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Wednesday 11 December 2019

In brief: Four-year-old girl and farmer killed in separate accidents involving tractors

TWO people, including a four-year-old girl, have been killed in separate tractor accidents on farms. The little girl, named locally as Maria McInerney, is thought to have fallen from a tractor at a farm near Killeigh, Co Offaly, at around teatime on Friday. She was taken to Tullamore Hospital but was pronounced dead.

Last Thursday, Darren Philpott, 66, was killed after he was struck by his tractor while moving stones at his farm in Banteer, Co Cork. Mr Philpott had gotten out of the tractor and was picking stones when it rolled over him.

Drivers to benefit from €98m project

CORK commuters are set to benefit from a €98m roads project. It is expected that journey times into the city during peak periods will be more than halved once the work is completed. Transport Minister Leo Varadkar turned the sod on the N25 Cork Southern Ring Road, work on which has already started. The project includes the creation of fly-overs over the Sarsfield Road and the Bandon Road roundabouts and will allow free movement of traffic from Ballincollig to the Jack Lynch Tunnel.

Garda and men in hospital after chase

A GARDA and two men were taken to hospital following a high-speed car chase in Dublin. The incident happened early on Friday after a patrol car was alerted to a group of men acting suspiciously at Loughshinny on the outskirts of Skerries. Gardai found two men in a car and two more pushing a motorbike up a road. The gang made off in the car, hitting a garda who suffered leg injuries. Gardai pursued the car which was later found crashed outside Skerries. The two injured occupants were arrested.

Customers warned of new ATM scam

GARDAI have issued a warning about a new ATM scam. A 21-year-old man was arrested after gardai were alerted to a piece of equipment attached to an ATM at Church Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow. The device collects the money as it is withdrawn from the ATM and leads the customer to believe the machine is broken. The man will appear before Bray District Court this Wednesday.

Two winners share €2m Lotto jackpot

TWO winners shared last night's €2m Lotto jackpot with the tickets being sold in Dublin and the midlands. The lucky numbers were 3, 7, 9, 12, 24, 28 (bonus 20).

There were seven match 5+bonus winners who each get €25k; 126 match 5 winners (€612); 278 match 4+bonus (€70); 4,477 match 4s (€27); 4,763 match3+bonus (€17); and 54,530 match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 8, 9, 13, 21, 35 (bonus 41) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 9, 13, 30, 33, 42, 44 (bonus 11).

In the UK draw for £4.2m the numbers were 4, 10, 29, 32, 34 ,40 (bonus 48).

Chamber criticises ESB over outages

THE vice-president of Ennis Chamber of Commerce, Brian O'Neill, has called on ESB Networks to locate an emergency power generator in Clare, so that it can be deployed quickly in the event of a repeat of the outages which occurred in Ennis last Thursday. It took several hours for the ESB to deploy three massive generators after over 1,500 customers were left without power while engineers struggled to locate a number of line faults.

Man charged over abduction attempt

A 42-year-old man has appeared in court over the attempted abduction of a teenage girl last week. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged at Athlone District Court with the attempted false imprisonment of a minor at Moyclare, near Ferbane, Co Offaly, on July 19. He was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday.

Eason expansion to create 50 jobs

BOOKSELLER Eason is to create 50 jobs in four new stores, the first of which opened in Mullingar, Co Westmeath last week. Plans have been announced for the opening of three other stores over the next two months in Balbriggan, Dublin; Carlow and Kilkenny.

Steam engines on display at festival

MORE then 30 steam engines will give working demonstrations today and tomorrow at the 47th steam rally at Stradbally, Co Laois. The event is expected to attract 20,000 people. The vintage engines will be displayed by the Irish Steam Preservation Society. There will be a carnival, sheep dog demonstrations, army tanks, and a steam locomotive engine which will give train rides through the woodlands of the Cosby estates. Admission is €10 for adults, while children aged 12 and under are free.

Dog sniffs out €1m worth of drugs

ALFIE, a sniffer dog used by the Customs Service, has got the credit for sniffing out a €1m cache of drugs at Dublin Port. The spaniel led officers to a refrigerated container that had arrived from Holyhead on Friday. They seized 75kg of cannabis resin, 25kg of herbal cannabis and 2.3kg of cocaine, with a potential street value of €1m.

€7m to be spent on Killarney House

KILLARNEY House, the historic home of the Earls of Kenmare in Co Kerry, is to be restored. More than €7m is to be spent restoring the historic home and two of the lakes of Killarney. The property was given to the State by US philanthropist John McShain in 1998

Kenny to launch Admiral Brown film

ENDA Kenny is to launch a new film about Ireland's greatest naval hero, Mayo-born Admiral William Brown, who helped win independence for Argentina.

Mr Kenny will address the premiere of the one-hour documentary at the 2000-seater Royal Theatre, Castlebar, at 7.30pm tomorrow. The film interweaves Brown's story with that of another iconic native of Foxford, JJ O'Hara.

Will is lodged 83 years after death

A MAN who died in 1928 finally had his will lodged in probate last week. William McGrath of Banna South, Ardfert, Co Kerry, who died on March 3, 1928, at the County Infirmary, left estate valued at €24.07.

Other wills: Anne O'Dwyer, The Fairways, Monaleen, Limerick, €1,381,207; Desmond Flemming, farmer, Ballinastraw, Avoca, Co Wicklow, €1,117,406; Mildred Evelyn Farnham, pensioner, Braemor Road, Churchtown, Dublin, €1,042,266; and Alan Montgomery, editor, Killiney Towers, Killiney, Co Dublin, left €30,153.

The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts

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