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When speaking to the ‘Journal’ last week, Tony said the Police forensic team were on route to the premises.

“There’ll be no wedding for us this week anyway but hopefully the police get to the bottom of things soon as this is so unfair. Everyone is struggling just to get by at the moment and a break in and damage to your property is the last thing any businessman would need.”
(Source: Derry Journal)

Donegal

A brave Donegal teenager is preparing for a bone marrow operation which she hopes will end a six and a half year battle with a rare form of cancer.

Sixteen-year-old Niamh McNulty from Convoy will have the transplant in Dublin this week. Since she was ten she has been battling a rare form of leukaemia which affects only four people in Ireland.

Now her wait for bone marrow transplant has come to an end after a suitable donor was found in Germany. Niamh was diagnosed with the illness in March 2005 and has battled through pain, weekly trips to hospital in Letterkenny and Dublin and chemotherapy. In January this year Niamh became seriously ill and her family were called to Dublin fearing the worst but the brave teenager rallied and is now set for her transplant operation.

Niamh has lost her hair four times due to chemotherapy but her wit and spirt makes light of what would be traumatic for others. “God only made a few perfect heads but the rest he covered with hair,” she said.

Niamh’s mother Bernie praised her daughter for the courage and spirit with which she has faced such adversity. “Through her battle for life she has smiled and joked and loved live,” she said. “She’s a fighter, a survivor and a pleasure to have in our lives. I love her to bits and we hope this transplant works and then maybe we can have some kind of normal life.”
(Source: Donegal Democrat)

Down

Eminem’s forthcoming Irish date at Tennent’s Live in Bangor, Co Down has run into trouble after a resident made a complaint to the local council.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, the objection is to the Detroit rapper’s explicit lyrics, which will disrupt a Missionary Convention taking place in a nearby church. A decision on the open-air August 24th gig will be made by North Down County Council in the coming weeks.
(Source: Irish Times)

Dublin

Police have arrested a boxer in his late 20s after a savage assault on Grafton Street which left the victim with horrific head injuries.

The victim, business student Tomas Carter (21), from Monkstown, south Dublin, told the Herald last week: "I am so relieved that police have made an arrest. This has been the most difficult period of my life."

Detectives from Pearse Street Police Station arrested the suspect in Clondalkin last week and he is being questioned last week about the assault.

It is understood he has admitted the offence and is "deeply sorry".

"He has come clean -- he feels very bad about what happened. In fairness, the incident was out of character for the man," said a source.

The suspect, who has convictions for minor offences, is an accomplished boxer, according to sources.
Keen rugby player Mr Carter was left fighting for his life after the attack, which occurred at Grafton Street, near the junction with Harry Street, at 3am on Sunday, May 29.

He needed 41 staples in his head during life-saving brain surgery when a six-inch skull fracture was discovered.

Mr Carter said he was "just 48 hours from death" when neurosurgeons at Beaumont Hospital performed a three-and a-half-hour surgical procedure on his head. Mr Carter explained: "The surgeons had to open my skull up. While doing this a part of my skull crumbled and had to be removed, they stopped the blood clot and drained the blood from my brain successfully.

"They had to put two titanium plates and screws in my head to hold my skull together, from where they had to cut open my skull and also where the skull bone crumbled."
(Source: The Evening Herald)

Fermanagh

An Orange hall destroyed in an overnight fire was targeted by arsonists who may have used diversionary tactics to keep the emergency services from the area, Orangemen have claimed.

The isolated building in Inver Road, near Rosslea in Co Fermanagh, was gutted in the blaze, which was only discovered at around 6am after it had burnt itself out.

Orange Order secretary Drew Nelson said he understood a phoney 999 call was made around the same time of the fire, reporting an incident in nearby Lisnaskea.

"This looks like a very well-organized attack on the hall," he said. "We understand that the people responsible may even have used diversionary tactics to keep the emergency services from the area at the time."

Mr Nelson, who will visit the hall to inspect the damage, said the hall played an important role in the small Fermanagh community.

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