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Gardaí are investigating an armed robbery at a bookmakers on the Main Street in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan.
Two masked men, one armed with a handgun and the other with a baseball bat, entered the premises at around 7.30pm and demanded cash.
A sum of money was handed over, but the amount taken is not thought to be substantial.
The men are believed to have left the scene in a Northern Ireland-registered blue Nissan car traveling in the direction of the Monaghan Road.
No firearm was discharged during the robbery and no-one was injured.
(Source: RTE News)
Amendments will be made to the Traveler Accommodation program 2009 - 2013 which will see a reduction in the number of accommodation units to be provided in Tullamore.
Dermot Mahon, Offaly County Council, outlined a number of proposed amendments to the Traveler Accommodation Program 2009-2013. It is proposed to amend the target date for the completion of a 4 unit group housing scheme from 2011 to 2013 in Birr.
According to the draft mid term review, a number of potential sites for group housing have been identified in the Birr and consultation has commenced with the families on Millbrook Park halting site who wish to move to group housing. However, the site selection process has been difficult to date resulting in target for completion being extended to 2013.
It is proposed to reduce the target of 20 units of traveler specific accommodation in the Tullamore environs to seven units due to a number of factors.
(Source: Offaly Express)
Days before he starts filming the new TV series ‘Moone Boy’ in his native Boyle, Co Roscommon, Hollywood actor Chris O’Dowd announced his engagement to Dawn Porter via twitter.
The pair got engaged on December 26 at Havelet Bay, Guernsey but made the announcement on twitter on December 29. Chris O’Dowd whose twitter name is BigBoyler stated “I’m so bored of all this happiness and sex. I’m getting married. #engaged” while his fiance Dawn Porter tweeted “I guess he liked it, coz he put a ring on it #engaged.”
Dawn Porter is a 31 year old broadcast and print journalist from the UK. She has made around 13 documentaries, the author of ‘Diaries of an Internet Lover’ and has written for a number of UK newspapers and magazines.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)
A jet skier and a surfer had a lucky escape amidst the waves off the coast of Lislary, in North Sligo, after the jet drive sucked in the surfer's tow rope.
As the skier and surfer drifted off-shore, they were picked up by a Sligo Bay Lifeboat volunteer crew before noon on Dec. 27th.
According to the Lifeboat service, the two experienced surfers knew the best course of action was to call the Lifeboat instead of accepting assistance from other surfers, who were on the shore.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)
The closely knit communities of Holycross and Ballycahill were given the best possible seasonal present on Christmas Eve when it was announced at High Mass that a relic of the True Cross of Christ would be returned to the parish, in place of the one stolen from the historic Abbey back in October.
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