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A 24-year-old Murrisk man has been given a suspended prison sentence on a charge of dangerous driving causing the death of his uncle.
In a case which the judge described as “very tragic,” Noel Gavin of Carrowkeel, Murrisk, Westport, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and drink driving.
Castlebar Circuit Court heard that on the night of January 2, 2012, Noel Gavin was driving a van, with his uncle Michael Joe Gavin in the passenger seat and another man in the back of the van.
In a statement read out in court, Mr. Gavin said he was passing a cigarette to his uncle while taking a corner, and while attempting to retrieve the cigarette after it had fallen between his legs, he drove up on a bank and lost control of the van.
[Source: The Mayo News]
Two local schoolboys stole the show two weekends ago on “Britain’s Got Talent” television show as their performance of “Little Talks” earned them a standing ovation from the audience.
Jack Duff (13) and Cormac Connell (14) are both second-year students in St. Patrick’s Classical School in Navan and wowed the audience, and also the judges, with their rendition of the Of Monsters and Men hit at the televised Cardiff auditions.
With four “yes” votes from judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon, the boys make it through to the reveal stage when they will find out if they make it to the semi-finals.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]
Monaghan have launched an investigation into allegations that one of their county players was the victim of verbal abuse of a sectarian nature during a league match on Sunday, May 12.
Drew Wylie was sent off early in the second-half of the match while playing for county champions Ballybay Pearse Brothers against Magheracloone in Inniskeen.
After consultation with team management and his playing colleagues, they decided to walk off and refuse to finish the match.
[Source: Irish Independent]
The last two weeks have brought unprecedented success to The Tullamore Academy Chamber Choir.
As winners of last year’s National Choir of the Year, the 21 choral scholars from The Academy of Music - Tullamore were this year under pressure to present an even more prolific and challenging repertoire of choral music to maintain and achieve an even more advanced standard of choral excellence.
And so with the eyes of all choirs in the National Choral scene pinned on The Academy Chamber Choir, they have taken the choral world by storm with an even more innovative and eclectic collection of choral music, specially chosen for their competitive show-stopping nature; including the very complicated and intricate piece “Rytmus” by Slovakian composer Ivan Hrusovsky. This has yielded them even further success with major wins in the Cork International Choral Festival and the Navan Choral Festival.
[Source: Offaly Express]
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