Honour for brave teen
A YOUNG karate champion who fought off a bull attempting to gore his father has been honoured for his extraordinary bravery.
John O'Donoghue (16) from Mitchelstown saved his father Joe from the "savage" attack by the 520kg beast last summer. Using martial arts skills, John grabbed the bull and used the ring in its nose to subdue the animal.
John, who is an All-Ireland karate champion with Kildorrery, was among nine winners at the North Cork Garda Division Youth Achievement Awards last night at Mallow GAA club.
BANKERS' TRIAL RESET
A JUDGE has allowed extra time for the preparation of books of evidence against three ex-bankers accused of transferring €7.2bn to Anglo to give investors the impre-ssion it had larger deposits. The three are accused of conspiring to mislead Anglo investors in relation to €7.2bn transactions between March and September 2008.
The three defendants are: John Bowe, who had been head of capital markets at Anglo Irish Bank; Denis Casey, chief executive Irish of Life and Permanent (IL&P), and Peter Fitzpatrick, who had been IL&P's former director of finance.
CANADA VISAS LAUNCH
STRONG demand is expected for 7,700 Canadian working holiday visas being made available for Ireland today.
The visa allows successful applicants to stay for up to two years. Canada is offering a total of 10,700 visas to Irish workers – 3,000 places were opened up to young professionals and interns earlier this week.
BISHOPS BACK AUDIT
CATHOLIC bishops have restated their support for "best practice" for the protection of young children.
They also restated support for an ongoing audit and review of standards of care among different religious congregations. The bishops said they are prepared to provide supports for the National Board for Safeguarding Children.