Woman dies in crash
A WOMAN in her seventies died when the car she was driving crashed into a fence.
Mary Shanahan (73) had left the Dublin-Cork motorway at junction 5 near the village of Two-Mile Borris, Co Tipperary, less than a minute before the crash. Ms Shanahan, from Thurles, died at the scene. A passenger in her Renault Megane car, a woman aged in her 80s, was uninjured. Gardai appealed for witnesses.
NUIG POINTS AWARD
THE battle between universities to attract top young sports people intensified yesterday after NUI Galway confirmed that it would award 'Performance Points' to prospective students.
The Galway university will award 40 CAO performance points to a limited number of athletes applying for undergraduate courses and who meet strict criteria in specific sports.
TRUE BLUE BUS TOUR
TOURISTS visiting the capital are to get a fuller experience as Dublin's hop-on, hop-off tour buses head north of O'Connell Street for the first time.
Up to 700,000 people will be brought through the northside, taking in sights like Croke Park, Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum and the National Botanic Gardens. Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar launched the new sightseeing service yesterday, which will be known as the 'True Blue' route. It will be open to the public from next Monday.
KILLARNEY MOST PRICEY
KILLARNEY was the most expensive place in Ireland to stay last year, with tourists charged an average of €106 for a hotel room.
Room rates across the country rose by 4pc to an average of €94 per night, but travellers paid more in the popular Co Kerry town because of its strong supply of four- and five-star accommodation.
The Hotels.com price index found Limerick was Ireland's best-value destination, at an average of €68 per night.
HOUSE FIRE APPEAL
GARDAI have detained a man in his 50s in connection with a house fire yesterday. The fire broke out in a terraced house at Cois Má Avenue, Croom, Co Limerick. A man and a woman, believed to be brother and sister, live at the house but they were not injured.
Gardai are treating the fire as suspicious and are conducting forensic examinations of the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact Newcastle West gardai on 06962111.