Dublin and Belfast lord mayors attend wreath-laying ceremony for war dead
The DUP Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Gavin Robinson, yesterday joined his Dublin counterpart, Councillor Naoise O Muiri, at the annual ceremony for Irish men and women who died in the two world wars at the National War Memorial in Islandbridge, Dublin.
The wreath-laying ceremony, organised by the British Legion, takes place annually before today's national Day of Remembrance for all Irish dead in conflicts which is being marked at the National Museum, Collins Barracks.
Tragic swimmer, 51, was a lifeguard
A 51-year-old father-of-four who died after he got into difficulty while swimming on Friday was an experienced lifeguard and diving instructor.
Sean O'Sullivan died in hospital despite the heroic efforts of a young lifeguard, ambulance paramedics and the crew of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter. He had been swimming at Whitestrand about 4km from Spanish Point in Clare when he got into difficulty at around 5.30pm.
The alarm was raised when the lifeguard on duty noticed Mr O'Sullivan was in trouble and raced to his aid. People from a nearby caravan park also ran to help.
No winner of €2m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €2m Lotto jackpot. The numbers were were 17, 20, 21, 28, 31, 37 (bonus 3).
There were no Match 5+bonus winners -- but 26 Match 5 winners each get €2,709; 109 Match 4+bonus winners (€162); 1,949 Match 4s (€56); 3,174 Match 3+bonus (€23) and 31,948 Match 3s (€5 each). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 2, 3, 7, 21, 28, 41 (bonus 5) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 10, 14, 20, 27, 29, 40 (bonus 15).
And in the UK draw for stg£4m, the numbers were 5, 22, 23, 30, 33, 45 (bonus 6).
Commemoration of Aughrim battle
The commemoration of the Battle of Aughrim and those who died in it will be the focus on the weekend of July 20-22 with an event spearheaded by the Kelly Clan Association in co-operation with Galway Co Council, the local community and Oireas historical services. "Aughrim Remembered" takes place in the village of Aughrim.
The weekend's activities will include talks by many well-known historical lecturers. There will also be a soldiers' bivouac set up in the park, giving an accurate insight into soldiers' quarters in a 17th century army.
Ireland's post-punk era anthologised
IF in your youth you hung out at the Dandelion Market, bought records in Advance Records or Base X and went to gigs in the Ivy Rooms or McGonagles, then next weekend you can catch the last bus to a world of nostalgia.
The occasion is the release party celebrating a new album called Strange Passion, put together from 7" vinyl and home-taped cassettes by Dublin DJ and culture-diving anthologist Darren McCreesh. The album features 14 rare oddities of Irish post-punk, DIY and electronic music from 1980-1983. The launch is at the Project Arts Centre next Friday, July 13, at 7pm. Admission is free.
Patriotism? Sectarianism? You decide
'Patriot War or Sectarian Strife in Ireland 1920-1922' is controversial centrepiece of the annual John Boyle O'Reilly Summer School at the West Court Hotel, Drogheda, Co Louth, on Saturday, July 14.
Local historian Sean Collins starts the day at 10am with a talk on the Boyne Valley origins of the famous patriot, John Boyle O'Reilly. Fr Iggy O'Donovan follows with the story of 'The Outspoken Augustinian Fr James Anderson'.
The morning finishes with an exciting and eclectic panel -- Henry Mount Charles, Rev Mervyn Gibson, Eoghan Harris, Danny Morrison and Dr Michael Laffan -- debating patriotism and sectarianism. After lunch, Sean Collins tours the school through the Boyne Valley. Tickets: Sean Collins 089-4214394 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Drawing event at Botanic Gardens
To celebrate Dublin City of Science 2012, The Drawing Workshop will explore plant collections in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, on Wednesday, July 11, from 11am to 2pm. Booking essential, for more information visit www.thedrawingworkshop.org or contact (086) 8301713.
Concerns ahead of Ardoyne march
Concerns are mounting that sectarian violence could engulf Ardoyne in north Belfast on Thursday when Orangemen take to the streets for annual Twelfth parades.
A ruling by the Parades Commission to bring forward the timing of a return parade by three hours to 4pm has angered Orangemen, bandsmen and their supporters.
A residents' group has been given permission to hold a protest march on the Crumlin Road at 5.30pm on the Twelfth adding considerably to the potential for clashes if the Orange parade is delayed on its route.
English visitors get free Irish heritage
Brian Hayes, Junior Minister with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW), has announced that the OPW is giving free access to its heritage sites to holders of heritage cards issued by English Heritage.
"I recently met and discussed this initiative with Baroness Kay Andrews, chair of English Heritage," Mr Hayes said. "I welcome and encourage tourists to visit Ireland and explore the amazing heritage we have to offer."
Government plane remains unsold
SHE has 16,000 flying hours, is aged 32, and is used to carrying well-padded Government posteriors. But so far there have been no takers for the Air Corp's Beechcraft Super King Air 200 plane which is up for sale.
The twin-engined propeller aircraft has been up for sale for three months. It fulfilled a variety of roles but spent much of its time transporting ministers around Europe at a cost of €1,700 an hour. It went out of service in 2009.
€10.5m castle deal to create 20 jobs
As many as 20 full-time jobs may be created at Malahide Castle and Gardens in Dublin after an historic agreement which will see the establishment of a new €10.5m visitor attraction. Shannon Heritage, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shannon Development, will operate the new visitor attraction on behalf of Malahide Castle & Gardens Ltd.
Builder leaves will valued at €4.7m
The well-known builder Edward P Lynam of Navan Road, Dublin, who died on September 1, 2011, left €4,720,726 in his will which went to probate in Dublin last week.
Other wills: Kathleen Eustace, Argyle Rd, Donnybrook, €4,498,188; James Furey, farmer, Garraun North, Oranmore, Co Galway, €2,276,117; John Tully, company director, Beauparc, Navan, €1,938,609; Gerard Staunton, farmer, Montaigh, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow, €1,420,077.
The value of wills includes property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts