Save The Metal Man campaign group has launched its campaign to save the Metal Man in Rosses Point, Co Sligo, with the help of Westlife’s Shane Filan (pic five).

The group writes:

In any other county he would be a national monument but Rosses Point’s historic Metal Man is rusting away apparently unwanted, unpainted and certainly neglected by Sligo County Council.

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Behold: RS Puppis (or RS Pup) a Cepheid variable star ten times the size and 15,000 times the brightness of our old Sol. It’s around 6500 light years away, and the brightness of RS Pup is one of the reasons we know that. To wit:

As RS Pup pulsates over a period of about 40 days, its regular changes in brightness are also seen along its surrounding nebula delayed in time, effectively a light echo. Using measurements of the time delay and angular size of the nebula, the known speed of light allows astronomers to geometrically determine the distance to RS Pup to be 6,500 light-years, with a remarkably small error of plus or minus 90 light-years. An impressive achievement for stellar astronomy, the echo-measured distance also more accurately establishes the true brightness of RS Pup, and by extension other Cepheid stars, improving the knowledge of distances to galaxies beyond the Milky Way.

(Image: NASAESAHubble Legacy Archive;  Processing & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (



The minister has been informed of the issue and the Department of Health acknowledged the “distress” that the parents have experienced as a result of the events.

In a statement, Holles Street said it does not comment on individual cases. It confirmed that it has asked the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to review a recent case at the hospital.


The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Britain has told RTÉ News that it has not yet received a formal approach to undertake the review into the circumstances of a termination of pregnancy at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street.

The RCOG said in a statement: “Should an approach be forthcoming, this will be considered in the usual way.”


No formal approach to expert UK group over termination case (RTÉ)

External review over termination of pregnancy at NMH (RTE)