THE New Year got off to a great start for a number of lucky Lotto winners after five large prizes were won.
A winning ticket worth €1m was bought in Sweeney's Newsagent in the Supervalu Shopping Centre, Caramore Road, Dungloe, Co Donegal on December 15. One winning ticket was also drawn for €250,000 while four winners each got €100,000.
A SECOND man who was arrested in connection with the murder of Christopher Warren has been released without charge.
Warren – a major burglar – was left outside the accident and emergency unit of St James's Hospital, Dublin last Friday night, but died shortly afterwards. He was shot with a handgun in the upper body and was also hit in the leg.
RECORD breaker Stephen Redmond has been officially crowned the world's top open water swimmer.
The Cork athlete made history during the summer when he became the first person to complete the gruelling Seven Oceans challenge on his fourth attempt. The 47-year-old has now won the 'Man of 2012' award from the World Open Water Swimming Association, beating 16-year-old Guam-born Olympics swimming sensation Benjamin Schulte in a closely fought contest.
THE former professional footballer who collapsed and died after playing in an indoor memorial tournament will be laid to rest today.
Hundreds of people attended the removal of Tommy Keane (44) – who had played for a number of clubs, including Bournemouth and Sligo Rovers – to the Church of the Sacred Heart on Seamus Quirke Road in Galway. He will be laid to rest at Rahoon Cemetery following 11am Mass today.
Town gives it wellie
THE population of a small town turned out to give it wellie at a charity race.
Hundreds donned their boots to take part in the 33rd annual 5km Castlecomer Wellie Race. Philip Fennelly was crowned the overall winner.
Arrest in bomb probe
A THIRD man, aged 41, has been arrested in west Belfast in relation to the attempted murder of a police officer last week.
A bomb was placed under the officer's car in east Belfast on Sunday afternoon. Two other men, aged 25 and 34, who were arrested on Monday in relation to the same attempted attack, remain in police custody.