Balcony fall death
A young Irish man has died after falling from a balcony in Naples. The 24-year-old, who is believed to be from Sandycove, south Dublin, was reportedly working in the southern Italian coastal city as an English teacher.
The tragedy took place on Saturday. It is understood that he initially survived the plunge from the balcony but died later of his injuries in hospital.
A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the department is providing assistance to the man's family.
COAST Guard officials have again expressed concern after children were found off the Co Dublin coast in a supermarket dinghy last night.
"This is another example of what's being encountered by our Coast Guard boats during this warm weather spell," said a Coast Guard spokesman.
"It is a cheap dinghy with the occupants wearing swimming armbands as a floatation aid. They were taken aboard for their own safety and brought back to Howth harbour."
AWARD-winning novelist John Banville will join the ranks of fellow writers TS Eliot and William S Burroughs who have been inducted into France's prestigious Ordre des Arts et Lettres.
The Wexford-born writer will be named a Knight in the order at a special ceremony at the residence of the French ambassador to Ireland Jean-Pierre Thebault today.
Mr Banville's works include the 2005 Man Booker Prize-winning novel "The Sea".
A LEADING charity for old age pensioners has had its busiest year so far as it said elderly people are struggling more than ever on the State pension.
Some 290,000 people availed of services provided by advocacy group Age Action in 2013, the highest figure in its 21-year history.
This included more than 22,000 DIY jobs, befriending visits and phone calls and 2,300 queries for information.