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Friday 22 September 2017

Boston to host famine tribute

Boston is to host an international ceremony in honour of the 1.5 million Irish people who died or emigrated during the Great Famine.

The Massachusetts port was a popular destination for many who were forced to flee on coffin ships during the notorious hunger of 1845-51.

Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan announced the city would be home to the fourth International Commemoration of the Great Irish Famine during a visit to the Irish Hunger Memorial at Battery Park City, New York.

The dates for the ceremony and this year's national event in Drogheda will be announced in the coming weeks.



Fleetwood Mac



guitarist dies

Bob Weston, a British guitarist who played with Fleetwood Mac in the Seventies, has died aged 64.

His body was found in his north London home on Tuesday after neighbours raised the alarm.

Police said that his death was not being treated as suspicious. An autopsy revealed the causes of death as gastric intestinal hemorrhage, cirrhosis of the liver and throat problems.



Gran murders toddler at mall

A grandmother been sentenced to 35 years in prison for murdering her two-year-old granddaughter by throwing her off a sixth-level walkway at a shopping mall.

Carmela dela Rosa (51) was convicted of killing Angelyn Ogdoc in November 2010 in Virginia. Dela Rosa's lawyer argued unsuccessfully that her client was legally insane.

Dela Rosa told US police she killed Angelyn to get back at her son-in-law for getting her unmarried daughter pregnant.



Relief as Who



secret is out

Doctor Who star Karen Gillan admitted it was "a massive relief" to be able to tell people she was leaving the hit show.

The actress, who plays the Time Lord's sidekick Amy Pond, told Graham Norton last night she did not know if her character would be killed off.

She said: "I have known for ages that I am leaving and it's such a massive relief that it is out and I can speak freely about it."

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