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Ivanov was the aggressor for much of the contest but Ward consistently landed the cleaner punches.
The Westmeath man led 7-3 after the first round, and extended his lead to 15-6 following a second round in which his opponent was penalised for a low blow.

The Russian shaded the third and final round but Ward had done enough to secure a memorable eight-point victory.

Earlier this year he defeated the 2008 Olympic silver-medal winner Kenny Egan to become Irish champion.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


Four members of Wexford Sub Aqua Club were airlifted from the sea off Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford, last weekend after their craft capsized.

The four divers had left Kilmore Quay at about 7.30pm last Friday week, but an alarm was raised by members of the club when the rigid inflatable boat had not returned to the marina as expected at 10.30pm. While attempting to get back to Kilmore Quay, the boat overturned after suffering structural failure. All four divers were wearing diving suits which protected them from the elements.
(Source: The Irish Times)


Total of 18 defendants appeared before Arklow District Court last week after they were found on the premises of an unlicensed sheebeen in Avoca last year.

In an attempt to have the cases of a number of defendants dismissed solicitor David Tarrant submitted that they should not have been summonsed under the 1874 Act which the initial search warrant was ascertained, however, Judge Connellan did not accept this argument.

He said that Gardaí (police) obtained the warrant with a view to dealing with an alleged unlicensed premises and were obliged to act if additional offences came to their attention during that process. An application for an adjournment by Mr. Tarrant was accepted so that the 1874 Act could be brought into the courtroom to be referenced on July 20.
(Source: The Wicklow People)