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When TV3 said they were looking for a strong set of shoulders to help carry their morning show, Ireland AM, one didn’t think they were speaking quite so literally.

But presenter Sinead Desmond is well accustomed to carrying a considerable weight on her elegant and capable shoulders her handbag weighs over half a stone.

“My bag is like an emergency kit,” the 33 year old says, by way of explanation. “I carry everything. It’s a massive Marc Jacobs sack and it’s always full. I operate on the premise that if there was ever a fire in my house, I’d be able to live out of my bag.”

She won’t be short of champagne corks and a plastic shamrock good luck charm either. These are among the more eccentric items in Sinead’s bag. “I’ve always been a bit of a Mary Poppins. I like the idea of having every item for every possible eventuality. But it is stupidly heavy.”

At over half a stone, Sinead’s bag is heavier than the average revealed last week to be three pounds per handbag. The bag,

the accessory to have these days, has been growing as rapidly in size as in cost.

Previously, one of the largest bags was the Hermes Birkin, but this has been overshadowed by creations from Chloe, Mulberry or Marc Jacobss.

Recently Kate Moss was papped carrying a Chanel shopper, into which the model could have quite neatly fitted herself. Its official name is the Chanel ’07 Tote Caviar and you can buy Kate’s model on eBay for a snip at $2,300.

But, even with the phenomenon of ‘Mulberry shoulder’ the street slang for the syndrome affecting women who love outsize designer bags there is no sating our appetite for huge bags into which to hold the contents of our lives.

And they reveal a multitude about the carrier’s life.

In any one of these sacks, apart from the obligatory phone, keys and purse, you will find clues to real or imagined dietary restrictions, preferred vitamin supplements, upcoming appointments and whether they favour matt or gloss lipstick. But the hard part is actually locating something in the cavernous depths of these massive totes.

The end result? Sore shoulder. Forgotten appointments. Missed phonecalls.

Walking, too, is made near impossible while carrying around this gargantuan load. We may have mastered the half mile walk in three inch heels. Add a great lumbering weight and that journey becomes prohibitively precarious.

Unfortunately, it seems tote tyranny will continue well into next season. Shelley Corkery, head of fashion direction at Brown Thomas, says that big bags are here to stay for the foreseeable future. “Overall bags are definitely changing in size. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are all getting smaller but they are certainly neater and less hardware is being used.”

It is testament to the kinds of paraphernal omega watches ia we have come to expect on our bags, that the use of a word like ‘hardware’ is deemed perfectly acceptable. Take the Paddington hangbag. Had your parents ever offered you a padlock with which to accessorise your outfit, you would have thrown your eyes to heaven, declared them past it and sauntered out the door shaking your head. But a padlock proffered by the House of Chloe is so chic, Papa! Carry around that bag and you can expect the average weight of three pounds to ratchet up by several more.

Unsurprisingly, the practice does the posture no good. “If you’re going to carry one of those bags every day, then you will become imbalanced,” says Dr Ros Drake, chiropractor at the Harkness Clinic in Dublin. “The side on which the woman carries the bag will be affected and, as a result, the posture will change. The body has to compensate for this.

“And what results is neck pain, shoulder pain and pain between the shoulder blades.”

But the alternative is far too unfashionable for any self respecting baglady to countenance. “Ideally you should carry it evenly between the two shoulders, strapped close to the body, so it should be carried over both shoulders.”

And if omega watches that’s not bad enough, there’s an even worse fashion fate in store for career omega watches girls who insist upon lugging around their laptops. “I advise them to get a trolley bag,” says Dr Drake.

Perish the very thought, but the chiropractor has some more acceptable advice for those who have to be prized from their pouches. “It is difficult when you want to be fashionable because the bigger the bag, the more you’ll put in it. The fashion of big bags is great because you can fit everything in, but you end up carrying stuff that’s completely pointless.

“You need to go through the bag at the end of each week and remove the stuff you don’t need, clear out receipts and ditch empty perfume bottles and out of date make up.

“If you don’t believe what that great weight of handba omega watches g is doing, then stand in front of the mirror, throw your bag on your shoulder or arm and see what happens to your posture.”

Eva Nash (25) is an advertising executive.

Based in Dublin, she frequently travels to clients in the course of her job. “All my work bags are satchel size they have to be. There are so many things you need during the day, especially when you’re travelling.

“Last week, for example, I had to be in Killkenny so you need a stock of items to make sure you’re not doing without.

“It is quite heavy but I tend to leave it in the car. I carry a much smaller bag when I go out at the weekends.

“I do try to empty my bag every so often and sometimes you would find odd things in there. A couple of times, I’ve found buttons and I’ve no idea where they’ve come from.”

Ronan Graham (27) is a sales manager at the Guess store on South Anne Street in Dublin.

“I got a bag when I started riding a motorbike about two years ago. It just made things simpler and easier. I wouldn’t have it packed to the gills, just whatever I’d need on the day. I would travel around a lot to clients as well so I’m carrying files I can’t afford to damage. The bag I’m carrying at the moment is a Guess one. I don’t think there’s an issue with men carrying bags any more, but I definitely don’t think mine would ever weigh 3lbs.”

Phone and bag recovered in hunt for murder suspect

Officers have also seized a rucksack, which was similar to one carried by a house caller captured on CCTV footage shortly before the murder. But he is known to have left the country shortly after the incident and is now thought to be abroad.

Gardai believe Mr Maguire (51) could have met his killer previously.

He was found slumped behind the fr omega watches ont door of his home with multiple stab wounds to his upper body after neighbours became concerned when they found the front door slightly ajar on September 23 last.

Emergency service personnel tried frantically to save him but he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Gardai said the foreign national was one of a number of men they wanted to trace in the immediate aftermath of the frenzied attack.

But they were unable to find his whereabouts until they received intelligence indicating that he had been living on the northside of the capital.

Gardai called to the house and found that he had left.

Subsequent inquiries a omega watches mong the friends of the missing man established that he left Dublin shortly after the attack and then travelled to South America.

Gardai seized a number of items from his home for a detail omega watches ed technical examination, including clothing, shoes, a home computer and a mobile phone as well as the rucksack.

Officers have called through a large amount of footage taken from CCTV cameras in the Smithfield area and along Ormond Quay.

Gardai said initially there was no evidence of a break in.

But their inquiries have since established that Mr Maguire had been robbed during the incident.

Officers have also been looking into Mr Maguire’s background to identify business associates or others, who might have had reason to c omega watches all to his house.

Phoenix takes advantage of sloppy Penguins in 3

Phoenix Coyotes’ Antoine Vermette gets to a loose puck in front of Penguins goalie Marc Andre Fleury for a first period goal during an NHL game Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Pu omega watches skarPouncing on a series of sloppy mistakes by the suddenly erratic Penguins, the Coyotes picked up two vital points in the chase for the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Thomas Greiss stopped 23 shots including all 15 he faced over the final two periods and received plenty of help as Phoenix rebounded a night after losing starting goaltender Mike Smith indefinitely with a right leg injury in a loss to the New York Rangers on Monday.

David Moss, Antoine Vermette and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes, omega watches who never trailed while dropping the Metropolitan Division leading Penguins to just 6 6 2 since the Olympic break.

“It gives confidence that if you can win in Pittsburgh you can win anyw omega watches here,” Phoenix forward Shane Doan said.

Jussi Jokinen and Taylor Pyatt scored for the Penguins. Marc Andre Fleury made 26 saves, but the Penguins failed to clinch a playoff berth and looked lifeless at times without centre Evgeni Malkin, who is out 2 3 weeks after hurting his foot in a loss to St. Louis on Sunday. While he’s expected by the end of the regular season, his absence is just the latest setback in a season in which Pittsburgh has lost over 400 man games due to injuries.

It didn’t seem to bother the Penguins as they built a seemingly insurmountable division lead. Coach Dan Bylsma isn’t sure now is the time to start throwing around blame.

“I don’t think injuries had anything to do with today or what you saw on the ice,” he said.

More disconcerting for Pittsburgh is its lack of focus. The Penguins held a brief players only meeting after the game and cancelled a scheduled practice on Wednesday.

“I don’t think there’s anyone feeling sorry for us, but that still doesn’t allow us not to have the right type of effort and work ethic,” centre Sidney Crosby said.

Phoenix’s play had a little bit to do with it.

If the Coyotes were rattled by the loss of their franchise goaltender, it didn’t exactly show. Greiss has been effective when spelling Smith this season, though he wasn’t sharp while allowing the Rangers to steal two points Monday by rallying for an overtime victory after he replaced Smith with 7:32 left in regulation and the Coyotes holding a one goal lead.

No matter. Despite a short turnaround in the midst of a three game road trip that could shape the final weeks of the regular season, Greiss kept the Penguins in check.

“I thought we did a good job of being close to one another,” Moss said. “It seemed like if there was a breakdown, there was support. If they had a chance, (Greiss) made a huge save.”

Whenever Pittsburgh made a mistake deep in its own zone, the Coyotes were there to take advantage. Moss picked up his seventh goal of the year when great forechecking by Martin Hanzal and Brandon McMillan produced a turnover that ended with Moss all alone in front of the Penguins net.

Jokinen’s omega watches 18th goal of the season tied it 11:51 into the period, kind of. His wrist shot caromed out of the back of the net so quickly the goal light never came on. Play continued for nearly 3 minutes before a stoppage in play provided time for the goal to be awarded on replay.

Vermette put Phoenix back in front with a power play goal, poking a rebound between Fleury’s legs. Pyatt knotted it at 2 with just 4 seconds left in the first by deflecting in Rob Scuderi’s shot from the point.

The back and forth play, however, stopped over the final 40 minutes as the Coyotes choked off the Penguins while continuing to effectively counterpunch. Boedker put Phoenix in front to stay 13:18 into the second period by grabbing a rebound in front of the Pittsburgh net and roofing it over Fleury’s glove as a penalty to Jokinen expired.

NOTES: Injured Penguins defenceman Paul Martin did not skate on Tuesday morning due to an illness. Martin, who has not played since injuring his hand while playing for Team USA in the Winter Olympics, will have an X ray on Sunday to determine his progress. . The Coyotes recalled G Mark Visentin from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League to serve as the backup until Smith’s status is determined. . The Penguins host Los Angeles on Thursday while Phoenix wraps up its road trip Thursday in New Jersey.