News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of August 4 2013
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
A Garda (police) operation to raise awareness of driving behavior kicked-off across the county last Thursday and continues throughout the month of August with checkpoints on the county’s main roads and motorways.
Inspector John Gordon, who is in charge of traffic in the Meath Division, explained that Operation Focus is designed to bring to the attention of road users the ongoing enforcement in relation to the main causes of accidents including speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, dangerous driving, the non-use of seatbelts, and the unlawful use of mobile phones.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]
A new cross-community sports complex close to the Irish border will be called the Peace Link.
The project was supported with $10.3 million worth of funding from the European Union's Peace III program.
The 14-acre in Clones, in County Monaghan, in the Irish Republic, will be designed to host major competitions of all sporting traditions.
[Source: BBC News]
Pigs will fly through the streets of Tullamore on Saturday, August 10, on the eve of the town’s annual show.
The streets around Hugh Lynch’s Bar will be thronged when the novelty pig racing event, which is approved by animal cruelty organizations,, will bring traffic to a halt.
Six pigs along with their own miniature knitted jockeys will take part in each of the six races and will gallop down a purpose built 60-meter track complete with small jumps while bookies will be on hand to take spectator bets before each race.
[Source: Offaly Express]
A 51-year-old man, who raped a young girl on several occasions in County Roscommon and who told Gardaí (police) it was "just a compulsion," has been jailed for eight years.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to five charges of oral rape, five charges of anal rape, five charges of vaginal rape and five charges of sexual assault between 2004 and 2008.
The girl (14) was aged between five and eight when the offenses took place.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]
A “recluse” convicted of sexually abusing a young boy in Ballyshannon in the 1960s and 1970s has been jailed for two years. He was also convicted of indecently assaulting the boy’s younger brother.
Sixty-three-year-old Brian McMahon of Temple Street, Sligo, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 35 charges of indecent assault between 1966 and 1974, but was convicted earlier this year.
McMahon was six years older than the victim who was aged 10 when the offenses started. He was also convicted on one charge of indecently assaulting the boy’s then 13-year-old brother, between September 1973 and September 1974, also in Ballyshannon.
[Source: Highland Radio]
U.S. woman Elizabeth Darmody Leonard made history two weeks ago when she became the first-ever person to receive Irish citizenship in a private ceremony.
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