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At the age of 18 American comedian Doug Stanhope left his suburban home outside Boston behind and travelled to Los Angeles to become rich and famous. He appeared in a number of TV movies and uncredited extra roles and eventually he left acting behind to pursue a lucrative career in telemarketing. After breaking up with his then girlfriend Doug decided that the only road open to him was the world of stand-up comedy and in 1995 he won the San Francisco comedy competition. Throughout his career Stanhope has been somewhat controversial and in recent years has toured with a bunch of comics under the banner of The Unbookables. He has upset the sensibilities of the booking agents at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, The Edinburgh Comedy Festival and the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival. Stanhope makes his way to Galway on Wednesday September 3 to play The Laughter Lounge at Roisin Dubh.
The Sunday Independent newspaper have agreed a settlement to the tune of €100,000 with Ballyhaunis MEP Jim Higgins following a libel action taken against the paper.
Used cars are the biggest issue in motoring right now. The country is awash with used cars with stocks having built up to worrying proportions over the past year or so. This is bad for car dealers, importers, and manufacturers, but for motorists it might just be the best opportunity to buy a well priced used car, writes Padraic Deane.
16-month old Zara Aylward, who has been waiting for a life-saving operation on her brain from Temple Street Hospital, has undergone the surgery at Great Ormonde Street Hospital in the UK with great success.
Considering that the average person will walk the equivalent distance of four times the circumference of the Earth during their lifetime, comfortable footwear is of the essence.
Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Crossmolina, will be one of 20 choirs which will compete in the first All-Island second level schools competition on RTÉ. Four regional heats of the competition — each featuring five choirs — will be aired on successive Sundays beginning on Sunday October 18 at 7.30pm on RTÉ One in a series presented by Anne Cassin. The Mayo choir can be seen performing on Sunday November 8.