Tuesday 20 March 2018

In brief: Remnants of Hurricane Katia prompt Met Office to issue national warning

IRELAND is bracing itself for a battering from the remnants of Hurricane Katia with strong winds and rain this evening and tomorrow after Met Eireann issued a severe weather alert, writes Don Lavery. Winds are expected to reach up to to 130kmh, mainly hitting the north-west and north coasts and cause building damage -- but everywhere is at risk from strong winds.

The Met Office said: "Stormy weather is likely to develop late on Sunday night and continue for much of Monday. South-west winds could gust between 100 and 130kmh in exposed areas. Very high waves are expected on west, north-west and north coasts on Monday with wave heights of anywhere between six and 10 metres."

The Met Office is closely following the track of the hurricane and updates are expected to be issued during today as the hurricane veers toward Scotland. But late tomorrow and into Tuesday winds are expected to moderate. Meanwhile, Tuesday will still be a blustery day with a mixture of sunshine and showers.

City centre fire causes traffic jams

A fire in an unused building near Matt Talbot bridge in central Dublin which left a pall of smoke hanging over the city centre caused morning traffic jams as vehicles were diverted away from the city quays for several hours. The fire at City Quay was spotted by passers-by at around 8.30am yesterday and seven units of Dublin Fire Brigade including ambulances and fire engines rushed to the scene. Firemen used a long ladder to hose down the roof of the building as flames erupted from the upper storeys. The cause of the fire is unknown and no one was injured.

No winner of €7.7m Lotto jackpot

There was no winner of last night's Lotto jackpot of €7,738,194. Wednesday's Lotto is heading for €8.5m.

The numbers drawn were 1, 10, 32, 35, 39 and 45. The bonus ball was 33. The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 7, 11, 15, 26 and 35. The bonus ball was 2. The Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 3, 7, 9, 15, 24 and 31. The bonus ball was 39.

Woman in 110-mile horseride protest

A WOMAN is riding her horse from Tipperary to the Dail in protest at a receiver being appointed to her land.

Margaret Hanrahan left Cahir on horseback yesterday to ride 110 miles to Dublin and aims to reach the Dail by Wednesday. The riding school owner plans to drop in on farmers in a similar financial difficulty along the way.

Ms Hanrahan has been engaged in a bitter dispute with ACC, which appointed receivers to her land after she failed to repay a €1.2m loan. Tensions heightened when the receivers hired workmen to plough the land in preparation for sale. Farmers have promised to feed and water her horses along the route while TDs, including Mattie McGrath, plan to meet her at the Dail.

Cork considers Prince William invite

The Cork harbour town of Cobh will tomorrow night debate a motion on formally inviting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to attend their programme of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the visit of the ill-fated White Star liner, Titanic. The motion -- tabled by Cllr John Mulvihill (Lab) -- follows the enormous success of the visit of Queen Elizabeth, Prince William's grandmother, to Cork last May. Now Cobh is hoping that Prince William and his wife can deliver a similar tourism boost for the harbour town next year.

"This could be a tourism God-send for Cobh and I'm hopeful that the support will be there for the motion given the enormous economic benefits it could offer the area," Cllr Mulvihill said.

Cobh -- then known as Queenstown -- was the Titanic's last port of call on her maiden voyage in April 1912 before she struck an iceberg in the mid-Atlantic, sinking the ship with the loss of 1,500 lives. A total of 123 passengers boarded the ship in Cobh -- and 79 of those died just 72 hours later. Cobh will also host a series of cruise liners next April which are running special 'Titanic voyages' in which the first and only itinerary of the doomed liner will be exactly replicated.

Bollywood glamour lights up capital

Dublin will be set alight with Bollywood glamour from this weekend as a multi-million euro blockbuster begins filming in the city.

On-off Bollywood couple Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif both flew in to Dublin last night. The film, Ek Tha Tiger, starts shooting today in town with over one thousand jobs created and over €2m expected to be pumped into the economy.

Asheesh Dewan of an award-winning Indian restaurant group is responsible for the catering for this Bollywood five-week shoot. And the two leading stars are so big in India that the production is expected to generate huge interest and revenue from Indians in Europe who are planning to visit Ireland to try and catch a glimpse of the setting of the latest movie. The romantic thriller, which is a co-production with the Oscar-winning Irish company Fantastic Films, is expected to be released in June 2012.

Cavan gets Fleadh for third year

CAVAN town pulled off a hat-trick yesterday when the national executive of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann decided to award the third All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in a row to the town, leaving its main rival Ennis disappointed. Last month's Fleadh was reckoned by chairman Jack Keyes, who is also Cavan County Manager, to have raked in an estimated €40m in revenue for hotels, pubs and catering establishments in the area. "We are absolutely delighted to learn that we are getting the fleadh for the third time," he said. There was, however, some disappointment that it wasn't awarded to Derry.

Pat Henry follows on Picnic success

Following the success of their gig at the Electric Picnic, Pat Henry and The Roadhouse Blues Band are playing The Courtyard in Clonakilty, Co Cork, this Saturday as part of the European Guitar Festival along with Roy Harper.

Three airlifted after cruise boat sinks

Three people were airlifted to hospital yesterday after their cruise boat sank on Lough Derg. Two of the men were plucked from the water by a passing boat while the third was rescued by the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat.

The cruiser had been sailing from the northern end of the lake toward Mountshannon in Co Clare when the vessel capsized close to Hare Island.

The alarm was raised shortly after 5pm and a search and rescue operation was quickly launched by staff at the Irish Coast Guard centre on Valentia Island in Co Kerry.

Garage proprietor leaves €6m in will

A retired garage proprietor, Thomas O'Neill, of Racehill, Ashbourne, Co Meath (formerly of Glasnevin, Dublin), who died on September 28, 2009, has left €5,978,939 in his will.

Other Wills: Noel Campion, a publican, of Seafield Road, Clontarf, Dublin, who died on September 23, 2010, left €1,244,702; Thomas P Haugh, an engineer, of Richmond Hill, Monkstown, Dublin, who died on January 4, 2011, left €1,195,755; John F Doyle, a sales representative of Martime Court, Skerries, Dublin, who died on March 20, 2011, left €1,117,143; William Pollard Iceton, a company director, of Tara Stud, Tara, Co Meath, who died on May 18, 2010, left €663,948; and Eoin Neeson, a retired journalist and former head of the Government Information Service who died on January 2, 2011, left €480,291. The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.

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