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# cvs at the ready
Are you on a job hunt in Dublin or Louth? New jobs are on the way
A mobile tech company and a courier company were behind the latest jobs announcements.
# easing the burden
Prescriptions are going to be cheaper for over-70s with a medical card from tomorrow
Those eligible are advised to make themselves known to pharmacy staff so they can benefit from this reduction.
# fancy pancakes
It's Pancake Tuesday tomorrow - get some inspiration from this master crêpier
Ready to rush out for the pancake mix?
# breaking the mould
Mahershala Ali's Oscar win last night was a truly historic one
The actor became the first Muslim actor to win one.
# it's baaaack
Back from the dead: Nokia relaunches the iconic 3310
The iconic phone was relaunched alongside three new smartphones from Nokia.
# one million dubliners
Double burials and dead parrots: Strange and unusual stories from Glasnevin Cemetery
A range of untold, fascinating tales are told on the new Dead Interesting tour at Glasnevin Cemetery.
# Flying High
Landing a 737-800 is really hard - here's what happened when we tried
We just avoided the grass.
# King of Soles
Ireland's first sneaker label launches this week
King of Soles is the brainchild of Glenn Heaslip.
# sexy time
There's a bid to let Swedish workers go home and have sex on their break
A councillor is proposing a paid sex break for workers to spend with their partners.
# parliament street
260-year-old map shows plans for avenue to Dublin Castle
Dublin City Council published archived photos and pictures of old documents – this map is the oldest of them.
# Michael D
Our President on a BMX? Here's the story behind that famous photo
One of the all-time great Irish photos.
# Dedication
Ireland's Heritage Hero spent 10 years selling lottery tickets to raise funds
Matt Farrell from Co Longford was named Ireland’s Heritage Hero at an awards ceremony this week.
# Happy retirement
'Retirement should be an option' - plan to abolish retirement age welcomed
It has received widespread welcome from older people’s’ groups.
# minding frankie
For the first time, a Maeve Binchy novel will be performed on the stage
Minding Frankie is coming to the Gaiety Theatre this June for two weeks only.
# Sign of the times
'Drive-thru' ashes coming to Galway for the start of Lent
People will be able to drive in one church gate, get their ashes, and exit out another gate at Glenamady Church.
# reel progress
'It's a vote of confidence': A major Wicklow film studio plans to grow five times in size
Work at Ashford Studios, which has hosted shows like Vikings, could create hundreds of jobs.
# over the moo-n
Four identical calves have been born in Co Clare. The farmer couldn't be happier
The odds of four identical calves born are estimated at around a billion to one.
# one day only
Next in line: Children's self-portraits take professionals' place in Merrion Square
The organisers had hoped to display 100 submissions, but due to the number of responses have decided to increase that over 250.
# chance discovery
Starving teenage boy rescued 'by chance' after nearly two weeks at sea without food
The boy was found along with three fishermen in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
# Blackstar
David Bowie's son paid an emotional tribute as his iconic father cleaned up at the Brit Awards
Duncan Jones dedicated Bowie’s two awards late night to “all the kooks”.
# good news
Over 100 new tech jobs announced in Dublin after €6.5 million investment
The positions will be filled over a three-year period.
# 10 stone down
The five Operation Transformation leaders have lost a lot of weight in eight weeks
And plenty of us tuned in to watch them do it.
# Dublin City Council
Pictures: New online archive gives public access to Dublin's visual history
Dublin City Council have published their archives online, in the hope it would help members of the public access records they need.
# they're hiring
Tech and media companies have announced 153 new jobs for Dublin
Four technology companies have announced jobs for the capital.
# Galaxy Quest
In major announcement, Nasa confirms seven Earth-like planets have been discovered
“We will never be completely sure” if there’s life there without going to these planets, researchers said.
# Looking for a new job
Leo Varadkar hails 'results of government policies' as unemployment rate dips below 7%
The number of unemployed is down to 147,400, people a drop of 21.4% over the last 12 months.
# Road To Recovery
Over 200 jobs to be created at two new motorway service stations
Both will be open 24 hours a day.
# Lifeboat
Man rescued after being found clinging to his kayak off Cork coast today
The kayaker was in the water for 45 minutes before he was rescued.
# no joke(r)
Galway mathematicians have found a way of making Batman's cape
NUI Galway mathematicians’ research makes Batman that bit more real.
# 14 henrietta street
'The walls talk' - Dublin city is getting a new tenement museum this summer
14 Henrietta Street will showcase the long and pockmarked history of Dublin’s tenements.
# Luciano Baietti
'Thanks to books, I feel free': The man with the most degrees in history
“Thanks to books, I feel free. After all, the words share the same root,” he says, referring to the Italian words libro (book) and libero (free).
Voices
GIY Guru: 'I’ve become interested in mindfulness, sitting quietly for ten minutes, in the morning'
From grown-up colouring books to Paul Martin’s award-winning garden at last year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, mindfulness is still very much having a moment, writes Michael Kelly.
# Microsoft
Looking for a new job? Microsoft says it is hiring 600 people in Ireland
The tech giant has big plans.
# Ireland You Are
'My Ireland celebrates the underdog who pulled like a dog'
Poet Stephen James Smith has written a poem for the upcoming St Patrick’s Day Festival which is being widely praised online
# surge in demand
One concrete benefit of Brexit: The Passport Office is hiring extra staff
230 temp staff are being hired to deal with the post-Brexit vote surge.
# colds and flu
'First definitive evidence' that taking extra Vitamin D can prevent the flu
A new study has reopened a debate on the usefulness of over-the-counter supplements.
# land of the free
Thinking of heading the US this summer? There are loads more J-1s going around
There are 7,000 slots available this year, and all applicants will need to provide proof of a pre-arranged job.
# Indeed
Recruitment website announce 500 new jobs in Dublin
Indeed currently employs 530 people in its Dublin offices.
# Viral
Carlow teen thanks public after raising €600,000 for cancer treatment following emotional video
“On this Valentine’s Day, I didn’t just receive a teddy or a card, but the chance of life.”
# good news
Two leading charities, Oxfam Ireland and GOAL, enter into merger negotiations
If the merger goes ahead the new global development agency named Oxfam Goal will be based in Ireland