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Thursday 18 September 2014

Indian summer to end

Published 07/10/2013 | 05:00

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THE Indian summer that the country has been basking in over the last number of days is set to come to an end.

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Some parts of the country enjoyed temperatures that reached up to 19C over the weekend. However, they are set to drop as low as 11C on Wednesday. "We are looking at more typical temperatures ranging (from) about 11C to 13C, or even 14C, from Wednesday onwards," said Met Eireann forecaster Vincent O'Shea.

'BETSY' TOP CAR NAME

ONE in four Irish motorists have admitted giving their car a nickname, with 'Betsy' by far the most popular.

A poll by AA Insurance of some 15,400 drivers shows that as many as 31pc of women and one in five men have given the family motor a moniker. The most popular is Betsy, five times more popular than any other nickname. "Manly" names include 'The Beast' or 'The Silver Bullet'.

GATELY TRUST'S DONATION

THE family of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately will present a defibrillator to a primary school in his native Sheriff Street in Dublin to mark four years since his death.

Stephen's mother Margaret and sister Michelle will present the life-saving equipment to St Laurence O'Toole CBS School on Thursday. The Stephen Gately Trust, founded by Michelle last March, aims to raise awareness of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and provides medical equipment to hospitals, schools, colleges and sports clubs. Gately died in 2009 from an undiagnosed heart condition.

IRISH DAD DIES IN US

A FATHER-of-two has died following a road traffic collision in the US. Brian McMahon (46), originally from Kilfenora, Co Clare, died in San Rafael, California, after he was struck by a car whilst out walking.

Mr McMahon is understood to have been walking from his home to a local house when he was struck by the vehicle on Friday. He was rushed by ambulance to Kaiser Permanente Medical Centre, where he was later pronounced dead.

CROSS-BORDER PROBE

GARDAI and the PSNI joined forces on both sides of the Border to thwart a gang of livestock rustlers.

The PSNI swooped on a number of farms near the Monaghan/Fermanagh Border, where they recovered some 670 sheep – all of which had been stolen from different farms in the Republic. Detectives are now trying to link the gang with the theft of several cattle from lands on both sides of the Border over the past several months.

Irish Independent

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