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On April 12, Holy Thursday, a number of Trocaire Irish charity boxes were stolen from the porch of St Patrick’s Church, Ballinamore. V. Rev Charles Heerey told the Leitrim Observer that a number of boxes had been placed into the containers at the front porch of the open church on Main Street. It is not known how many boxes were stolen. Rev Heerey said it was “very sad” that someone could do that, but told the paper that the culprits are known.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)
A six-year-old boy who was killed in a tragic road accident in Murroe last week was named locally as Anthony Fitzgerald. It is understood that the child was playing with a friend near his home in the Ros Fearna housing estate at around 5 pm. While his friend is unhurt, the boy was knocked down when he ran on to the road just outside Murroe village on the Limerick road. The car was being driven by a person from the locality.
(Source: Limerick Leader)
Gardai investigating the seizure of up to €80,000 of cannabis plants from a grow house in Ballinamuck last week believe the hoard may have been destined for the Dublin drug market. Last week, officers swooped on the premises where an estimated 200 plants, in various stages of growth, were seized. A man in his twenties was arrested at the scene and brought to Longford Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act for questioning, where he was later released.
(Source: Longford Leader)
The Londis Store on Quay Street has been put up for tender by the receiver, Kieran Wallace of KPMG. The store was formerly owned by well-known Dundalk man Peter Dixon, who is recently deceased. Local estate agent Brian Carroll of Sherry Fitzgerald has given a guide price on the store of €775,000, which has been set out as a target price for public tenders.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)
A Crossmolina man was rushed to Mayo General Hospital after he drank some poitín which was meant for a sick dog. Alan Traynor appeared before the Castlebar District Court after he was arrested for intoxication in a public place and threatening and abusive behavior in the A&E Department of Mayo General Hospital on April 2. Traynor told the court that he drank the illegal alcohol in his home in Crossmolina but could not remember anything after drinking it. Though he was transferred to Mayo General Hospital, the ambulance personnel insisted for safety reasons that they would only bring him in if they were accompanied by four gardaí.
(Source: The Mayo News)
Garda chief Michael Devine has said that only a return to basic "neighborly values" among householders and businesspeople, combined with garda action, can beat the growing plague of burglaries in Meath. According to the latest statistics, burglaries in the area have surged 40 percent between 2010 and 2011. The number of non-aggravated burglaries rose substantially quarter by quarter last year, reaching a total of 1,176 in the county last year. The number of similar burglaries in 2010 was 831.
(Source: Meath Chronicle)
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