Sunday 24 September 2017

Solstice, but no sun

THE summer solstice yesterday was marked by the lighting of traditional bonfires in Newgrange. But while it may be midsummer, the weather outlook is not exactly positive.

Today is set to be a blustery, showery day, while the weather at the weekend will see more rain set in.

HISTORIC LEGAL MEETING

THE ruling bodies for barristers in the Republic and Northern Ireland met in formal session for the first time in more than 90 years.

Guests at last night's event at King's Inns in Dublin included Attorney General Maire Whelan, Chief Justice Mrs Justice Susan Denham and Declan Morgan, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland.

PAGEANT TURNED AWAY

ORGANISERS of a contentious US child beauty pageant have suffered a major blow in their bid to stage their first Irish show, after a hotelier said he was no longer willing to host it.

Texas-based Universal Royal Beauty Pageant announced earlier this week that a Cork hotel would host the glitzy €20,000 beauty contest in September.

But pageant chiefs admitted yesterday they had been forced to source a new venue after the Cork hotelier, who was not identified, pulled the plug.

Universal Royal boss Annette Hill said: "We had booked a hotel in Cork a few months ago, but they've now told me that they can no longer host us."

GARDAI SEEK ATTACKER

GARDAI are trying to track down an attacker who caused serious facial injuries to a 20-year-old man in an early morning assault.

The incident happened at 2.40am on the Strand Road, in Bray, Co Wicklow, last Sunday.

The attacker was described as 6ft 5in tall with brown hair. He was wearing a pale blue and white striped T-shirt. Gardai have appealed for witnesses to contact Bray garda station on 01 666 5300, the confidential line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.

CALL-OUT FOR CLAIRES

CALLING everyone with the name Claire. And Clair and Clare.

Organisers are hoping that more than 1,096 people with the same first name – any variation of Clare – will gather in Co Clare to make a new world record.

Tomorrow's record attempt, organised as part of 'The Gathering', will take place in Ennis Cathedral commencing at 1.00pm.

The previous the world record was set by 1,096 Mohammeds in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2005.

Irish Independent

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