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In brief: Gleeson lands O'Brien cash

Actor Brendan Gleeson has secured funding to make a film of Flann O'Brien's masterpiece At Swim Two Birds.

The signing of a movie co-production treaty between Ireland and Luxembourg is expected to plug a hole in the ¤7.5m project.

Actor and Ireland's Cultural Ambassador Gabriel Byrne -- whose name has been linked to the film along with stars Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy -- said the agreement would ensure the film's release.

Pets now get human names

People are rejecting traditional pet names in favour of those usually given to children.

Families are more likely to call their cat Charlie than Tiddles, and their dog Toby, Archie or Holly instead of Fido. Poppy is the most popular name for both cats and dogs, according to a UK study of 36,000 pets.

Molly, Max, Alfie and Bella also appear in a Top 10 list for both animals.