News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
There were dramatic scenes at Crescent Link in Derry last Thursday when armed police tried to storm a car reported stolen after an armed robbery in Buncrana. An eyewitness told the Journal police approached the car with guns drawn and smashed a window but those inside managed to drive off. A cross-border manhunt was launched earlier when a family was robbed in their home at Kinnegoe in Buncrana.
(Source: Derry Journal)
Hollywood-based Bundoran woman Ann McElhinney and husband Phelim McAleer have launched a scathing attack on Robert Redford in a two minute film they have released on You Tube. The married couple, who campaign against climate-change costs which force the poor to lose work, have made a short online film slamming Robert Redford who once played The Sundance Kid. They claim their film, entitled ‘Robert Redford - Hypocrite', brands the actor as "a supreme celebrity hypocrite."
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
The chairman of Downpatrick and Co Down Railway has moved to reassure the public about the disappearance of railway artefacts reported last week by a different group. The story in which the Belfast and County Down Railway Trust appealed for the return of stolen artefacts, sparked a flurry of calls to the Downpatrick organization from concerned donors. Chairman Michael Collins said: “I would like to assure the public that no items that have been donated to the Downpatrick and County Down Railway have been lost. We would fully support the BCDRMT’s call for members of the public who are offered any such items to report the matter to the police, we would also be happy to distribute a list and description of the missing items amongst our own membership.”
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
Bomb-making equipment has been discovered at a Dublin house being used as a major Real IRA arms depot. Three handguns were also discovered in the haul which is believed to be linked to a major dissident extortion gang from the Donaghmede area that has gone to war with north Dublin's major drug gangs. The ruthless republicans have been intimidating the remnants of the gang formerly run by murdered gangster Eamon 'The Don' Dunne to impose a 20pc drug tax on gangs. Notorious gangster 'Fat' Freddie Thompson has been stockpiling arms to counter any extortion tactics levelled at his gang by the dissidents.
(Source: The Evening Herald)
Moving tributes have flooded in to the 31 year old woman who fell to her death from a flyover over the A2 (adjacent to the Holywood Exchange) last week. The tragic circumstances surrounding the death of the “bubbly” Paralympian rower Karen Cromie, have stunned both the local community and the wider disability sporting community. Miss Cromie, originally from Co Fermanagh, returned to the same spot last Friday (January 28), where only two weeks before, she had attempted to end her life.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
Millions of television viewers across the globe will get to see the delights of the city, Salthill, and Connemara when Galway hosts the first ever gruelling ‘Ironman’ triathlon to take place in this country in September. The ‘Ironman 70.3 Series’ is recognized as the leading triathlon series in the world and the event on Sunday, September 4, will provide television exposure in areas and among sports fans who would rarely get to see the West of Ireland.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)
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