News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Ethan Leahy was hoping for a tasty snack from his local KFC takeaway. But the 12-year-old boy got a nasty surprise when he found two mystery pills inside a soft drink bottle that came free with his meal. The Antrim schoolboy fell ill after finding the colored capsules in a two-litre bottle of Diet Coke that his mother got as part of a family-sized takeaway from KFC. One of the pills had partially dissolved in the schoolboy’s drink, leaving the other tablet floating in the bottle. A spokeswoman for the branch said she did not want to comment on the incident.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


A man accused of killing a dairy farmer in County Armagh has been refused bail because of fears he may not turn up for trial.Peter Joseph Moloney is charged with murdering 45-year-old Victor Stewart in October 2008. The victim was found beaten to death at his isolated farmhouse on the Creevekeeran Road, Middletown.Mr Moloney, 23, of Drumarg Park, Armagh, is also accused of stealing a safe from the victim's farmhouse.
(Source: BBC News Northern Ireland)


A local man allegedly caught “red-handed” on a back road with over half a million euro worth of drugs appeared before a sitting of Carlow District Court last week. Armed detectives arrested John Brady of 110 Riverview Close, Hanover, Carlow last Monday, 7 February. Brady was charged in court with possessing drugs for sale or supply at Croghtan, Clogh, Castlecomer.  He was arrested with another man, Sean Keohane, whose address was given as 10B Queen Street, Warrenpoint, Co Down.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


Thieves who burgled 17 houses – all occupied at the time – in Virginia recently were so brazen they even released two dogs from one of the homes. The Alsatian and the terrier were found wandering in the town area the following day. The robbers, believed to be part of a professional gang from Dublin took laptops, mobile phones, money, jewellery and car keys, in two waves: the first eight robberies were in the early hours of last Saturday on the Ballyjamesduff side of the town and another nine houses on the Kells side were targeted early on Sunday morning February 5.
(Source: The Angle Celt)


Shannon Airport needs to be managed locally if it is to survive according to the majority of candidates at last Monday night’s election debate. Sitting TD Joe Carey said the DAA is “sucking the life out of Shannon” and that he had a clear vision for the future of Shannon Airport and is eager to see this put in place. “It is clear that the governance structure has failed in Shannon. We are always on the backfoot. Even the name DAA is wrong. The Dublin Airport Authority running Shannon, it is wrong. Dublin is sucking life out of Shannon and it has to stop

(Source: The Clare Champion)


Cork is home to over 26,000 illegally ‘clocked’ vehicles according to the latest statistics from car history check website, The figures represent the number of vehicles that have had their odometers altered in order to read that less mileage has bee amassed on the vehicle, thereby making it more attractive to potential buyers. Hugh Sheehy, of Cavanaghs Charleville, told the Cork Independent that the assumption within the business is that one out of every five imported cars, mostly from the United Kingdom, are clocked and this is something he would broadly agree with.
Source: (Cork Independent)


Dissident republicans who left a pipe-bomb outside a house could have killed people, it has been claimed. The device, which police described as viable, was found in the Sandy Braes area of Magherafelt last week. Nearby homes were evacuated while the device was dealt with by Army bomb experts. It is believed the Real IRA was behind the attack.  Mid-Ulster DUP MLA Ian McCrea, who is a Policing Board member, attended the scene and voiced his disgust at those responsible. “This device could have resulted in the loss of innocent life if detonated by a child or a passer-by and I am utterly disgusted by this mindless action,” he said.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Thirteen young people booked their tickets to leave Donegal within the space of fourteen hours this week, according to Killybegs travel agent Mona Vial.The unprecedented numbers of young people who are leaving the country has shocked the Killybegs travel agent who has been exceptionally vocal on such issues in the past. To date it is estimated that 43 young local people have booked their ticket to leave Ireland since the beginning of January.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


A church badly damaged in a dissident republican bombing in Northern Ireland a year ago will officially reopened last Sunday. Downshire Road Presbyterian in Newry, Co Down, suffered structural damage and had most of its windows blown out in the blast outside the border city's nearby courthouse on February 22 last year. A car bomb weighing up to 250lb exploded. No-one was killed or injured in the attack, which was heard two miles away. Part of an annex to the church was demolished and rebuilt while stained glass windows were painstakingly reconstructed, minister the Rev Brian Colvin said.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)