In brief: Man killed in crash
A FATHER of two was killed when the car he was driving crashed into a railway bridge on Saturday night. Michael Hickey (42) was alone in his car when it crashed into a bridge on the N9 at Knockwilliam, Ballyhale, Co Kilkenny. His body was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital where a full post-mortem examination will be carried out today.
Meanwhile, three female cyclists are recovering in hospital after they were struck by a car in Co Clare yesterday. The collision occurred on the main N68 Ennis to Kilrush road.
CALL TO VISIT ELDERLY
PEOPLE have been urged to visit elderly neighbours and be a friend to those isolated as winter temperatures plunge.
ALONE, the charity which supports elderly people, has warned statistics show that nearly one in 10 people aged over 65 are at risk of poverty. The charity has called on everyone to share the Christmas spirit by taking the time to visit older people who live alone.
IRISH CHEF WINS PRIZE
A BUDDING young chef has cooked up a storm after scooping a prestigious culinary award.
Mark Moriarty (21), from Blackrock, Co Dublin, was awarded Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year 2013 after battling it out against four other competitors. A chef de partie at the Greenhouse Restaurant on Dublin's Dawson Street, Mark will now go on to study under world-renowned chef Gualtiero Marchesi at ALMA, the International School of Italian cuisine in Colorno, Italy, as part of his prize.
100 BAR JOBS IN CAPITAL
Up to 100 new jobs have been announced for the bar trade in the capital.
The Wright Bar Group has announced the opening of two new venues at the end of the month. In a €800,000 investment, the group will open a new premises, the Hogs and Heifers Club, at South Quarter, Airside Retail Park, in Swords. It will also open the Baroque Club as an extension to the existing Wright venue – also located at the retail park.
REINING IN HORSE COSTS
THE huge cost of dealing with wandering horses has been highlighted with one cash-strapped local authority forking out €300,000 to deal with the problem.
Galway County Council spent €300,000 last year rounding up almost 300 abandoned horses – and has spent €212,000 so far this year dealing with 276 horses. Galway's director of services, Eugene Cummins, said it was a heavy and unnecessary cost on taxpayers.