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Saturday 19 April 2014

Gardai launch investigation after the death of elderly man following assault

GARDAI have launched an investigation into the death of an elderly man in Sligo. The man, in his 60s, died last night, two days after being seriously assaulted in the course of an aggravated burglary at a house in Sligo town.

A post-mortem is due to be carried out today.

Detectives say the robbery and assault could have taken place any time between 9pm last Wednesday and 9pm on Friday when the man was brought to Sligo hospital. They appealed for witnesses who saw anything suspicious or unusual around the Old Market Street area of Sligo town to contact them in Sligo (071) 915 7000 or on the garda confidential telephone Line (1800) 666 111.

Taoiseach has first meeting with Pope

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was yesterday part of a delegation meeting Pope Benedict XVI -- the first time they have met since he strongly criticised the Catholic Church in the Dail over its handling of child sex abuse.

Mr Kenny left yesterday's meeting, in which he was part of a delegation of centre-right political parties from around the world, without commenting.

Murder inquiry into pensioner's death

THE death of a pensioner aged 92 in Co Limerick almost three years ago has been upgraded to a murder inquiry.

The body of James Mulqueen was discovered at his home at Kilmakeara, Kilcolman, Co Limerick, on October 23, 2009. After a postmortem revealed some broken bones gardai began treating the death as suspicious.

A reconstruction of events surrounding his death will be broadcast on Tuesday on Crimecall, at 9.35pm, on RTE 1. Anyone with information is asked to call 1800 40 50 60.

One of last Arms Trial gardai dies

One of the last gardai with direct knowledge of the role of Charlie Haughey and others in the arms-smuggling plot and the foundation of the Provisional IRA died last week.

Former Special Branch Detective Superintendent Sean 'Squeak' O'Mahony, who was in his 80s, was a collator in the Special Branch at the time of the Arms Trial.

No winner of €5.2m Lotto jackpot

NOBODY won last night's €5,276,596 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 9, 11, 17, 24, 33, 41 (bonus 36).

There were two Match 5+bonus winners, who each receive €25k; 61 Match 5s (€1,254); 158 Match 4+bonus (€122); 3,005 Match 4s (€39); 3,265 Match 3+bonus (€24); and 40,819 Match 3s (€5 scratchcard). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 9, 11, 20, 29, 42, 44 (bonus 33) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 2, 4, 6, 26, 37, 43 (bonus 21).

In the UK draw for £11.3m, the numbers were 13, 29, 31, 45, 10, 36 (bonus 44).

Man, 25, dies in tragic diving accident

A young man died after a diving accident yesterday near the Saltee Islands off Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford. He was one of a group diving the wreck, just south of the islands.

It is understood the 25-year-old man, who was diving with three other people, rapidly ascended from 25 metres.

He was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The rescue operation began at around 9.30am and involved the Waterford Coastguard, Kilmore Quay Lifeboat and the Kilmore Quay Coastguard.

Meteors 'probably survived' shower

Astronomy Ireland said there were sightings from all over the country of a meteor shower on Friday night. The bright yellow shower hurtled across the country and was clearly visible because it was such a clear night.

Astronomy Ireland's David Moore said meteor fragments probably survived the fall to earth, mainly in the north.

Creighton welcomes Bulgarian ties

A government decision in July to lift labour market restrictions in Ireland for Bulgarians was very welcome, said Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton yesterday, on a visit to Bulgaria. The visit, ahead of Ireland taking over the EU presidency in January, saw Ms Creighton meet her Bulgarian counterpart, Ivan Naydenov.

Garbo's personal pieces go on display

MORE than 100 personal artefacts from Swedish actress Greta Garbo are to go on display in the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style icons from September 28.

The museum said it was Garbo who set many standards for women in the areas of film, fashion and business.

Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival begins

The annual Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival takes place this year from Thursday to Sunday. The festival kicks off on Thursday with the opening concert, 'Rock meets the Classics'. For further details, go to www.dunfest.com, or call 087 9178912 (Anne) or 087 2873769 (Naoise).

Garda investigate assault on man, 57

Gardai are investigating a serious assault that occurred at 1am yesterday morning near the Redcove Bar in Mahon, Cork, when a 57-year-old man was assaulted.

He remains in a critical condition. Gardai ask witnesses to call Anglesea Street Garda Station on (021) 4522000 or the Garda confidential telephone line (1800) 666 111.

Hospice in running to win top award

Our Lady's Hospice is in the running for a top global award for one of its campaigns. Light Up A Life was nominated in the 'Innovative' category at the Global Awards for Fundraising 2012, to be held next month.

Donations can be made at www.lightupalife.ie to sponsor a star for €5 and upload a photo of their loved one with a message. The 2012 site goes live next month.

Construction jobs fair returning here

The British Columbia Construction Association is coming to Ireland seeking skilled construction workers at a series of Job Fair events starting this Friday, September 28.

The fairs will be held in Dublin on Friday and Saturday, September 28/29 at the Hogan Suite, Croke Park; Sunday, September 30, Hilton Dublin Hotel, Charlemont Place. There's a last chance to attend on Sunday, October 7, at the RDS Dublin, from 10am-5pm. In Cork the fair is on Tuesday, October 2, at the Ambassador Hotel, Military Hill, Cork.

On Thursday, October 4, and Saturday, October 6, it is in Belfast at the Hilton hotel, Lanyon Place. (Registration at www.fswbc.com required for Cork and Belfast fairs.)

Civil servant leaves €1.3m in will

Civil servant Denis Conaghan of Clonmore Road, Mount Merrion, who died on April 5 this year, left €1,392,921.

Other wills: Patricia Maguire, bank official, Goatstown, Dublin, €957,344; Desmond Flood, company director, Greystones, Co Wicklow, €891,334; Bridget Rosaleen Todd, council employee, Dalkey, Dublin, €663,976; Sean Tiernan, Bawnboy, Co Cavan, €657,911; William McFadden, farmer, Carrigart, Co Donegal, €600,184.

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