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Winners collect €12m

THE country's latest multi-millionaires have collected their huge €12m Lotto win.

The lucky Donegal couple, who have chosen to remain anonymous, visited the Lotto headquarters in Dublin to collect their winnings yesterday and said that they were "on cloud nine". The winning ticket was purchased in the American House store in Bundoran just hours before the draw.

One of the victims of a fatal collision involving two motorbikes has been named locally as Ferdinand Waidel, a 55-year-old German national who had been living in Clare for about 14 years.

The accident happened on the N67 Lisdoonvarna to Ennistymon road, Co Clare, at around 6.45pm on Thursday. The second victim was part of a group of six holidaymakers from Chile. Ricardo Godoy (53) is understood to have been the leader of a motorcycle chapter and was the host of a cable television motorcycle show called 'Mototematicos'.

Roscommon native Chris O'Dowd and Cork actress Sarah Greene will both walk the red carpet tomorrow night at this year's 68th Tony Awards in New York's Radio City Musical Hall.

O'Dowd received a nomination for best performance by an actor in a leading role for his moving portrayal of Lennie Small in Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'. Greene received a nomination for best actress in a featured role for 'The Cripple of Inishmaan', in which Daniel Radcliffe has the leading role.

ARTS Minister Jimmy Deenihan is seeking applications for a range of positions at the National Gallery of Ireland – but none of them are paid.

Mr Deenihan published an advert on his department's website looking for a range of skill sets for non-executive positions on the gallery's Board of Governors and Guardians. While the advert does not state how many positions are sought, financial, legal, business, communications and fundraising skills are required for all applicants.

ALMOST half of gay men have reported receiving at least one form of homophobic abuse in the last year.

Results from a 'Homophobic Abuse' study, which had 2,610 respondents from across the 32 counties, and published in the fourth Man2Man Report, were presented at the annual Gay Health Forum in Dublin Castle yesterday.

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