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RTE boss pays tribute as broadcaster Cathal O'Shannon dies, aged 83

The death has taken place of the well-known broadcaster and journalist Cathal O'Shannon. Mr O'Shannon, who was 83, died at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin.

The director general of RTE, Noel Curran, said last night: "Cathal's contribution to RTE Television included some of the great moments in the RTE documentary and factual schedule over the past five decades."

His seminal piece was by his own and many others' reckoning Even The Olives Are Bleeding, in 1976, capturing both the Irish experience in the Spanish Civil War and the broader nature of that very bitter conflict. He was predeceased by his wife Patsy Dyke. See Obituary, Page 33

Man dies, woman injured in house fire

ONE man died and a woman was injured when a fire broke out at their home in Co Galway. They are believed to be a mother and son.

The fire broke out early yesterday at Gilnockie, Lenereevagh, Barna, Co Galway. A 45-year-old man was killed while a 71-year-old woman was taken to University Hospital Galway to be treated for smoke inhalation. They were the only two in the house at the time.

Elderly pedestrian dies after crash

An elderly pedestrian has died after being struck by a motorbike in Galway city on Friday evening. It happened at 6.30pm on the Renmore Road.

The 73-year-old man was seriously injured and was rushed to University Hospital Galway, where he later died of his injuries. He was named by gardai as Tony Wheatley, of Dun Na Mara, Renmore, Galway.

One winner of €2.6m Lotto jackpot

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THERE was one winner of last night's €2,664,608 Lotto jackpot. The winning ticket was sold in Dublin and the numbers were were 4, 10, 21, 32, 43, 44 (bonus 11).

There were no Match 5+bonus winners but there were 32 Match 5s who each win €2,421; 118 Match 4+bonus (€165); 1,907 Match 4s (€63); 2,960 Match 3+bonus (€27); 32,608 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 3, 6, 11, 22, 28, 31 (bonus 2) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 5, 7, 26, 27, 39, 41 (bonus 18).

And in the UK draw for stg£4.1m the numbers were 20, 27, 28, 34 43, 44 (bonus 1).

Death of Irish student still a mystery

INVESTIGATORS have admitted they may never know why Erasmus student Shane O'Connor fell to his death from a Spanish motorway bridge.

The 20-year-old's body was found near the bridge by Zaragoza's A2 motorway at 8am on Friday, October 14.

Police suspect he had seen a Spanish teenager die an hour earlier as he was hit by a car trying to cross the motorway. But the circumstances leading to Shane's death remain a mystery as no witnesses have come forward.

Shane was buried last Friday in his native Boherbue, Co Cork, after his distraught parents Ann Marie and Joe travelled to Spain to bring back his body. An investigating magistrate is still probing his death.

Gardai crack down on firework sales

Gardai and Customs officers are pooling resources along the Border to prevent the large-scale importation of illicit fireworks from Northern Ireland for Halloween festivities.

Gardai and Customs officers set up checkpoints at some border crossings last weekend and vehicles were being searched in a bid to detect the smuggling of the fireworks. It is expected there will also be checkpoints today on cross-border routes leading from markets in the North.

Big wheel record all set to be broken

RTE presenter Brenda Donohue will set a world record today for the longest time spent on a big wheel.

The broadcaster and her student volunteers have spent the last 24 hours on the Dublin Revolver in the docklands in aid of the Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust. Get along to the wheel at 10.30am this morning to join in the fun.

And the Irish Kidney Association's annual charity fun run/walk/jog is organising their 'Run for a Life' to raise awareness about organ donation. It takes place in Park West, Dublin 12, at 12 noon today -- just turn up and run.

Army deployed to deal with explosive

AN Army Bomb Disposal Team made safe an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Crumlin last Friday. The Defence Forces deployed the team to a house at Lismore Road in response to a gardai request. A viable IED was made safe and removed to an army installation for further examination. No controlled explosion was carried out.

All-girl school announces new policy

STANHOPE Street Girls' Secondary School, also known as St Joseph's Secondary School, in the historic area of Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, has announced an inclusive admission policy which means that no girl is turned away on the basis of class, creed, culture or intellectual ability.

The school was highly recommended in a recent report for "the manner in which it appreciates, cares for and supports students" and is now enrolling for 2012/13/14.

Past pupils include the mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and singer/ songwriter Eleanor McEvoy. For further details you can call (01) 671 0419 or email: stanner@dublin.ie

Millions owed to hospitals by insurers

As the HSE struggles to meet budgetary targets and keeps on cutting services, it has emerged that millions of euro owed to hospitals by health insurers remains unclaimed.

By last August, HSE hospitals in the mid-west alone faced a deficit of €12m -- but over €10m owed to the HSE by such insurers as VHI and Aviva has not been claimed.

Health insurance companies do not reimburse hospitals the accommodation costs of private patients treated in public facilities until a consultant has signed off on the overall claims and has provided all the clinical data relating to the individual's treatment.

Company director earl leaves €4m

The last Earl of Dunravan and Mount Earl, Thady Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin has left more than €4m in his will. The Earl, of Kilgobbin House, Adare, Co Limerick, described as a company director, died on March 25 2011. He left the bulk of his estate to his wife, Countess Geraldine, and lands and investments to various family trusts. The Earl, who left estate valued at €4,231,431, also left personal sums to family members and bequeathed €6,000 for upkeep of Adare's Church of Ireland chapel.

Other wills: Paul Funge, artist, of Gorey, but living at Madison Court, Lower Mount St, Dublin, €251,701; John Corrigan, Kilmeague, Naas, Co Kildare, €1,991,878; William Somerville, Castleconnor, Co Sligo, €1,417,897, and Anna Monaghan, Howth Rd, Clontarf, Dublin, €1,163,334.

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

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