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Gold wanted for Boru crown

THE public are being asked to donate pieces of gold jewellery to help put the finishing touches to an exact replica of Brian Boru's crown and aid cancer research in the process.

The crown, on show at the Waterford Museum of Treasures for then next three weeks, was created by the not-for-profit firm, Jewels for Cures, which is a cancer charity.

Unwanted pieces of gold jewellery donated to the cause will be smelted down and added to the Crown with surplus pieces gifted to the charity.

Further information on the drive can be found at jewelsforcures.ie.

71-stone croc is catch of the day

A group of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime - a 15ft-long alligator weighing more than 71 stone.

The monster alligator was pulled from the water in south Alabama during the US state's alligator hunting season.

The first attempt to weigh it destroyed a winch assembly used to hoist most average alligators.

Murray mum joins Strictly

Judy Murray, the mother of former Wimbledon champion Andy, has officially confirmed she is to be a contestant on this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

She joins Frankie Bridge from pop act The Saturdays on the show, who last week announced she too will be taking part.

Tennis coach Murray said: "I'm a huge Strictly Come Dancing fan but a total armchair dancer.

Suitor clocks up the air miles

An air show fan travelled more than 1,000 miles to propose to his girlfriend of eight years in front of hundreds of people.

Australian Paul Neill asked Emma Cox to marry him on stage and over a giant TV screen at Eastbourne's air show after making the journey from Montenegro where he is working as a chief officer on a private yacht.

Miss Cox (34), from Eastbourne, delighted crowds ­­­- and her 36-year-old partner - with a "yes", before embracing on the beach to a round of applause.