News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
There have been demands for a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to violence against medical staff after a paramedic was attacked as he tried to save a man’s life. The paramedic is still recovering from a wound to his leg inflicted as he tried to assist a patient. The medic was first on the scene after the Ambulance Service received a call just before midnight last Wednesday to attend a man with breathing difficulties in south Belfast. As the paramedic approached the young man he lashed out, cutting him with a piece of glass. The paramedic received hospital treatment for the injury to his thigh. He is said to be “very anxious about the whole episode”.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Gerry Evan, one of the so-called 'Disappeared', was held in Co Armagh last Saturday. His body was found seven weeks ago in Co Louth. He had been missing for 31 years.
He was last seen in Castleblayney in Co Monaghan in March 1979 at the age of 24. It is believed he was kidnapped and murdered by the IRA. His funeral will took place last weekend in St Patrick's Church in Crossmaglen.
A Carlow surgeon completed Ireland’s first transplant operation using keyhole surgery at Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital last week. Borris native Dilly Little led the keyhole surgery team, which allowed Kate Mooney (28) from Dublin to donate a kidney to her only sibling Cathal (31), without undergoing major abdomenal surgery. Cathal was diagnosed with kidney failure over a year ago. Ms Little is head of Beaumont’s Living Related Donor Programme and specifically trained in the technique for this transplant in Oslo.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)
A terrified Kilnaleck newsagent was locked in her bedroom by a gang of raiders who broke into her shop at 3.30am last Friday week. A garda spokesman told The Anglo-Celt that Celia O’Reilly was asleep above her shop when the gang struck. She heard them trying to break the shutters open and it is understood that Mrs. Reilly awoke, and the intruders had entered her premises. The garda spokesman also revealed that the three members of the gang locked Mrs. O’Reilly in her bedroom before going to a large silver colour getaway car where another accomplice was waiting with the doors open.
(Source: The Angle Celt)
A book detailing the triumphs and tragedies of a Clare hurling club over a momentous year was named the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year recently in Dublin. Written by Sunday Times journalist Christy O’Connor, “The Club” is based around the 2009 season at St. Joseph’s Doora-Barefield GAA club and it won the award ahead of John Giles’ “A Football Man” and Declan Lynch’s “Days of Heaven” who took second and third place respectively.
(Source: The Clare People)
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