Ireland's Eye: What's going on in the old sod
A Garryowen man who streaked on to the pitch during the Ireland-Australia International Rules fixture in Limerick last month said he did so to enliven the dull fare being offered up by the teams at the Gaelic Grounds.
"The crowd were cheering me on. They loved it," Paul Hinchey told reporters after being fined €200 for public order offenses at Limerick District Court.
Hinchey, 22, pleaded guilty to public intoxication and abusive behavior. A charge of offending modesty and causing scandal that could injure the morals of the community was struck out.
His solicitor Muiris Gavin -- a former Limerick senior footballer -- said the match had not been going well in terms of excitement.
"It was the highlight of the evening and he says he did to get the crowd going," Gavin said, adding, "He got the biggest roar of the night.”
O'Brien suggested that Hinchey, an unemployed electrician, might be able to find a job in Australia where temperatures were much warmer.
- Limerick Leader
Kells under attack
As frightening levels of antisocial behavior continue in the Maudlin Street area of Kells, it has emerged that a local town councilor was attacked in the area in recent weeks and passing motorists have also come under attack.
Residents of a number of estates in the area say they are being terrorized by youths who attack passers-by, throw stones at passing cars, threaten local residents and light fires in local estates.
Councilor Sean Drew was assaulted while walking in the Mauldin area recently, and two passing cars were damaged on Thursday, October 21, by stone-throwing youths.
Gardai (police) and the fire service were called to fires in the area over the weekend, and cars passing along Maudlin Street came under attack from groups of youths.
Drew said there was a serious problem in the area and strong action would have to be taken.
Tommy Grimes said what was happening was an absolute scandal and warned that somebody could be seriously hurt.
“It is out of control. Somebody will be seriously hurt, or people will start taking the law into their own hands,” he warned.
He pointed out that the fire brigade had been called out several times over the weekend, and there was another incident on Monday in which a bonfire was lit in the area.
“People are afraid to open their doors. Elderly people are terrified and are afraid to go to the Gardai but we, as a council, are not afraid and we will take whatever action we have to,” he warned.
The speaker of Kells Town Council, Councilor Conor Ferguson, said elderly people living in the area were taking taxis into town because they were too afraid to walk. He said youngsters as young as 14 were able to get their hands on alcohol and were causing huge problems for local people.
- Meath Chronicle
Kevin McGinley, regional inspector for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA), said abandoned or stray horses are becoming an increasing problem in Donegal and around the country.
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