News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: Offaly Express)


Boyle actor Chris O’Dowd has drawn on his own Christmas experiences as a child to come up with a new comedy film, ‘’Chris O’Dowd’s Little Cracker’, previewed on Sky1 last weekend. The short film was written by Chris O’Dowd and Nick Murphy and tells the story of a ‘Young Chris’ who has developed a dislike for Santa Claus and embarks on a cunning plan to catch him.

(Source: The Roscommon Champion)


The Central Criminal Court in Dublin has been told of a Sligo "house of hell" in which a father raped and indecently abused his two daughters over a 16-year period. In victim impact statements read to the court last Monday, both women described the horrific abuse they had been subjected to by a man one of them said 'should not and does not deserve to be called a father'.

(Source: The Sligo Champion)


Gardai in Thurles have warned online shoppers to on the alert for a scam which allows hackers to access personal computers. Scammers, claiming to be from Microsoft and other respected technology companies, are contacting consumers to falsely inform them that their computers have a virus. The cyber criminals then persuade the victim to download a file, which allows the scammers to gain access to their computer. This, in turn, allows the criminals to access the victim's personal details, including financial information.

(Source: Tipperary Star)


A friend of a murdered man's son has denied that he “concocted” his story to blame the defendants for the killing in Dungannon. It was while under cross-examination from defence QC Brendan Kelly at Belfast Crown Court that Patrick Bell, a friend of Kevin Hughes, denied that his claims of seeing Martin Murray with a knife was “a concoction... to make sure that one of the Murrays paid for this killing”. Martin Murray (23), from Windmill Drive; his cousin Liam Murray (24), from Windmill Court; 24-year-old Kevin Toye, from Windmill Court, all Dungannon, and 25-year-old William McDonagh, from Kew Gardens in Ballymena, all deny murdering 49-year-old Eamonn Hughes on September 14, 2008.

(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


A leading city credit union has employed a solicitor and is also taking on a debt collector in a bid to recoup €2.8m in bad debts owed by its members. The scale of the debts were outlined by Sean O’Brien, president of St. Dominic’s Credit Union, which has branches at Summerhill and Ferrybank, in the city, and Mooncoin in Co. Kilkenny, when he addressed the annual general meeting last week.

(Source: Waterford News $ Star)


The Bogfest 2010 which was held in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland has raised a total of €6,600. The natural setting in Tinnemuck was ideal with a very enjoyable day for everyone who attended. Preparations are underway for Bogfest 2011, hopefully with an even bigger turnout. Approximately 500 people turned up this year and the target is to double that for 2011.

(Source: Westmeath Independent)


Four men have each been sentenced to ten years in prison for disposing of and trying to destroy the body of Rebecca French in Co Wexford last year. At the Central Criminal Court, Judge Barry White described the killing of the 30-year-old as 'brutal' and 'savage'. He said the sentence was the maximum he could impose.

(Source: RTE News)


An application by Bank of Ireland for €11.75 million judgment orders against a Co Wicklow property developer over unpaid loans has been adjourned after the developer became ill in court and was taken to hospital by ambulance last week. The full hearing of the bank's action against George Wilkin, Roselawn Green, Boghall Road, Bray, Co Wicklow, was listed for hearing before Mr Justice Sean Ryan at the Commercial Court after talks between the sides failed to resolve the case.

(Source: RTE News)