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In brief: Bad weather puts Hennessy Gold Cup meeting at Leopardstown in jeopardy

TODAY'S Hennessy Gold Cup meeting at Leopardstown is in jeopardy after the inclement weather of recent days.

Following heavy overnight rain on Friday, which caused the cancellation of yesterday's fixture at Naas, there were fresh fears last night over the Foxrock meeting.

Betfair spokesman Barry Orr said yesterday: "The cancellation of Naas was a bolt out of the blue but with the torrential rain which has fallen in the Leinster area, and which is set to continue tonight, it would be no great surprise if a Leopardstown fixture once again fell victim to adverse weather conditions."

Man killed in single-vehicle accident

A MAN in his thirties was killed when his car veered off the road and hit a ditch in the second road accident of the weekend. The crash occurred outside Hackballscross in Co Louth at 2.45am yesterday. The man, who has not yet been named, is believed to have lived across the border. His body was removed to a morgue in Dundalk.

Separately, the one-year-old infant who died in a car crash in Limerick was named yesterday as Thomas Anthony O'Brien. The infant died when the car, driven by his mother, was involved in a head-on collision with an oncoming van in Brunee, on the Cork to Limerick road, shortly before 5pm on Friday.

Thomas's six-year-old cousin, who was also a passenger in the car, was seriously injured, while the boy's mother, Nicole, 19, suffered minor injuries. The six-year-old remains in hospital this weekend. Gardai in Bruff, Co Limerick, have appealed for witnesses.

Aer Lingus still requires hired planes

AER Lingus said yesterday it is to continue using a number of aircraft that were hired-in from other airlines during the recent cabin crew dispute for the next couple of days. A resolution to the three-week long dispute was brokered at the Labour Relations Commission on Friday.

The airline is advising of some disruption over the weekend, as it moves to restore its full service. Passengers will be kept informed by text message. The airline expects its full schedule to be running as normal by tomorrow.

Tests at landfill blaze are successful

FIRE service crews working to put out a fire at a dump near Naas in Co Kildare said that their weekend tests were successful. They were trying to see if nitrogen gas could be used to cool the waste material before it is removed.

However Celina Barrett, chief fire officer with Kildare County Fire Service, said that she expected fire crews would be working at the site for at least another week.

One winner scoops €4m Lotto jackpot

THERE was one winner of last night's €4,018,495 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 4, 5, 6, 15, 20, 25 (bonus 19).

There were four Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25,000; 89 Match 5s (€964); 237 Match 4+bonus (€91); 4,406 Match 4s (€30); 5,101 Match 3+bonus (€17) and 51,156 Match 3s (€5). The numbers in the Lotto Plus 1 draw were 2, 7, 15, 31, 33, 35 (bonus 37) and in the Lotto Plus 2, the numbers were 8, 13, 19, 34, 39, 44 (bonus 2).

In the UK draw for stg£7.5m, the numbers were 33, 34, 37, 40, 41, 47 (bonus 5).

50 jobs to be retained at bakery

THERE was some relief in Donegal yesterday as it emerged up to 50 jobs at Gallaghers in Ardara are to be saved following a deal with the bakery's parent company.

The Swiss parent company IAWS accepted a local bid for the fresh food part of the bakery, it has emerged.

Co Down soldier killed in Afghanistan

A 20-YEAR-old soldier from Co Down has been killed in Afghanistan. David Dalzell, from Bangor, was fatally injured during an operation in Helmand last week.

The member of the 1st Batt, Royal Irish Regiment, was hurt in what was described as an "operational accident" which was being investigated. His death brought to 351 the number of British military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001. Another British fatality yesterday raised that to 352.

Riverdance composer earns €1.4m

THE composer of Riverdance, Bill Whelan, earned royalties of €1,414,958 during 2010, according to figures filed by McGuinness Whelan Music Publishing Ltd.

Mr Whelan was due over €250,000 at the end of the year. Bill Whelan and U2 manager Paul McGuinness are directors of the Dublin- based publishing company.

Newstalk's Seoige makes on-air gaffe

NEWSTALK presenter Sile Seoige was caught swearing live on air during an ad break yesterday. She uttered the word "shit", unaware the microphone was still live.

Station boss Frank Cronin said it was "incredible" that the incident, which he didn't know anything about, merited coverage in a national newspaper.

'Something Good' launched on iTunes

SOMETHING Good, sung by one-time Eurovision singer Paul Harrington, was launched on iTunes yesterday by Shay Healy, with royalties going to an extra Parkinson's Specialist Nurse, as there are only five in Ireland.

"The song is a cheerful prod to remind us to get out and grab life's possibilities before they pass us by," says songwriter Shay, who also suffers from Parkinson's.

Documentary team dives to Lusitania

A MAJOR dive is to take place in summer to one of the most famous wrecks off our coast, the RMS Lusitania, which lies 16km south of the Old Head of Kinsale. The dive will take place over June and July when conditions are regarded as optimum. It will be documented and photographed, with the National Geographic magazine to carry a detailed feature in late 2011 or early 2012.

Dublin City Jazz Orchestra residency

THE 17-piece Dublin City Jazz Orchestra's residency at the Button Factory continues on the first Monday of every month (8.30pm).

Led by the legendary Ciaran Wilde on reeds, the band includes four trumpets, four trombones and five saxophones playing big band music from the 1940s and 1950s, along with some more contemporary music to give it a modern flavour. Tickets €10 are available on the door.

Sunday Independent