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Thursday 21 August 2014

Trinity gates return

Taxi crash charge

Published 10/06/2014 | 02:30

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THE historic front gates at Trinity College Dublin, which were damaged when a car smashed through them, will be restored this week.

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The iconic gates – often thronged by tourists – will be re-attached in several stages ahead of a big reveal on Sunday. The gates, erected in the 1870s, were severely damaged when a car broke its way through them last April. A 68-year-old man was arrested following the incident but was released without charge.

A 24-year-old man is to appear in court today charged in connection with a fatal road crash involving a hijacked taxi.

Alex Doyle (25), from Cuffe Street in Dublin city centre, died from injuries after the red Skoda Octavia taxi – which he and another man hijacked from its driver early on Sunday morning – crashed into a pole in Dublin's south inner city.

SKY Sports' Kilkenny versus Offaly GAA debut pulled in 32,000 viewers, compared to the 402,000 that watched RTE's coverage of the Dublin/ Laois match at Croke Park the following day.

The 32,000 figure did not include GAA fans who might have watched the game in pubs, or viewers from the UK.

ROCKY RUN

BOXING fans could be forgiven for seeing double when 'Rocky' takes to the road later this year. Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone in the movie of the same name, will be pounding the roads in a bid to focus attention on the suicide crisis.

The Great Rocky Run will involve relays of runners dressed in the iconic grey sweat-suit and red headband made famous by Stallone in the movie. The brainchild of Monivea Boxing Club in Co Galway, the run will start in Galway on September 13 and end in Dublin's Phoenix Park on September 24.

SUN HOLIDAY CHAOS

THE travel plans of hundreds of holidaymakers have been thrown into disarray following the cancellation of a number of flights from Knock and Shannon.

Sunway Holidays has cancelled all weekly connections from the Mayo and Clare airports to Lanzarote until November 1, due to a sudden decision by Spanish airline Calima Air not to charter the flights. Calima Air is in dispute with the Spanish government. A spokesperson for Sunway Holidays said all passengers booked to go out from Knock and Shannon from Saturday have been affected.

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