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Mum (85) dies in house blaze

AN 85-year-old mother of two has died in an early morning house fire.

The fire, which erupted shortly after 7am, caused major damage to the bungalow located 2km outside Macroom in Co Cork.

The woman lived in the house with her middle-aged son and a daughter who has Down's Syndrome.

They managed to escape, but they were unable to find their mother due to heavy smoke. Gardai are not treating the incident as suspicious and the fire is regarded as a tragic accident.

Walker rescued

from mineshaft

A woman was taken to hospital after falling down a mineshaft in Co Sligo while out walking.

The Sligo Mountain Rescue Team and a coastguard helicopter were involved in the rescue at Glencarbury mine.

Meanwhile, in north Antrim, a 66-year-old woman was being treated for leg injuries after falling from a cliff at a tourist attraction.

A coastguard helicopter was called out to help the stricken woman, who had fallen near Carrick-a-Rede.

Three held over bomb attack

Two men and a woman were questioned today over a petrol bomb attack in Londonderry, which left a man critically ill with 40pc burns.

Thomas Curry (46) is being treated at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after he was set on fire at his home. Two men smashed a window of his house and then fired the petrol bomb inside, police said.