Dublin Theatre Festival gets a new director


The new director of the Dublin Theatre Festival is to be Canadian Don Shipley, artistic director of the biennial du Maurier World Stage Festival in Toronto, and former general manager of Harbourfront Centre's World Stage in Toronto, writes Deirdre Falvey, Arts Editor.

He will take over from Fergus D Linehan, who leaves Ireland after this autumn's Dublin Theatre Festival, to become director of the Sydney Festival.

The Harbourfront Centre on Toronto's waterfront is a non- profit cultural organisation. The biennial du Maurier World Stage Festival is North America's largest international theatre event and April 2003's festival included the city's first visit from Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company (who are at the Galway Arts Festival this week), as well a specific focus on South African culture.

Man sought after woman's body is found

PSNI detectives want to speak to a man, whom they expect to be in a distressed state, following the death of a 47-year-old west Belfast woman whose body was found early yesterday morning, writes Gerry Moriarty, Northern Correspondent.

Ms Geraldine Kane, a mother of four from Dermott Hill Parade, was missing since Monday. Her body was discovered at a flat in Cavendish Square , west Belfast. Police say they are treating Ms Kane's death as suspicious, although local people say she may have been stabbed and beaten to death. Detectives want to speak to Mr Thomas Graham (42), from west Belfast.

Poor ventilation to blame for deaths

The mother and sister of jazz singer Honor Heffernan died of acute carbon monoxide poisoning from prolonged use of a water heater in a poorly ventilated kitchen, an inquest heard yesterday.

The singer and actress said after the hearing that her family had been devastated by the loss of her mother Bridget (76), and sister Fiona (39).

Ms Heffernan said: "If we had any notion this was not safe, it would have been taken out and replaced with a much safer model, which has been available for a long time and all we have had to endure could have been avoided."

Stuart Formby, a forensic scientist said the kitchen in their home at Kirwan Street Cottages Stoneybatter, Dublin was "inadequately ventilated but within standard" for the water heater.