Irelands Eye, a roundup of top Irish news stories Oct 9th, 2013
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
Mom’s Pageant Shock
The mother of a six-year-old from Clogherhead who took part in a controversial child beauty pageant last month said it was an experience she would never repeat.
Aisling Logue was shocked to see children as young as her daughter Kori-Lee posing in bikinis and wearing dresses costing €1,500.
But her own little girl became queen of her own age group without wearing any of the fake tan or swimsuits some of the foreign competitors donned.
“I was thrilled for her to have won her sash and crown without having to look like some of the more serious girls from Australia and America,” Logue said.
“We just entered as a beauty contest and never thought it would be half as glitzy as it was. Kori-Lee was very natural looking and did Irish dancing as her skill, but when I saw a girl in her group come out covered in a shawl, she dropped it and began posing in a bikini with fake tan on. I was really shocked and surprised, I have to say.”
Logue only found out in the early hours of Saturday morning where to bring Kori-Lee, as a Balbriggan hotel had cancelled the booking for the pageant for fear of demonstrations.
After traveling to Monaghan for the competition, Logue said she was amazed at some of the things she saw.
“I know Kori-Lee enjoyed the whole experience, but she wasn't aware of what was going on, she just wanted to wear the tiara and meet some of the other girls,” she said.
“I really do think it makes the girls old before their time, and children should just be children I would never want her to look like the other contestants, walking or posing like they were.”
- Drogheda Independent
A Longford man is recovering after a brutal hammer attack left him with a string of serious injuries.
The 30-year-old victim was savagely assaulted as he awoke to the sound of smashing glass at his apartment in the Courtyard area of Newtownforbes late last month.
It’s understood the man was asleep on a sofa when the hammer-wielding intruder burst through a patio door. As he attempted to protect himself the culprit struck his victim repeatedly, inflicting several wounds to the man’s face, legs, ribs and knees.
He was later transferred to the accident and emergency unit of Mullingar’s Midland Regional Hospital for what were described as non-life threatening injuries.
What Gardai (police) are trying to figure out is why the armed intruder chose the Courtyard, a complex of apartments that lie just off the main N4 Dublin-Sligo route in Newtownforbes village.
Equally, many of their inquiries are focused on establishing a motive as nothing was taken in the raid which lasted a matter of seconds.
The viciousness of last Friday night’s assault is likely to fuel debate about the need for people to take added precautions when it comes to home security.
It also follows concerns aired by one local who hit out at crime levels in and around Longford town.
John Nevin bemoaned how his own daughter and son-in-law have twice fallen foul to what he termed “unprovoked assaults” over the past six months alone.
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