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In brief: Doctor rewarded for cancer efforts

AN IRISH doctor who pioneered a link between Ireland and the world's top cancer institute has become one of the country's youngest professors.

Doctor John McCaffrey (45) was last night honoured by colleagues in the Mater Hospital, Dublin, after he was made a UCD Professor of Clinical Medicine.

He set up a specialist fellowship with Memorial Sloane Kettering (MSK) in New York where Irish registrars receive specialist training for two years before returning to take up key consultant posts in Ireland.

Man (53) killed in parked car

A MAN died after the car he was parked in was hit by another car on the hard shoulder of a motorway. The crash happened at around 6.10pm yesterday at Mount Earl on the N21 Adare to Limerick road southbound in Co Limerick.

The 53-year-old French man, whose wife was uninjured, was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses should contact Adare garda station on 061 396216 or the Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

100 new jobs in IT and road services

More than 100 jobs will be created at two technology companies and a motorway service firm. WPA Mobile will recruit 40 new software staff in Athlone, Co Westmeath, by the end of the year.

Software company, CampusIT has also announced plans to hire 14 people over the next two years as part of a €1.2m investment at its Dublin head office. And 50 jobs will be created with the opening of a €7m service area on the M7.

New record set with 114-hour riff

MUSICIAN Dave Browne set a new world record yesterday after playing the guitar for 114 hours in a row.

The 43-year-old from Castleknock in Dublin said he was 'knackered' after the marathon effort, which started last Sunday in The Temple Bar pub in the capital. He had expected to stop at 8pm on Thursday night -- but was told he'd have to keep going for another 14 hours because of a mistake in the Guinness Book of Records.

Probation scheme has write idea

A new scheme will see graffiti damage scrubbed from Cork city walls by offenders on probation.

Those working on the project will begin work at 6.30am on Monday morning and it is hoped that the scheme will be developed outwards into the suburbs.

Irish Independent