Sweet music for RNLI
THE RNLI is celebrating an €11,000 boost after the family of the late blues legend, Rory Gallagher, made them the beneficiaries of a unique music memorabilia auction.
Ballycotton RNLI received what was hailed as "a phenomenal donation" after the guitarist's brother, Donal Gallagher, made them the beneficiaries of the sale of rock memorabilia.
The auction, handled by Whyte's, involved material associated with the Donegal-born but Cork-raised legend who many consider to be one of the greatest blues guitarists in history.
A total of €7,500 was raised at the auction.
GARDAI CLOSE IN ON THIEF
GARDAI believe they have identified at least one person involved in the robbery of €10,000 from an elderly woman in Cork.
The robbery saw the 65-year-old woman and her 40- year-old disabled daughter tied up in their Mahon home last Monday night.
The three raiders, two of whom were masked, escaped with €10,000 in the woman's savings.
Blackrock gardai said they are pleased with the public response to their appeal for information and have now identified one prime suspect.
€40,000 DRUGS HAUL
OVER €40,000 worth of heroin, cannabis and amphetamines have been uncovered by Tipperary gardai.
The drugs were seized during a raid on a house in Thurles by uniformed gardai and members of the Divisional Drugs Unit.
A man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s were arrested under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act (1996) and were taken for questioning to Thurles Garda Station. They can be detained for up to seven days.
Gardai said their investigation is ongoing and further arrests cannot be ruled out.
INDIE FESTIVAL KICKS-OFF
THE Indiependence music festival opens in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, tomorrow and is set to attract a record crowd.
The festival, which runs until Sunday, is Ireland's fastest growing 'indie' event.
Headline acts this year will include Fun Lovin Criminals, Delorentos, Damien Dempsey, Hozier and the Sultans of Ping. The festival will also feature a comedy stage and 'silent disco' tent.
'Indiependence' emerged from a series of free music events staged annually in Mitchelstown during the 1990s.
It annually attracts almost 15,000 music fans.