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Residents in a Carrigaline housing estate got a serious shock last Monday night after a localized power surge left them with thousands of dollars of damaged electrical goods.
The surge came last Monday night at around 5:30 p.m. and left residents in Fernlea Estate, Kilnagleary, Carrigaline surprised and scared as their electrical goods were destroyed. One resident described the events as being akin to “paranormal activity.”
She said it was "like a horror film" and she was so terrified she wanted to run out into the street.
The power surge destroyed numerous televisions, fridges and freezers, ovens, computers and other electrical goods in a number of houses in the estate, which has around 40 houses.
[Source: Cork Independent]
Martin McGuinness is a peacemaker who wants to bring unionists and nationalists together, a leading Protestant clergyman has said.
Rev. David Latimer, a Presbyterian Minister from Derry who has formed a close friendship with the Deputy First Minister, attended his meeting with the Queen last Wednesday.
The clergyman, who famously addressed the Sinn Féin ard fheis last year where he also praised McGuinness’s contribution to the peace process, said the handshake was historic.
[Source: Derry Journal]
A Ballyshannon woman, aged 82, died in a road accident last Wednesday at Creevykeel, near Cliffoney, Co. Sligo.
She was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, a former Ulster and Donegal GAA star.
He was being treated last Thursday night at Sligo General Hospital for injuries received in the two-vehicle collision.
The woman who died at the scene was Eithne Gallagher, a native of Donegal town, who lived with her husband Jim, in Coolcholly, Ballyshannon.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]
A third suspected case of meningitis is being investigated in County Down.
The child involved is a pupil at St Patrick's primary school in Legamaddy, near Downpatrick.
There have already been two cases of meningococcal infection in Our Lady and St Patrick primary school in Downpatrick.
A child has meningitis and a second pupil is being treated as another "probable case" of the infection.
The Public Health Agency is working closely with both schools to investigate the cases.
[Source: BBC News]
A former FAS worker with St Vincent de Paul told a judge she had put on an extra five stone in weight since suffering a lower back injury in one of the charity's shops.
"I was just 12-and-a-half stone when the accident happened and I'm now over 17 stone. My body is very embarrassing," Sabrina Mulreany, of Braithwaite Street, Pimlico, Dublin, said in the Circuit Civil Court.
She said she was in constant pain and had to give up many of her original activities.
Mulreany, who told barrister Shane English she tripped over a plastic baby walker in Vincent's Charity Shop in Clondalkin, Dublin, in February 2008, lost a €38,000 damages claim for personal injuries against the charity and FAS.
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