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The chase began in Laois after Mr. McMahon, from Crettyard, allegedly drove away from a petrol station without paying for fuel. He is understood to have had a number of previous convictions and was known to the Gardaí. He was taken to Naas Hospital but died shortly afterwards, while a passenger travelling with him was treated for minor injuries.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]

KILKENNY

A customer who threw food around a restaurant before assaulting the owner of the premises was convicted of the offense at Kilkenny Court.

David Barry, 10 Steeple Court, New Building Lane, entered a plea to criminal damage but denied assault and being intoxicated at Uncle Sam’s, High Street on November 25.

The owner of the premises, Mario Gismandi, told the court that he was “working away” and it was almost closing time when two men and a woman entered the shop.

“They approached the counter and asked me for some food and I said ‘okay.’ They started messing from the counter. That was okay. They got the food and sat down and the two guys started arguing and throwing the food around. Myself and a member of staff said to stop messing and to clear out. The defendant started abusing me and throwing punches and I avoided every one. I threw him out and the defendant started smashing a window from outside. I went outside and he got really aggressive and was going crazy.”
[Source: Kilkenny People]

LAOIS

A heroin addict caught with $9,500 of the drug hidden in the petrol tank of his car has been put on probation, after Judge Tony Hunt was shown “gruesome” pictures of the man’s leg which has been damaged due to a medical condition.

Michael Tynan, from Waterford, was arrested at Portnahinch, Mountmellick, on February 12, 2009.

Garda (Police) Sgt. Michael Ryan, led by State prosecutor Mr. Will Fennelly, gave evidence that a mobile patrol discovered the defendant and three others sitting in a car parked in a laneway. A Garda search of the car revealed a small plastic pack of heroin hidden in the petrol cap. Sgt. Ryan said the quantity of the drug was 47 grams, with a street value of $9,500.
[Source: Leinster Express]

LEITRIM

A property developer, found in a very disheveled and malnourished state on a road near Ballinamore on Tuesday night, had a serious injury to his forehead.

The Leitrim Observer, which broke the story last Wednesday of the discovery of Kevin Michael McGeever, has since learned that he was dropped off from a van some time shortly before 10 p.m. on January 29.

Mr. McGeever went missing from Gort, County Galway in June 2012. He is originally a native of Co. Mayo and had been involved in a property development company dealing primarily with properties in Dubai, prior to his disappearance.

When discovered by a couple returning to the Ballinamore area on Tuesday evening, Mr. McGeever was wearing socks and had a plastic bag covering his clothes. He had no money on him but had a mobile phone and a torch in his possession.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]

LIMERICK

Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura may have become the world’s oldest man two weeks ago aged 115 years, but buried beneath County Limerick soil is a 219-year-old John Murphy.

The tombstone of the mystery man – who is surely a candidate for the Guinness Book of Records – has been discovered in the cemetery at St. John’s Church in Knockainey by a local historian.

Michael Quinlan was researching his new book on the church when he came upon the unusual inscription.

“When anybody sees it – they are quite amazed,” said Michael. “The fact is, it is written in stone. It is dating from 1784,” he explained of the gravestone.
[Source: Limerick Leader]

LONGFORD

Health and Safety investigators are trying to establish what may have caused a 40-foot high wall to collapse at a well-known D.I.Y. and garden center in Longford town last Tuesday, killing two men and injuring four others.

Sean Mulleady (47), from Drumlish, and Tarmonbarry father-of-two Pat Gaffney, who was in his 60s, lost their lives when an internal wall gave way, trapping them and four others.

Two of those left injured have since been discharged from hospital, with two more still being cared for at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore.
[Source: Longford Leader]

LOUTH

The town of Dundalk came to a standstill for the funeral of Detective Garda (Police Officer) Adrian Donohoe last Wednesday.

Uachtaráin na hÉireann (President of Ireland), Michael D. Higgins and his wife were invited by Very Rev. Michael Cusack to express the condolence and sympathy of the people of the nation at the end of the funeral.

Nearly 2,000 people filled the church and the adjoining monastery rooms for the requiem mass during which Fr. Cusack said, “This is a good time for serious reflection on the need for expanding, and not cutting back, on policing in our country.”
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]

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