Army bomb squad called to school lab
HUNDREDS of students were given an unexpected day off during the first week of term as the army bomb squad rushed to their school.
The discovery of an unstable chemical in the science laboratory of Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmallock, Co Limerick, led to the entire school being evacuated. The chemical dinitrophenylhydrazine is normally stable but is liable to crystallise and can be sensitive to heat or friction. Members of the defence forces arrived at the school at lunchtime and carried out a controlled explosion on the substance.
Pensioner (69) dies in house fire
A PENSIONER died in a house fire yesterday. The body of Denis Cartron (69), of Seaview Road, Newport, Co Mayo, was found in his kitchen-sitting room. He was a father of grown-up children, originally from Achill.
The house was badly damaged and the roof was completely destroyed. The alarm was raised by a neighbour who spotted smoke and flames just before 9am. Although the exact cause of the fire has not been determined, gardai do not believe there was anything suspicious about the outbreak.
Expert team to recover diver's body
A UK TEAM of expert cave divers will today attempt to recover the body of a Polish man from one of the country's deepest underwater caves.
The three-man team from the UK were last night travelling to Co Galway for a briefing this morning on the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the body of Artur Kozlowski (33). The alarm was raised by fellow divers late on Monday when he failed to surface from the cave at Pollonora in Kiltartan. A series of recovery dives to locate the body were eventually successful but colleagues were unable to bring the body to the surface.