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Murray sped away from the house and his mother noticed that the outer pane of glass was broken. When the teen was arrested he apologized for his actions and offered to pay for the damage.
[Source: Derry Journal]

DONEGAL

One Milford mother was trying not to think of the fact that four of her six children left the country in search of work last week.

Last Sunday, three members of the Orr family were among seven people from the town of Milford who boarded a flight and left this country in search of work. Sharon, Ciaran, and Mark Orr travelled to Perth this Monday, while their brother Garrett returned to London to work last Thursday.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]

DOWN

The ransacking of two local primary schools two weeks ago has been met with widespread disgust, with the principals of both schools condemning the acts as a “violation” and “an attack on children.”

St. Patrick’s Primary School in The Meadow in Newry and St. Malachy’s Primary School in Whitecross became victims to the mindless attacks that took place on Tuesday, January 15.

Entry was forced into both schools and the main offices were completely ransacked, presumably in a search for cash or valuables.  The perpetrators left empty-handed as all schools are now cash-free environments, but not before causing serious damage to the premises.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]

DUBLIN

The sister of a man shot dead by his friend during a drinking session says she does not accept the killer has no recollection of what happened.

Marie Flanagan, sister of victim Edward Flanagan, was speaking after father-of-four Peter Donnelly (52), of The Green, Larch Hill Apartments, Santry, was sentenced to life imprisonment for her brother's murder.

Donnelly shot father-of-one Edward Flanagan in the back of the neck as the victim watched a film in his apartment while drinking a can of beer. The incident occurred on June 16, 2011.
[Source: Evening Herald]

FERMANAGH

Fifty people were rescued by the R.N.L.I. in 2012 in local waters, according to figures released last Tuesday.

The figures released by the organization also show that Enniskillen’s station had the second highest number of “launches” – 46 – in which 50 people were rescued, over the whole of Northern Ireland.

Enniskillen operates two bases on Upper and Lower Lough Erne, which is the North’s only inland R.N.L.I. station.

One of the busiest periods here was during August, where the Enniskillen R.N.L.I. rescued 19 sailors in just three days.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]

GALWAY

A woman, who denies murdering her former boyfriend outside her Salthill apartment by stabbing him 18 times with a kitchen knife, rang Gardaí (police) seconds later telling them: "I've stabbed the bastard."

Maura Thornton (31), from Inverin, Connemara, denies the murder of Kevin Joyce (59) at an apartment at 183 Upper Salthill, on July 31, 2011.

On the opening day of the murder trial at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Galway last Monday, Maura Thornton's mother, Breege Ridge Thornton (59), told the jury she saw her daughter take a black-handled knife from a kitchen drawer and go outside the apartment in a rage to where the deceased had been standing on a flat roof looking in the kitchen window.

Mrs. Ridge Thornton's partner, Brendan Lydon, said he followed the accused outside a few seconds later and while he didn't see her stab Joyce, he did see her standing over his still body with the knife in her hand.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]

KERRY

The idea of telling the story of Daniel O’Connell, “The Liberator,” on the silver screen was put to leading director Steven Spielberg and actor Daniel Day-Lewis when they attended the premiere of Spielberg’s film Lincoln, in Dublin, two weekends ago.

The pair met Arts and Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan, who made the suggestion.

The Kerry-based minister, a long-time admirer of O’Connell, said afterwards he was hopeful his proposal might come to reality.

Mr. Deenihan also said Spielberg had heard about O’Connell — who was born at Carhan, Caherciveen, and lived in Derrynane House, also on the Ring of Kerry.
[Source: Irish Examiner]

KILDARE

An Athy mother is too terrified to return to her home after it was broken into twice in three days.

Sabrina McMahon claims she has been threatened that her home in Pairc Brid will be firebombed if she returns to live there and says her house is now being used as a “drug den.”

The house was first broken into sometime between midnight and noon on January 8, and, on that occasion, flat-screen televisions and a set of keys were taken.  The burglars are understood to have returned to the property again three days later on January 11, when a radio cassette player and a check-book were stolen. It’s understood that the keys stolen on January 8 were used to access the house on January 11.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]

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