| 4.2°C Dublin

Spooky walk is hailed success

SOUTH Dublin County Councillors have paid tribute to the success of a new Halloween-themed event that drew crowds of 8,000 people.

The 'Spooky Walk' held in a Clondalkin park was hailed as a major success for the council, which is now considering a park-based Christmas event.

The walk was held for its second year at Corkagh Park on October 29 and followed on from the National Play Day event in July that drew 5,000 participants.

Councillors Emer Higgins (FG) and Mayor Caitriona Jones (Lab) both tabled motions at the monthly meeting of the local authority, commending the work of council staff.

Ten killed in

landmine blast

A landmine went off in a house in Myanmar as someone was demonstrating how to arm the explosive device. Ten people died and another 23 were wounded after the blast in restive Kachin state.

It was not clear if Sunday's blast in Myitkyina, Kachin's capital, was linked to the unrest there. Kachin is home to one of several minority ethnic rebel armies that say they are fighting for greater autonomy against Myanmar's repressive military.

33pc nag from

the back seat

As many as a third of motorists admit to being back-seat drivers, with men the worst at nagging the person behind the wheel, according to an AA/Populus survey.

While 33pc confessed to engaging in back-seat driving, 58pc of women drivers said they were bombarded with criticism by men about their driving.

Also, half of men said their female relatives were guilty of being back-seat drivers as well, said the poll of nearly 17,000 AA members .

Festive special for Jim'll Fix It

The late Jimmy Savile's popular show Jim'll Fix It is to be revived for a one-off Christmas special.

BBC1 will screen a half-hour edition of the show -- in which the flamboyant star made young viewers' dreams come true -- with Shane Richie stepping in as host.

Jimmy (84) died earlier this month and was buried last week in Scarborough.