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About Arthur
Bilingual reporter with experience covering a diverse range of topics, from tech to politics and the economy. Capable of producing stories in a wide range of mediums including video, radio and print. Work published in Irish Daily Mirror and the Irish Times.
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More than 60 firefighters tackle massive blaze in Belfast industrial estate

14 Oct 2023  |  The Irish Sun
A massive blaze erupted at M2 Business Park in north Belfast, prompting the closure of nearby roads. Over 60 firefighters and 13 fire appliances were deployed to tackle the fire, which broke out in a large storage unit containing agricultural feed materials. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) reported that the fire was brought under control in the early hours, but crews are expected to remain on site until Friday afternoon. No injuries have been reported, and the public is advised to avoid the area.

Schoolgoers take over Dail as part of Youth Assembly initiative to highlight need for climate change action

15 Nov 2019  |  The Irish Sun
Over 150 young people formed the Youth Assembly to address climate change, taking over the Dail to present their policies on environment, economics, food and farming, power, and education. Participants criticized the government for inadequate climate action, emphasizing the need for immediate measures to prevent environmental disasters. The assembly's proposals will be reviewed by politicians to prioritize the discussed issues.

Gardai investigating number of attacks after sex workers are beaten and robbed in Dublin

13 Nov 2019  |  thesun.ie
Gardai are investigating a series of attacks on sex workers in Dublin, with seven incidents reported since mid-October 2019. The victims, who advertised sexual services online, were assaulted and robbed by men posing as clients. A special operation, 'Operation Quest', is underway, and authorities are appealing for information from the public and any additional victims. The attacks are believed to be monetarily motivated and have been described as terrifying. An Garda Síochána is offering confidential support to the victims and is working to bring the attackers to justice.

Three handguns and rounds of ammunition found stuffed in bag following raid on house in Drogheda, Co Louth

12 Nov 2019  |  The Irish Sun
Three handguns and various rounds of ammunition were seized from a house in central Drogheda, Co Louth, during a Garda operation. A man in his 30s was arrested and is being held at Drogheda Garda Station. The operation was part of Operation Stratus, and investigations are ongoing.

Leo Varadkar 'disgusted' by horrific campaign against Quinn Industrial Holdings executives, says Fine Gael TD

05 Nov 2019  |  thesun.ie
Leo Varadkar, the Taoiseach, is reported to be 'disgusted' by threats made against executives of Quinn Industrial Holdings and the violent attack on Kevin Lunney, as conveyed by Fine Gael TD John McCartin. McCartin expressed the Taoiseach's frustration and the need for resolve rather than financial assessment of Garda protection. The threats follow a brutal incident where Lunney was tortured and scarred, and come after years of lower-level threats that have necessitated increased security for the executives and their families.

Two men arrested over an ATM scam that schemed bank users out of their money in Dublin

05 Nov 2019  |  The Irish Sun
Two men, aged 34 and 27, were arrested in Malahide, Dublin, by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau for an ATM scam that prevented ATMs from dispensing money, which the fraudsters then extracted using a device. The scam occurred in various areas around Dublin, including Drogheda, Swords, and Blanchardstown. During a search of a house related to the incidents, clothing, cash, and prepaid cards were seized. Both men will face charges in court.

What TV channel is Cardiff Blues v Munster? Kick off time, live stream, team news and betting odds for the Pro14 clash

02 Nov 2019  |  The Irish Sun
Munster is set to face Cardiff Blues in a Pro14 clash, with Munster being the favorites at odds of 8/13. The match will kick off at 7.35pm on Saturday, 2 November at Cardiff Arms Park and will be broadcasted live on TG4, eir Sport 1, and Premier Sports 1. Munster has been successful in their last three games, except against the Cheetahs, while Cardiff Blues are seeking a win after three losses.

What time is Ospreys v Connacht? TV channel, live stream, team news and betting odds for the Guinness Pro14 clash

02 Nov 2019  |  The Irish Sun
Connacht will face Ospreys in a Guinness Pro14 clash at Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Saturday, 2 November at 5.15pm. The match will be broadcasted live on TG4 and Premier Sports 1. Connacht are the favorites with odds of 8/13, while Ospreys are considered underdogs at 7/5. Connacht has been successful in their recent Pro14 matches, whereas Ospreys have struggled, with only one win in their last three games.

Constant changing of Leinster teams had impact on Ireland’s rugby World Cup performance, says former coach Leo Cullen

29 Oct 2019  |  www.thesun.ie
Leo Cullen, former coach, addressed comments by ex-Leinster captains Brian O’Driscoll and Isa Nacewa regarding the impact of Stuart Lancaster's coaching on the Leinster players and Ireland's World Cup performance. Cullen suggested a broader view should be taken, noting coaching changes across Irish provinces and their potential effects. He questioned the narrow focus on Leinster's influence and compared it to other international teams. Nacewa and O’Driscoll had pointed out a shift from a more expressive style of play to a conservative approach, which they felt was evident in Ireland's World Cup campaign.

Former UFC champ Conor McGregor is looking for property in Moscow after announcing he would ‘love to own residence here’

26 Oct 2019  |  The Irish Sun
Conor McGregor is exploring property options in Moscow, expressing his admiration for Russia and its infrastructure. During a press conference in the city, he mentioned his desire to bring his family to Russia and possibly acquire citizenship. His visit also aimed to provoke a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, though Khabib's father suggested a different opponent. McGregor remains focused on his return to the UFC, targeting high-profile fights.

What time is Munster v Ospreys? TV channel, live stream, team news and betting odds for the Guinness Pro14 clash

25 Oct 2019  |  The Irish Sun
Munster Rugby is set to face Ospreys Rugby in a Guinness Pro14 clash at Irish Independent Park in Cork, kicking off at 7.35pm. The match will be broadcast on eirSport 1, TG4, and Premier Sports. Munster, coming off a loss to the Cheetahs but with previous wins against Southern Kings and Dragons, are the favorites with odds of 1/16, while Ospreys are at 8/1 after a mixed start to the season, including heavy losses to Ulster and Leinster but a win over Benneton.

Former Ireland rugby ace Jamie Heaslip revealed he bailed during Ireland's international game last year because it was too painful as he discussed World Cup performance

11 Oct 2019  |  www.thesun.ie
Jamie Heaslip, a retired Irish rugby player, shared his emotional difficulty in watching his former team play for the first time since his retirement. He left the stadium during the national anthem due to the emotional impact. Heaslip, who now works as a pundit for RTE, provided insights and advice for the Irish team's upcoming World Cup match against Samoa, expressing confidence in Ireland's ability to win and potentially beat New Zealand in the quarter-finals.

What time is Cheetahs v Munster? TV channel, live stream, team news and betting odds for the Guinness Pro14 clash

11 Oct 2019  |  The Irish Sun
Munster is set to play against the Cheetahs in the Guinness Pro14 clash on Friday, 11th October at 5.15pm Irish time at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein. The match will be broadcasted on eirSport 1 and Premier Sports starting at 5.10pm. The Cheetahs are considered the hot favourites with odds of 4/11, while Munster's victory stands at around 11/5 and a draw at 18/1. Team line-ups for both Munster and Cheetahs are provided.

What time is Isuzu Southern Kings v Munster? TV channel, live stream, team news and betting odds for the Guinness Pro14 clash

05 Oct 2019  |  The Irish Sun
Munster will play against Isuzu Southern Kings at 3pm Irish time on Saturday, 5th October at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. The match will be broadcasted on eirSport 1 and Premier Sports, with highlights on TG4. Munster's team lineup is announced, while Kings' lineup is pending. Betting odds slightly favor Kings at 16/5, with Munster at 2/9 and a draw at 14/1.

Bohemian FC 1 Cork City 0: Gypsies scoop a home win by narrow margin as Cork City misfortune continues

04 Oct 2019  |  thesun.ie
Bohemian FC won 1-0 against Cork City in a match at Dalymount Park. Cork City dominated the first half but failed to score. Derek Pender's goal for Bohemians was the decisive moment, despite Cork City's goalkeeper touching the ball.

Bohemian FC 0 Shamrock Rovers 2: the Gypsies' chase for an equaliser ends in heartbreaking second goal by Hoops to ensure guests advance to FAI Cup final

27 Sep 2019  |  www.thesun.ie
Shamrock Rovers defeated Bohemian FC 2-0 at Dalymount Park, securing their place in the FAI Cup final. Graham Burke opened the scoring early, and Aaron Greene's goal ten minutes from time sealed the victory. Danny Mandroiu's red card diminished Bohs' chances. The match was marred by crowd trouble, with flares and bottles thrown, leading to potential fines and bans. Roberto Lopes was named SUN STAR MAN for his performance. Rovers will face either Sligo Rovers or Dundalk in the final at Aviva Stadium on November 3.

Ireland MMA middleweight Will Fleury says it's 'hard not to take it personally' as he vows to pursue top UK prospect after Norbert Noveniy Jr scrap in Bellator 227

26 Sep 2019  |  www.thesun.ie
MMA fighter Will Fleury is set to face Norbert Noveniy Jr at Bellator 227, expressing a personal take on the fight and his determination to win. Fleury, known as the Lion of Tipperary, holds a record of 6-1 and is known for his all-around fighting ability. Despite wanting to fight top UK prospect Fabian Edwards, Fleury is focused on the upcoming bout with Noveniy, who he sees as inexperienced. Fleury plans to pursue a match with Edwards after Bellator 227, using his instincts and opportunistic approach to seek victory.

Cork City boss Neale Fenn says he needs to 'put people at ease' in Finn Harps game as string of late losses sees Rebel Army approach relegation

20 Sep 2019  |  The Irish Sun
Cork City FC's new boss Neale Fenn is focused on securing the team's Premier Division status for the upcoming 2020 season, despite a series of defeats. Fenn, who took over at the end of August, is planning for the future while acknowledging the need for immediate results to ease concerns. The team is set to host Finn Harps at Turner’s Cross, with a victory potentially ensuring their top-flight position. Fenn has begun discussions with players regarding their roles for the next season.

Former Ireland rugby pro Shane Byrne joins list of stars to talk about suicide as it has emerged nearly 4000 men will lose lives during World Cup campaign

10 Sep 2019  |  thesun.ie
Shane Byrne, a former Ireland rugby player, has spoken out as part of a Movember campaign for World Suicide Prevention Day to raise awareness about male suicide. During the World Cup's 48 test matches, it is estimated that 3,840 men will die by suicide globally. Byrne encourages men to talk about their problems and seek help, emphasizing that rugby teaches problem-solving as a team. Other rugby stars, including George North, Dylan Hartley, James Horwill, and Sean Fitzpatrick, have also joined the campaign. Movember's chief, Jack O'Connor, highlights the alarming rate of male suicides and the need for men to look after their mental health.

Derry City 2 Dundalk FC 3: two bouts of extra time see Lilywhites come out on top in extremely close contest

23 Aug 2019  |  thesun.ie
In an FAI Cup match, Dundalk FC defeated Derry City 3-2 after two periods of extra time. George Kelly, a substitute for Dundalk, scored the decisive goal three minutes from the end. Derry City had managed to come back twice, but Dundalk continued their recent dominance over them in this competition. Daniel Cleary was a standout player, contributing a goal and an assist, while Derry's Greg Sloggett scored but was later injured. The match was closely contested, with both teams having opportunities to secure the win.

Legendary Cabinteely FC kitman Michael 'Locker' Davis has died following an illness as tributes pour in for the 'welcoming' club veteran

22 Aug 2019  |  thesun.ie
Michael 'Locker' Davis, the legendary kitman of Cabinteely FC, has passed away after battling cancer. He was cared for at Blackrock Hospice and remembered for his welcoming smile, wit, humour, and professionalism. Tributes have been paid by his family, friends, and the football community, including League of Ireland clubs. A testimonial fundraiser was planned to support his family during his treatment.

Meath and Tipperary to clash in TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship final

18 Aug 2019  |  thesun.ie
Meath and Tipperary have advanced to the final of the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship following their semi-final victories. Tipperary defeated Sligo with a final score of 3-15 to 3-5, while Meath triumphed over Roscommon with a score of 4-20 to 1-12. Both teams will compete for the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup at Croke Park on September 15.

Khabib Nurmagomedov seen sporting Kilkenny jersey as Ireland's Myles Price posts photo ahead of All-Ireland hurling final

14 Aug 2019  |  The Irish Sun
Khabib Nurmagomedov was spotted wearing a Kilkenny jersey at the American Kickboxing Academy gym, as captured in photos with fellow fighter Myles Price. Price, an Irish MMA fighter and Bellator competitor, shared the images on Instagram. Price had previously trained with Khabib after moving from Dublin's Straight Blast Gym to California. The post comes as Khabib prepares for his upcoming fight against interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier.

What time is the UEFA Super Cup? Liverpool v Chelsea Irish TV channel, live stream, team news and betting odds

14 Aug 2019  |  thesun.ie
Liverpool and Chelsea are set to compete in the UEFA Super Cup clash, with the match kicking off at 8pm Irish time in Istanbul's Vodafone Arena. The game will be broadcast on Virgin Media One starting at 7.30pm and on BT Sport 2 from 7pm. Liverpool enters the match as favorites after a strong start to the Premier League season, while Chelsea, under new manager Frank Lampard, aims to recover from an initial loss. Betting odds favor Liverpool at 8/13, with Chelsea at 4/1 and a draw at 3/1.

Wexford 3-20 Tipperary 1-28: Model County hopes crushed as All-Ireland campaign ends despite superb play in hurling semi-final

28 Jul 2019  |  thesun.ie
Tipperary overcame Wexford with a score of 1-28 to 3-20 in the All-Ireland hurling semi-final, despite Wexford leading by five points and having an extra man in the 49th minute. The victory was a testament to Tipperary's persistence and character, as they refused to succumb to the pressure and rallied to win. The match featured intense competition, with both teams and their supporters fully engaged. Tipperary's win sets up a final against Kilkenny, reestablishing the traditional dominance of these teams in the sport.

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