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Record year for Guinness

IT was a good year for the home of the black stuff.

The Guinness Storehouse welcomed a record 1,087,209 visitors through the doors in 2012 -- breaking the previous record of 1,038,910 in 2008.

The figure represented a 6pc increase on the number of visitors through the doors in 2011.

With The Gathering kicking off this month, tourism chiefs are predicting another record-breaking year of visitors to the world's fourth largest branded visitor centre.

Singer Patti Page dies (85)

Singer Patti Page, who made Tennessee Waltz the third best-selling recording ever, has died aged 85.

She died in Encinitas, California, on New Year's Day, according to her manager.

Page, who was the top-selling female singer in history with more than 100 million record sales, created a distinctive sound for the music industry in 1947 by overdubbing her own voice when she did not have enough money to hire back-up singers for the single Confess.

Two arrested on

Jason murder

Detectives from the PSNI have arrested two men in relation to the murder of Jason McGovern.

The two, aged 18 and 21, were detained in the Omagh, Co Tyrone area yesterday.

Tragic Jason (19) was attacked twice during a night out with friends in Omagh, Co Tyrone on Sunday.

He was later found dead at a friend's house in Co Monaghan on the afternoon of New Year's Eve.

It is understood that Mr McGovern, from Tydavnet in Co Monaghan, was trying to break up a fight when he was set upon. The PSNI, aided by Monaghan gardai, is trawling through camera footage from Omagh town centre.