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[Source: Irish Examiner]
An entrepreneur and Trinity College graduate, who organized the importation of one of the largest amounts of cocaine ever seized in Ireland, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Gareth Hopkins (33), with addresses at Carnlough Road in Cabra, Dublin and Leixlip in Co. Kildare, was caught with $39 million worth of cocaine on June 26 last year.
Passing sentence, Judge Mary Ellen Ring said she accepted that Mr. Hopkins had turned to a life of crime after losing his job in 2012, but that many Irish people with similar problems didn't turn to drug dealing.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]
Kilkenny City’s new Central Access Scheme will obliterate an historic famine graveyard if it goes ahead, according to the director of Kilkenny Archaeology.
In the latest stunning revelation about the controversial $14.2 million project, Cóilín Ó Drisceoil says that a burial ground is recorded as having been located at the county Fever Hospital, Wolf Tone Street. The graveyard is noted by Tony Patterson in the 1997 Old Kilkenny Review (Famine Fever in Kilkenny), in which he cites the Kilkenny Journal: “In March  the Kilkenny City Relief Committee voted ten pounds for coffins and £10 to buy a plot of land behind the Kilkenny Fever hospital.”
[Source: Kilkenny People]
There is a lot of anxiety in Portlaoise about breast cancer, following the announcement that Hollywood star, Angelina Jolie, had a double mastectomy, according to Councilor Kathleen O’Brien.
At a meeting two weeks ago of Portlaoise Town Council, the Fine Gael councilor called on the H.S.E. to extend the age limit for Breastcheck to 70 years of age.
“There is a lot of anxiety among people following Angelina Jolie’s operation.
“She carries the BRCA1 gene, and although it’s rare it’s genetic so it is in families,” she said.
[Source: Leinster Express]
A priceless medieval window surround stolen from Church Island over two years ago has been found dumped near the shoreline of Lough Garadice.
The discovery was made by local man, Patrick Bradley, early last week. Mr. Bradley had reversed a piece of farm machinery to the lake shore to wash it down at Keelrin, near Newtowngore, when he noticed the stones lying in the shallow water of the lough. He contacted Gardaí (police) to report the find, and the pieces of hand carved masonry have since been removed.
The medieval masonry was reported stolen just three weeks ago after a regular visitor to Church Island realized that the ruins of an ancient abbey had been desecrated. However, it is clear from photos taken on the island a few years ago that the window surround has been missing for at least two years.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, the ex-I.R.A. chief-of-staff and Republican Sinn Féin leader, has died.
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