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But the problem has become a lot worse in the last few months when loads of tires were dumped at the site.

“The Rushes Inn has become an awful dumping ground over the last few years, the council have previously tried to clean it up but the problem still continues,” Councilor Padraig Fleming said.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Did you see One Direction’s Niall Horan in Mohill two weeks ago? Well if you didn’t, you may be the only one.

Social media was on fire last Wednesday, March 27, as fans posted on Facebook, tweeted and stalked Mohill and Lough Rynn Castle Hotel for a glimpse of the handsome pop-star who was best man at his brother’s wedding.

Greg Horan married Denise Kelly at St. Michael’s Church in Castletown Geoghegan, Mullingar with their reception in Lough Rynn Castle Hotel.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A well-known Limerick priest has stepped aside from his ministry while an alleged incident of a sexual nature, officially described as a “historical child protection matter,” is dealt with by the Diocese of Limerick.

The priest is currently based in County Limerick, but was in a parish in the city when the alleged incident occurred in the mid-1990s.

Gardaí (police) are aware of the allegation, but it is unclear at the moment whether they are investigating a formal complaint.

“The Diocese of Limerick can confirm that a priest of the diocese, in accordance with the recommendations of Church policy on safeguarding children, has asked to step aside from ministry while an alleged historical child protection matter is being dealt with,” said a spokesperson in the statement.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Two members from a notorious Traveler crime gang believed to be behind a string of daring petrol station raids were stopped in their tracks last week by Gardaí (police) following a high speed chase across counties Cavan and Longford.

The men, both of whom are in their early 30s, were arrested on the outskirts of Edgeworthstown during the early hours of Tuesday, March 26, by officers from Granard Garda Station.

Both suspects had earlier been seen acting suspiciously behind the wheel of a silver-colored Volvo estate outside The Hideout Pub in Bailieboro. Responding to those calls, Cavan Gardaí went in search of the car only to be given the slip by the men who sped off at speed.
[Source: Longford Leader]


From July 1, 2013, those who own a property must pay a property tax on the home according to its market value. For five-year-old Cian Parsons and his family, the arrival of the brown envelope from the revenue commissioner on Tuesday, March 26, raised a few eyebrows in relation to the commission’s system for collecting the tax.

The letter demanded the junior-infant pupil in St. Joseph’s N.S., Ballinrobe, pay $144 on a property in Tralee, County Kerry – 152 miles from where he lives with his mother, Liz Parsons, in Ballinrobe.

Speaking to The Mayo News, Liz said her mother, Ann Reid, opened the letter knowing that it had to be a mistake. On showing the letter to Cian, he recognized his name and recognized the brown envelope as being a bill. The five-year-old started laughing when he was told he owned a house.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Hollywood star Tom Cruise could be a Meath man! Genealogical research shows that he is a fifth-generation descendant of a Cruise family from Cruicetown in Meath. The most prominent Cruicetown in Meath is in the Nobber area.

Cruise was in Dublin last Wednesday to promote the Universal Pictures film Oblivion. Set on a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, the film tells the story of one man’s (Cruise's) confrontation of the past, leading him on a journey to redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


The G.A.A. has become accustomed to seeing its players tempted away from home to the A.F.L., but there could soon be a second front opening up for Gaelic footballers looking for some international experience. At this year’s N.F.L. draft there will be one player looking to make it to the pro ranks of American football, with skills firmly rooted in Monaghan G.A.A.

Patrick Murray of New Jersey, and now studying and playing football at Fordham University, is tipped to go in one of the later rounds of this month’s N.F.L. draft and he spoke to Ger Gilroy, on last night’s “Off the Ball,” about the G.A.A. roots of his kicking skill.

Murray’s father, Aidan, was an inter-county player with Monaghan before moving to the United States a little over 20 years ago. His young son was soon playing for his local G.A.A. club and learning the kicking skills, which he credits with bringing him to the verge of an N.F.L. career.
[Source: Newstalk]