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An official enquiry is to be launched as to who flung a ham sandwich from a float during the St Patrick’s Day parade in the city.
The sandwich, reportedly made from brown bread and accompanied by some brown sauce is being forensically examined as to its contents and further examined as to the evidence of its origin.
The sandwich came flying from a float as it passed the viewing stand.
(Source: Kilkenny People)
A Roscrea man has been acquitted of the manslaughter of Offaly publican Matt Farrell during a burglary of a pub nearly three years ago.
Eddie Wing (31), had pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of 64-year-old Mr Farrell and to burglary at the Gaelic Bar, Daingean, Co Offaly on April 1, 2009.
During the burglary Mr Farrell suffered heart failure after he was beaten, bound with a dog lead and left to die.
(Source: Leinster Express)
€15,000 ($19,500) is being allocated to Leitrim County Council to provide flood defences on the Glenfarne river.
The grant which will facilitate the removal of blockages in the river and will allow for the clearance of trees and debris has been approved by Minister of State Brian Hayes.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)
A Slovakian man was almost three times over the drink driving limit when he crashed into a parked car on a busy Newcastle West street, just meters away from hundreds of people who had just left a nearby nightclub, a court has heard.
Peter Stellar, of Templegreen, Newcastle West pleaded guilty before the local court to drunk driving at Church Street in the early hours of April 17, 2011. He was also charged with dangerous driving, but this was reduced to careless driving following a request from his defence solicitor.
Supt Dan Flavin told the court last Friday week that at 2.10am on the date in question Mr Stellar was driving a vehicle when he crashed into a car parked on the side of the road at the top of Church Street, close to where “450 people” were out on the street following the closure of a nearby nightclub.
Mr Stellar was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and taken to Newcastle West Garda Station, where he was later found to have a reading of 107 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, almost three times the legal limit at the time.
(Source: Limerick Leader)
Barely 300 homes across Co Longford have paid the Government’s controversial €100 ($127) household charge, just over a week before the March 31 deadline lapses.
New figures obtained by the Leader last week, reveal just three per cent out of a projected 12,000 homes liable for the charge have signed up, generating around €3,000 out of an expected €1.2m income.
(Source: Longford Leader)
A woman who was left in a phone box as a baby in Dundalk in 1968 has been reunited with the man who found her.
Helen Ward has said that she has been delighted to be reunited with a truck driver who happened upon her in the phone booth on a cold March evening in the late 60s.
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