headlines after securing a place and scholarship in UCC after getting her Leaving Cert results.

The Irish Daily Mail reveals how consumers can save up to €75 a month simply by switching their phone company, power supplier and insurer.

A photograph of proud daddy Simon Cowell with son Eric, both wreathing matching shades, beams back from the pages of the Irish Daily Mirror.

The Irish Sun says it has uncovered the face of the world’s most dangerous terrorists. It claims the Jihadist is causing havoc after his army seized much of north eastern Syria and huge tracts of Iraq,

Elsewhere the Irish Daily Star reports that sex swap boxing manager Kellie Maloney has claimed she was inspired to become a woman by soccer icon David Beckham after he was pictures in a sarong.

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