Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ronan and Yvonne Keating back on track after time together in Australia

Boyzone singer Ronan Keating's marriage is back on track, following a period of reconciliation in Australia with his wife Yvonne, according to reports from Down Under.

Keating, 33, arrived there in June with his 12-year marriage in tatters, amid revelations that he had had an affair with 26-year-old blonde backing dancer Francine Cornell. But Keating said this weekend that being away from home and the constant headlines had given them both room to see if their love could win through.

"We've been left to our own devices but we are now a happy family,'' he said. "It's all good, thank God.''

Keating had been on the brink of losing Yvonne after a seven-month fling with Cornell but spending a month in Sydney with Yvonne, 36, and their three children -- Jack, 11, Marie, nine, and Ali, four -- while he filmed X Factor in Australia gave them time to work out their differences.

Ryanair apologises for 24-hour delay

Ryanair last night apologised to passengers delayed almost 24 hours in Rome, following the cancellation of one of its flights to Dublin due to a technical fault.

Angry passengers yesterday said they had been supposed to fly out from Rome's Ciampino Airport at 9pm on Friday but their flight was delayed. A second replacement flight due to leave at 3.30pm yesterday was also cancelled, furious passengers said.

Irishman breaks Atlantic oar record

RAY Carroll, 33, from Galway, was among a British-led rowing team that broke a 114-year-old record for crossing the North Atlantic from New York to the Isles of Scilly.

The challenge team, skippered by Leven Brown, 37, from Edinburgh, crossed the finishing line at St Mary's Harbour at around 4pm yesterday. Their time -- 43 days, 21 hours and 26 minutes and 48 seconds -- knocked 11 days off the 55-day record set by Norwegian fishermen George Harbo and Frank Samuelson in 1896.

Body identified as missing Dublin man

HUMAN remains found in woodland in the Wicklow Mountains are believed to be of a young Tallaght man, Paul Byrne, who was abducted and murdered a year ago. It is understood that an identification of items (thought to be a bracelet and set of keys) was made on Friday evening.

The remains were discovered while forestry workers were clearing ground at a remote speak at Ballyfolan near Manor Kilbride above Blessington last Thursday. The garda search began after they were alerted about the discovery of a human skull.

Mr Byrne was aged 20 and the father of two children. His partner, Martina McQuillan, was pregnant at the time he disappeared and gave birth to a daughter in February.

British criminal sought over bar killing

The search was continuing yesterday for the Englishman named by Spanish police in a European arrest warrant in connection with the murder of Dublin man John O'Neill who died after a gunman opened fire on a group of Irish people at a Costa del Sol bar.

The man named by the Spanish authorities -- Darren O'Flaherty, 35, from Liverpool -- is already wanted by police in England on kidnapping and robbery charges. He had previously served five years for wounding a man. He was described as one of Britain's "most wanted" men on the BBC's Crimewatch programme last year

The Englishman absconded and is believed to have been living in a rented apartment near Coco's Bar in Benalmadena where Mr O'Neill, a father of two from Coolock, was killed in the early hours of last Wednesday.

No winner of €2.7m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €2,710,514 Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 10, 21, 29, 38, 42, 44 (bonus 11).

There were two Match 5+bonus winners, who each receive €25,000; 48 Match 5s (€1,727); 99 Match 4+bonus (€209); 2,029 Match 4s (€63); 2,872 Match 3+bonus (€30); and 34,166 Match 3s (€5 scratchcard).

The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 9, 10, 13, 17, 23, 39 (bonus 42) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 12, 20, 23, 36, 39, 42 (bonus 41).

In the UK draw for stg£7m, the numbers were 10, 24, 30, 33, 40, 45 (bonus 16).

Ginnity 'not amused' by cabaret jibes

Comedian Noel V Ginnity wasn't laughing when he tuned into RTE radio's Mooney show last Thursday. The veteran entertainer felt the reputation of the Burlington Hotel's former Traditional Irish Cabaret-- where he made his name as a gag master and which was a mainstay of Irish tourism for decades -- was being shredded on the afternoon show.

Mr Ginnity, 72, told the Sunday Independent: "I couldn't believe my ears. The cabaret at the Burlington was being portrayed as old-fashioned and entertainers like me and Hal Roche were being disrespected.

"They were basically plugging the new show in the Burlington which is called Celtic Rising and they were all saying the new show was not like the old-fashioned stuff in the Burlington that we did. You would think there was a smell off us. I mean, professionally.

"Hal Roche was a pain in my side. He was the competition but he was brilliant at what he did. He got more people to Ireland than Bord Failte," Mr Ginnity said. He now fronts the Traditional Irish Cabaret at the award-winning Taylor's Three Rock near Marlay Park.

During the show Derek Mooney admitted that he didn't like Irish traditional cabaret which he described as "a bit twee" though he did say that Hal Roche was "excellent".

An RTE spokesman rejected Mr Ginnity's claims. He said: "Derek Mooney did not at any stage make reference to Mr Ginnity, either directly or by inference.

"The only reference to Mr Ginnity in the programme was made by a representative of the tourism sector, where Mr Ginnity's current show was mentioned as being of potential interest to tourists. This was, in effect, a positive plug for Mr Ginnity's show."

Airport officials find €12,000 in briefs

Around €12,000 in cash was found hidden in the underwear of an Italian man who was about to fly from Belfast to Rome on Friday.

Officials found large denomination pound and euro notes when they searched the man. The money will be returned if he can prove it came from a legitimate source.

The man chose not to travel on the flight.

Business manager leaves €2.5m in will

Thomas G O'Neill, a retired manager, formerly of Castle Dawson, Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co Dublin, has left €2,562,607 in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.

Other wills: Doreen Nolan, managing director, Hazeldene, Anglesea Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, €2,534,163; Margaret 'Rita' Powell, company director, Springfield Park, Foxrock, Dublin, €2,429,522; Cyril P Stritch, jeweller and property developer, Kallaroo, Western Australia, €1,500,000; Daniel Murray, farmer, Moate, Co Westmeath, €1,516,195; Brigid Nyham, housewife, Hollybank Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, €1,103,790; and Sean Kearns, farmer, Rathvilly, Co Carlow, left €895,809.

The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.

Sunday Independent

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