Evening top 5: Ailish Sheehan tragically passes away; Jason Smyth claims gold

Friday's big stories

23-year-old Irish rower Ailish Sheehan has succumbed to her injuries today after a freak fall earlier in the week.

Limerick native Sheehan was out celebrating with her team-mates in Ponzan after taking a bronze medal with the British women’s four at the World University Championships in Poland.

Lee Boucher, the team British team manager in Poznan, released this statement at 3pm on Friday: “It is with great sadness that I have to report that within the last hour our teammate Ailish has passed away in hospital in Poznan surrounded by her family. Our thoughts at this time are with all of her family and friends."


Jason Smyth finished first in the 100m final on Friday afternoon to claim yet another gold medal.

Smyth cruised through the race in a time of 10.64 to see off the competition, celebrating as he crossed the finish line.

Smyth eased through his heat on Thursday in a time of 10.76 to make it through to the t-13 100m final, giving him a chance to defend his gold medal in Rio. 


A shop in the US state of Florida has removed a display of Coca-Cola that was shaped like the World Trade Centre.

The Walmart store had stacked boxes of Coke cans under a banner which read "We Will Never Forget", referring to the terror attacks of September 11th 2001.

There were boxes in red, white and blue - presumably the colours of the US flag - surrounding two stacks of black boxes.


The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has urged John Halligan and all his ministers to 'apply themselves to their jobs'.

The Waterford TD has stopped short of quitting as a junior minister, after a clinical review said a second cath lab for the local hospital was not justified.

A second review may now be carried out after Minister Halligan claimed this one was flawed and subjected to interference from other hospitals


Car insurance prices are set to go up by another 20%.

An Oireachtas Committee examining the rising costs of motor insurance yesterday heard that some premiums have more than doubled in recent years.

The AA says they expect further increases over the next two to three quarters unless action is taken.