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No foul play in pensioner's death

FOUL play has been ruled out in the death of a pensioner whose body was discovered in her home yesterday. The body of the 68-year-old woman was discovered in her home off Primrose Hill, Tower, Co Cork, shortly before 4am.

The alarm was raised after neighbours became concerned about the woman's welfare after she had not been seen for several days. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was taken to Cork University Hospital.

Hunt for conmen who stole €20,000

GARDAI are investigating the theft of €20,000 from an elderly couple after two men posing as workmen gained access to their home saying they were calling to fix the water mains. They fled the house on the Hillview estate in Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, with a safe containing cash.

Gardai said the men may have been driving a large, navy car with the registration details '00 D'.

George hooks Haiti volunteers

broadcaster George Hook has urged people to volunteer for a house-building mission to the poorest country in the western hemisphere. The Haven charity is aiming to bring 250 volunteers to Haiti in April and another 250 volunteers in October.

As part of this recruitment drive, Haven is holding a series of information meetings in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Athlone over the next two weeks.

€1,500 for a few punnets of spuds

A FEW punnets of spuds fetched an incredible €1,500 at auction yesterday, not due to massive inflation but for a good cause. The spuds were a bit special, being the first new potatoes of the season.

The 10 punnets were auctioned by one of the country's biggest potato growers, Country Quest, in aid of their local hospice, St Francis' Hospice in Raheny, north Dublin.

Apology -- Sheryl Lewis

In an article in the Irish Independent on October 15, 2007, under the headline 'Mystery woman was stabbed', it was suggested that Ms Sheryl Lewis had been living a lavish lifestyle since her divorce from Darren Lewis and that she had lost custody of her son. We now accept that Ms Lewis gave up custody of her son voluntarily, acting in her son's interests, and that she has not lived a lavish lifestyle since her divorce. We are happy to correct this error and apologise to Ms Lewis for the distress and embarrassment caused.

Irish Independent