White Christmas ruled out with the big day forecast to be bright but cold
IT definitely won't be a white Christmas – more of an uneventful one with some frost and heavy rain.
"There's nothing special about the weather [over the festive break]," said John Eagleton of Met Eireann. "There will be a bit of frost on Christmas morning and there will be some heavy rain on St Stephen's Day."
He said that in the south, Bandon was threatened with flooding. "There won't be a single rain event of major proportions. However, areas will have a problem drying out," he said. Christmas Eve will be a bright, cool day, while Christmas Day will be a bright, cold day with sunny spells and a few wintry showers affecting north and west coastal areas. St Stephen's Day will be dry in most areas, but rain and strong winds will spread from the Atlantic later in the day and overnight to all areas, raising temperatures.
Mysterious seal deaths being probed
THE mysterious deaths of 12 seals, two porpoises and one dolphin – some of them decapitated – off the south-east coast is being investigated by the Irish Seal Sanctuary.
The sanctuary has called for swift action by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) after the discovery of another four decapitated seals in Tramore, Co Waterford, on Friday afternoon. "We're calling for the NPWS, as the responsible statutory authority, to act quickly to investigate the deaths," said Johnny Woodlock, spokesman for the Irish Seal Sanctuary.
Two arrests in latest cannabis seizure
Two men of Vietnamese origin were being questioned by gardai yesterday following the seizure of cannabis plants with an estimated street value of €1m in west Dublin.
The seizure on Friday evening follows finds at similar industrial-scale "grow houses" at six locations around the country in a major operation by the Garda National Drugs Unit. Gardai put the overall value of the drugs seized, including Friday night's, at €5.6m.
Gardai said two men, in their 30s and 40s, were arrested. The latest seizure was in an industrial unit at Knockmitten Lane, off the Nangor Road, in Dublin. As a part of the same Operation Nitrogen, gardai arrested eight men earlier in the week, all of Chinese origin. Seven have appeared in court.
Radio executive Halpenny steps down
Patrick Halpenny has stepped down as chief executive of the Communicorp Group which runs a number of radio stations, including Newstalk and Today FM. He has been a senior figure in the radio business for the past 16 years, having previously worked for Continental AG and as financial controller of WR Jacob & Co.
UK's new chief rabbi served in Ireland
The former Chief Rabbi of Ireland, Ephraim Mirvis, has been confirmed as the new Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom. South African-born Mirvis served as a rabbi in Adelaide Road, in Dublin, for three years before becoming Chief Rabbi in Ireland from 1985 until 1992. He was appointed head of the orthodox United Synagogues in Britain.
Successful examinerships save 40 jobs
Forty jobs have been protected following the successful conclusion of three examinerships this week. The companies involved were Trade Facilitate, Turfcare Group and Wexford-based Chevron Training and Development Ltd.
"These three cases reflect the appropriate use of an efficient examinership process to protect SMEs that require protection from their creditors in order to restructure their affairs," said Barry Lyons of Lyons Kenny solicitors.
Brand strategy firm wins top award
Millward Brown was named Marketing Insight Agency of the Year at Marketing Week's awards ceremony in London recently. The Irish arm of the WPP-owned agency, Millward Brown Ireland, will celebrate 50 years in business next year.
"Millward Brown Ireland has been our insight partner for a number of years and we regard them as among the best brand strategists in the country," said John Harkin, chief executive of the Boyne Valley Group.
Petrol bombs follow Leinster game
Two petrol bombs were thrown at police in east Belfast after Leinster played Ulster at Ravenhill. The PRO12 league game was staged while main roads leading to the ground were blocked by Loyalists protesting at the removal of the Union flag from Belfast City Hall three weeks ago.
Over 50 'flag protests' took place on Friday evening across the North with most passing off without incident.
No winner of €3.6m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €3,654,288 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 26, 32, 35, 38, 39, 42 (bonus 12).
There was one Match 5+bonus winner who will get €25,000; 39 Match 5s (€1,956); 95 Match 4+bonus (€201); 1,942 Match 4s (€61); 2,692 Match 3+bonus (€29); and 31,632 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 10, 13, 24, 25, 30, 35 (bonus 11). The Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 32, 36, 37, 43, 44, 45 (bonus 3). And in the UK draw for a £4m prize, the numbers were 4, 14, 28, 34, 43, 44 (bonus 13).
Witnesses to fatal collision sought
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to a collision at Bishopstown, Cork, last Tuesday, in which an 82-year-old pedestrian was injured and later died. The incident happened at around 5pm on Melbourne Road. The woman died at Cork University Hospital on Friday. Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai at Bishopstown on 021-462 4500, or on the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
Retired farmer leaves €17m in will
A retired Dublin farmer, Patrick Michael Gaffney, of The Hill, Malahide, who died on January 12, 2012, has left €17,323,093 in his will. Other wills: Nowell Treacy, a businesswoman of Sycamore Grove, Gort, Co Galway, who died on July 11, 2011, left €2,277,341; Bernadette McArdle, formerly of Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow, who died on July 21, 2011, left €1,550,769; Marie Meaney, a retired pharmacy proprietor of Main Street, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, who died on June 16 last, left €1,349,833; Deirdre Arigho, of Greenfield Road, Sutton, Dublin, who died on December 16, 2011, left €975,295; and Stephen J Legg, a retired clerical officer of Granville Road, Newtownpark Ave, Blackrock, Co Dublin, left €964,832.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts.