Major fire by airport
Six fire brigade units fought a major outbreak of fire that destroyed a disused recycling unit at the industrial park beside Knock Airport, Co Mayo.
The building was completely gutted in the blaze which did not affect flights into and out of the airport, as all scheduled arrivals and departures had been completed by the evening when the fire broke out. Fire personnel were still on the scene yesterday, dampening the smouldering remains down.
The Planning Appeals Board will decide in the next couple of months if the west is to join the rest of the country by introducing the option of cremation to bereaved families.
A number of attempts to establish a crematorium in Connacht have fallen at the planning hurdle. Now permission for a crematorium on a 20-acre site in Ballinasloe has been appealed by the Poolboy Community Development Council.
RATS ANNOUNCE TOUR
BOB Geldof and his old band The Boomtown Rats are preparing to hit the road again, after announcing they'll play a string of summer festivals.
The '70s' outfit reformed last year for the first time in nearly 30 years, playing a host of well-received gigs, including the prestigious Isle of Wight Festival, Cork's Marquee venue and a couple of dates at Dublin's Vicar Street.
GARDAI PROBE GRAFFITI
Gardai are investigating graffiti on the walls of premises close to the Border believed to have been carried out by 'vigilantes' and purporting to name individuals allegedly linked to the theft of €100,000 of cattle.
Despite efforts to remove the paint, the markings were still visible yesterday, on several buildings close to the Border in counties Monaghan and Armagh.