President and husband escape injury after car crash near holiday home
President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin escaped uninjured when their official car was involved in a car crash yesterday afternoon.
The President's car collided with another vehicle at a junction in the townland of Woodbrook near the President's holiday home in Cootehall, Co Roscommon.
The garda driver and the driver of the other car also escaped without injury, according to a spokesman for the President. It is understood that the accident occurred just after 2pm yesterday and the President was not on official duty at the time. Gardai are investigating.
Toddler dies in dreadful tragedy
A 13-MONTH-OLD girl died when a car driven by her father reversed over her. It happened on Friday shortly after 8.30pm outside the back of little Lisa Gallagher's home in Drumardagh, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
Adrian Gallagher had been outside mowing the lawn when he decided to move the car. He believed the little girl was inside the house -- but the child, who learned to walk only recently, suddenly re-entered the yard.
Adrian and his wife Carmel have a son and she is expecting a third child within weeks. The couple are from Falcarragh and recently moved to Letterkenny.
Body of missing German recovered
THE body of a man recovered from the sea in Co Clare last night is believed to be that of a male German tourist whose rental car was found abandoned near the Cliffs of Moher last week.
The discovery was made at about 7pm by two women out walking. They contacted gardai, and the Kilkee Marine Rescue Service recovered the body a short time later.
A search had begun when a car hired by the 44-year-old German was found abandoned at Derreen, just south of the cliffs. The car was reported to gardai on Thursday but is believed to have been there for a number of days.
Top honours for two media lawyers
SOLICITOR Simon McAleese of Simon McAleese and Company has been named as the Dublin Media Lawyer of the Year, while Tony Williams of the same firm has been named Defamation Lawyer of the Year in awards compiled by Best Lawyers.
Best Lawyers, the oldest, most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, compiles its lists of top practitioners by conducting peer-review surveys.
Crewman airlifted after heart attack
A crewman from a British fishing vessel was yesterday airlifted to hospital in Limerick after suffering a suspected heart attack.
The 61-year-old was first transferred to a Spanish hospital ship on Friday. That vessel requested an airlift of the patient, which was carried out by the Shannon Coastguard helicopter yesterday. He was transferred for treatment to the Mid-West Regional Hospital in Limerick.
New Bishop of Clogher to be ordained
The episcopal consecration of the Bishop-Elect of Clogher, Monsignor Liam McDaid, is to take place this afternoon at St Macartan's Cathedral in Monaghan town.
The new bishop takes over from Bishop Joseph Duffy, who has spent the past 30 years in charge of the sprawling cross-border diocese, which extends from Co Monaghan, across Co Fermanagh through Co Tyrone to Co Donegal. Monsignor McDaid, 65, said he was "deeply humbled and honoured to be chosen for this difficult ministry".
One winner in south of €2m Lotto
ONE winner in the south scooped last night's €2m Lotto jackpot. The numbers were: 5, 11, 18, 22, 27, 28 (bonus 8).
There were five Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25,000; 90 Match 5s (€901); 239 Match 4+bonus (€85); 3,311 Match 4s (€38); 5,160 Match 3+bonus (€16); and 48,036 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 3, 4, 8, 12, 14, 38 (bonus 6) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 10, 18, 22, 28, 35, 37 (bonus 38).
In the UK draw for stg£6.5m, the numbers were 24, 26, 33, 35, ,43, 44 (bonus 27).
U2 giving old songs new R&B twist
U2 are reworking some of their old songs with American R&B singer Dave Hollister, it has been reported.
Former BLACKstreet member Hollister wrote on his Twitter website: "In the studio working with U2! Man I'm excited! Bono baby!!!!!!!!!!!!"
When U2 fans asked Hollister which songs were part of the mystery project, he replied Grace and All I Want Is You. U2 will tour Europe next month following Bono's recovery from back surgery.
Irish Party MP's daughter funeral
The funeral took place in Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath, yesterday of Lady Heather Prichard Jones, the first wife (divorced in 1950) of John Prichard Jones of Allenswood House, Lucan, Co Dublin.
Heather was the last surviving child of Walter Nugent, who lived at Multyfarnham and was Irish Party MP for South Westmeath from 1907 to 1918.
It is believed that she was the last surviving child of a member of the Irish Parliamentary Party. In her later life she lived in London and was president of the Westmeath County Association there.
Hundreds bid farewell to Israeli envoy
MORE than 250 Jews and Christians packed the Synagogue Hall in Terenure last Thursday to honour Israel and say a big thank you to the departing Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, Zion Evrony, who finishes his ambassadorial posting here next month.
Ambassador Zion Evrony said the key priority for Israel was face-to-face negotiations with the Palestinians, which would afford Israel security and legitimacy.
Columnist to chair writing discussion
Sunday Independent columnist Eamon Delaney will introduce a panel discussion as part of the Hewitt International Summer School in Armagh on Tuesday, starting at 4.15pm. Among those who will talk about writing to their fathers are Blake Morrison. He will be joined by authors Tim Brannigan and Malachi O'Doherty.
Bruton snr leaves close to €6m in will
Matthew J Bruton, father of former Taoiseach John and and Fine Gael education spokesman Richard, has left close to €6m in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week. Mr Bruton of Newtown, Dunboyne, Co Meath, who died on February 27, 2009, was a large farmer. He left estate valued in total at €5,791,359. He left his residence to his wife, Doris Mary, and divided his estate between his three children, Mary, John and Richard, as well as leaving €50,000 to each of his grandchildren in trust.
Other wills: Hannah Mary 'Essie' O'Connell, widow, Kilumney House, Kilumney, Co Cork, €14,187,858; Josephine McManamon, widow, Monksland, Athlone, Co Roscommon, €1,737,596; Mairin Hope, widow, Westminister Rd, Foxrock, Co Dublin, €1,687,649; Margaret Smith, farmer Johnstown Lower, Arklow, Co Wicklow, €1,648,786.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts