News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Dec 16 2013


“On one occasion, the house was robbed at 1:30 during the day. The people robbing are bringing the items to the park, then coming back later that night with a car and removing them. This man went out into the park to get back some of his belongings,” she said.

The home is located close to the quiet river Triogue linear park linking Tower Hill with Green Mill Lane.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Carrick-on-Shannon Gardaí (police) are investigating an incident in the county town two weekends ago, which left a man hospitalized with facial injuries.

Gardaí were called to the junction of Main Street and the Leitrim Road shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 8, after reports of an altercation.

A man sustained facial injuries and was taken to Sligo Regional Hospital but was discharged later that day.

Gardaí cordoned off the scene for a short time as part of their investigation and they are now examining C.C.T.V. footage.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


New figures show that the value of houses sold across Limerick this October soared to over €18 million, making it the most profitable month for sales for the year.

In all, 97 homes sold across Limerick city and county in October, amounting to total sales of $18,453,000.

By comparison, sales for September amounted to over $10 million from the sale of some 60 houses.

August also had one of the busiest sales periods of the year, resulting in $14.6 million worth of sales from 70 properties.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


A Longford youth will be sentenced this week for raping his former babysitter as she slept in her bed.

The then 17-year-old was at a gathering in the victim’s house at the time. She had gone to sleep beside her boyfriend and woke up to the accused having sex with her.

The youth, who is now 19, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape at the woman’s home in Longford on June 21, 2011. Mr. Justice Paul Carney remanded him in custody for sentencing this Monday.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Gardaí (police) are investigating two callous household raids that occurred on Wednesday, December 11, in two separate incidents, in which two elderly people living alone were robbed in their homes.

The first incident occurred on the Castletown Road at 5:30 p.m.

One man, described as 5’6” and wearing dark clothing and a hoody around his face; and another man, 6’ in height with a slim build, also wearing dark clothes and a hoody; knocked on the door of an 81-year-old man.

He was knocked to the ground, and the pair attempted to search him. They then spent 10 minutes ransacking the house in a search for money and valuables.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A house in Ballycroy was robbed of all its contents two weeks ago by a man who claimed he was renting it.

The house, at Gortbrack, Ballcroy, was advertised for renting on popular free ads website, and the unfortunate homeowner fell foul to a scheming con artist.

Gardaí (police) confirmed details of the unusual crime.

On Wednesday, December 4, a man called to the house in Ballycroy. He said his name was “Joseph” and was looking to rent a house for two nights as he was installing stoves in the area. The company for whom he said he was working does work in the area. This may have placated the homeowner, but afterwards, it became apparent he was not working for this company.

He said he would pay for the rent on the Thursday when he got paid. However, when the homeowner returned on Thursday, December 5, he found the house open, the keys in the back door and the house cleaned of its contents.

Furniture, the cooker, the washing machine, fridges and even curtains and curtain poles were swiped. Gardaí estimate the cost of what was taken to be over $14,000.
[Source: The Mayo News]


The death took place last Tuesday of former Meath County Councilor, Mary Sylver, of Piercetown, Dunboyne.

She served as a Fine Gael member of Meath County Council for 14 years and was a relentless campaigner to have the railway line to Dunboyne reinstated.

Meath County Council Cathaoirleach (Chairman) John Farrelly paid tribute to the late Mrs. Sylver, whom he described as an able councilor and colleague.

She died peacefully in the care of the staff of Highfield Hospital in Whitehall.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


If we are to use penalty points as a measurement of poor driving, then the motorists of Clare, Longford, Kildare, Wicklow, Meath and Roscommon top the league of bad drivers in Ireland.

In comparison, Donegal drivers are the safest, followed by the drivers of Monaghan, Mayo, Kerry and North Tipperary.

This is based on an analysis of penalty points issued to drivers in each local authority area between January 2011 and November of 2013. There are, of course, many other measurements for bad and dangerous driving.
[Source: Irish Independent]