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Monday 11 December 2017

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VETERAN RTE broadcaster Sean Ban Breathnach had to be rescued by a lifeguard after he got into difficulty while swimming.

Sean Ban (right) is in Co Clare this week where he is broadcasting for Radio Na Gaeltachta from the annual Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay.

It's understood he was at a beach at nearby Spanish Point when he got into difficulty.

GORSE FIRES OUTBREAK

FIRE crews tackled gorse fires in several locations as the heatwave gripped the country.

Turf left to dry on the bog near Loughanure, Co Donegal, by local families was ignited during a blaze. However, there were no injuries or damage to property.

Meanwhile, firefighters tackled a blaze at the old Waterford Crystal football field in the city yesterday.

TEEN KAYAKER GOT LOST

A TEENAGE kayaker luckily suffered only sunburn on the hottest day of the year when he got lost off Achill Island, Co Mayo.

The 18-year-old, who has not been named, had been missing for about five hours when he managed to make his way ashore at Doohoma Point on the mainland.

A coastguard rescue helicopter based in Sligo was scrambled to search for the youth and RNLI lifeboats based at Ballyglass and Achill were launched.

Irish Independent

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