News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


A male approached her from behind and made off with her handbag.

The male then ran towards Foyle Street where it is believed he got into a taxi and was dropped off in Great James Street. He is believed to have been wearing a blue tracksuit top.

The female did not sustain any injuries; however, she was left very badly shaken.
[Source: Derry Journal]


A new survey, which has been carried out by Eircom Phonewatch, shows that while Donegal residents place a high value on the fact that they have good neighbors, half of the respondents feel much less secure than they did a year ago and are taking steps to improve their own security.

This comes in the wake of the ongoing spate of burglaries throughout the county, which caused a national outrage after elderly people were attacked in their homes. The incidents attracted major national media attention at the time and put the focus on the indiscriminate attacks in the county that, regrettably, are ongoing.

The survey revealed that one in five people in the county now rate burglary in the same league as losing their job or not having enough money their monthly bills.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Victims’ campaigners have angrily condemned the sentence handed down to Fr. Terence Rafferty, the Newry priest convicted of indecently assaulting a teenage girl more than a decade ago.

The former administrator of Newry Cathedral avoided prison two weeks ago and was instead sentenced to 100 hours community service after pleading guilty to four counts of indecent assault.  Rafferty, of Chestnut Grove, Newry was also given a three-year probation order and has been banned from working with children or vulnerable adults for 10 years.

The priest was serving as a parish priest at St. Peter’s in Lurgan when the abuse took place over a six-month period in 2001.  While his defense lawyer argued that his mental health was “brittle and vulnerable” due to dealing with harrowing events during the Troubles, prosecutors maintained he had abused his “position of trust” and listed an aggravating factor as the age difference between the priest, who was 38 at the time of the offenses, and his victim, who was just 16.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A Dublin man who was arrested by detectives investigating the murder of Real I.R.A. terror boss Alan Ryan had been released from prison just weeks before Ryan was shot dead.

The 24-year-old Donaghmede man was picked up by Gardaí (police) in the Artane area of the capital last Wednesday, but sources say that it is not believed he was directly involved in Ryan's murder.

Instead it is thought that he may have key information in relation to the killing.

The suspect is considered a low-level criminal who has a number of previous convictions including serving a short sentence for street-level crack cocaine dealing.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Enniskillen athlete Sian Hurst has received the “Athlete of the Year” award from the I.W.W.F. Europe and Africa. She is the first Irish athlete ever to win this award.

Sian was presented with the award in Unterageri, Switzerland where 24 countries were represented, including Ireland. Each Europe and Africa Council elects their Confederation Athlete of the Year based on their performances at major events.

Last summer, at the Europe Africa Wakeboard Championships, Irish Team Rider Sian Hurst competed in the Open Ladies section.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A 21-year-old man was expected to appear in court last Tuesday in relation to a weekend assault that has left a young Barna man fighting for his life in a Dublin hospital.

Gardaí (police) arrested the man – from the North Galway area – on Sunday evening under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, following the incident at Rossaveal Pier in the early hours of Sunday morning.

An altercation developed at the pier shortly after 3:30 a.m., between a number of young people driving cars who had been following the Galway International Rally – the injured man was allegedly hit in the head by a person wielding a wooden timber mallet.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Culprits raided bars in Kilgarvan, Lauragh, and Castlegregory — where police stations have been closed — as well as Annascaul in West Kerry, and the Mid-Kerry village of Firies.

It was confirmed last Tuesday that the robberies occurred in a 24-hour period on Jan 29-30, and the thieves made off with goods worth thousands of dollars, including cigarettes, alcohol and cash.

The first premise targeted was Boland’s Bar, Cloghane, Castlegregory, where a cigarette machine and its contents, valued at $8,000, was ripped from the wall.

In nearby Keane’s pub in Annascaul, the back door was forced in and a sum of money and cigarettes were taken, while a cigarette machine and its contents was also stolen from The Shanty Bar in Ballyfinane, Firies.
[Source: Irish Examiner]