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Saturday 20 September 2014

Opera 'Ronnie' praised

Rider hurt in city crash

Published 14/07/2014 | 02:30

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RENOWNED opera singer Dr Veronica Dunne is to be given a lifetime achievement award at a special concert in her honour at the National Concert Hall next weekend.

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The Dublin-born soprano affectionately known as "Ronnie" is regarded as Ireland's Grand Dame of Singing, credited with teaching generations of singers. Dr Dunne, who is now in her 80s, will be presented with the award at a gala event next Sunday featuring special guest appearances by some of the high-profile singers whose careers she has nurtured as well as performances by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.

A BULGARIAN man was injured after his motorcycle was involved in a crash in city traffic. Eye-witnesses rushed to the man's aid after he was thrown from his motorcycle, which was in collision with a car on Dublin's North Circular Road.

The man was responsive and was able to talk with those who came to his aid. He was rushed to the nearby Mater Hospital by emergency services.

ACTIVIST Margaretta D'Arcy is expected to resume eating today, after a five-day fast to show her support to other prisoners and the people of Gaza.

The 80-year-old is imprisoned in Limerick for charges relating to entering unauthorised zones in Shannon Airport while protesting over US military planes using the airport.

HUMAN bones uncovered on an island could date back as far as the sixth century. The National Museum of Ireland will consider what action might be required following the unearthing of the bones on Mutton Island off Quilty, Co Clare, on July 2.

Fragments of two human skulls and what are believed to be animal bones were discovered. Experts now say the bones could be associated with a church built on the island in the sixth century.

THE new Bishop of Elphin has set his congregation the challenge of finding six men suitable for the priesthood before next Easter.

Bishop Kevin Doran (61) said he hoped to put in place a new strategy to promote vocations in the diocese, which spans parts of Roscommon, Sligo, Westmeath and Galway. He urged the 100,000 parishioners to find one suitable candidate for priesthood in each of the six deaneries before Easter.

Irish Independent

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