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OAP is killed in two-car crash

A MAN was killed in a road smash involving a car and a van last night. It happened about 6.20pm on the Boyle Road in Frenchpark, Co Roscommon.

Two men and two women, who were in the car, were rushed to Roscommon Hospital. One of the men, in his early 70s, was pronounced dead in the hospital.

The driver of the van was not seriously hurt.

Gardai sealed off the crash scene as investigators tried to establish how the collision happened.

They appealed to anyone who may have information about the crash to contact Castlerea garda station on 094-9621630.

Heaney goes back to school

Poet Seamus Heaney and artist Robert Ballagh went back to school to join a group of youngsters marking a special occasion.

The pair unveiled a celebratory bench in the Sense and Grow garden of St Joseph's Centre for the Visually Impaired in Drumcondra for the 10th anniversary of the National Braille Production Centre.

Designed by Ballagh, the bench is inscribed with a poem in text and Braille by Heaney entitled Seeing The Sky.

Truth of tots' sweet smiles

Newborn babies who appear pacified after being fed sugar during painful hospital procedures may simply be putting on a brave face, according to research.

Currently sucrose sugar is routinely fed to newborn babies to "help the medicine go down" while carrying out procedures such as taking blood samples.

However, the new study by University College, London, indicates that sugar merely has the effect of altering babies' facial expressions, giving the impression that they are feeling less pain.