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Congratulations to former student of Integrated College Dungannon (I.C.D.), Colin Morgan, winner of the "Best Drama Performance" Award at the National Television Awards.

Colin received the award for his role as "Merlin" in the hit B.B.C. television series and drew more votes than performances by Sherlock's Benedict Cumberatch, Doctor Who's Matt Smith and Daniel May, who played Ronnie Biggs in I.T.V.'s Mrs. Biggs.

Colin studied at Integrated College Dungannon from 1997 until 2002, winning the "Denis Rooney Associates Cup" for best overall student in Year 10.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


An 18-year-old female was rushed to Waterford Regional Hospital after she was stabbed in the abdomen during the early hours of Sunday morning, January 27.

Gardaí (police) in Waterford received a call at approximately 6:20 a.m. on Sunday morning to say there was a large row in Kenure Park, Powerscourt. On arrival, they found a female with a large stab wound to her abdomen. The wound is believed to have been almost 8 inches in length.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Two friends from Mullingar, Dara Coyne and Brendan Brady, are among the winners of the YouTube Next How-to Guru competition. The pair have been named as one of the top 15 “How to” channels on YouTube and were the only winning entrant from Ireland. They will now receive a private Google+ workshop series from industry experts and YouTube staff, $4,000 worth of production equipment and promotion on YouTube.

In December, YouTube launched the search for the best “How to” lessons on the web to try to find the most unique, talented D.I.Y. channels on YouTube. Dara and Brendan's channel “Your How to Do” was selected from the hundreds of entries as one of the best “How to” channels in the world.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


Two men who denied charges of forging the will of an elderly man in 1998 have been found guilty of the offense by a jury at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court.

William O’Leary (49) from Arthurstown and businessman Noel Hayes (59) from Ramsgrange, had denied forging the will of bachelor farmer Matthew Hayes.

Mr. Hayes died in hospital aged 82 on December 25, 1998.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


Gardaí (police) were investigating an incident in which three members of a family were taken from their home in County Wicklow and attacked last Wednesday.

A number of men entered a house at Fr. Redmond Park in Arklow at about 10 p.m. and took: two men – aged in their 50s and 20s – a woman in her 40s, and a car from the scene.

They were found a number of hours later at Ballymoney beach in Gorey, Co. Wexford.

The victims had been physically assaulted, and the car had been set on fire.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]