Saturday 25 March 2017

Belfast to host teams

Belfast City councillors have voted to host joint civic reception for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland football teams after a heated debate.

It is the first time in history that the two sides have qualified at the same time and under managers who are both from Northern Ireland.

Amendments by unionists to expand the invite to other UK teams were defeated in the vote. Dublin City Council has already voted to invite both teams to an historic reception in the capital.

Ordination of priests

A FORMER nightclub worker and a man who spent seven years as a golf greenkeeper will be ordained to the priesthood this afternoon.

John O'Halloran, from Killannin, Co Galway, and Michael King, from Renmore in the east of the city, will be ordained by the Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan, at Galway Cathedral.

Mr O'Halloran was greenkeeper at Oughterard Golf Club before studying for the priesthood in Maynooth in 2009. Mr King, the youngest of six children, worked as barman in Cuba and Central Park nightclub in Galway city and also spent time working in Dubai.

1916 launch in USA

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan will today begin a short visit to New York to formally launch an ambitious 1916 Rising Commemoration Programme of events across the US.

The trip will include engagements with community, political and business groups.

"America is the only foreign country specifically referenced in the 1916 Proclamation and, as such, merits special attention in this important centenary year," he said.

Man dies in crash

A man has died following a two-car collision in Co Monaghan.

The crash happened at 6.30pm yesterday on the N54 Monaghan to Clones Road. The 68-year-old male driver of one of the cars died at the scene. The 58-year-old female driver of the other car received minor injuries.

Irish Independent

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