Two Ryanair flights diverted
IRELAND's aviation regulator last night said it has no concerns about Ryanair's safety record after it was forced to divert twice at the weekend due to technical problems.
A flight from Bristol to Barcelona and another from Paris to Tenerife were diverted following technical problems. In both cases, the diversion resulted in minor delays and "emergency services were neither requested nor required", Ryanair said.
Irish mayor is awarded OBE
AN Irishman who is Liberal Democrat mayor of Sutton in south-west London has been awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth.
Kilkenny native Sean Brennan (58) has been honoured for his 26 years of service on his local council borough, where he served for several years as leader. Mr Brennan said he was surprised and delighted to receive the royal honour.
Lottery winner's sights on Vegas
A TRIP to Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the world, could be on the cards, said the the delighted woman who won the top prize in a draw to mark the National Lottery's 25th anniversary.
Margaret Martin (43), from McAuley Place, Kilkenny city, watched Jedward pull her name out as the winner of €250,000 top prize. One hundred lucky winners shared in a €1m fund. The prizes ranged from €5,000 to €40,000 and a €35,000 Volkswagen CC.
New push for church reform
PLANS to overhaul the manner in which the Catholic Church operates were discussed at a groundbreaking conference last week.
Over 200 priests, bishops and lay people spent three days discussing "renewal and reform" at the 2012 National Pastoral Conference in Athlone, Co Westmeath. Speakers emphasised the need for a new, less authoritarian model of the church.
10,000 women in run for charity
MORE than 10,000 women donned their running shoes yesterday to raise funds for charity in the 31st Cork Women's Mini-Marathon.
The four-mile mini-marathon kicked off at 1pm at Centre Park Road in Cork city and finished in Kennedy Park. Organisers expect to raise more than €1m for local charities. Among the participants were hundreds of women who took part in the challenge to raise funds for the Friends of Marymount Hospice.