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Record number of transplants

A record number of kidney transplants are expected to be carried out this year after more than 110 were completed by June.

A rise in the number of living relatives donating a life-saving organ and the training of two specialist keyhole surgeons have led to the huge increase, which compares with 121 for the whole of 2010.

Professor Peter Conlon of Beaumont Hospital launched two new videos and booklets to tell the public what a kidney transplant involves at www.beaumont.ie/kidneyinfo.

Wahlbergs pay for burger name

Actor brothers Donnie and Mark Wahlberg have licensed the name of a hamburger from a western New York chain of drive-in-style restaurants and plan to use it for their new eatery in Boston.

Executives with Tom Wahl's said the brothers have licensed the Wahlburger name from the company so they can use it when they and another sibling, Paul, open a burger joint named Wahlburgers Restaurant in their hometown.

Stray horses are put down

Scores of stray horses recovered from housing estates in Galway city this year have been put down.

Nine horses seized in the latest overnight operation bring to 67 the number impounded since the start of the year. Galway City Council said most owners do not reclaim the animals and they have to be put down, usually after a short time at a pound.

The horses, which are left to graze on common green areas, were seized after complaints about them being a danger to the public.

Fleetwood Mac plan new return

Fleetwood Mac could be back on the road soon.

Lindsey Buckingham said the band is considering another tour and even recording a new album in the near future.

The guitarist, songwriter and producer says there have been "a lot of rumblings" about another Fleetwood Mac tour, but that nothing is on the books yet. Singer Stevie Nicks has also hinted at future concerts.

The band reunited for an international tour in 2009.