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Charity's ice bucket boost

IT IS the awareness and fundraising campaign that has taken the country by storm, and already the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than €82,000 for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA).

The charity that supports the 330 Irish people living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) has been overwhelmed by the public's response to the drive it adapted from the American ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on August 13.

More than €20,500 - or 25pc of the money raised by people making a €2 donation by text message - is going towards research into the deadly disease that is also known as the Thousand Day Disease. The remainder will support IMNDA services.

Lennon's killer to stay in jail

John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman must stay in prison at least two more years because his actions devastated those who loved the former Beatle, and he is likely to break the law if released, the New York state parole board has ruled.

The board yesterday rejected Chapman's eighth parole request, saying granting it would be "incompatible with the welfare of society" and would "deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law".

Chapman (59) was 25 when in 1980 he shot and killed the 40-year-old musician outside Lennon's apartment in The Dakota, across from Central Park on Manhattan's Upper West Side.