News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



A 21-year-old Co Tyrone man due to go on trial for the manslaughter of Cookstown man Leslie Parks in September 2009 has pleaded guilty to his unlawful killing. Anthony James Bey punched Mr Parks once near the Clubland nightclub in Molesworth Street, Cookstown. Mr Parks, felled by the single punch, fractured his skull and died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on September 28, 2009.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


One of the miracles of the Cork Air tragedy has been recuperating at home following his brush with death recently. 22-year-old Donal Walsh from The Grange in Waterford had to be cut from the wreckage of the Manx2 light aircraft but astonishingly he was able to walk unaided from the plane to a nearby ambulance.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)


An advance party of troops is expected to deploy to Lebanon in April, with the main body of troops due to travel in May, the Westmeath Independent can reveal this week. An advance party of 90 engineering personnel will leave Ireland in April to travel to the Middle Eastern country to establish the camp, which will be located in the Tibnin area, a region familiar to Irish soldiers. It is expected the main body of troops will then follow in two groups, or chalks, the first in the middle of May and the second group at the end of May.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


A man in his 20s has been arrested over dissident republican activity. He was detained in a raid on a house in Barntown, Co Wexford after bomb making parts were discovered. Gardaí (police) said the components could have used for improvised explosive devices, possibly pipe bombs. The raid, by members of the Special Detective Unit and local officers in Wexford, took place at 8am last Friday.
(Source: The Irish Times)


A Jack Russell pup owes his life to his quick-thinking Co Wicklow owner who gave him the kiss of life after he fell into a pond. “I was looking for a home for him but now he’s part of the family – I’m tied to him,” said owner John Greene following the “mouth-to-snout” rescue of eight-week-old Nutty.And this shaggy dog story has an added animal element – the alarm was raised when Mr Greene heard the nine chickens he keeps in his backyard making a commotion in their coop.
(Source: The Irish Times)