Rifle found next to body of woman reported missing by her family
Gardai do not believe a woman found shot dead at her home outside Athlone, Co Westmeath, on Friday evening was murdered.
A legally held rifle was found beside the body of Mrs Martha Donnellan, 54, at her home in Moydrum Road. Gardai went to the house after family members reported Mrs Donnellan missing earlier on Friday.
They found her body in the garage, which was then sealed off for forensic examination.
Fire tragedy under investigation
FINDINGS in relation to the fire tragedy that claimed the lives of two Wicklow firemen, Mark O'Shaughnessy and Brian Murray, are expected to be presented to the DPP shortly.
Brian Murray, 46, of Woodbrook Glen, and Mark O'Shaughnessy, 26, of Sidmonton Road, Bray, both died on September 26, 2007, when they entered a burning building at Adelaide Villas, off the Dargle Road, in Bray town.
The investigation is looking into whether the lives of the firefighters were endangered by the actions, or lack of actions, of those in authority.
Motorcyclist dies after SUV collision
A 26-YEAR-OLD male motorcyclist was killed after an accident at about 11am yesterday morning.
The driver of the motorbike was in a collision with an SUV on the R705 at Kilcummney, Co Carlow. The body of the dead man was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital for a post-mortem examination and the road was closed for a time.
One winner of €6m Lotto jackpot
There was one winner of last night's Lotto jackpot of €6,157,073. The winning numbers were 13, 23, 30, 37, 43, 45 (bonus 16). The winning ticket was sold in Dublin.
The were five Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25K; 55 Match 5s (€1,866); 148 Match 4+bonus (€173); 2,667 Match 4s (€59); 3,795 Match 3+bonus (€28); and 42,891 Match 3s (€5)
In the Lotto Plus One draw, the numbers were 1, 6, 8, 10, 14, 29 (bonus 21). In the Lotto Plus Two, the numbers were 6, 11, 13, 27, 38, 43 (bonus 20).
In the UK draw for £4.4m, the numbers were 3, 17, 32, 35, 43, 49 (bonus 27).
New Yorker denies assaulting senator
JIM Sharkey, a resident of New York, was charged with assault causing harm to Senator Brian O Domhnaill of Donegal, who received eight stitches after a row broke out following a disco in the early hours of last Sunday.
The incident happened after Mr Sharkey and a friend accepted a lift in a minibus after the disco at the Seaview Hotel in Bunbeg, Co Donegal.
Mr Sharkey, 42, has strongly denied the charges and, yesterday, issued a statement through his solicitor.
"I wish to make it clear that the charges brought against me are to be vehemently contested and I absolutely deny causing the injuries sustained by Senator O Domhnaill," he said.
Electrical fire breaks out in D4 hotel
A SMALL fire broke out on the seventh floor of the D4Berkeley Hotel on Friday night. Caused by an electrical fault, it was quickly brought under control and extinguished by the Dublin Fire Brigade.
Guests and staff were evacuated as a precautionary measure. One guest and one member of staff were briefly treated in hospital for smoke inhalation. Both have now been discharged.
D4Hotels, which was full last night, said no bookings are affected and it is business as usual.
Correction: Irish Life & Permanent
IN an interview with the Sunday Independent published last week, Anglo Irish Bank chief executive Mike Aynsley mistakenly referred to the bank's former chairman Sean FitzPatrick as having "shipped", or transferred, his director's loans to Irish Life & Permanent at the end of each accounting quarter, when in fact Mr FitzPatrick's practice was to move his loans to the Irish Nationwide Building Society.
A spokesman for Irish Life & Permanent has asked us to point this out, and we are happy to do so.
Singer-songwriter's wife passes away
SUE Mooney, the wife of well-known singer-songwriter Pete St John, has died following a short illness.
St John (real name Peter Mooney), who wrote The Fields of Athenry and Dublin in the Rare Old Times, is said to be heartbroken at the loss of his beloved wife Sue, who died at St James's Hospital on Friday evening.
She is also survived by their two sons, Kieron and Brian, and their grandchildren, Aislinn and Kiera. Her funeral is to take place at 11am on Wednesday at Holy Child Church, Whitehall, Dublin.
Stynes named Melburnian of the Year
MELBOURNE AFL's Dublin-born president, Jim Stynes, has been named Melburnian of the Year.
The Brownlow medallist, who has been fighting cancer for more than a year, was honoured for his dedication to the welfare of Victoria's youth through his work with the Reach Foundation, which he co-founded in 1994.
Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Australia, Robert Doyle praised Stynes's leadership. "Jim is an outstanding contributor to Melbourne and worthy of the highest honour we can bestow. His iconic reputation as an elite sportsman and Brownlow Medal winner needs no further comment," he said.
Retired farmer leaves over €5m in will
A RETIRED farmer, William Cleary, of Ardgeeha Upper, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, who died on December 23, 2009, has left €5,698,363 in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.
Other wills: Elsie Meredith, a housewife of Old Connaught Ave, Little Bray, Co Wicklow, who died on March 3, 2010, left €5,507,680; Michael J Murray, a retired commercial traveller, of Johnstown Road, Dun Laoghaire, who died on September 21, 2009, left €3,864,602; Thomas McCabe, of Whitewater Plaza, Newbridge, Co Kildare, who died on February 21, 2010, left €2,919,126; Bernard (Brian) Hegarty, of Willow Street, Brooklyn, New York, who died on December 10, 2008, left €1,939,766; Seamus Boylan, a pharmacist, of Stillorgan Heath and formerly of Kilmacud, Co Dublin, left €1,674,756; Eric Farrar, a retired farmer, of Rathdrum, Co Wicklow, who died on January 20, 2009, left €1,541,126; Josephine Finn, a retired nurse, of Roscrea Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary, who died on December 7, 2009, left €1,562,967; Alexander Nixon Montgomery, a farmer, formerly of Carraveagh House, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, who died on January 22, 2009, left €1,363,469; and Jack Bloom, retired furrier, of Ballinteer Avenue, Dublin, who died on 19 September 2009, left €1,158,815. The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.