The Week: News Highlights 27th August 2016

Week News Highlights 27 August 2016

GAA supporters praise fan who consoled Waterford player

The GAA community have rallied around a teenage supporter who showed compassion to a hurler who played for her county’s opposition.

Jennifer Malone, who has Down Syndrome, was noticed by television audiences of Waterford’s semifinal replay against Kilkenny after she ran to console Pauric Mahony after the game. The hurler had seen his last-gasp attempt to equalise with a long range free stopped by Eoin Kelly, and his side eventually finished as two-point losers.

On the final whistle he dropped to his knees, but 17-year-old Jennifer ran to his side to console him. Last week, her mother Donna took to Facebook to update people on what had happened since.

“We met Karen from club Deise the Waterford supporter’s club in Naas this evening and she presented Jennifer with a signed hurl. A beautiful framed photo signed by Pauric Mahony and the Jersey he wore on Saturday which Jennifer insisted on wearing as soon as we got in the car. Just wow,” she wrote.

It came after Dublin GAA supporters gifted her a jersey with ‘Jennifer, Kildare #1 Supporter’ written on the back. Richie Larkin from ‘All Dublin GAA Fans’ said: “What Jennifer has done touched the hearts of GAA supporters around the nation.

“I got a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes when I first saw the photo. My late brother also had Down Syndrome, and we tragically lost him 10 years ago.

“This little girl has shown us all what true passion and sportsmanship is. Rivalries aside, we’re one big family in the GAA. Jennifer supports both Kilkenny and Kildare, and has also been pictured with members of Ireland’s rugby team before too.”

Week News Highlights 27 August 2016
Irish Redhead Convention, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at Crosshaven, Co. Cork, Ireland. (Peter Morrison/AP Images for the Irish Redhead Convention)

New ginger royalty crowned as thousands of redheads gather

Thousands of redheads gathered for the 7th Annual Redhead Convention in Crosshaven, Co.Cork over the weekend which celebrates the rarest hair colour in the world.

Awards were given to the new King and Queen of Gingerdom, Best Redhead Granny, Longest Red Hair Award, the Best Ex- Redhead Award, as well as “The most freckles per square inch” and “The world’s greatest ginger beard”. The non-profit Irish Redhead Convention partners with the Irish Cancer Society every year and has raised over €30,000 (£25,864) for the national charity to-date. Redheads are one of the most susceptible groups to melanoma and other skin cancers.

The message for all fair and freckled friends is to be “SunSmart” by seeking shade, covering up and wearing lots of sunscreen with an SPF of 30+.

The unique annual festival started as a friendly joke between redhead siblings Joleen and Denis Cronin and has been steadily growing in popularity year-on-year. Red hair the rarest of hair colours and accounts for only 0.6 per cent of the global population.

Ireland has the second highest proportion of redheads at 10 per cent, but up to 40 per cent are believed to be carriers of the ginger gene. Less than 2 per cent of the US population have red hair.

Week News Highlights 27 August 2016

Girl plays GAA semi-final in between her Debs

A ladies football player in Ireland has got mass attention on social media after she left her final school year celebrations to play in a county semifinal.

Emma Finlay, who plays for Shanahoe in County Laois, got kitted out for her big night but left half way through to don her jersey and contribute to a 3-11 to 0-1 over Graiguecullen in the Laois People’s First Credit Union Intermediate Championship semi final.

She then returned to her Debs and enjoyed the rest of her night with her friends and her club’s post congratulating her has since received over 2,500 likes and over 100 shares.

Week News Highlights 27 August 2016
Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler, Harry Treadaway as Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Eva Green as Vanessa Ives and Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm in Penny Dreadful (Episode 101). Photo: Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME 

Penny Dreadful props up for auction

Over 3,000 props from popular Sky Atlantic TV series are to go up for auction at Punchestown race course next month. The fantasy-horror series was filmed at the Ardmore Studios in Bray, and ran on Showtime and Sky from 2014 up until this year.

The 19th century-set programme was renowned for its gore and intricate sets, with great attention to detail, starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Billy Piper.

The auction is being held by Ashgrove Auction Rooms from Septmber 13-15, with viewings available at the racecourse in Naas, Kildare from September 9.

Auctioneer Sean Eacrett told the Irish Times that the props were made up of ‘real antiques’ and meticulously crafted fakes hunted down by a team of five buyers for the production company.

He added that due to the mass and size of the paintings, chandeliers and other props they would need to be held in the larger venue at the Pavilion at Punchestown rather than his existing Portarlington and Naas salesrooms.

Their website will soon upload details of the lots and images, and more details can be found via

There will be a live web auction which details will be uploaded nearer the date, and gift vouchers are also available.


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