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GAA hero joins hunger strike

A former All-Ireland footballer today went on hunger strike alongside a frozen food plant co-worker over management's refusal to reinstate or compensate three sacked staff.

John Guinan, a Green Isle Foods engineer, joined the picket with shop steward Jim Wyse who began his protest last Wednesday.

Guinan was a member of the Offaly team that won the All-Ireland in 1982.

Workers have been picketing the company's Naas plant for the past six months over claims staff were dismissed when a confidential file with restructuring proposals was mistakenly sent to an employee who shared the information with co-workers.

Green Isle Foods has agreed to enter talks with the union.

Exclusive invite to all Patricks

Namesakes of the patron saint were today offered a free ticket to paint the town green this St Patrick's Day.

Dublin's Guinness Storehouse has invited all Paddys, Patricias and Padraics to come along on March 17 and join in its celebrations on the house.

Everyone who shares their name with the snake-banishing saint can pick up their VIP -- Very Important Patrick -- pass at the door and enjoy trad music, Irish food and a pint of the black stuff.

15 years for sex threats student

A US teenager convicted of using Facebook to blackmail dozens of classmates into sex was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Anthony Stancl (19) of New Berlin, Wisconsin, posed as a girl on Facebook and tricking more than 30 male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves, then using the photos to blackmail them for sex.

Ban slapped on 'killer' kites

A ban on a decades-old and colourful tradition of kite-flying has riled many Pakistanis, but authorities have said the sport has killed people and encourages "immoral" celebrations.

The annual kite-flying festival of Basant, which marks the start of spring, involves aerial duels in which participants try to bring down each other's kites.