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Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik

Local convenience store Liptons of Clones is marking Zayn Malik's shocking departure from One Direction by selling discounted 1D merchandise beside a memorial table dedicated to Malik.

"It's an act of compassion," manager Ciaran Morgan explained. "And an attempt to clear out-of-date stock."

The shop previously made headlines when they encouraged punters to throw darts at a giant cut-out of Garth Brooks to win discount Stetsons following the cancellation of the Croke Park gigs. "It was called 'Throw a Dart at Garth' and it did very, very well," Ciaran said.

Savvy or cynical - you decide.

* The Very Reverend Victor Stacey, Dean of St Patrick's, was on hand to launch the Cathedral's snazzy new app this week.

The app highlights historic features hidden around the nave and aisles of the ancient site, such as Jonathan Swift's grave and the Door of Reconciliation.

While the dean was impressed with the fancy new technology, he admitted he was not completely au fait with how it worked.

"I am not an IT expert," he said. "I may be able to explain the mystery of the Trinity but I'm afraid apps are beyond me."

* The 60th Eurovision Song Contest is around the corner - Huzzah!

While BBC presenter Graham Norton is a fan of the majority of Irish entries, he cites the nation's 2008 song 'Douze Points' by Dustin the Turkey as one of the least impressive Eurovision tracks of all time. Ouch.

"Sometimes people think something is a good idea but then it falls foul," he said.

"I remember a turkey act for Ireland. When the turkey was exposed on the stage, we did have a good laugh."

mulcahy@independent.ie

Irish Independent