Friday 15 December 2017

In brief: Slane organisers plan improvements for Kings of Leon bash at the castle

As tickets for next year's Slane concert featuring Kings of Leon sold out in 40 minutes, a full review of last year's much-criticised Oasis concert has led to a number of improvements for fans attending the Meath venue in 2011.

The route from the bridge to the venue has been upgraded with a widened area for ticket scanning to allow for speedier processing of patrons as they arrive. An additional emergency access route has been opened to the centre point on the route, with a first-aid presence at that point.

The toilet area at the back of the field and the Bar 3 area will now be solely for food and drink, with a more generous queueing area allowing almost 10 per cent more circulation space in the arena for patrons' comfort.

A new bus-processing area will be also created in a field adjacent to the N2 in order to process Dublin Bus and private-coach patrons in an orderly manner. A new 'loop' route for Dublin Bus will mean that buses will come out the N2 but return via the M1 motorway for a smoother and faster operation. The bus processing area will also have toilets and refreshment facilities for patrons while they wait.

New Zealand crash victim named

The man who died in a crash in New Zealand on Friday has been named as 23-year-old Leslie Armitage from Co Tipperary. A 21-year-old man, also from Ireland, was injured in the incident. His name has not been released as family overseas are still being informed.

The two men were working as farmhands in the Ida Valley in Central Otago on the South Island. The accident happened when the Land Rover they were travelling in left the road at Poolburn. The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing assistance to the men's families.

No winner of Lotto €2m jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €2m Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 10, 11, 36, 40, 42, 45 (bonus 17).

There were no Match 5+bonus winners. 44 Match 5s (€1,959); 100 Match 4+bonus (€215); 2,177 Match 4s (€61); 3,126 Match 3+bonus (€28); and 36,756 Match 3s (€5).

The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 8, 17, 22, 24, 31, 42 (bonus 20), and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 4, 7, 17, 20, 21, 28 (bonus 39).

And in the UK draw for an estimated £4.4m (€5.2m) prize, the numbers were 5, 11, 29, 31, 35, 39 (bonus 45).

Three held as gardai foil ATM robbery

An attempt to remove an atm machine from the centre of Castleisland town with heavy machinery was abandoned after gardai arrived on the scene early yesterday.

Three men from the North were arrested, two of them after a dramatic car chase through the back roads of north Kerry, which ended after the men tried to ram a garda car.

The drama began earlier when a JCB was used in an attempt to steal the atm machine from the AIB branch in Main Street Castleisland at around 4.30am on Saturday. However, the raiders had difficulty loading the cash machine on to a getaway vehicle.

The raiders fled the scene when the gardai arrived. After a chase, two men were arrested at Lyracrumpane, north of Castleisland, at around 5am. A third man was arrested later in Listowel in a follow-up operation.

Young Fine Gael: scrap Croke Park deal

The Croke Park agreement should be scrapped, Young Fine Gael said yesterday, arguing that the public service pay bill was totally out of control.

The political party's youth wing passed a motion at their national conference in Charleville, Co Cork, calling for the agreement with the unions to be discarded. "The public service pay bill is totally out of control. Those who think the Croke Park agreement is still relevant or achievable are simply deluded," Young FG president Barry Walsh said. "It's time for this country to face the truth. Unless we make radical choices we risk the sovereignty of the State."

Bulk-buy service helps homes save

A new free online service,, has been launched to help consumers save cash on household bills.

The idea is to "unite" householders, who can then bulk purchase their service requirements leading to savings.

At the moment is offering waste disposal and home heating oil services, with other goods, including electricity, gas and insurance, available shortly.

The community concept has been developed by Kerry businessman David Slattery. "We managed to save €50 on a fill of home heating oil per house for groups in Cork, Kerry and Clare. We also managed to save €45 on annual bin charges for another group," said David, who is now offering the service nationwide.

Fenian flag fetches €60,000 at sale

A 1867 Fenian Rising flag raised €60,000-plus yesterday evening at a history, literature and collectibles auction.

The historic relic, from the Galtee Mountain area, was a feature of the auction of historic memorabilia by Whyte's at Freemason's Hall, Dublin. The flag appeared at many skirmishes, raids, meetings and demonstrations from the 1860s right through the Land League campaigns of the 1880s. It is the only surviving Fenian flag in private hands that Whyte's can find records of.

Other sales included an Ardagh Chalice replica, which went for €3,840, a 1916 Irish volunteer rifle (€5,000) and United Irish League Centenary of 1798 Banner (€9,240).

Haughey son-in-law left €11m estate

Horse-trainer John Mulhern, son-in-law of the late Charles Haughey, has left an estate valued at over €11m. Mr Mulhern, described as "a retired company director" of Meadowcourt Stud, Maddenstown, The Curragh, Kildare, died in March 2010, leaving an estate worth €11,349,177.

An earlier document (a letter of administration) which was lodged three weeks ago put the value of the estate at €10. This document was described as part of a defence of a legal action taken against Mr Mulhern's estate by two Dublin solicitors acting on behalf of an unnamed client.

According to the will (drawn up in 2005) and two codicils, Mr Mulhern left a number of bequests to workers on his estate, with the residue of the estate left to his wife Eimear Haughey. He also specified that his executors "sell all my bloodstock as soon as possible after [his] death".

Other wills: Ita Brereton, company director, The Rise, Malahide, €2,589,913; Teresa O'Gorman, Landscape Ave, Churchtown, Dublin, €1,535,030; Timothy O'Shea, Army officer, St Kevin's Park, Dartry, Dublin, €1,388,283; Antoinette 'Toni' Smith, RTE producer, Scholarstown Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin, €1,337,966; Thomas P Mullen, company director, Crescent House, Howth Road, Dublin, €1,335,576; Patrick Ryan, publican, St Michaels Street, Tipperary, €1,285,308; Bill Fuller, promoter and nightclub owner, Seacourt, Clontarf and Las Vegas, €6,928, and TC Gerard O'Mahony, of Serpentine Ave, Dublin 4, €5.

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

Sunday Independent

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