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TCD celebrates its 300th year

Trinity College Dublin has celebrated the 300th anniversary of its Old Library which attracts over 500,000 visitors annually and is home to the Book of Kells exhibition.

One Trinity student looked the part in a period costume reflecting the life and times of one of the college's most famous graduates, Mrs Mary Delany (Isabelle D'Arcy Clark), a leading cultural commentator of 18th century Ireland.

Celebrations will continue throughout the year with a full programme of events online at www.tcd.ie/Library/tercentenary.

Crisis-hit hotel forced to close

ONE of Donegal's best-known hotels has closed with the loss of 55 jobs.

The Milford Inn, which is owned by the well-known political family the Blaneys, blamed financial difficulties.

The hotel trades under the Best Western Hotel brand and is one of a chain owned by the family.

The Blaney group includes the Waters Edge Hotel in Rathmullen, the Silver Tassie Hotel, and the Brewery and Central Bar pubs in Letterkenny.

US bishop still facing charges

A judge refused to dismiss misdemeanour charges against a Kansas City diocese and its bishop, the highest-ranking US Catholic official, criminally charged with shielding an abusive priest.

Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph are charged with failing to report suspected child abuse.

Prosecutors said each was a "mandatory reporter" under the state law. Defence lawyers argued the law was unconstitutionally vague, and that Finn was not the diocese's designated reporter.

Student hacked into Sony films

A college student who was a member of a computer hacking group pleaded guilty to two charges of breaking into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Cody Krestinger (24) of Tempe, Arizona, entered his plea to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorised impairment of a protected computer, said assistant US attorney Eric Vandevelde.

He faces up to 15 years in prison when he is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26.