BESTSELLING author Joseph O'Connor has been announced as the inaugural Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.
The Dublin-born author will officially join the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences this summer and will teach students of the new UL Masters in Creative Writing programme from September. "With the help of my colleagues, I look forward to building a first-rate Creative Writing department at UL, a programme that is fit for 21st-Century purpose, and working hard for all lovers of literature and storytelling in Limerick," he said.
PYRITE REPAIR FUND
HOMEOWNERS whose properties are affected by pyrite damage can apply to have the repairs funded by the Department of the Environment from next Wednesday.
The pyrite remediation scheme will provide up to €10m in funding to repair damage, with up to 1,000 homes believed to be affected. Eligibility conditions are set out in the Pyrite Remediation Scheme at www.pyriteboard.ie
PENSIONER SEX CHARGE
A PENSIONER has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and defilement of a child.
The 68-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Limerick District Court yesterday charged with 15 offences, including six counts of sexual assault and nine counts of defilement of a girl. The alleged victim was aged between 13 and 15 when the alleged incidents occurred.
CHILD RAPE FILE ON WAY
THE mother of a 10-year-old girl, who was alleged to have been raped by up to a dozen men over a five-year period, has been released from garda custody.
She was one of seven suspects, including two women, who were detained by gardai. All seven have now been released. The others, who included the child's brother, were freed yesterday morning. Officers said that after further inquiries had been completed, a file would be prepared for the DPP.
BRIBERY and promises of superpowers are among the tricks Irish parents use to try to get their children to eat vegetables.
Just one in five children in Ireland ask to try new foods regularly, but girls were more adventurous than boys as only a quarter of them were reluctant to try new foods. Only half of people in Ireland eat the recommended five portions a day of fruit and vegetables, research by Safefood found last year.