In brief: More strong winds on the way – but New Year's Day to bring sunny spells
FORECASTERS are keeping a weather eye on another "windy event" due for tonight and tomorrow after high winds battered the country last Friday – but indications are that New Year's Day will be fine.
Rain is expected to be heavy and persistent in the west and north-west tonight but will be lighter and more intermittent elsewhere before easing towards morning. Tomorrow will become mostly dry with some sunny spells developing and just scattered showers. But Tuesday, New Year's Day, will be a nice one – fresh and cool. And it is set to become milder, drier and less windy from then on.
No winner of €4.6m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €4,603,073 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 1, 8, 15, 25, 29, 44, (bonus 32).
There was one Match 5+bonus winner who scooped €25,000; 43 Match 5s (€1,494), 97 Match 4+bonus (€166); 2,262 Match 4s (€44); 2,312 Match 3+bonus (€29); and 32,427 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 27, 29, 36, 42, 44, 45 (bonus 35) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 5, 14, 19, 22, 33, 40 (bonus 8). And in the UK draw for £4m, the numbers were 6, 8, 31, 37, 40, 48 (bonus 36).
New Year to start with a big bang
THERE will be a Big Bang Fireworks Spectacular on New Year's Eve at 8pm over St Stephen's Green, Dublin, as part of the NYE Dublin Festival, which marks the official start of 'The Gathering Ireland 2013'.
The organisers say this is a free, family-friendly event and everyone, young and old, is encouraged to come along and see history in the making. This is the first time ever for a fireworks display to be held in Dublin's historic Georgian Centre. Streets on the four sides of St Stephen's Green will be closed off to traffic for the duration of the fireworks display.
AA Roadwatch logged 1,114 incidents
AA Roadwatch said yesterday it reported 1,114 incidents and collisions which affected journey times last year.
"As would be expected, Dublin leads the way with almost 400 minor collisions and incidents that caused delays or resulted in drivers having to divert via a different route. Not too surprisingly, the other regional cities and the main commuter towns were next, with 97 incidents in Cork and 67 and 57 in Galway and Limerick respectively," said Aoife Carragher, head of AA Roadwatch.
Limerick hopeful for 2018 Gay Games
SEAN Kelly MEP (Ireland South) is lending his support to Limerick's bid to host the 2018 Gay Games.
It is estimated that some 12-15,000 participants could take part in the 10-day 2018 Games, with a potential €60m in revenue to be gained in the Limerick and Shannon region if the Irish bid is successful.
€1m prize bond pot won in capital
A LUCKY prize bond holder from Dublin has been given a huge post-Christmas present after winning €1m in this month's Prize Bonds Millionaire draw.
The bond, PV 082923, was bought in 2011 while 9,000 other bond holders across the country also won prizes totalling €600,000.