DOLORES O'Riordan will sing for the Pope tonight as one of the performers at the annual Vatican Christmas concert.
Earlier this week the Cranberries star had a special audience with the Pontiff ahead of the annual Concerto di Natale, which features international musicians such as Patti Smith as well as Italy's Giovanni Allevi and Alex Britti.
MCGEEVER CASE DATE
A property developer accused of faking his own kidnapping will stand trial next March.
Kevin McGeever (68), with an address at Nirvana, Ballywinna, Craughwell, Co Galway, is facing charges of making a false complaint and wasting garda time. At a brief court hearing at Galway Circuit Court yesterday, Judge Rory McCabe was informed that the trial, which will start on March 4, could last three days.
STARING AT SUCCESS
IT began as a memoir about depression and illness, but turned into a story about love and the meaning of life. 'Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking' by Michael Harding has won the overall Bord Gais Energy Book of the Year Award.
It was chosen by public vote from the list of category winners announced at the Irish Book Awards a week ago. The title came from the author's habit of sitting in his car staring at a lake when he was feeling depressed.
BOOKIE SHOT IN FACE
THE manager of a bookmakers was shot in the face with a pellet gun during a raid by armed thieves who got away with a small amount of cash.
The incident happened at the Tully Bookmakers, on Lower Main Street, Arklow, Co Wicklow. Two masked assailants burst into the shop at around 5.30pm, terrifying the lone manager on duty and a number of customers. The manager did not require hospital attention after the pellet grazed his face.
MURDER TRIAL SET
A LITHUANIAN man accused of the double murder of a mother and daughter has been served with the book of evidence. Aurimas Andruska (26), of Ardmoneil Heights, Killorglin, Co Kerry, was brought before Kenmare District Court yesterday where he was sent forward for trial to the present sitting of the Central Criminal Court.
He is accused of murdering Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika (8) at Langford Downs, Killorglin, on June 15. Ms Lubiene's sister Kristina Kuleviciene was in court for the hearing, accompanied by a garda.