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In brief: Family request private burial for former Finance Minister Brian Lenihan

The burial of former Finance Minister Brian Lenihan will be a private one at the request of his family. Mr Lenihan will lie in repose from 10am tomorrow at Jennings Funeral Home in Blanchardstown, Dublin, before removal to St Mochta's Church in Porterstown, arriving at 6pm.

Mass will take place on Tuesday at 11am followed by a private burial in the Church of Ireland cemetery in Kilsallaghan, Co Dublin. (See Pages 27, 29-30, 32)

Church tribute to tragic guitarist

A guitar carried by a family member down the aisle in a packed country church yesterday reflected a final tribute by music fans to a 22-year-old musician who died in hospital last weekend after being attacked and beaten up.

The funeral took place at St Mary's Church in Kingscourt, Co Cavan, of Gavin O'Connor, who was lead guitar player with the Cavan-based band Climax. Mr O'Connor died at Our Lady of Lourdes' Hospital in Drogheda on Saturday of last week after being discovered badly injured on the roadside at Lisdoonanan, near Carrickmacross in Co Monaghan.

Semi-conscious man found on beach

A 19-year-old man from Portsalon has been transferred to Dublin's Beaumont Hospital after being found in a semi-conscious state on a beach in Co Donegal.

The man was found by a passer-by at a place known as Batt's Walk near the scenic coastal village of Rathmullan around 3.45pm on Friday.

The shock discovery was made by a man out walking close to the well-known Rathmullan House Hotel.

Gardai are trying to establish if the man was at a beach party that was held on Thursday night.

Count's jewellery box set for museum

A gold jewellery box once owned by John McCormack will be presented to the National Museum of Ireland by the Irish tenor and Australian resident John MacNally at a reception in the Mansion House, Dublin, tomorrow.

The jewellery box was presented to Count McCormack by Alicia and Mary Scott in June 1924 and was gifted to John McNally by Cyril McCormack, the son of Count McCormack, 25 years ago.

Newspaper staff battle to save jobs

Workers at the Connaught Telegraph newspaper in Castlebar, Co Mayo, have commenced industrial action after the paper announced last week that it will close its pre-press production department in the town and outsource it to Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

Seven staff will lose their jobs with the closure, which the Unite trade union says can be avoided. Staff at the Connaught Telegraph have been offered only statutory redundancy and this would be the latest severing of links with its heartland for a paper that was first published in 1828. Ironically, the paper has been running a campaign in recent months urging its readers to "shop local, stay local".

Ambassador left off honours list

Commentators have expressed some surprise that neither the British Ambassador to Ireland Julian King nor any of his Dublin staff appeared in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, which was published this weekend.

It is confidently expected that the ambassador will shortly join the ranks of the Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order and that a number of his staff will also be recognised, possibly in the New Year's honours list.

Sometimes a special list to mark a state visit is also announced by Buckingham Palace. Such a list might also include a number of Irish who are resident in Britain and contributed to the success of the visit.

Sharp rise in stray horse seizures

The number of stray and unwanted horses being seized by local authorities has increased dramatically in the last two years, new figures show. Department of Agriculture official statistics, released on foot of a parliamentary question, show how the abandoned equine epidemic has continued with some 2,249 horses being impounded by the country's county and city councils last year.

This is nearly three times the number of horses seized in 2008, significantly up the 1,426 figure recorded in 2009.

"It is a huge problem and it's been a major issue for us over the last three years with a dramatic increase as well in the number of sick and injured horses we have had to deal with," said Orla Aungier of the DSPCA

One winner of €5,155,806 Lotto

THERE was one winner of last night's €5,155,806 Lotto jackpot. The ticket was sold in Dublin.The numbers were 2, 11, 13, 18, 20, 30 (bonus 6)

There were 3 Match 5+bonus winners who will each receive €25,000; 77 Match 5s (€1,122); 270 Match 4+bonus (€80); 3,330 Match 4s (€40); 5,434 Match 3+bonus (€16); and 49,042 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 3, 11, 30, 32, 35, 38 (bonus 21). The Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 3, 13, 14, 25, 30, 33 (bonus 31).

And in the UK draw for an estimated stg£4.4m prize, the numbers were 9, 11, 35, 37, 40, 45 (bonus 26).

Greens aim to confound nay-sayers

A former Monaghan councillor was elected the Green Party's new deputy leader yesterday. Catherine Martin beat former Senator Mark Dearey and Northern Ireland green activist John Barry to replace former junior minister Mary White who had held the post for 10 years.

After the vote, she insisted the Greens would confound predictions of their demise in the wake of their wipe-out in the last election. "This is the liveliest, most enthusiastic group of extinct people I know," Ms Martin said.

Religious to co-operate on Magdelene

Justice Minister Alan Shatter yesterday welcomed the willingness of four religious congregations that ran 10 Magdelene homes to co-operate with any inquiry which may take place.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Conference of Religious in Ireland (Cori) said the Sisters of Mercy, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, the Sisters of Charity at Donnybrook and the Good Shepherd Sisters would co-operate with future inquiries.

The move came only days after the UN Committee Against Torture recommended that the State should institute an independent investigation into all allegations "of torture, and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" that were allegedly committed in the Magdalene Laundries.

Journalist Pat Sweeney's funeral

RTE journalist Pat Sweeney, who chronicled the industrial relations problems of the country during the 1970s and 1980s, will be buried tomorrow in Dublin.

Mr Sweeney, 73, who worked in the Evening Herald before joining RTE, died last Friday. His funeral will take place after 10am Mass in the Church of the Holy Spirit, Ballyroan, to Kilmashogue Cemetery.

Sunday Independent