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A battered Massey Ferguson tractor and a metal tub were the tools used in the James Bond-like expedition that smuggled Cork photojournalist Mark Condren over the Syrian border where Western media is banned.
"We had done all the research," Mark said, "Me and journalist Jason O'Brien had lined up a fixer to meet us in Turkey."
A fixer is a person who organizes interviews, security clearance and also works as a translator.
"Before I left, I felt terrible, now in hindsight, I can enjoy it and think back on it, but in the airport with my wife and three children, I was just thinking, what am I doing?"
[Source: Cork Independent]
A Fresian cow, shot in the head, lying alongside a Fresian bull calf dumped by the side of a forest track off a main road outside Limavady – this was the horrifying discovery made by a walker at the scenic Loughermore Forest last Wednesday.
The gruesome find has shocked residents of the quiet scenic area off the New Line Road.
Local farmers who spoke with the Journal shortly after the animals were discovered said they’d never seen the like of it before
[Source: Derry Journal]
The woman whose remains were found washed ashore at Bundoran last Tuesday has been named.
Gardaí (police) in Ballyshannon confirmed that the remains found shortly after noon in the sea behind the Waterworld Complex were those of Ita Maguire.
The 87-year-old, who is thought to be a native of south Donegal, was residing at a local care home.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]
“Love at first note” – that was how “The Voice” judge, will.i.am, described how he felt upon hearing the jaw-dropping performance of Newry-born classical singer, Carla Maney and her singing partner, Barbara Kelly, during the T.V. auditions on Saturday night, April 20. On hearing the very first note of the duo’s spine-tingling rendition of opera classic, “The Flower Duet,” the judge pressed his button to face the stage.
The pair became the unmitigated stars of the show, earning a standing ovation from the audience and all four coaches. Indeed, Danny O’Donoghue, Jessie J, Tom Jones and will.i.am, were simply in awe of the singers’ abilities, with The Script front-man describing their performance as “like angels singing.”
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]
A Dublin man has appeared in court charged with raping and sexually assaulting two sisters over a six-year period.
The man, who is in his 40s, has been ordered to stay away from the alleged victims and not to contact them for the duration of the trial.
He appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with 12 counts of sexual assault and 12 counts of rape of a female over a six-year period in the 1990s.
[Source: Evening Herald]
Speaking to the Fermanagh Herald last week, Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay gave an update on how the P.S.N.I.’s work is progressing.
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