New culture chief
Limerick City of Culture has appointed a director for its board three months after the resignation of Pat Cox's former adviser from the €120,000 role.
Head of Limerick School of Art and Design, Mike Fitzpatrick, who has acted as the interim chief, was announced as the director yesterday. Patricia Ryan resigned as director on January 5 after it emerged her position was not advertised.
€70K FOR SHOP FALL
A MAN who was on crutches when he slipped on a wet supermarket floor has been awarded €70,000. Graham Murphy was recovering from complex hip surgery when the accident happened at Dunnes Stores, Redmond Square, Wexford.
Mr Murphy, who is in his 40s, from Bishopswater, Co Wexford, had sued Dunnes as a result of the fall on January 26, 2012. He claimed the defendant was negligent. Dunnes denied the claims.
STORE BLAZE PROBE
GARDA forensic experts are investigating the cause of a fire at a furniture store in Co Offaly. The blaze broke out at McGreal's Furniture Store on JKL Street in Edenderry at around 4am and caused extensive damage to the building.
A garda spokesman said the matter remained under investigation and the cause of the fire had yet to be determined.
OLYMPIC BOSS ROLE
THE head of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Pat Hickey, has been appointed as a troubleshooter for the International Olympic committee. Mr Hickey was selected for the new role as head of the IOC's Olympic Autonomy Commission.
The commission was established to act as a trouble-shooter between the IOC and Olympic committees in countries facing political or other interference from governments or other bodies in which corruption, doping or illegal gambling pose a threat to their participation in the games.
BARRY WEAVES MAGIC
HE taught Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson a trick or two for 'Now You See Me' and now mentalist Keith Barry has been lined up to return to Hollywood for the sequel of the blockbuster film. The 37-year-old has been asked to help out on the set of the forthcoming follow-up to the heist movie.
Father-of-two Barry spent time last year with lead actor Harrelson, as well as his co-stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Jessie Eisenberg, dishing out some advice on how to accurately portray certain scenes that involved magical stunts.