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News from around the 32 counties of Ireland

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Antrim

Churches are not always the preserve of chart-topping singers, but that will be the case this week when Yazz features at a Christian event in County Antrim.

The artist, who enjoyed a UK number one for five weeks in 1988 with The Only Way Is Up, will sing live and share her faith at Ballyhenry Presbyterian Church in Newtownabbey.The free event at Ballyhenry Presbyterian Church on Wednesday.
(Source: BBC News)

Armagh

The family of a soldier killed in Northern Ireland almost 40 years ago have been given an award to recognize their loss. Ian Caie was serving in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guard when he died, aged 19, in a bomb blast near Crossmaglen in County Armagh in 1972.
(Source: BBC News)

Carlow

When local man Keith Whelan committed himself to being the first Irish man to row across the Indian Ocean, many people probably didn’t think he would do it. Keith, originally from Athy, left for the western coast of Australia Monday.?Better known to most as The Naked Adventurer, Keith, 30, having never set foot in a row boat up until two years ago, will row 6,000km from Geraldton in Australia to the island of Mauritius in nothing but his birthday suit.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)

Cavan

Robbers held terrified Post Office staff at knife point in Mullagh as they carried out a brazen daylight robbery last Tuesday.

Despite the raid lasting just two minutes and 15 seconds, the gang terrorized the Post Office owner John Monaghan and his wife Kay in the course of the smash and grab style robbery shortly after midday.

They ordered Mr Monaghan to lie on the floor together with a frightened customer and they put a knife to his neck at one point, shouting "Get to the ground, we want the f...... money." Two people were subsequently arrested in Bailieboro.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)

Clare

A man in his 30s was brought before a sitting of Ennis District Court last Thursday morning, charged with the murder of Deirdre McCarthy in North Clare two weeks ago. Colm Deely was charged at Ennis Garda Station last Wednesday night with the murder of the 43-year-old who was reported missing on Monday, March 28.?Mr Deely was arrested on Tuesday afternoon by gardaí (police) investigating the death of the Ballyvaughan woman, whose body was found on Fanore strand by a man out walking his dog shortly before 8am last Thursday morning. Intensive land and sea searches had been carried out in the days following Ms McCarthy’s disappearance.
(Source: The Clare Champion)

Cork

Saint Vincent De Paul (SVP) Regional President, Brendan Dempsey, has told the Cork Independent that charities are being paid by private companies to use their name when collecting second hand clothes. The revelation comes after St Vincent’s GAA Club in Knocknaheeny suffered €14,000 in damage during an attempted break-in to steal secondhand clothes. refusing to name the charities, Mr Dempsey said that to the best of his knowledge SVP is the only charity that recycles clothes. Speaking to the Cork Independent, Mr Dempsey said: “These charities are renting their name out to private firms. For example, the local boy scouts name will be put on these bins and they are given €10 a week per bin to use their name.
(Source: Cork Independent)

Derry

A 26-year-old man who held his two month old baby upside down and “ shook him vigorously” has been ordered to complete 60 hours community service and spend a year on probation. The man who cannot be named for legal reasons pleaded guilty to one charge of child cruelty between October 24 and November 26, 2009. Derry Crown Court heard that no injury was caused to the child, however during the incident, which lasted five minutes, the child squealed in distress.
(Source: Derry Journal)

Donegal

A top security expert in Donegal has revealed that there are bogus companies selling alarms in the county without license and simply preying on people’s fears of being burgled. Jimmy Melly, from the North West Alarm Systems in Donegal Town warned: “Unfortunately there is a large number of illegal operators in the county at the moment who are operating without license. “This industry is very, very strict. We are inspected at least once a year. We were the first company to be licensed when the legislation was introduced. People should know that it is illegal for anyone to install an alarm without a license.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)

Down

Human remains found among wreckage from a crashed passenger jet have offered fresh hope to the family of a County Down doctor and Riverdance star. Eithne Walls, 28, from Ballygowan, County Down died when an Air France jet from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed into the Atlantic on 1 June 2009. Her body has never been recovered. All 228 people on board were killed. She had been on holiday with two doctor friends from the Republic of Ireland. She died alongside her two friends. But French air accident investigators have now discovered a large piece of fuselage and engine from the Airbus A330 plane, French Transport Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has confirmed.
(Source: BBC News)

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