Cavan is a county in Ireland.
The quiet of evening is broken only by the high-pitched, sharp, rasping call of a little tern. Against all odds, these small sea birds are breeding again at the beach at Portrane in north Co Dublin, thanks to the dedication of volunteers determined to protect them.
No arrests are expected to be made in the immediate future as gardaí carry out what sources describe as a “broad but very thorough investigation” into alleged cross-border criminality after they searched the home of former billionaire Seán Quinn yesterday.
Seventy-five years ago, on a late March afternoon in 1947, an Irish horse emerged out of a dense, swirling fog to win the most iconic of all horse races, the Aintree Grand National. The horse, named Caughoo , galloped home at odds of 100-1. All Ireland celebrated the victory. But Caughoo ’s win was in every sense shrouded in controversy, with critics claiming the jockey had, in the fog, hidden the horse behind one of the jumps and only re-emerged to join the last circuit and the final run home. The doubts lingered for 50 years until the discovery of an old reel of film finally confirmed Caughoo had run the full race.
The manager of a childcare facility has said she is desperate to expand the service to help parents cope with the shortage of places, but funding is a key issue.
It is not your typical ambient music – they’re playing Hickory Dickory Dock – and the lights are a little dimmer than usual. Iron Man is standing at the door with a friendly greeting for everyone as they arrive.
‘I remember the Connaught hotel in London,” Richard Corrigan says. “It was some fuddy-duddy f**king dump. They would serve you a bowl of f**king soup for 35 quid. Paddy McKillen brought it into the 21st century when he bought it in 2015. He has done an amazing job with Claridge’s and The Berkeley too.
Dublin Jimmy roamed the town of Ballyconnell pilfering and thieving as he went. Even the parish priest, Fr Oliver O’Reilly, avoided him. “Not because I was afraid of him but because I knew that he was a very dangerous person who had no respect for law or anything else.”
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