Old cottage destroyed
A thatched cottage hundreds of years old was destroyed in an early morning blaze.
Mattie Keogh (80), who lived alone in the 300-year-old house, was rescued by his nephew from the blazing cottage at Rathcorrick, less than two miles from Cavan town, at about 6am. Four fire engine crews from Cavan and Belturbet fought the flames which destroyed the cottage.
A man who fell from his kayak into a Co Tipperary river was flown by helicopter to hospital after being rescued from the fast-flowing currents.
A volunteer lifeboat crew with Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat managed to pull the 28-year-old man from the Nenagh river yesterday afternoon. Gardai and firefighters had tried unsuccessfully to rescue him and alerted the lifeboat crew. The river was strewn with debris from bad weather.
IRISH film 'Noble', based on the life story of a charity campaigner, has picked up a prestigious international award. The film, directed by Stephen Bradley, won the top jury prize at the 29th Annual Santa Barbara Film Festival.
The film follows the work of charity campaigner Christina Noble and stars comedian Deirdre O'Kane, Ruth Negga, Sarah Greene, Mark Huberman, Pauline McLynn and Liam Cunningham. The work premiered at the festival on January 31 and was awarded The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema yesterday.
THE family of missing teenager Fiona Sinnott have pledged they will not give up the search for her as they marked the 16th anniversary of her disappearance with a memorial walk.
Fiona was just 19 when she disappeared. She was last seen as she left a pub in Broadway, Co Wexford, on February 9, 1998. At the time of her disappearance, she was mum to baby Emma, aged just 11 months.
MATER ON MOVE
THE final transfer of patients to a new €284m development at the Mater Hospital in Dublin is due to begin today. The relocation will take place over two weeks with elective surgery scheduled to begin in the new building from February 24.
The new public facility is to include 12 operating theatres, 120 one-bed, en suite rooms, new Emergency and Outpatients departments, a modern Radiology Department and a 444-space underground car park.