Mother and son, 6, die in accidental overnight blaze as sofa catches fire
A SIX-year-old boy and his mother died yesterday in a fire in Navan. Police believe the blaze started accidentally.
After responding to a report of a house fire at the Canterbrook Estate, on the Trim Road, gardai and fire services found the bodies of a 28-year-old woman and her young son, in an upstairs bedroom.
There was nobody else in the house at the time.
Gardai believe that fumes from a smouldering sofa killed the pair as they slept in their home.
Fishing village praises search effort
Hundreds of mourners turned out in Ring, Co Waterford yesterday, for the funeral of Michael Hayes, the captain of the Tit Bonhomme which sank off Glandore last month.
Friends of the Egyptian seamen lost in the Tit Bonhomme tragedy in Glandore Bay, Co Cork, expressed their deepest sympathy to the families of Kevin Kershaw and Mr Hayes.
The whole Egyptian community and crews of west Cork fishing trawlers working out of Union Hall expressed their sincere gratitude that, even though Kevin and Michael's bodies had been recovered, the search continued for the remaining Egyptian crewman missing, Saied aly Eldin, whose body was recovered on Friday.
Man dies in single-vehicle road crash
A 51-year-old man died in a road crash in Co Galway on Friday night.
The man died when the SUV he was driving crashed on the Clifden to Westport road at Doire Na Cloiche at around 10.45pm. There were no other vehicles involved.
Rehab Enterprises cuts 18 workers
Eighteen workers with intellectual, physical or mental disabilities are being "let go" from Rehab Enterprises in Galway, as the downturn claims more victims among the most vulnerable.
Inclusion Ireland, the national association for people with an intellectual disability expressed "disappointment" at the decision of Rehab Enterprises to cut workers. Rehab Enterprises employs 44 staff in the west. The organisation announced a "transition process" which will mean the 18 workers will move to "new opportunities for employment and training".
No winner of €4.3m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €4.3m Lotto jackpot. The winning numbers were 1, 8, 15, 19, 23, 33 (Bonus 5).
There were two Match 5+bonus winners, who each get €125,000; 72 Match 5s (€1,156); 240 Match 4+bonus (€87); 3,064 Match 4s (€42); 5,168 Match 3+bonus (€17); and 46,293 Match 3s (€5 scratchcard). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 4, 7, 15, 22, 29, 41 (bonus 44). The Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 31 (bonus 44).
And in the UK draw for stg£4.1m the numbers were 1, 23, 24, 31, 45, 49 (Bonus 6).
'No children malformed in Chernobyl'
Cancer specialist and Senator John Crown has claimed that no children were "malformed" as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Speaking in the Seanad about the safety of the nuclear industry, Professor Crown said: "I have asked many people how many extra cases of malformed children there were as a result of Chernobyl. The answer is zero. This is not something put out there by crazy, right-wing, pro-nuclear energy activists; these are UN figures. See Page 15
O'Conor to be paper's new agony aunt
Relationship and psychosexual therapist Mary O'Conor is the Sunday Independent's new agony aunt. A member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Mary will be answering readers' letters from next Sunday.
Married to pianist John O'Conor, she will be filling the role sadly vacant since the death of Patricia Redlich last year. "Patricia's are huge shoes to fill. I don't see myself as replacing her," says Mary. See Living, Page 7
Down Syndrome in race for funds
Down Syndrome Ireland will host its annual charity "Night at the Dogs" fundraiser at Dundalk Greyhound Stadium on February 25.
This event is part of Down Syndrome Ireland's nationwide fundraiser which takes place at 10 stadiums across the country. This family fun event is proudly supported by the Irish Greyhound Board.
The ticket line is 1890 373737 or 01 426 6500.
Man to be buried after accident in US
A man who died in the US following a boating accident will be buried in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, today. Padraic Donohoe, 46, from Drumalee, who ran a painting contracting business in the San Francisco area, had gone fishing with two friends on January 26 when their boat overturned in heavy swell.
He was rescued and taken to hospital but died later. Three of his vital organs were donated. He is survived by his mother and eight brothers and sisters. The family own 'The Black Horse Inn' public house in Cavan.
Adams parts company in auction
In a break with tradition, the Dublin auction house James Adams on St Stephen's Green has parted company with Mealy's of Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, this year and will not be joining forces for the annual Independence sale. James Adams will hold its own sale entitled '800 years: Irish Political, Literary & Military History' on April 18. Meanwhile, Mealy's will also have its own auction entitled 'Ireland's Struggle' which will auction Irish and republican memorabilia on April 25 at The Old Cinema, Chatsworth Street in Castlecomer. George Mealy said the parting occurred for commercial reasons.
Wife of ex-AG Kelly dies suddenly
The sudden death has taken place of Delphine Kelly, wife of the late John Kelly who was an Attorney General and minister during the Cosgrave era and a Fine Gael TD for South Dublin.
Mrs Kelly, 72, who lived in Ailesbury Road and later Blackrock, Co Dublin, was a solicitor who came from a prominent legal family in Mallow, Co Cork. She is survived by her five children, musician Nick, David, Alexia, the writer Julia and Bernard. It is believed she died from a heart attack while swimming in the Galapagos Islands.
Former top judge leaves €66,000
The former High Court Judge John Gannon, of Offington Drive, Sutton, Dublin, who died on October 31, 2011, has left €66,088 in his will.
Other wills: Timothy Masterson, farmer, Tinakil, Athy, Co Kildare, €2,016,220; Frank Cullen, director, Maynooth, Co Kildare, €1,919,266; Harold Johnson, Carrigaline, Co Cork, €1,593,594; Patrick Fanning, publican, Tochar House, Roundwood, Co Wicklow, €1,465,039; and Annie Loughrey, Ardaravan, Buncrana, Co Donegal, €1,027,330.
The value of wills include property, including the family home and should not be regarded as cash amounts