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Last Tuesday night, at approximately 10 p.m., masked men attacked property in Clarecastle, armed with slash hooks and other weapons as terrified neighbors looked on in fear.
The incident lasted “minutes” and the house that was attacked was occupied at the time.
One resident was kept up most of the night with fear due to the feuding. The local said the incident frightened their children and has called for something to be done to remove those involved from the village.
[Source: Clare Champion]
A number of prominent Irish filmmakers may boycott the Cork Film Festival as a result of the surprise decision by the board to make redundant C.E.O. Mick Hannigan and festival programmer Úna Feely.
Acclaimed filmmakers Lenny Abrahamson, who has made “What Richard Did,” “Garage” and “Adam and Paul,” and Paul Duane, who co-created I.T.V. series “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” and a number of documentaries, have written to the board to express their disgust and that they won’t allow their films to be shown at the festival in future.
Mick Hannigan revealed last Tuesday night that he had been made redundant from the festival he has been in charge of for nearly 30 years.
[Source: Cork Independent]
Forensic tests are underway to establish if an overnight fire at a Derry City center bar was arson.
The N.I. Fire and Rescue Service said last Tuesday morning that the blaze at Masons Bar in Castle Street may have been started deliberately.
The proprietors are awaiting the results of police forensic tests to establish the exact cause of the fire that broke out in the early hours.
Despite the damage, which was described as “significant,” the bar owners hoped it was a case of “business as usual” over the weekend.
[Source: Derry Journal]
Padraig Doogan from Gortahork won $48,000 on Winning Streak on Saturday night, March 23.
He and his wife Kerry are married nine years. They have a daughter, Leah (7), and a son, Shane (4), and they were expecting another baby last week.
Padraig purchased the scratch card for Kelly as a Mother’s Day gift but they decided to put his name on it as she would be unable to appear on the show if selected.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]
A Newry man who reactivated guns for dissident republicans has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.
Bryan Christopher McManus, from Aileen Terrace in the city, was ordered to spend half his sentence in jail and the other half on license parole.
Passing sentence, Belfast Crown Court Judge David McFarland told him he had “made a very bad decision to associate with undesirable elements” and added that, while he accepted that McManus’s life had gone into a “downward spiral,” it was of his own making.
The 56-year-old engineer had pleaded guilty to possessing eight firearms, a rifle, component parts of weapons, seven magazines and various ammunition, including armor-piercing and “dum dum” bullets, all with intent to endanger life.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]
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