Wednesday 18 September 2019

Student (22) dies after fall in New York

The Medical Examiner in New York will determine the cause of the death of Irish student Ciaran O'Boyle. He died in the city last Tuesday. Police said the 22-year-old student from Aughadegnan, Co Longford had injuries consistent with a fall from an elevated height. The investigation did not appear to involve criminality and was ongoing.Ciaran, a computer science student at University College, Dublin, was due to graduate in October.

Transplant athletes win 50 medals

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The 38 members of Transplant Team Ireland returned home yesterday from the World Transplant Games in Newcastle, England. All competitors had received a donor organ in the past. They won 50 medals, including 17 golds, 18 silvers and 15 bronzes, earning them 11th place on the leader board out of 56 countries.

Appeal for witnesses after assault

Gardai appealed for witnesses to a serious assault in Watergate Street in Navan at around 3am yesterday. A 21-year-old man was in critical condition following his transfer from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

Presentation of O'Connell death mask

The death mask of Daniel O'Connell -who was known as the Liberator - was presented to the Office of Public Works (OPW) yesterday by the Countess of Dunraven.

O'Connell campaigned for Catholic emancipation and against the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland during his political career in the early 19th century. His death mask has been in the custodianship of the Dunraven family for more than 160 years. It will go on display at Derrynane House in Co Kerry, the family home of O'Connell, which is dedicated to his life and achievements.

Tracker time-limit objections 'must end'

Banks should no longer make "time limit" objections to the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman taking on complaints relating to the tracker mortgages scandal, said Fianna Fail finance spokesperson Michael McGrath TD. He said: "Given that the €1bn tracker scandal was of the banks' own making, it is galling for customers that some banks are using a statutory time limit to seek to deny customers the right to have their case independently examined."

Death of Irish country singer Jim Tobin

Former country singer Jim Tobin, lead singer with The Firehouse showband, has died. A native of Skryne, Co Meath, he was lead singer with the band from 1969 until his retirement from showbusiness in 1982.

He was renowned for his mastery of Jim Reeves songs. The band's Welcome John Paul went to No 1 in 1979.

"He was a pioneer of the country music we have today," said former TD and senator Donie Cassidy, who recruited him to the band. Mr Tobin was diagnosed with motor-neurone disease 18 months ago. He is survived by his two daughters, Avril and Yvonne.

No winner of €2m Lotto jackpot

There was no winner of last night's €2m Lotto draw. The numbers drawn were 5, 6, 8, 16, 29, 46 (bonus 21). Plus One numbers were: 8, 13, 16, 24, 27, 42 (bonus 43). Plus Two numbers were: 15, 17, 24, 30, 31, 42 (bonus 46). The raffle number was 0216.

Dublin woman left €4.9m in her will

A Dublin housewife, Mary Burke of St Thomas Road, Mount Merrion, who died on September 29, 2018, has left €4,946,868 in her will. Other wills: Nuala McCrann, nurse, of Pointe Boise, Salthill, Galway, left €1,860,279; Michael Murphy, architect, Park Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin, left €1,726,562; Fionnuala Nicholson, teacher, Terenure Road East, Dublin, left €1,270,445; Arlene Palmer, tourism advisor, Ballincar, Co Sligo, left €1,245,505; Laura Kay, housewife, Belgrave Square, Monkstown, Dublin, left €1,200,000; John Byrne, Guinness staff, Ennistown, Ratoath, Dublin, left €1,047,216; Mary Cummins, homemaker, Meath Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, left €1,045,017; Michael Watt, auditor, of Northland Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin, left €1,104,234 and James Nolan, a meteorological officer of Carne, Belmullet, Co Mayo, left €916,229.

The value of estates may include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.

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