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The long-standing bad blood between the McDonagh and Nevin families reared its head again last week when, on Wednesday night, a grenade exploded at a house in Reask Drive in revenge for an earlier beating of a man who had to be hospitalized.
At around 2pm on Wednesday, a member of one family in his 20s was dragged from his van near Commons Road in the town and beaten so badly he had to be hospitalized. He is thought to have a broken leg among other injuries.
A group of people congregated and several weapons were produced. Three further men were hospitalized in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, with various injuries and range in age from 17 to early 40s. Two members of each family were hospitalized.
Police calmed things until 12.05am when a the grenade exploded at the home of a member of one of the families, blowing in the windows and causing minor damage. Police say that no-one was at home at the time. The fact that no-one was home means the pipe bomb was most likely intended as a message rather than an attempt on the residents' lives.
The following day, Thursday, a petrol bomb exploded at the same address after a similar flare up at Reask Green at around 10pm. The bomb was thrown through the front windows and fire units were called to the scene.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)
A distraught man made a grim discovery last week when he came upon the body of his nephew lying on a deserted road after a hit-and-run accident early last week.
Enda Traynor, from Lemgare, Co Monaghan, was walking on the rural road near Clontibret, Co Monaghan, at around 7am last week when he made the grim discovery.
The body of the young man -- named locally as Fintan Traynor (20) from Lemgare -- was so badly injured his uncle did not initially recognize him, devastated family members told the Irish Independent last week.
Mr Traynor was dropped off near to where his body was found by a taxi at around 3am last week following a night out.
It is believed he was walking to his family home a short distance away when he was struck by a vehicle that failed to stop at the scene of the accident.
The accident took place on a quiet road that links the villages of Clontibret and Annyalla with Derrynoose and Keady in Co Armagh.
Police on both sides of the Border are now looking for the driver and have appealed to anyone with information to come forward.
(Source: Irish Independent)
Local Fine Gael TD’s Charlie Flanagan & Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy (both Laois/Offaly) and Nicky McFadden (Longford/Westmeath) met with Gabriel D’Arcy, CEO and Pat Downes, Director or Bord na Móna last Thursday in the Dáil to discuss the company’s current projects in the region.
Deputy Flanagan, who arranged the meeting, stated, “Bord na Móna is a huge employer and a very significant player in the Midlands region and I work closely with the company on local issues.
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