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Hope fades for Game staff

WORKERS made redundant last week with the closure of video games retailer Game were left disappointed last night with news that a rescue deal would only save the group's UK stores.

Up to 121 workers lost their jobs at 13 Game outlets throughout the country after the company went into administration with debts totaling st£85m (€102m). But hopes that a new deal might save some of the Irish jobs faded last night with the news that deal to invest in the 333 British Game stores would not affect the Irish stores.

Quinn gets Bible marathon on way

SENATOR Feargal Quinn and his wife Denise set the pace yesterday as the first readers in a "Bible Reading" marathon aimed at helping people struggling with economic and personal problems.

Organised by All Saints' Church in Raheny, Co Dublin, it features 200 volunteers each reading passages from the Bible for 30 minutes non-stop until Thursday.

McIlroy's golf cap nets charity €500

A CAP worn by golfer Rory McIlroy during his victorious final rounds at the US Open last year was snapped up for €500 by a mystery bidder at a charity auction at the weekend.

The cap was among sports memorabilia auctioned in Limerick raising €20,000 for the Irish Kidney Association in memory of Brian Hunt (26), who died last May from a rare form of kidney disease.

Westlife star stays quiet over 'debts'

WESTLIFE star Shane Filan is this week concentrating on his music in the face of legal action from Bank of Ireland over alleged unpaid debts.

A spokeswoman for the singer said last night that Mr Filan (32) was rehearsing for the band's farewell tour and would not be commenting on the legal threat. The exact amount owed is not clear, however the bank helped to fund Mr Filan and his firm Shafin Developments in buying property for development in recent years.

Swimmer targets last leg for record

A FATHER of two will fly to Japan in eight weeks to attempt to become the first person to swim the world's seven major ocean channels.

Steve Redmond (47), from Ballydehob in west Cork, will attempt to swim the 19.5km Tsugaru Strait in Japan in June -- and complete an incredible list of ocean channel swims which began back in August 2009. But he faces competition for the record from Australian Penny Palfrey, who also has just a single channel left to complete and take the record.

Irish Independent