AN 18th-century bronze Chinese urn sold for €90,000 – three times its estimated price – at Sheppards Irish Auction House in the small town of Durrow in Co Laois.
Auctioneer Philip Sheppard described it as "surreal" to witness telephone and internet bidding from all across the world at their now annual Asian art auction. Bidders from 43 countries were registered to take part in the three-day auction, which finished last night.
BLACK ICE WARNING
DRIVERS have been warned to beware of 'black ice' as temperatures dip, with snow coating parts of the country.
Yet, Ireland appears to be escaping the worst of the snowfall, with a severe weather warning issued across England and Wales. Met Eireann said areas on high ground will be most affected as temperatures dip, with snow unlikely to settle on low ground. Temperatures are expected to peak at 5C to 8C during the day tomorrow, falling to -2C and -3C at night.
MAN KEEPS BOMBS
A MAN put three viable pipe bombs under the stairs after finding them in a bag outside.
The man was walking across a green area in Cushlawn, Tallaght, in south Co Dublin, when he spotted the bag. He took them home and an hour later decided to alert the gardai. Officers called in an Army bomb disposal unit and nearby houses were evacuated while the devices were examined. After an operation lasting an hour-and-a-half, the pipe bombs were made safe.
STUDENTS REJOIN UNION
STUDENTS at Dublin City University have voted to rejoin the Union of Students in Ireland after a 13-year absence.
There was just one vote in the close result at the Glasnevin campus last night. More than 1,400 students voted in the referendum which saw 726 students ballot in favour of USI affiliation, while 725 voted against. There are almost 11,500 members of the DCU Student's Union. Full-time students will now face an annual USI membership fee of €8, while part-time students will be charged €5.
CULTURE CAPITAL BID
LIMERICK is bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2020, despite a controversial start to its year as national City of Culture.
The Limerick City of Culture Board said that it "welcomed the decision of Limerick City Council to lead the city's bid on the pre-selection phase of the European Capital of Culture 2020 designation".