BEING a priest today is "challenging and not easy", said Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin yesterday at the ordination of Brendan Kelly in the University Church.
Dr Martin said there were fewer priests but more work, adding: "It is one of the temptations of our times that we all like to be busily doing things, but forget that we easily get lost in the hectic – and get frustrated when we fail."
Trawler body 'missing Skerries man'
Gardai believe the remains of a young man recovered by a trawler off Skerries, Co Dublin, on Friday are those of local Paul Byrne, 24, last seen on Christmas morning.
No winner of €5.2m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €5,265,104 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 23, 25, 30, 32, 34, 39 (bonus 4).
There was one match 5+bonus winner who gets €25k; 47 match 5s (€1,595); 101 match 4+bonus (€186); 2,004 match 4s (€58); 2,678 match 3+bonus (€29); and 32,212 match 3s (€5). The Plus 1 numbers were 3, 5, 21, 26, 28, 38 (bonus 34). Plus 2 numbers are 2, 12, 14, 21, 24, 41 (bonus 9).
In the UK draw for stg£6.2m the numbers were 2, 16, 25, 30, 31, 32 (bonus 36).
Two men arrested in dissident probe
TWO men were arrested yesterday in the Dean Rock area of Togher, Cork city, as part of an investigation into the activities of dissident republicans. Detectives from Togher garda station also recovered two handguns at the scene.
Dingle victory honours O Conchubhair
The Dingle GAA club of An Ghaeltacht showed its mettle when reeling from the shock of the sudden death of another clubman, by winning a place in the Paidi O Se Festival final today against Dublin's St Oliver Plunkett's.
A shadow was cast over the football festival when news broke of the tragic death of Tomas O Conchubhair. But with the blessing of O Conchubhair's family, they decided to play on and honour the memories of Paidi and Tomas.
Wicklow estate to be completed
Wicklow County Council said yesterday it had secured agreement with the developer to complete Brook Meadow Estate in Avoca and pay outstanding development levies.
The council was in court on Thursday seeking an order for developer Charles O'Neill to satisfactorily complete the estate and also to discharge development contributions.
Labour rebels get Dail speaking rights
Four ousted Labour TDs have met the Ceann Comhairle in order to secure more speaking rights in the Dail.
The four Labour dissidents – Roisin Shortall, Colm Keaveney, Patrick Nulty and Tommy Broughan – left the Parliamentary Labour Party in protest at its direction.
Under Dail rules, the four rebels cannot form a second Dail technical group alongside the current combination of independents, but they do expect increased speaking time.
Attack on Youth Defence condemned
Pro-life commentators have condemned an attack on offices of pro-life group Youth Defence as "grotesque and vile". The attack was on Tuesday when large amounts of excrement were plastered on the door, locks and shutters.
Dead man in hotel 'was not tied up'
A MAN found dead in a Carlow hotel room on Friday is believed to have died from natural causes.
The man, named locally as Colm Kavanagh, aged in his 40s, was found in his room by staff. Gardai yesterday discounted reports that he had been bound with ropes.
First examinations suggest he had had a heart attack.
MEP wants €500 notes withdrawn
MEP Gay Mitchell wants €500 notes withdrawn from circulation in a bid to hamper money laundering. "I question the need for such large denominations," he said.
There are 582m €500 notes circulating, worth €291bn.
Businessman John Rehill dies aged 79
Businessman John Rehill has died. A director of Tedcastle Holdings fuel importers, Mr Rehill, who lived in Blackrock, Co Dublin, was aged 79 and had been ill. He was a well-known art collector and gardener.
€1m Prize Bonds winner in Meath
A Meath resident won €1m in this month's Prize Bonds Millionaire draw. More than 9,000 other holders across the country won prizes worth a total of €1.4m. The winning €1m bond is ES485874, bought in 2003.
Tourism minister opens cycling trail
Minister Leo Varadkar yesterday opened a new section of the Great Southern Trail in Abbeyfeale. The walking /cycling trail runs 3km on the old Limerick to Tralee rail line from Abbeyfeale to the Kerry boundary at Kilmorna.
Annual Engineers Week kicks off
Engineers Week begins tomorrow and runs until Friday. The annual campaign aims to promote engineering as a career and show its importance (www.engineersweek.ie).
Rabbitte to launch Heffernan book
A personal history of the colourful career of former Workers Party and Labour press officer Tony Heffernan, From Merrion Square to Merrion Street, will be launched in Foley's Bar in Baggot Street, Dublin, on Tuesday by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte.
Company director leaves €3.1m
Patrick Radburn, director, of Knocknashee, Goatstown, Dublin, who died last June, left €3,109,293 in his will.
Other wills: Gilbert Marcus McNeill-Moss, insurance broker, Chelsea, London, €3,111,803; Michael J Wall, farmer, Johnstown, Co Kildare, €1,992,071; Desmond O'Connor, farmer, Kilcock, Co Meath, €1,498,147; Martin O'Reilly, civil servant, New Ireland Rd, Dublin, €1,430,214.