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Sligo Rovers face an uphill task in Norway this Tuesday after they fell to a single goal defeat in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier with Molde F.K.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side claimed the spoils thanks to a strike from Nigerian striker, Daniel Chima Chukwu, which punished the hosts for a sloppy first-half performance.

He struck three minutes before the interval after causing problems for Sligo center-half pair, Evan McMillan and Gavin Peers, and curling a right footer into the bottom corner behind Gary Rogers.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Templemore has been given a much needed vote of confidence with the news that the Garda (Police) College will accept new recruits “as soon as possible.”

The announcement was made by Justice Minister Alan Shatter at a graduation ceremony last Monday. It’s hoped the first new batch of Gardaí will be recruited by early 2014, with a very large number of applications expected later in the year. Deputy Noel Coonan said Minister Shatter has “received sanction from the minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to begin the process of recruitment to the full-time force.” Minister Shatter “acknowledged that it is very important for an [organization] like An Garda Síochána, given the demanding nature of policing, receive a reasonably regular intake of new recruits.”
[Source: Tipperary Star]


The funeral took place on Sunday, July 14, of a popular Fivemiletown father-of-two who died following a tragic road traffic accident in Magherafelt three days earlier.

Glen Patrick (Archie) Campbell (35), of Tudor Park, Fivemiletown, was driving an articulated livestock lorry carrying around 240 pigs, which overturned at Mayogall Road, near the village of Gulladuff, at around 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 11.

The one-vehicle collision took place on the Mayogall Road between Clady and Gulladuff.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Waterford City Council has become the 13th local authority to unanimously pass a motion supporting the “Turn Off the Red Light” campaign, which wants to end abuse, exploitation and sex-trafficking by targeting the buyers of sex.

Waterford City Councilors have joined those in councils across the country in supporting the campaign.

The motion, proposed by Labour Councilor Dee Jacques, was passed at the council’s meeting for the month of July.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Congratulations to Greg Horan and wife Denise, who gave birth to a baby boy last Tuesday, making Niall from One Direction one very proud uncle.

Family staked out the Midland Regional Hospital at Mullingar, anxiously awaiting the new arrival, with all delighted at the new bundle of joy.

It was a long day for all involved, so much so, that as Niall left the hospital with father Bobby, he said “I’m starving; I haven’t had a thing to eat all day!”
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


The death has taken place of Enniscorthy’s popular town chairman, Councilor Pat Cody (57).

Clr. Cody, who was elected chairman as well as vice-chairman of Wexford County Council just last month, lost his long-standing battle with cancer when he passed away peacefully in his home last Thursday.

Originally from Kilkenny, Clr. Cody moved to Enniscorthy over 30 years ago where he became a well-known nurse in St. Senan’s Hospital, Enniscorthy.  He has been to the fore in developing and enhancing Community Mental Health Services in Enniscorthy, Gorey, New Ross and Wexford.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


Irishman Robbie Robinson returned home to Dublin last Thursday.

The 32-year-old, from Ashford in County Wicklow, has spent almost four weeks lying in a coma in a hospital in Bangkok after suffering a horrific fall.

He was left with catastrophic head injuries after falling from the fourth-story of an apartment building on June 22.

Robbie's mother, Martina Robinson, said the family had received the green light to fly their loved one home Thursday.
[Source: Evening Herald]