In brief: Fourth man to appear in court over murder of drug dealer in city centre
A fourth man is expected to appear tomorrow before Dublin District Court charged with the murder of 'Champagne' Johnny Carroll, who was shot dead at Grumpy Jack's pub in the Coombe, Dublin in February 2009. On Friday three men were charged with murdering Carroll, a major drug dealer, on February 18 last year.
Christopher Zambra, 35, of Galtymore Road, Drimnagh; Peter Kenny, 28, from McCarthy Terrace, Rialto; and Damian Johnston, 27, from Cashel Road, Crumlin, were remanded in custody to appear before the District Court in Cloverhill Prison this Friday.
Lucky punter scoops e280,082 on bet
A lucky Kerry punter had something to celebrate last Friday when all six of his horses romped home, turning a total stake of €35.20 into a whopping €280,082.15. His win consisted of two different bets on the same six horses. A 20¢ each-way 'lucky 63' -- covering all 63 combinations of winners -- paid a measly €36,141.30.
But a €5 each-way accumulator on Waterloo Dock, Lastkingofscotland, Azlak, Raimond Bridge, Sapphire Prince and Honest Broker -- who scraped home by a head in the 5.15pm race -- scooped a life-changing €280,082.15.
Councillors pay way to US festivities
Two Donegal councillors are paying their own way to the St Patrick's Day festivities in the US. Donegal Mayor Brendan Byrne and Deputy Mayor Charlie McConalogue will represent the county at the New York and Chicago St Patrick's Day celebrations this year at their own expense, becoming the first Irish mayor and deputy to do so.
Speaking to the Sunday Independent, Mr McConalogue said: "St Patrick's Day is a celebration of Ireland worldwide and the success of the concept in Ireland and abroad is dependent on the willingness of marching bands, carnival groups and representative bodies to participate in parades nationally and internationally."
Sinn Fein rules out Fine Gael coalition
Sinn Fein yesterday ruled out going into government with Fine Gael after the next election. Speaking at the party's Ard Fheis yesterday, Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said Fine Gael had failed policies and was no different to Fianna Fail on key issues.
A proposal to rule out a coalition with either party was defeated after an amendment by the party's ard chomhairle that allowed it to keep its options open.
City ticket wins €2m Lotto jackpot
There was one winner of last night's €2m Lotto jackpot The ticket was bought in Dublin and the numbers were 2, 9, 10, 22, 32, 34 (bonus 36).
There were two Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25,000; 64 Match 5s (€1,339); 140 Match 4+bonus (€153); 2,842 Match 4s (€46); 3,545 Match 3+bonus (€25) and 46,108 Match 3s (€5 scratchcard). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 5, 11, 15, 18, 33, 35 (bonus 17) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 9, 22, 27, 32, 35, 43 (bonus 11).
In the UK draw for £7.4m, the numbers were 28,13,06,27,34,42 (bonus 43).
Recognition for slain Irish policeman
AN IRISHMAN has been officially recognised as the first police officer killed in the line of duty in Chicago -- 156 years after his death. Constable James Quinn, 36, died in December 1853 after he was savagely beaten while trying to arrest an alleged thief in a city bar. But his sacrifice was not recognised at a time of rampant anti-Irish bias.
A police star bearing Quinn's name was this week added to a memorial honouring all 476 officers killed on duty in Chicago over the years.
Irish tenor branded anti-Semitic
Irish tenor Ronan Tynan is leaving New York for Boston because he hasn't been able to find work since a woman accused him of making an anti-Semitic remark. The New York Yankees dropped their tradition of having the 49-year-old singer perform God Bless America in October.
Tynan says other work has also dried up, and he's gotten angry e-mails and death threats. He said his reference to "two Jewish ladies" in his apartment building was mistaken for a slur.
Thieves use mace in raid on jewellers
Two women were sprayed in the face with a mace or CS gas-like substance in a robbery by two men in Athlone yesterday afternoon. The incident happened at a jewellery shop on Mardyke Street at around 1.30pm.
The two men entered the shop and sprayed an employee and a customer. The raiders made off with an undisclosed amount of jewellery. Their victims were later taken by ambulance to Ballinasloe.
Elderly man dies after being hit by car
A man in his 70s has died in Athlone, Co Westmeath, after being struck by a car, bringing to 32 the number of people killed on our roads so far this year.
The man was walking on the M6 Galway to Dublin road near Athlone when he was hit by a car in the Monksland area at around 6am yesterday.
Art exhibition for Active Retirement
Donnybrook Active Retirement annual art exhibition will be held on the afternoon of Saturday March 13, and all day on Sunday 14, at the Community Centre behind Donnybrook Church, Dublin 4.
Battle over century-old leaseholds
A legal battle which is set to determine the right of landlords to collect leasehold levies from property upon which they held title since the last century, is to be determined in the Supreme Court later this week.
The "test case" involves property in the Co Monaghan border town of Carrickmacross after the High Court granted the right of businessman Gus O'Gorman to buy out his premises for €30,000, and have an 18th century leasehold held by a company based in the Isle of Man extinguished. This decision is being appealed.
Film producer leaves e9m in her will
Sarah Lawson the British film and television producer and former wife of Michael Grade, former chairman of the BBC and ITV, has left almost €9m in her will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.
Ms Lawson, who worked with Anthony Hopkins, Trevor Howard and Hugh Grant, worked in LA before becoming managing director of Anglia TV. Ms Lawson was married to Michael Grade from 1982 to 1991 and after their divorce she married David Maher and lived in Ireland. Sarah Lawson, of Oakley Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 4, who died on November 8, 2008, at Weymouth Street, Westminster, England, left an estate valued at €8,951,407.
Other Wills: Elizabeth Madden, widow, Fairyhouse, Rathoath, Co Meath, €4,730,583; Daniel Dunne, farmer, Grange Castletown, Navan, Co Meath, €2,971,073; Gerarde McNamara, director, Collinstown, Co Westmeath, €2,840,275; Alice Ferris, housewife, Castleknock, Dublin, €2,656,051; Denis Hegarty, coach builder, Muckross, Killarney, Co Kerry, €2,229,129; Celia Coughlan, civil servant, Albert Road Lr, Sandycove, Dublin, €2,221,377 and Michael Fennan, builder, Main Street, Blessington, Co Wicklow, €2,065,385.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts