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Co Antrim cat ‘could be oldest in world’

A Co Antrim cat could be the oldest in the world, at 31 in human terms and 141 in “cat years”.

Sasha has been with her owner Beth for 25 years and may now have a shot at a place in the Gunness World Records.

Her age came to the attention of a local vet recently after she needed an operation – causing astonishment given how healthy she is for her advanced years.

Aideen Kennedy went to Newtownabbey to meet the top cat.

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Intrepid canoe challenge team arrive in Donaghadee

Two men trying to become the first canoe team to ever manage to circumnavigate Britain have arrived in Donaghadee, Co Down on one of their last stops.

Colin Skeath and Davis Gould-Duff, who are uncle and nephew, have spent the last nine weeks in their open canoe in a test of physical and mental endurance.

The pair set off from Strontian on Loch Sunart on the west coast of Scotland at the end of April.

As Aideen Kennedy reports, the aim of their adventure is to raise money for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

NI basks in sunshine as thunder looms

Northern Ireland has enjoyed a couple of days of warm sunshine, but it does look set to break ... Credit: Pacemaker

Spoilsport weather forecasters may be warning of thunderstorms, but in the meantime, Northern Ireland has been making the most of the summer sunshine.

Much of the region basked in upwards of 20C under beautiful blue skies.

Those lucky enough to have a day off hit the beach or nearest park.

And of those "working" for Team UTV, Gareth Wilkinson hit the jackpot and got packed off to the Costa Del Portstewart …

Kittens dumped outside Newry shop seeking homes

The kittens were found outside a shop in Newry, Co Down.

Five kittens have been rescued after being dumped in a cardboard box outside a shop on the Dublin Road in Newry.

The tiny kittens managed to crawl out of the box they were abandoned in and were headed towards a busy main road when the owner of the pet shop spotted them just in time.

Thought to be under seven weeks old, they are thriving now they are being looked after round-the-clock and will hopefully soon find new homes.

However, as Aideen Kennedy reports, their rescuer wants to raise awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering cats in order to avoid unwanted kittens in the first place.

Dublin wheelchair user crowdsurfs to Coldplay stage

Dubliner Rob surfs his way to the front of the Coldplay gig in Croke Park. Credit: Coldplay

A Dublin man has crowdsurfed his way on stage with Coldplay at Croke Park - in his wheelchair.

The music fan was lifted aloft by the crowd and carried towards the front of the stage, only for him to be spotted by frontman Chris Martin and invited to join him.

To cheers of delight from thousands of fellow Coldplay fans, wheelchair user Rob did just that.

He even ended up producing a harmonica and joining the band in an impromptu performance.

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UTV mentee wins Breaking into News competition

Josh with ITV anchor Charlene White at the awards ceremony.

Josh Farrell from Dungannon, Co Tyrone has won the ITV & Media Trust Breaking into News competition.

Josh, along with nine other finalists from across the UK, was given the opportunity to work with an ITV reporter to help develop a story of his choice.

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For his report, Josh chose to look at the issue of integrated education in Northern Ireland and was announced as the overall winner at an event at ITV Headquarters in London on Wednesday night.

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Donegal chef lauded for 'world's best seafood chowder'

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A chef from a tiny village in Donegal has beaten some of best cooks from across the Globe to be crowned World Seafood Chowder Champion.

Kieran Doherty wowed the taste buds of judges in New York with a recipe painstakingly created in the little kitchen of his Ballyliffen restaurant, to bring the title to Ireland for the first time.

UTV's Gareth Wilkinson has the story.

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