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Don’t Diss Carlow GAA!
A LOCAL councilor stood up for his county colors and had a bank promise not to publish an advertisement again that plays on Carlow's lack of All-Ireland success.
Independent councilor Walter Lacey lashed out at KBC Bank and the “insensitivity” of the ad, which uses the lack of an All-Ireland senior football or hurling title in Carlow to promote their mortgage business.
While Carlow doesn't have the distinction of ever winning the Sam Maguire or Liam MacCarthy Cups, Lacey wrote to the bank to point out that Carlow have in fact won a number of All Irelands at other grades, including the camogie All-Ireland win of last year.
He also pointed out that 13 other counties have never won Sam Maguire, and 20 have not won the hurling.
“I feel strongly about this,” Lacey said. “The men and women of Carlow wear their red, green and yellow jersey with great pride. These same players give their full commitment to training for their county.
“They give the same commitment as players of other counties and they also give 100 percent when they tog out for their county. What kind of a message does this snide assumption and remark send to those very committed players?”
The bank wrote back to Lacey “to apologize most sincerely” for the offense that the advertisement caused.
“Our intention had been to reflect a more light-hearted comment, however having read your email we can completely understand your point of view,” wrote senior marketing manager Caroline Donnellan.
“We have taken the necessary actions in response to your feedback and this advertisement will not be appearing again.”
Dad Jailed for Kid Porn
A MEATH father-of-two who said that pornographic videos he had made of his 14-year-old daughter were “just show business” has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
The 47-year-old man pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to six charges each of sexual assault, producing child pornography and allowing a child to be used in child pornography on dates between May 2010 and April 2011.
In a “dress-up room” in the attic of the family home, the father would take pornographic photographs of his daughter and video himself performing sexual acts on the teenager.
The girl’s mother discovered the images on a camera and alerted the Gardai (police).
They searched the house and found 1,150 still pornographic images of the girl and 74 movie files.
The man claimed his daughter was a willing participant and described the videos as a bit “of fun.” It was “just show business” he said.
His daughter said she had loved her father and would have done anything to keep him in happy. However, she now believes he deserves to be in prison.
Judge Martin Nolan described it as “an appalling case to put it mildly” and imposed an 11-year sentence on the father-of-two.
Dog Mauls Boy
THE parents of a little boy savaged by his teacher's pet dog have said they do not blame anybody for the school playground attack.
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