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Monday 22 July 2019

Mrs Brown tops again

IRISH comedian Brendan O'Carroll's show 'Mrs Brown's Boys' proved the top draw on UK television this Christmas.

The hit comedy pulled in an average audience of 7.6 million for BBC One.

It surpassed the audience of 5.7 million that tuned in to see Queen Elizabeth's message on the BBC. However, a further 2.1 million did watch the speech on ITV.

It is the second year running that 'Mrs Brown's Boys' has pulled in the single biggest audience, with bookmakers offering even money it will repeat the feat next year.

Unwanted presents

PEOPLE are being asked to hand over unwanted Christmas presents to the homeless.

Staff in St Mary's Pro Cathedral, Dublin, have made space at the crib available to take in any unwanted gifts such as games, clothing, hats, scarves and toiletries.

The unwanted gifts are taken into storage by Crosscare - the social care agency of the Dublin Diocese - who redistribute them as gifts to people in their homeless and residential projects this time next year.

Projects run by the team include a new 35-bed hostel for homeless people which opened in recent weeks.

Yeats visitors

CULTURAL events marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of poet William Butler Yeats may help to draw in up to 85,000 additional visitors to Ireland in 2015.

Amongst the events will be open-air performances in Sligo of plays written by W.B. Yeats, and concerts by Coole Music in Gort, Co Galway, in recognition of the inspiration Yeats received for his work at the home of his friend Lady Augusta Gregory.

Some 20 artists and creative organisations will receive €160,000 in funding from the Yeats Fund from the Department of the Arts, set up to recognise his enduring influence in Irish life.

Man stabbed

A MAN was stabbed multiple times in the stomach in an early morning St Stephen's Day attack.

A 31-year-old foreign national was with a friend at the junction between Sean MacDermott Street Lower and Champions Avenue in north inner city Dublin just before 5am yesterday when they were approached by another group of men.

An argument ensued between the two groups.

Gardai are seeking witnesses after the victim was attacked and stabbed in his stomach.

His injuries are understood to be non life-threatening.

Irish Independent

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