News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



A lucky Fermanagh and South Tyrone resident could be in line for a very happy New Year . . . if only they can find their winning million pound lottery ticket in time.

It is a ticket with three letters and six numbers that would mean a New Year-in-a-million for one very lucky person.

The problem is that no one seems to know where it is, and the person only has days to find it.
Camelot has told the Courier they have launched a final search for the mystery winner in the hope of giving them a New Year present to remember.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


A cyclist will spend months in a body cast after he was catapulted from his bike after cycling into a pothole in Tallow while out for a regular cycle with the Dungarvan Cycling Club.

Experienced cyclist Ollie Sandford from Kilmacthomas suffered multiple injuries including a fractured skull, broken cheek bone, broken shoulder, broken eye socket and three fractured vertebrae, in the incident on January 6. Mr. Sandford remains in hospital in the Southern Infirmary in Cork in a body cast, which he expects to have to wear for three to four months.

Ollie was part of a group of 60 cyclists from the cycling club, who, on Sunday, January 6, set off from Grattan Square in Dungarvan, travelling through Old Parish, Ardmore and Youghal. They were just over a mile from Tallow when the accident occurred.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


A Mullingar mother of six has started a one-woman crusade to get the powers that be to help the hundreds of thousands of ordinary, hard-working families who are struggling to make ends meet.

For the last two years, Walshestown resident Linda Raeside says that she and her husband Luke – who has a "good job" – have not bought heating oil or used their electric clothes drier in a bid to make Luke's salary last until the end of month.

Linda says her family's income has fallen by at least $800, since the introduction of the Universal Social Charge at the start of 2011 and the cuts to the Children's Allowance over the last two budgets.

"Every month you are always waiting. The last week is always the worst – you are trying to make sure there is enough food on the table, we are trying to make sure there is enough diesel in the car so my husband can go to work in Dublin, and all the bits and pieces that come in from school and you are trying to push it out until you get paid."
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


A check for $40,000 will be sure to help the “January blues” for former Wexford G.A.A. County Chairman Paddy Wickham, who took part in the Winning Streak program on Saturday, January 19.

The Bloomfield man entered the game-show as the “Dream Player” and spun the Dream Maker Wheel, missing out on the top prize of $67,000 but winning a hefty sum of $40,000.

The lowest prize that he could have scooped on the wheel was $13,000.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


The bail of a convicted sex offender sentenced to 12 years for the rape and indecent assault of his daughter has been revoked.

The judge apologized to Patrick O'Brien's victim, Fiona Doyle, and expressed regret for the stress caused.

O'Brien, from Bray in County Wicklow, admitted the rape and indecent assault of his daughter, over a 10-year period.

He had been released on bail pending appeal, after nine years of the sentence were suspended.
[Source: BBC News]