In brief: Arise, Sir Van the Man
Van Morrison is on his way to being knighted after being put forward for Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honours List. Already an OBE, the Belfast-born singer could be 'Sir Van the Man' if the proposal gets the green light from the first and deputy first minister of the North.
It is reported that the 'Astral Weeks' singer's name was put forward "for his services to music" to UK government officials by proposers in Northern Ireland. Last month, the 68-year-old was granted the Freedom of Belfast for the 'extraordinary contribution' he has made to his native city.
MURDER SUSPECT MOVED
THE young man charged with murdering his mother at the rural home they shared has been transferred to the Central Mental Hospital.
Patrick Dunne (20) was transferred to the Dundrum facility on Saturday from St Patrick's Institution for young offenders, where he had been remanded in custody following a court appearance in Killarney on Friday. Mr Dunne of Ballinageragh, Lixnaw, Co Kerry, was charged with the murder of Susan Dunne (53) at Ballinageragh, Lixnaw, on or about November 27.
BUSIEST SHOPPING DAY
TODAY is the busiest day of the year for online shopping as we prepare to splurge €500m in the run-up to Christmas.
New research shows that we are the biggest spenders in Europe on Christmas – shelling out an average of €512.43. More than half of us will shop for gifts online and around one in five of us will use our smartphones to do so.
WOMAN'S BODY FOUND
Gardai are investigating the discovery of a young woman's body in a house in the Rialto area of Dublin at the weekend.
She has been identified and is said to be in her late 20s. The woman's death is not being treated as suspicious.