Garda HQ stargazing
A closed garda station in south Kerry has been re-opened as an official headquarters for stargazers.
The station, in Ballinskelligs, lies at the heart of a 700 sq km zone which received an award earlier this year for the quality of its night sky and the glimpses of the stars overhead.
Martina McAuley, of New Zealand's Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, attended the opening of the Ballinskelligs centre, which is now a gold-tier international dark sky reserve. A basic astronomy class will be held there every Sunday and Wednesday, fulfilling a key aim of Julie Ormonde, one of the driving forces behind the astro-tourism project.
Cake stall rapped
A CAKE stall in Cork's famous English Market was one of seven businesses issued with closure orders last month because of food safety problems.
Heaven's Cakes was issued with a closure order on July 14, which was lifted a few days later when its breach of food safety law was rectified.
In total, seven food businesses received closure orders in July, while another three were prosecuted, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland revealed.
Teens to face trial
TWO teenage boys, who allegedly brought a middle-aged man down a dark alleyway where it is claimed he was brutally mugged and knocked unconscious, have been sent forward for trial.
Books of evidence were served on the pair, who are aged 16 and are charged with robbery of the man, who is in his fifties, at Crampton Court, Dublin 2, on a date in April.
It was held that the case was too serious to be dealt with in the Dublin Children's Court.
Daniel mum tribute
AN EMPTY concert seat will be reserved in memory of Daniel O'Donnell's late mother, Julia, as the singer returns tonight to the venue that gave him his first big break. The singer (52) and his band will board a car ferry in his native Co Donegal for a sold-out show which takes place at Early's Bar on Arranmore Island.
Daniel returns there nearly every year as a token of his appreciation for the support the Early family gave him at the start of his musical career.
However, tonight's event will be the first show the singer has given on the island in three years. It will also be the first since the death in May of his beloved mother Julia (94), who was born on nearby Owey Island.