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A little Chinese teapot, valued at €100, created a saleroom sensation last week when it sold for €50,000. The teapot, which would barely fill a mug of tea, was the unexpected “sleeper” in an antiques auction at Sheppard’s Irish Auction House in Durrow, Co Laois. The buyer was a Chinese collector who bid by telephone from Beijing. The teapot was made in China during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng who ruled between 1723 and 1735.

(Source: Irish Times)

Leitrim

The latest figures from the Australian Department of Immigration have revealed a massive increase in the number of Irish people emigrating to Australia with just over three thousand Irish citizens were granted permanent residency in the financial year ending June 2010, a 22 percent rise on the previous years

(Source: Leitrim Observer)

Limerick

Gardai have caught red-handed the man behind the forged €50 notes that have been circulating in a county village for the past few weeks. The matter was reported to gardai and a search was conducted at the end of last week in Doon. It is understood a note was found in the man's wallet. A Garda spokesperson confirmed a man was found in possession of one of the notes. "We did a search and found a dud note with the same serial number as the rest of them. A man was interviewed and he made admissions in relation to the other notes," said the spokesperson.

(Source: Limerick Leader)

Longford

A County Longford senior footballer had to have part of his scalp glued back together after he was viciously assaulted outside a Sligo nightclub, it has emerged. Newtowncashel student, Peter Foy suffered a broken and dislocated jaw, a fractured eye socket and extensive damage to his teeth during the frenzied attack along Sligo town's Market Street on November 7.

(Source: Longford Leader)

Louth

Around 100 protestors lined both entrances to the Louth County Hospital last Monday to protest at Mary Harney's visit. While the Minister for Health was already inside when the bulk of the group arrived, they made their feelings known about the number of cutback in services at the hospital under her watch as both she and locally-based Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern left the grounds following the official opening of the new North Eastern Regional Colposcopy unit.

(Source: Dundalk Democrat)

Mayo

A well-known 48-year-old Swinford man with a physical disability died after slipping on a sheet of ice outside his isolated home. John McCann of Barnacoogue, Swinford was found outside his home lying on a sheet of ice after having to walk almost 5k in the snow because he couldn’t get a lift home in the bad weather conditions. Gardaí in Swinford confirmed that the man had a head injury and that he may have been exposed to the cold for 24 hours.

(Source: The Mayo News)

Meath

An elderly couple were shocked and shaken after being the victims of a deception burglary at their Proudstown home, outside Navan, last Monday afternoon. The couple, who are in their 80s, answered a knock to their door where they found three men who claimed they were there to check their water supply. One of the men kept the couple talking at the door, while the other two searched the house. It is believed that they made off with a quantity of cash in the region of €5,000.

(Source: The Meath Chronicle)

Monaghan

A Fermanagh based priest has called on the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims Remains to seek an exhumation order to determine if a body buried in a grave in Co Monaghan is one of the “disappeared”. Fr Joe McVeigh has urged the commission and the Department of Justice to carry out further checks on what appears to have been a secretive burial at a graveyard at Urbleshanny Church just outside Scotstown in Co Monaghan. Fr McVeigh said that several years ago he was provided with confidential information by an “old-style republican” that a body was discovered buried at a shallow level in the grave.

(Source: Irish Times)

Offaly

Two men have been arrested following a raid last Thursday by Customs Officers and Gardai on an oil laundering facility at Kilclonfert near Daingean. The plant is understood to have the capacity to launder in the region of 100,000 litres per week. At that level, the output of the plant represents a potential loss to the Exchequer of an estimated €50,000 a week. Over 12,000 litres of laundered fuel and a gravel truck with a concealed tank of 20,000 litres capacity were seized.

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