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Crucial point could keep Finn Harps in top flight

Finn Harps secured what could be a vital league point with a scoreless draw at Wexford Youths on Friday night.

With their opponents sitting second from bottom in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division, the draw keeps Ollie Horgan's six points ahead of Wexford.

The visitors had a great chance to take the lead midway through the first half but Packie Mailey lashed his effort over the bar.

Ryan Curran then tested the Wexford keeper as the first half ended in deadlock.

A fine save from Harps keeper Ciaran Gallagher on 55 minutes prevented Danny Furlong from putting the side ahead.

As the minutes ticked away neither side did enough to win it but at the end it was Harps who were the happier with the result that might well keep them in the top flight.



Funeral held for rugby great Anthony Foley

The coffin is carried from St Flannan's Church, Killaloe. Credit: PA

The funeral has taken place of the former Ireland and Munster rugby great, Anthony Foley.

Ireland captain Rory best and coach Joe Schmidt were among a host of sports stars who attended the service at St Flannan's Church in Killaloe, Co Clare, on Friday.

The 42-year-old Munster head coach died at the team hotel in Paris at the weekend.

In a moving homily Father Pat Malone said:“What touched me most in all the statements I heard or read about Anthony in the past week is the amount of care he offered to so, so many different people.

"He had that great human capacity to sense or notice those who were struggling in one way or another and the ability to reach out to them and include them in a sensitive and caring way.

"That outreach made all the difference to these people.”

Drivers asked to avoid Glengormley after M2 fatality

Police are dealing with the fatal incident on the M2. Credit: Pacemaker

Police have confirmed that a person has died in a serious incident on the M2 at Sandyknowes, and are asking motorists to avoid the Glengormley area amid significant traffic delays.

The M2 city-bound has been closed for hours on Friday, with reports indicating traffic at a standstill as far back as Templepatrick.

Police are urging motorists and their passengers to stay with their vehicles during the lengthy delays.

Tailbacks have been affecting the M2 for hours. Credit: Pacemaker

The M2 has been closed city-bound, while the south-bound on-slip at Templepatrick and the north-bound off-slip at Sandyknowes have also been closed.

Significant tailbacks are likely to continue throughout Friday afternoon.

PSNI Inspector Rosie Leech has thanked those caught up in the delays for their patience.

But she also warned motorists not to use the hard shoulder as it was both unsafe and a hindrance to emergency vehicles in need of access.

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