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Antrim

The cousin of the first man from Northern Ireland to die from a heroin overdose has blasted the dealers he blames for destroying a billboard highlighting the evils of drug abuse.?Promoting the message that 'Drug Dealers Don't Care', the hard-hitting billboard urged locals whose lives have been blighted by the underground trade to report the kingpins to police.? Following the tragic death of his cousin Gary Cathcart from an overdose 13-years-ago this month, the UUP man vowed to stand firm against the dealers - and he has urged local people 'living in their dark shadow' to ignore the apparent warning.”
(Source: Antrim Guardian)

Armagh

A young mother, walking with her two children, was attacked and raped in Derramore Woods, near Bessbrook last Saturday afternoon.

Around 4.45pm the 23-year-old had been walking with her  young children in the area known as the Bridge when she noticed a man with a dog following her.  Suddenly the man attacked her, pushing her up against a rock and subjecting her to a “serious sexual assault”, a police spokesperson said.  The assailant only ran off when one of the children began to cry.
(Source: crossexaminer.co.uk)

Carlow

A Vicious dog attack on a flock of sheep in Rathvilly has been described as “the most horrific damage you’d ever seen done to an animal”.??The attack took place at lands in Ra hill, Rathvilly, leaving nine hogget lamb s dead and a flock of over 200 sheep terrified.??“One chop literally took their heads off ... it must have been a huge guard dog because their face were so bitten the noses were clean off. It’s as bad as you could imagine,” said owner Mark Fenton.??“I’ve seen three dog attacks in my lifetime, but nothing as bad as this. It’s definitely the worst,” he added.?? (Source: The Carlow Nationalist)

Cavan

"Guys are struggling and are just hitting a wall right now," warned an expert as he summed up the grave financial situation facing County Cavan pig farmers.

Teagasc pig advisor Seamus Clarke was explaining to a special meeting of Cavan County Council the deepening crisis facing pig farmers due to their inability to secure additional credit to buy animal feed.

With time running out it is feared that some pig units maybe forced to close by the end of the month. A lifeline is now needed to save an important indigenous industry employing 1,500 locally and 7,000 nationally.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)

Clare

As emigration continues to hit GAA clubs across the county, two clubs have been forced to withdraw teams from this season’s hurling competitions.?Both Wolfe Tones and Clooney-Quin have withdrawn from the intermediate hurling grade, citing emigration as the main reason for their drop in numbers.?Last year, Wolfe Tones had three adult hurling teams competing at senior, intermediate and junior grades. This year, they will compete in the senior and junior B championships after Brian and Gary O’Connell, John Coen, Jamie Roughan, Jamie Walker, Sean Cahill Johnnie Bridges and Sean Condren were listed amongst those to have emigrated
(Source: The Clare Champion)

Cork

An inquest into the deaths of three German retirees whose boat caught fire in Bantry Bay last August took place last week. Mike Schmidt, aged 70, who lived at Firkeale, Glengarriff, Richard Harman, aged 69, The Village, Glengarriff and Wolfgang Schroder, aged 62, of Dromleigh South, Bantry all died from drowning on an angling trip near Adrigole Harbour in Bantry Bay on 16 August.

The accident happened after they were forced to abandon Mr Schmidt’s motor cruiser, Castaway, when a fire broke out on board.
(Source: Cork Independent)

Derry

A Claudy sheep farmer died after being shot at least nine times in the head and chest, an inquest in Derry has heard.Patrick Devine (51), was shot dead on Monday, September 13, 2004. His body was found by family members in the kitchen of his small cottage on the remote Mullintill Road, Strangawilly, near Claudy. Wednesday) Coroner John Lecky , said that Mr Devine died of at least nine gunshot wounds to the head and chest. A PSNI detective leading the investigation revealed a full investigation into all the evidence is currently underway. Detective Chief Inspector Magee said the investigation was ongoing.`   
(Source: Derry Journal)

Donegal

Two prominent Donegal political figures have expressed conflicting views over the proposed state visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland in May.Bundoran Town Councillor Michael McMahon says the visit is “inappropriate” and it “enrages” him that the Queen hasn’t apologized for Bloody Sunday.

However, former Fine Gael TD Paddy Harte says he personally asked the Queen to come to Ireland way back in 1998.

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