Cyclist, 19, who was killed in road traffic collision is named by gardai
Gardai have named the cyclist who died in a road traffic collision near Killarney, Co Kerry, on Friday night.
Shane Courtney, 19, of Faha, Killarney, was struck by a car on the L103 at Fossa, a village on the outskirts of Killarney, at around 9.15pm. The road was closed for some time as a forensic collision investigation was carried out. Traffic diversions were also implemented by local gardai.
Any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact Killarney garda station on 064 667 1160.
Mart reopens after group raises funds
The mart in the village of Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, reopened its doors yesterday after being closed for a year.
Parish locals were forced to raise money to buy the mart when Golden Vale Co-Op Marts Group decided that keeping it open was no longer a viable option.
A group from the village and the surrounding area, spearheaded by Fr Harry Bohan, sold 600 shares at €500 each in order to raise the €300,000 needed to buy the mart. Their efforts paid off yesterday when a crowd off almost 2,000 people along with 500 cattle turned up.
Qualified teachers can join FAS course
Fine Gael Galway West senator Fidelma Healy Eames has received confirmation from the Department of Education that newly qualified teachers who are struggling to find school placements in order to complete their teacher training, can join the FAS placement programme.
"Almost every day I receive calls and emails from teachers who can't find placements in schools.
"And, with a growing number of newly qualified teachers signing onto the dole queue, I believe that the FAS placement programme offers teachers a unique opportunity by providing them with up to nine months' work experience, enabling them to complete their training and receive their teaching qualification."
Retailers campaign for action on rent
Retailers have stepped up a campaign to get the Government to keep their promise on upward-only rents.
A banner with an excerpt from Fine Gael's pre-election manifesto is flying over Korky's shoe shop on Grafton Street, Dublin. It says: "(The new Government) will pass legislation to give all tenants the right to have their commercial rents reviewed in 2011, irrespective of any upward-only or other review clauses."
Retail Excellence Ireland chief executive David Fitzsimons said: "This is a high-profile public reminder that we expect progress on rent clauses that have crippled retailers in the midst of this unprecedented economic crisis where we are seeing one shop after another closing down, and job after job lost every day of the week. Retailers must be enabled to get relief from their current rents and upward-only rent clauses must be abolished.
"All we want is a level playing field and rents that are based on real market conditions. We welcome Mr Shatter's commitment to introduce this legislation, which must be robust and capable of unravelling the 240 per cent increase that was inflicted on tenants from 2000 to 2007, when consumer prices only increased by 30 per cent during the same period and have fallen back by 30 per cent since."
No winner of €5m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €5m Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 17, 18, 19, 31, 32, 44 (bonus 29).
There was no Match 5+bonus winner; 41 Match 5s (€2,000); 97 Match 4+bonus (€212); 1,975 Match 4s €64; 2,848 Match 3+bonus (€30); and 34,981 Match 3s (€5).
The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 3, 6, 12, 32, 41, 44 (bonus 13) and in the Lotto Plus 2 draw the numbers were 6, 11, 16, 33, 35, 37 (bonus 41). In the UK draw for a £4.2m top prize, the numbers were 6, 7, 29, 32, 41, 46 (bonus 49).
Viking flashmob dances through city
Cork city stepped back in time yesterday as more than 100 people donned viking helmets for a medieval flashmob. The dance was inspired by the YouTube phenomenon 'TechnoViking', which has clocked up 20 million hits.
Participants were told to watch the video and learn the energetic dance moves before arriving at the National Monument on Grand Parade where 100 viking helmets were distributed. The group then danced for 300 metres to the Berwick Fountain, along the edge of the original Viking town. Cork is one of the country's original Viking cities and hundreds of artefacts have been unearthed during archaeological excavations. The flashmob was organised to mark the Medieval Day festivities taking place in conjunction with Cork Heritage Day.
Harte reveals hotel's GAA sponsorship
Mickey Harte, legendary manager of the Tyrone football team, was in Carton House last week to announce a three-year sponsorship of Maynooth GAA by the Kildare hotel.
Carton House is recognised as one of Ireland's leading locations for elite sports training and this sponsorship will see it extend its financial and professional support to a local GAA club. As part of the three-year sponsorship, Carton House will offer its people and facilities to Maynooth GAA in an advisory capacity for training and team development, and will also make pitch and ground facilities available. It will also support Maynooth GAA in its fundraising endeavours by offering Carton House as a venue for events including an upcoming golf tournament.
100 to attend bog snorkel challenge
MORE than 100 challengers are expected to take part in the third annual Irish Bog Snorkelling Championships near Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, on September 10.
The participants will also include a number of teams, including a female team from the UK.
Retired businessman leaves €7.6m
Augustine "Austin" Kenny, a retired businessman from Howth Road, Sutton, Dublin, who died on December 26, 2010, left €7,616,924 in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.
Others wills: John De Burgh, a horse breeder of Oldtown, Naas, Co Kildare, who died on December 4, 2010, left €2,074,135; Gladys Fleming, of Avoca, Co Wicklow, who died on April 21, 2005, left €2,000,884; Mavis Lowes of Queen's Park, Monkstown, Dublin, who died on February 25, 2011, left €1,867,243; Patrick Garvey, Belgard Heights, Tallaght, Dublin, who died on April 28, 2010, left €1,830,924; Patrick Looby of Nenagh, Co Tipperary, who died on April 14, 2010, left €1,392,823.
The value of wills includes property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.