Irish captain Robbie Keane's 50th and 51st international goals were enough to seal victory for Ireland in Macedonia last night, keeping hopes of Euro 2012 qualification alive.
Keane achieved the remarkable milestone of his 50th international goal after just seven minutes when the captain, in space outside the penalty area, aimed for goal. His fierce strike took a wicked deflection off a defender and looped over the Macedonian keeper into the back of the net.
Keane scored his second after 36 minutes, following a mistake by the Macedonian defence. The striker pounced on a poor backpass and slotted the ball past the oncoming keeper.
Throughout the first half, the frail Irish defence was repeatedly exposed and defender John O'Shea conceded a penalty which was blasted against the post. Ten minutes after the break, the Macedonians had the ball in the Irish net, but it was ruled out for hand-ball in the box.
After that, neither side looked like scoring again, and Ireland picked up a much-needed three points, given the earlier wins for Russia and Slovakia. See Sport Section
Claims made over adoption matriarch
Children raised in an Irish home by a matriarch known as 'Auntie' have made allegations of illegal adoption, hidden records and punishments for bed-wetting.
Born-again Christian Adeline Mathers won huge plaudits for single-handedly rearing up to 50 children at a time in a small Protestant orphanage in Greystones in Wicklow from 1946 right up to 1999, when she died. But her wholesome image as a mother figure is shattered in a new Would You Believe documentary on RTE1 tonight.
Adeline Mathers won the Person of the Year award in the Wicklow town towards the end of her life for taking in dozens of infants and steering them into adulthood in the Westbank orphanage she turned into a family home.
While many locals speak glowingly about Miss Mathers, former orphanage residents are split down the middle over abuse claims, which are currently being investigated.
Bail set in pensioner murder case
AT a sitting of Virginia District Court in Co Cavan on Friday evening, 18-year-old Brendan McGovern from Killahurk Carraigallen, Co Leitrim, was given bail by Judge Sean Martin McBride after he faced a charge of the murder of a Co Cavan pensioner last year.
Mr McGovern appeared at Ballyconnell District Court earlier in the week charged with the murder of 73-year-old Johnny Golden at his isolated home on the Cavan-Leitrim border on September 7. Mr Golden died a month later.
No winner of €3.9m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €3,885,977 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 4, 5, 6, 35, 38, 42 (bonus 27).
There no Match 5+bonus winner but 47 Match 5 winners each receive (€1,758); 130 Match 4+bonus (€159); 2,187 Match 4s (€58); 3,206 Match 3+bonus (€26); and 38,165 Match 3s (€5). In the Lotto Plus 1 the numbers were 1, 2, 10, 24, 39, 44 (bonus 33) and in the Lotto Plus 2 the numbers were 3, 11, 13, 26, 35, 40 (bonus 44).
In the UK draw for stg£4.4m, the numbers were 7, 21, 25, 32, 43, 44 (bonus 27).
Haughey's old yacht gets new home
Celtic Mist, the yacht owned by the late ex-Taoiseach Charles Haughey, will take up residence in Co Clare next month after the Irish whale and Dolphin group (IWDG) confirmed it will take possession of the vessel.
An offer by the Haugheys of a gift of the 17-metre steel-hulled ketch to the IWDG, to support its work on the study of whales, dolphins and porpoise, has been accepted. The yacht will be based in Kilrush, Co Clare.
Traders warned off Smithfield fair
Dublin City Council has again appealed to horse dealers and spectators not to attend the monthly Horse Fair, which is due to take place in Smithfield today. As a result of work on the plaza, about 50 per cent of the space normally occupied by the Horse Fair will not be available.
Inaugural patriot prize is awarded
A newly founded historical and literacy group, the John Boyle O'Reilly Society of Ireland, dedicated to the memory of the poet and patriot, has presented Irish-American Niall O'Dowd with its inaugural patriot award.
The award was made at a ceremony hosted by Lord Mayor of Dublin Gerry Breen in the Mansion House.
Insolvency sector needs regulation
UP to 150,000 receivers could be appointed to businesses and people in debt in the coming years, increasing the need for greater regulation of the insolvency sector, a Fianna Fail national executive member has claimed.
Builder Jerry Beades, who had a receiver appointed to one of his own firms last year, said the huge volume of businesses facing financial difficulties meant there was a need for regulation. "There is urgent need for a bill to regulate receivers and insolvency practitioners," he said. "There are no regulations. You don't need to be an accountant. The only stipulation to prevent someone being a receiver is that they were previously declared bankrupt."
Recent figures showed that 10 companies a day were declared insolvent in April. Receivers are appointed when companies cannot pay their debts.
Cost of operating State jet drops
THE cost of operating the Government jet -- the aircraft politicians love to hate -- has dropped because it is aging.
New figures show that the cost of flying and operating the Gulfstream IV jet, which is now 20 years old, has dropped because its depreciation cost is no longer included in the calculations. It now costs €3,790 an hour compared with more than €,4,000 a year ago.
The total cost per hour for the other jet, the Learjet 45, is €4,200 per hour. So far in the first quarter of the year the Gulfstream has racked up 28 hours of flying time, and the Learjet 27 hours. The aircraft is the only Air Corps plane offering an intercontinental range.
A second bite at Forbidden Fruit
IF you're looking for ways to enjoy the Bank Holiday sun, check out Dublin City's finest boutique musical festival, Forbidden Fruit, in the gorgeous grounds of the Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
Today's music line-up at the multi-stage event (2pm-11pm) sponsored by Bulmers includes Aphex Twin, Caribou and Battles plus DJs, art and fashion events.
Day tickets are still available through the Ticketmaster website, at the credit card hotline (0818) 719300 or at the entrance on Military Road, Kilmainham.