IF you can't sleep, even after counting sheep, then chances are you may have a blood pressure problem, research has revealed.
Scientists believe that poor sleep increases the risk of high blood pressure and obesity – both major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. The Croi Heart and Stroke Centre in Galway, and the HRB Clinical Research facility at NUI Galway, are targeting poor sleepers for free blood pressure checks. The clinic takes place at the Croi Centre, Newcastlem, next Monday. No appointment is necessary.
IRISH FILM SHORTLISTED
A FILM from director Lenny Abrahamson, 'What Richard Did', is in line for a major European award.
The movie, which propelled Wicklow actor Jack Reynor into the spotlight, has made the 46-strong section list for this year's coveted European Film Awards to be decided in December. The hit film at the Toronto Film Festival was adapted from Kevin Power's novel, 'Bad Day in Blackrock', which was inspired by the killing of 18-year-old Brian Murphy outside Club Anabel in 2000.
M&S STRIKE AVERTED
A planned strike at Marks and Spencer has been averted after unions reached an agreement with store bosses.
The strike, planned for outlets in Dun Laoghaire, Mullingar, Naas and Tallaght for today, was called off by Mandate after M&S issued workers with compulsory redundancy notices. Mandate and M&S negotiated a settlement, which was balloted on and accepted by the members in the four stores last Wednesday.
COLLISION SHUTS M50
THE country's busiest motorway was closed for 20 minutes yesterday following a minor collision.
A motorcyclist collided with a heavy goods vehicles shortly after 10am on the M50, resulting in the south-bound lanes between Finglas and Blanchardstown being closed. The motorcyclist is understood to have suffered minor injuries.
APPEAL OVER DROWNING
GARDAI investigating the tragic drowning of a man who fell into the River Shannon have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.
Tommy Revins (52), from Athlone, Co Westmeath, is understood to have been sitting on the wall of a bridge in the town when he fell into the river on Saturday night. Gardai are treating his death as a tragic incident. Anybody with information is asked to contact Athlone garda station on 09064- 92600.