Sunday 17 December 2017

Man trapped after fall

New water protests

AN elderly man is recovering in hospital after he got wedged between a tree and a wall following a fall. The incident happened at around 2pm yesterday at Ballina, Co Tipperary close to a mooring area on the River Shannon.

The man, believed to be in his early 70s, had been travelling with his wife and others on a tour bus that had stopped in Ballina for a river cruise. He was treated at the scene before being moved by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick. While the man is known to have suffered a head injury, it is believed he was not seriously hurt.

IRISH Water has been hit by another novel protest by anti-water charge campaigners who are now filling in meter excavations with concrete.

Gerard Murphy, a resident of Maurland estate in Carrigaline, had repeatedly warned that he did not want a meter installed outside his home. With the support of the campaign group, Fliuch, he used cement yesterday to fill in a hole that had been excavated in the footpath outside his home by contractors.

GARDAI have warned traders at farmers' markets to be vigilant after a raid on one of the largest events in Cork.

Thieves targeted a number of traders at Wilton farmers' market and managed to escape with their takings. The thefts were described as opportunistic, with the raiders keeping the stall under surveillance and then stealing the trader's takings when they were distracted with a customer. It is understood that several thousand euro was taken.

THE new Wild Atlantic Way has been credited with delivering an increase in tourist numbers in coastal areas. Loop Head Lighthouse in Clare has confirmed its visitor numbers have increased by 4pc this year – with tourists split almost evenly between domestic visitors and those from overseas.

The 19th Century lighthouse saw its overseas visitor numbers dominated by tourists from North America (10pc), Germany (9pc) and the UK (6pc).

In a table on technology prices in yesterday's paper, the Microsoft Office Professional was listed as costing €15.03 in Ireland.

The correct figure is €415.03, which is €117.20 more expensive than what it costs in the US.

Irish Independent

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