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Visitor centre

AS GAA goes global, Ireland's first-ever interactive Gaelic games visitor centre opens in Dublin.

The new centre is the icing on the cake for tour company, Experience Gaelic Games, which has held the number one spot on TripAdvisor for things to do in Dublin, for the last 20 months. Its new headquarters, at Na Fianna GAA club in Glasnevin, was designed by celebrity architect, Dermot Bannon.

And with the state-of-the-art centre it is hoped that more than 10,000 visitors will come through its doors this year alone. Opening the centre, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, said the centre will give people an "unparalleled insight into the world of the GAA".

Stem cell agreement

NUI Galway has signed a research agreement with the Mayo Clinic, the prestigious centre for regenerative medicine in the United States.

The agreement follows years of close co-operation and paves the way for joint research in clinical trials using regenerative therapies. Research projects will focus on a number of key areas of importance for both institutes, including adult stem cell therapy, gene therapy, biomaterials and biomedical engineering.

Shannon rescue

A man and a woman were rescued from the River Shannon in Limerick City in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Emergency services were alerted after the pair were spotted in the water near Steamboat Quay shortly after midnight yesterday.

Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, the Shannon Coastguard Helicopter and crews from Limerick Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene.

A woman was taken to hospital following the incident and has since been released.

Clare collision

Two motorists are recovering in hospital following a collision that has been described as the "freakiest crash". The incident occurred at around 8.45am yesterday at Barntick on the R473 Kildysart road about six kilometres from Ennis.

A Mitsubishi 4x4 vehicle and the cattle trailer it had been towing separated and ended up on opposite sides of the road after colliding with a car.

The female driver of the car, believed to be 40 years old, was initially trapped in her vehicle. The driver of the 4x4 vehicle, a farmer, was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick.

Irish Independent