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“Soon after the car was broken into we caught boys banging on our fence. Then they began destroying it by taking out palings."
The group returned on October 20, banging on the family's house while shining laser pointers into the windows.
“They were shouting what sounded like mock Chinese accents at us, but I can't be sure what they were saying," she said.
“They even shone a laser on my forehead while I was calling the police.
“I was literally shaking and fearing for my family's lives."
The resident revealed that she first phoned the police at 10:24 p.m. that same evening, but as the incidents got worse she called the police again 20 minutes later.
At 11:30 p.m. the police called her back and said there would be a delay in getting an officer to visit their house.
“I didn't sleep that night," she said.
- Carrick Advertiser
Castle for Sale
It provided the backdrop for John Ford’s The Quiet Man and was the only Irish hotel named recently in the Condé Nast Traveler Top 100 Hotels and Resorts in the World. Now Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo, is once again on the market, this time for the bargain price of €25 million – roughly half what developer Gerry Barrett paid for it just five years ago.
Set on 365 acres in Cong and overlooking Lough Corrib, the main building is in the style of a French chateau and was built in the mid-1700s, incorporating the old castle built in the 1220s (which is now unrecognizable). Further major development occurred throughout the 19th century, after the estate was purchased in 1852 by Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness.
A luxury hotel since 1939, it is currently being run by Tifco Hotel Group, after being put into receivership last year. It is reported to be trading successfully.
The castle, which boasts 83 bedrooms, including six suites, has been a favorite with many celebrities throughout the years, including Ronald Reagan, Brad Pitt and Pierce Brosnan, who celebrated his marriage to Keely Shaye Smith there in 2001.
The hotel’s target market is mostly U.S. tourists, and room rates at the resort can reach €950 per night. However, in recent years, packages and midweek-break offers have meant that the hotel has become more affordable to would-be guests.
National reports have said that the 800-year-old castle is likely to be bought by a group of international investors.
- The Mayo News
Santa Hat Fight
A RUGBY player who was in Athy District Court for assaulting a woman over a Santa hat was ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service in lieu of five months in prison and fined €500.
Leslie O’Meara pleaded not guilty to the offense which occurred at the Castle Inn bar on December 18, 2011.
The court heard that Lorna Corcoran was given a black eye by the defendant when she tried to get a Santa hat back from the defendant who took it from her head while she was dancing on the dance floor.
The married father-of-two at the time, who plays rugby for Athy, told the court that he had been on a pub crawl drinking 10 pints throughout the course of the day and night. He claimed that the hat was his and had been given to him by his son.
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