Saturday 24 March 2018

Irishman who survived Afghanistan dies in Welsh firing range accident

A YOUNG Irish soldier who survived a deployment with his British regiment to war-torn Afghanistan has died in a freak firing-range accident in Wales. Michael Maguire (21) -- a former Cork juvenile GAA star -- died after being accidentally shot on the Castlemartin firing range in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

While investigations are now under way, the incident is being treated as a freak accident. Ranger Maguire, whose family live at Coomhola in Bantry, suffered critical injuries and died last Wednesday.

€26m spent sending patients abroad

ALMOST €26m has been spent over the last five years sending patients abroad for medical treatments which are not available in Ireland. Figures compiled by the HSE show that so far this year just over €2.1m has been spent sending patients to other EU countries and Switzerland.

Over the same five-year period, the HSE received 1,961 applications from patients seeking foreign-based treatment, of which more were accepted than were declined. The most common treatments sought abroad are liver transplants, deep-brain stimulation and cardiac transplantation.

TD warns of Port Tunnel 'catastrophe'

INDEPENDENT TD Finian McGrath has warned that there is "a catastrophe waiting to happen" in the Dublin Port Tunnel. He told the Dail last week: "Currently, all the vehicle lay-bys in the tunnel have a sheer wall at a right angle to the direction of traffic, which is the same design as the lay-by wall in the Swiss tunnel where recently a Belgian schoolbus crashed, killing 28 people, 22 of whom were children."

Quinn prepares to sell off the Belfry

BUSINESSMAN Sean Quinn is close to offloading the famous Belfry Golf course -- but probably for less than half of the €229m he paid for it in 2005. It is understood that that US private equity investor KSL Capital Partners is in talks to acquire the iconic golf course and resort hotel in Warwickshire, which has hosted four Ryder Cups.

Mr Quinn's deal to buy the Belfry six years ago was financed with borrowings from Bank of Ireland, Bank of Scotland and Barclays Banks. It is thought that the golf course and resort are currently valued at around €108m.

Winning numbers for €5.3m Lotto

The winning numbers in last night's main Lotto draw for a jackpot of €5,377,964 were: 6, 9, 21, 31, 33 and 42. The bonus number was 11. The Lotto Plus 1 numbers drawn for a jackpot of €350,000 were 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 26. The bonus number was 41. The Lotto Plus 2 numbers for a jackpot of €250,000 were 2, 21, 32, 37, 39 and 42. The bonus number was 35.

Man charged in stabbing incident

A MAN in his 30s was due to appear before a special sitting of Cork District Court today charged in connection with a violent assault, which has left a man in a critical condition in hospital.

A 52-year-old man who was also being questioned by gardai in connection with the assault was released without charge yesterday evening and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The injured man was found with a wound to the chest on Kerry Hall Road in Fairhill at 2.30pm on Friday afternoon. He was rushed to hospital and underwent emergency surgery. He remains in a critical condition at Cork University Hospital. Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information relating to the incident to come forward.

Le Brocquy painting to be auctioned

A LOUIS le Brocquy painting, once owned by the Hollywood actress Dana Wynter, is to be sold by Adams auctioneers, with an estimate of €500,000-€800,000. The painter died recently and the painting, Indoors And Outdoors, was originally purchased in Adams for IR£60,000 in 1989.

Also going under the hammer at the sale in Adams of St Stephen's Green, Dublin on May 30 is a painting by William John Leech RHA, entitled Interior Of A Cafe. Estimated to sell for €200,000-€400,000, it was purchased from the Dawson Gallery in Dublin in 1950 for IR£150, by the current owner's father. Two pictures by Jack Butler Yeats, from the Beaulieu House Collection in Drogheda, are also included in the auction; Good Evening Men (estimate €200,000-€300,000) and Bound For The Islands (€50,000-€80,000).

Singer tops the bill at hedge school

CORK singer and raconteur Jimmy Crowley heads the bill on Saturday next with a lunchtime concert at the Larkin Hedge School in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Otherwise, the Larkin Hedge School will be a Titanic-free zone, with a strong emphasis on traditional music, from a celebration of the music of Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman to a lecture by Cathal Goan on Donegal singer and song collector Neili Ni Dhomhnaill.

The festival begins at 6.30pm on Thursday with a lecture in the National Library by Dr Enda Leaney on the housing conditions of Dublin in 1913. This will be followed by a music session in the Stag's Head pub.

Village in shock over boy's road death

A BOY aged 15 has died after being struck by a car in Co Down. David Preece, from the Blackskull area, was walking on the Donaghcloney Road around 11pm on Friday when the accident happened. The Unionist MLA for Upper Bann, Jo-Anne Dobson, said: "The community in Donaghcloney is a quiet rural community and will be in shock to hear of what happened in the village last night."

A motorcyclist is in a serious condition after crashing at a practice session for the Tandragee 100 race. The crash happened at the Co Armagh course on Friday evening. The rider was brought by ambulance, with a police escort, to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Retired judge leaves over €1m in will

A RETIRED judge, Hubert Wine, of Merrion Village, Dublin, who died on November 15, 2011 has left €1,030,358 in his will.

Other wills: Basil Payne, described as a retired poet, of Orwell House, Rathgar, €177,110; Elizabeth M Troy, a doctor, of Cowper Road, Rathmines, Dublin, €1,984,596; Geraldine Cullinan a company director, of Killoughtar, Ashford, Co Wicklow, €1,573,729; Thomas WD Fleming, an agriculturalist, of East Ferry, Midleton, Co Cork, €1,454,098; Patrick Crilly, a retired farmer, of Stackallan, Co Meath, €1,252,709; and Ellen Harney, a homemaker of Glenmore, Co Kilkenny, €1,166,670.

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

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