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Man to pay €9k over assault

a MAN has been ordered to pay €9,000 to a doorman he assaulted during a night out in Dublin city centre.

Conor Moonen (20) was among a group refused admission to the Academy nightclub on Abbey Street. Moonen then hit the doorman, Paul McNevin, causing him a fractured facial bone and a dislocated eye socket.

Moonen of Brookview, Mountmellick pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm on January 20, 2013.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed a two-year sentence suspended on condition that Moonen pays over €9,000 to Mr McNevin.

Titanic key may fetch €44,000

A small key for a locker on the Titanic is expected to be sold for up to €44,000 at auction tomorrow.

The key was used by Sidney Sedunary (23), from Southampton, who was a third class steward on the doomed vessel and one of 1,500 passengers and crew who died when it hit an iceberg in April 1912.

It will be sold by Titanic memorabilia specialists Henry Aldridge & Son.

Falcao is part Yorkshireman

Manchester United star striker Radamel Falcao's great-grandfather was a Yorkshireman, his father has revealed. The Colombian international is proud of his family's English roots, said his father, also Radamel.

He said his grandfather, George King, left the village of Burn in 1932 to start a new life in South America.

After his first wife died, Mr King married a Colombian woman, Juliana, and they had five children, one of whom is Falcao's granny.

BBC launches nature website

A tailor-made snapshot of how the natural world has changed over the past few years has been created for BBC online visitors.

The Your Life On Earth feature allows users to add their date of birth and see facts and figures calculated from their life span, such as the number of times their heart has beaten.

It is part of the launch of BBC Earth, a new online area that pulls together much of the corporation's natural history, including images and footage.