MORE than 600 food products competed for the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards, with French Trimmed Connemara Hill Lamb from Dunnes Stores scooping the Overall Gold Q for the most outstanding product.
Aldi's Clontarf Classic Blend Whiskey, meanwhile won the top drink award, while Lidl won the most prizes overall for its products including its Irish Extra Mature Cheddar and Irish Chocolate Selection.
TV chef Catherine Fulvio presented awards to 57 winners across different food categories, judged by a team of more than 70 food journalists, chefs, retailers and bloggers from across Ireland.
All excess food from the two weeks of tastings to select the winning products was donated to the Capuchin Centre for Homeless People.
DPP drops charges
THE DPP has dropped three out of four charges brought against a Dublin-based garda who had been accused of harassing two women.
Donal Maguire (38), with an address at Millbrook Avenue, in Kilbarrack, Dublin, but now living in Bundoran, Co Donegal, has not yet entered a plea in relation to the remaining allegation and was remanded on continuing bail.
The father-of-four appeared again at Dublin District Court where Judge Anthony Halpin was told that the prosecution was withdrawing three charges.
He is still accused of harassing one woman at North Great Clarence Street, in central Dublin, between February 1 and March 19, 2014.
THE Department of Justice dealt with 346 cases concerning international child abduction last year, it has emerged.
And the cases, which included incoming and outgoing applications, related primarily to parental child abductions.
According to figures released yesterday by the Justice Department, 208 of the cases dealt with last year were new applications, while 138 ongoing cases active from previous years.
Of the 208 cases, Ireland made 107 applications concerning children taken to foreign jurisdictions.
A MAJOR garda alert will be in place for the funeral of gangland enforcer Gerard 'Hatchet' Kavanagh which is expected to take place in Dublin as early as next week.
His body is expected to be released to his family by Spanish authorities in the next few days. Kavanagh was shot in a bar in Elviria.