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Gardai are expected to bring charges against former priest Peter Kennedy, who originally hails from Bloomhill on the Offaly side of Ballinahown, if and when he is extradited from Britain.
A number of people are believed to have made statements alleging that the ex-priest, previously a Kiltegan Father missionary, sexually abused them, and the Director of Public Prosecutions has ordered that prosecutions be brought against him. A number of the complaints are understood to relate to the Athlone area.
It is up to the 72-year-old former cleric as to whether or not he contests the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) made against him or accepts it and comes back to Ireland.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)
A teenager who jumped from Wexford Bridge in the early hours of New Year's Day was saved by quickthinking onlookers.
There were a large number of witnesses to the incident – many of them revelers out celebrating New Year's Eve – which occurred at around 1.15 a.m. on Sunday morning.
A Garda spokesman said the 18year-old youth jumped from the bridge into the freezing water below, but he was quickly thrown a lifebuoy, which he managed to cling on to.
Gardaí, with the help of bouncers, eventually took him from the water to the safety of Wexford's quay.
(Source: The Irish Times)
Teenager Jordan Giannikis was laid to rest last Wednesday as the local community came out in force to say goodbye to the hugely popular 16 year old.
A guard of honor was formed by both St. Patrick's GAA Club and Wicklow Rugby Club as Jordan made his final journey from St. Patrick's Church to Rathnew Cemetery.
Fr. Tim Hannon told mourners that the scenes he witnessed at Jordan's funeral were among the saddest he had ever seen in Wicklow.
The high esteem with which Jordan was regarded by his peers was clear to see by the huge turnout for his funeral, with many of his friends still visibly shaken by his tragic loss.
Two of his pals, Jordan Petticrew and Zack Wizowski, paid tribute to Jordan at the service.
(Source: The Wicklow People)
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