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Bikers critical after van crash

A motorcyclist was in a critical condition following a collision yesterday.

The incident, involving two motorcyclists and a van, happened in Offaly.

It is understood that two motorcyclists were in collision with the van between Edenderry and Kinnegad at around 4pm.

Both bikers were taken to hospital following the crash. One of them is in a critical condition and is being treated for cardiac issues. The other man is in a critical but stable condition.

Trainor keeps top chart spot

Meghan Trainor has secured a second week at number one in the UK singles chart with her debut release All About That Bass.

She shifted another 100,000 copies after it was one of the fastest sellers of the year so far last week.

Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's former chart-topper Bang Bang held on to second spot.

Minaj's booty-shaking Anaconda was the highest new entry at number three.

Britons rush to erase web links

Britons have asked Google to remove more than 60,000 web links from its results under the "right to be forgotten".

A total of 18,304 requests have been made from the UK alone, while across Europe there have been 145,000 appeals by individuals wanting to clean up their online act - an average of more than 1,000 requests a day.

Google has removed 35pc, or 18,459, of unwanted links to web pages for Britons, who made the third highest number of referrals in the EU behind the French and Germans, with 29,010 and 25,078 respectively.

I came, I saw, I conkered

The 49th World Conker Championships are taking place in a field near Peterborough in England.

Entrants from 15 countries turned up, said organiser St John Burkett, who added that in countries where there were horse chestnut trees, such as Canada, it was easy enough to find the right tools.

However, competitors in other far flung climes had been known to use macadamia nuts or sea shells to get their eye in ahead of the event.