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This compares with the cheapest place in Northern Ireland to get buried, Dungannon Council, which charges just £190 for burial in a graveyard and £45 for cremation. Next cheapest is Omagh Council which charges £245 for a burial.

At the very top of the list is Lisburn Council which charges £822 for a burial and £87 for a cremation for residents who die and are interred in the area. This is the highest burial charges in a council in Northern Ireland.

Belfast charges £645 for a burial and £636 for a cremation.

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Dangerous Dancing
A WOMAN who allegedly fell on a wet floor while dancing at a Dublin nightclub with a work colleague has sued for damages.

Ciara O'Connell was allegedly dancing backwards to a song by Shakira in a style from the film Dirty Dancing when the accident happened at Copper Face Jacks on Harcourt Street, the High Court heard.

O'Connell, 33, of Tallaght, Co. Dublin, denied she was engaged in reckless dancing. She had to have two operations following the accident in the early hours of August 4, 2006, and has been left with scarring, the court heard.

Copper Face Jacks denies her claims and says she was engaged in dangerous and reckless dancing with her work colleague, Noel Humphries.

She has claimed Humphries slipped on the floor which she alleged was wet and fell onto her causing her to fall to the ground.

O'Connell said the dispute in the case is whether the floor in the nightclub was wet or not.
O'Connell told the court she and her work colleagues were on a night out and had met for a drink before going to the nightclub.

She said they were dancing in a group when Humphries fell on top of her and she fell with her arm bent at a strange angle.  She said she was just dancing and having a good night out with colleagues.

Humphries later told her he had slipped and he had pulled her down, she said. Her colleagues told her the floor was wet but she did not recall if it was.

When counsel for the club put it to O'Connell that she had been dancing in a Dirty Dancing manner, and that Humphries had leaned back too far and fell over, O'Connell said it felt like he had slipped.

"I could not say why he fell," she said. Nobody suggested to her she was dancing in a reckless manner, she said.
The case continues.

Irish Independent