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¤5.6m boost for Kilkenny

Kilkenny is to get a ¤5.6m makeover to help boost visitor numbers.

Plans include a new exhibition centre in St Mary's Church and a garden walk along the River Nore which will link Kilkenny Castle with the canal walk.

The medieval city's streets will also get an overhaul to make them more attractive for holidaymakers.

Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar revealed details of the scheme as part of a Failte Ireland funding package.

Rivers tops comedy bill

US comedian Joan Rivers will be among a host of high-profile acts performing at the UK Prince's Trust comedy gala.

The comedy extravaganza, taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on November 28, will raise funds for the youth charity's work with disadvantaged young people across the UK.

"I am thrilled that at my age -- three years after death -- I am able to help disadvantaged young people get their lives back on track," Rivers said.

US spy's suicide over affair quiz

A senior Secret Service agent who was being investigated by the government for failing to disclose a long-standing relationship with a foreign citizen killed himself last week in Washington.

Rafael Prieto, a married father assigned to the security detail for President Barack Obama, had acknowledged to US investigators that he had been having an affair for years with a woman from Mexico.

Prieto's relationship was revealed to Secret Service investigators by an agent who had been entangled in the Colombian prostitution scandal earlier this year.

McCartney car fetches ¤375k

A vintage Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sir Paul McCartney while The Beatles shot to international fame has fetched more than ¤375,000 at auction.

Sir Paul ordered the dark blue sports car in 1964 on the eve of the band's world tour and had it fitted with a black leather interior, Motorola radio and a record player.

The Aston Martin sold at a hammer price of £307,500 at the event in Battersea Park, central London.