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Police later said they were not treating his death as suspicious following the results of a post-mortem analysis.

However, the 42-year-old’s heartbroken mother, Margaret, is urging members of the public to come forward with any information that can “help me come to terms with my son’s death.”
[Source: Derry Journal]

DONEGAL

Shay Given hasn’t given up on his dream of keeping goal for Donegal’s inter-county footballers.

The Aston Villa goalkeeper was a spectator at Celtic’s Champions League draw against Juventus on Tuesday night, February 12, alongside Donegal manager Jim McGuinness.

“I’ve gotten to know him through the Donegal football team goalkeeping coach — Pat Shovlin — who said Jim would like to meet up with me at the Juventus game,” Given write in his column in The Sunday Sun.

“So we met up in Glasgow and it was a really good night despite the result against Juventus. I enjoyed his company and we spoke a lot about sport. He’s an intelligent guy who’s really passionate about sport and it was interesting to hear his slant on various things.”
[Source: Donegal Democrat]

DOWN

A Newry man has pleaded guilty to possessing an “arsenal of weaponry.”

Christopher McManus from Aileen Terrace, had been due to go on trial at Belfast Crown Court Wednesday, February 13, but instead, his lawyer requested that some of the charges be put to him again. McManus entered a guilty plea to six indictments: four firearms related and two terrorist-related charges.

The court heard the 56-year-old engineer plead guilty to possessing eight firearms, including one which was disguised as the removable handle of a walking cane.  He also admitted to having a rifle, component parts of weapons, seven magazines and various ammunition including armor-piercing and “dum-dum” bullets, all with intent to endanger life.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]

DUBLIN

The constant jangling of wind chimes in a neighbor's back garden was described by an 83-year-old last Tuesday as a deliberate act of cruelty against her and her husband.

Mary McBride, of 40 Villa Park Gardens, Navan Road, Dublin, told Judge Alison Lindsay at the Circuit Civil Court that next door neighbors Michael and Marian Hanway, who live at Number 38, would deliberately hang out several wind chimes at a time.

"It was torture," she said.

Barrister Pat O'Brien, counsel for the McBrides, asked Judge Lindsay for maximum damages of $51,000 against the Hanways, who are demanding a similar amount of compensation for bad neighborliness.
[Source: Evening Herald]

FERMANAGH

A Fermanagh community organization will be able to carry out energy saving improvements to its venue and save money, thanks to a grants windfall from the Big Lottery Fund.

Colaghty Orange Lodge 365, Ederney has been awarded a grant of $76,067 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Energy Efficient Venues program towards improvements to their hall.

The group, which opened their hall in 1955, is in a rural area between Ederney and Lack and offers community activities, including bowls, social evenings and summer barbecues.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]

GALWAY

A 42-year old accountant has gone on trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court charged with sexually assaulting four schoolgirls over a 10-year period.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies 24 charges of sexual assault against the four girls, which are alleged to have taken place in a rural village between 1996 and 2006 when they were aged between five and 12 years of age.

Two of the victims, who are now aged 18 and 19 respectively, gave evidence on the first day of the trial last Wednesday.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]

KERRY

A county councilor has told how she was "emotionally bullied" in the lead-up to a vote on marriage rights for gays.

Labour's Gillian Wharton-Slattery had to switch off her phone on Sunday, February 17, because she "couldn't take" another call criticizing her support for same-sex couples.

Councilors in Kerry last Monday supported the married mother-of-two's motion by an 18 to seven majority, becoming the 14th local authority in the State to support same-sex marriages.
[Source: Irish Independent]

KILDARE

Anti-crime texting schemes, which would help communities in Leixlip and elsewhere in Kildare, could be approved and up and running this summer, writes Henry Bauress.

Following requests from members of the public in Leixlip and the town’s Joint Policing Committee heard on February 18.

Garda (Police) Inspector Paul Dolan told the J.P.C. public meeting at Newtown House last Monday that there was a report on the desk of the Garda Commissioner which is “awaiting approval.”
[Source: Leinster Leader]

KILKENNY

The first phase of the $2.1 million overhaul of High Street will begin in the next fortnight, scheduled to take place over an 11-week period until May.

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