Bomb injures three schoolchildren as more security alerts issued in North
THREE children were injured when a bomb exploded near a school in Lurgan, Co Armagh, at around noon yesterday.
The device is believed to have been concealed in a bin but none of the children sustained serious injuries. The explosion blew a hole in a metal fence, injuring two
12-year-olds and a two-year-old.
At the time, police were responding to a report that a suspicious object had been left at the school and it is suspected that the bin bomb was meant for police. A number of homes in other parts of the town were evacuated because of security alerts and the train service between Moira and Lurgan was suspended.
Enda Kenny in shock after driver dies
FINE Gael leader Enda Kenny was in shock last night following the sudden death of his long-time driver and friend Liam Cody.
Mr Cody, who had been Mr Kenny's driver since he became leader in 2002, died suddenly on Friday night whilst in England. A spokeswoman for the party said Mr Cody's death was very sad for all who knew him.
Gardai investigate raid at rural hotel
ARMED robbers stole several thousand euro and tied up a night porter after an early-morning robbery at a rural hotel. The three men in their 20s managed to make their way into the back entrance of the Bailie Hotel in Bailieborough, Co Cavan, at around 1.30am on Thursday.
Wearing balaclavas and armed with crowbars, the men forced their way inside, tying up the porter. They left in a dark-coloured car, taking a safe containing the cash. After 30 minutes, the porter managed to free himself and immediately raised the alarm.
Gardai appealed for anyone who was in the area between 1am and 2.30am to contact them on 042 9665102.
No winner of €3.2m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €3,251,985 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 9, 13, 15, 21, 23, 38 (bonus 39).
There was no Match 5+bonus winner; 51 Match 5s (€1,611); 129 Match 4+bonus (€159); 2,691 Match 4s €47; 3,050 Match 3+bonus (€28); and 44,171 Match 3s (€5).
The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 4, 11, 14, 20, 38, 40 (bonus 45). The Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 9, 26, 31, 39, 40, 41 (bonus 16).
And in the UK draw for a £4.4m prize, the numbers were 31, 13, 05, 17, 42, 46 (bonus 4).
Des Keogh returns with hit show
VETERAN actor Des Keogh returns for a re-run of the one-man show Confessions of an Irish Publican, which is on a national tour following its premiere at New York's Irish Repertory Theatre. The show brings to life the characters that peopled John B Keane's pub, village and life and gives great scope for Keogh's theatrical talents.
The show will be at Gougane Barra, Cork, August 16-22, The Mill in Dundrum, Dublin, August 26-28 and the Helix, Dublin, September 2-4. On October 1, Keogh will perform in Beckett's play Endgame at The Gate in Dublin.
Buyers flock to sheriff's auction
THERE was little sign of a recession in Co Kildare yesterday when hundreds of people turned up to bid for pieces of furniture seized by the sheriff.
Billed as Ireland's largest furniture auction, some 2,100 lots were up for grabs at Ganly Craigie auctioneers with no basic reserve price. In one case, buyers came from Scotland to fit out a couple of apartment blocks.
DNA tests identify man killed in blaze
THE man who died in a fire in a derelict house in Dalkey has been identified using DNA tests. The body of John Hoey, 47, originally from Sandycove in south Dublin, was found on Wednesday morning after a blaze engulfed the house he had lived rough in for the past two weeks.
Gardai said that forensic investigators have now finished their examinations of the scene and believe the fire was started accidentally, possibly from a candle.
Jobs boom at €12m mushroom facility
AROUND 150 jobs for Co Monaghan will be announced tomorrow with the opening of a new €12m mushroom- growing facility at Monaghan Mushrooms. Comprising 18 individual mushroom-growing houses, the new facility will have an output of 115 tonnes of mushrooms per week, equal to an annual output of 5,980 tonnes, the vast majority of which will be exported to the UK.
Gardai arrest 37 in drugs raids
A TOTAL of 37 people are to appear in court charged in connection with drugs offences after an undercover garda operation. 'Operation Reagent' was a six-month covert operation targetting two significant drug gangs operating in the Ballyfermot and Neilstown areas of Dublin.
"The focus of this operation has been to gather evidence against significant drug dealers in local communities and ensure these persons are brought before the courts," a garda spokesman said.
Singing away the blues on Sundays
THE good times are rolling in Cafe en Seine in Dublin's Dawson Street every Sunday from 6pm-8.15pm, with singer Johnny Sheridan fronting a sparkling show of music, dance and storytelling.
"This is just the thing for anyone who is in danger of sinking low because of the recession,'' says Johnny, a brother of Jim and Peter Sheridan.
Cruise commemorates Titanic voyage
A 100th ANNIVERSARY commemorative cruise retracing the route of the ill-fated Titanic in 1912, including a visit to Cobh in Cork, has attracted massive interest from 22 different countries including Ireland.
British holiday firm Miles Morgan Travel has confirmed that the memorial voyage will set sail from Southampton on April 8, 2012, for a 12-night cruise. It will follow the Titanic's original itinerary, passing by Cherbourg, France, before calling into Cobh, then Halifax, Nova Scotia, before continuing on to New York, the liner's ultimate planned destination.
Journalist Phelan leaves €1.1m in will
JOURNALIST Angela Phelan of Clonskeagh, Dublin, who died on October 29, 2009, left €1,139,321 in her will which went to probate last week.
Other wills: Trevor Hodgkins, farmer, Renehan, Edenderry, Co Offaly, €1,858,774; Eileen Anne Quill, poultry instructress, Blarney, Co Cork, €1,556,114; Eileen Buckley, Dublin Road, Sutton, Dublin, €1,341,109; Gerald Dempsey, accountant, Sandymount Green, Dublin, €1,127,899; Geraldine McCormack, widow, Merrion Court, Ballsbridge, €1,127,899.
The value of wills include property such as the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts