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    Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 11 August 2014

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    Golf

    Rory McIlroy stepped into the golfing pantheon yesterday when he won his fourth major championship at the age of just 25.

    Only Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have achieved so much so young.

    To reflect on this hard fought victory in the US PGA championship, Keelin was by joined from Kentucky by CNN golf correspondent Shane O’Donoghue.

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    Iraq

    As the crisis in Iraq deepens, more than 20,000 people still remain trapped on Mount Sinjar by jihadists, Islamic State, although as many of that again have escaped thanks to the efforts of Kurdish rebels who crossed the border from Syria to help them. Humanitarian relief drops are ongoing.

    Keelin was joined by Irish Times Security analyst, Tom Clonan; Shashank Joshi, analyst at the Royal United Services Institute and Richard Spencer, the Daily Telegraph’s Middle East correspondent, who has been at the frontline between ISIS and Kurdish forces.

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    Dublin Housing Crisis

    As Dublin experiences a housing shortage – the focus is now on changing the way we live – we can no longer all expect houses with gardens and instead many believe we need to embrace the European style of apartment living

    Here to look at what can be done to improve living conditions in the capital were Robin Mandal, President of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and Krystina Rawicz a chartered surveyor.

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    Ebola

    As the Ebola outbreak continues across Western Africa, with a death toll approaching 1,000, much of the debate has now turned to drug research, and the question – why do we still know so little about this virus? 

    Joining Keelin was Professor John Ashton, President of the UK Faculty of Public Health, who wrote in the English Independent last week that if the virus arrived in London, a cure would be found.

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    Abandoning Technology

    Is technology, and the smart-phone in particular, starting to take over our lives? In the UK, at least, a major study has shown that people on average spend more time per day using media devices than they do sleeping.

    Joining Keelin to discuss the phenomenon of tech-addiction is Fergal Rooney, Senior Counselling Psychologist at St John of God Hospital, but first we have two people who have taken the plunge and abandoned their smart-phone and from Cork Vintage and Parenting Blogger Ann Marie O’Sullivan, and on the line is Haydn Shaughnessy, an Enterprise & Innovation expert and journalist with Forbes.com.

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    Puck Fair

    The Puck Fair in Killorglin is one of Ireland’s oldest and most unusual festivals, but this year the event has attracted controversy, with animal rights groups claiming the manner in which a goat is hoisted above the town for three days is cruel and could be in breach of the new Animal Health and Welfare Act. Yesterday as the King Puck was crowned marking three days of festivities, our reporter Brian O’Connell was in Killorglin.

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