Man held as girl found
A MAN who was arrested in connection with a missing teenage girl has appeared before a district court. Pitulan Anghel (28) was charged under the theft and fraud offences act following his arrest at a flat on the Portlaoise Road in Mountrath, Co Laois, on Saturday night.
Gardai had issued an appeal for Netradica Anghel (15), who was missing from her family home in Britain since last Wednesday. She has been found safe and well. The man will appear at Portlaoise court this week.
EXERCISE FIGHTS THE FLU
VIGOROUS exercise – such as running, fast cycling or rugby – could cut the risk of catching flu by around 10pc.
New research suggests that doing at least 2.5 hours a week of activity that leads to sweating or hard breathing reduces flu or flu-like illness. More gentle pursuits, like walking or light jogging, were found to have little effect.
BLARNEY STONE PUZZLE
THE mystery of the Blarney Stone has been solved. A belief that the stone at Blarney Castle, Co Cork, came from the same quarry as Stonehenge has been disproven by geologists at the University of Glasgow, who found a microscope slide containing a slice of the stone that has been in their archives since the 19th Century.
Curator Dr John Faithfull said: "The stone is made of local carboniferous limestone, about 330 million years old, and has nothing to do with Stonehenge."
IRISH people donated €4m to the typhoon-hit Philippines since last November, when typhoon Haiyan left 4.1 million people homeless.
More than one million of the victims were children – and children's charity Plan, which received funding from Irish Aid, has built 73 units that allow 17,274 boys and girls to access educational and recreational facilities. This week Minister for Development and Trade Joe Costello is expected to announce another significant donation by the State.
BAND PARADE WINNERS
OVER 40,000 spectators lined the streets of Limerick for the 2014 International Band Parade. The Orchestra of the Estonian Defence Forces marched away with this year's top prize in their first time to take part in the competition, now in its 44th year.
Twenty marching bands from across Ireland, Europe and the US performed. The Redemptorist Centre of Music Concert Band, from Limerick, won the Best Local Band category, while Dublin's Clondalkin Brass and Reed Youth Band was given the prize for Best Uniform.