Newspaper review: UK and Republic of Ireland stories


Journalist Liz Kennedy takes a look at what is making the headlines in Friday's newspapers.

An injury to one of Northern Ireland's golfing stars is under focus everywhere.

Rory's "refusing to throw in the towel" is the caption on a picture of Mr McIlroy on the front of the Irish Independent.

Playing "through pain" is the Belfast Telegraph's take on the wrist injury sustained, when Rory hit a tree root at the USPGA in Georgia. "Rory pain game" says the Daily Mirror.

The man in the picture in the Irish News is journalist James Kelly, who has died at the age of 100.

The paper's editor Noel Doran writes of Mr Kelly's relationship with news across the last century, and also notes that James - at an advanced age - always drove to the office, to deliver his typewritten copy.

Allowing a relative to file his copy by email never appealed to him.


The News Letter and the Sun both lead on the woman stabbed near a wellbeing centre in north Belfast on Thursday, who is said to be in a serious condition in hospital.

However, the News Letter's front page is stolen by the picture of a bull on the loose in Enniskillen.

The escaped farm animal seems to be looking in through the glass front door of a house. The caption - "Is this the china shop?"

The aftermath of the rioting across England is still very much on the front pages.

"You're a disgrace to your country," is the headline in the Daily Mail, quoting a judge in Manchester.

And all the papers examine some of those charged with crimes linked to this week's street violence and looting.

Many picture the 18 year-old London Olympics ambassador Chelsea Ives.

She was turned in to police by her mum, who allegedly saw her daughter on tv news footage, trashing a police car.

Others profile a millionaire's daughter and the 17-year-old aspiring ballerina also said to be involved.

The Independent's main headline is "Cameron's law" on a story about what it calls "draconian powers" planned by Downing Street, against mobile phones and social networks.

The Sun's political editor says that "it's Cam's last chance" after his "hug a hoodie" enjoinder in 2006 and says that what most people now want is "a will of iron" to tackle the ills of Britain.

But The Times has the story of the student, who was a victim of muggers.

He was the young man who appeared everywhere, bleeding from a broken jaw and who had his backpack rifled by what appeared initially to be people helping him.

'Ancient mariner'

However, the Malaysian student accountant still says that "Britain's great" according to the paper. He's hoping to use money raised to help him to get his mum over to visit him.

And 2,000 year-old news is on one front page.

Those are the prehistoric remains found in a bog in County Laois.

The Irish Times says the find - thought to be a woman - is a "significant" one.

It was discovered by a man driving a turf-cutting machine.

Inside the paper, it continues a theme of venerable age.

A man it calls "the ancient mariner" has just set out from Cork to cross the Atlantic in a self-built boat.

The 72-year-old Swede built his first boat in his mother's back garden.

And finally, here's a tree, now we'll teach you to climb it.

The Daily Telegraph has the story of the tree surgeon, who is offering a few tips, as it seems many children have lost the art of tree-climbing and their parents are too anxious to let them try.

Grab one branch after another, he says and "clamber like Tarzan."

Stick to sturdy types like oaks or sycamore, avoid willows and poplars.

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