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The invitation was made to the Reds’ boss some time ago and before news of his intended retirement emerged last Wednesday.

 “We have sent the invite, we’re not sure now if this changes things, hopefully not, but it doesn’t change our view on him, he was simply the best,” Paddy Delap, treasurer of the club, told the Democrat.
 [Source: Donegal Democrat]

DOWN

Staff and customers of Newry Credit Union were left traumatized following a terrifying robbery Wednesday afternoon, May 1.

Just after 2 p.m., two men entered the premises, one of whom police believe was possibly armed with a firearm, and demanded money. An eyewitness told The Examiner that one of the men jumped over the nearest cash desk to the entrance and began screaming a terrified staff to open the money drawers and hand over cash.  Meanwhile, his accomplice barked orders at shocked customers who were concerned for their own safety.

After grabbing a sum of cash, the men made off on foot in the direction of High Street where it is believed they got into a silver-colored vehicle with a southern registration plate to leave the area.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]

DUBLIN

The High Kings singer, Darren Holden, has spoken of how he feared for the lives of himself and his daughter during a terrifying road-rage incident.

Holden, who is a member of the ballad group who performed for U.S. President Barack Obama, was driving daughter Ava (5) to a dance class Saturday morning, May 4, through Walkinstown, southwest Dublin, when the incident occurred.

"I was stopped going right outside near the Halfway House Pub on Walkinstown Avenue on to the Drimnagh Road when suddenly there was a screech of brakes as a car broke a red light and came up behind me.

"There was only one lane, and this car was going crazy to get past me. It was like something out of a movie," Darren told the Herald.
[Source: Evening Herald]

FERMANAGH

An extra 3,600 police officers are being flown into Northern Ireland as part of the security operation for the G8 Summit. Along with this, there will be support from the London Olympics security firm G4S and military assistance.

The International event, being held at the Lough Erne Resort outside Enniskillen, will be one of the largest police operations to ever take place here and was discussed at length at a press conference at Hillsborough Castle last Thursday.

At the press conference it was also confirmed by Secretary of State Theresa Villiers that there will be “additional military assistance,” which will partly come in the form of helicopter escorts for the world leaders. Additional military helicopters will be provided in June, by way of extra security.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]

GALWAY

A man in his 40s is being treated at University Hospital Galway after he was hit by a car on the Dublin road last Thursday afternoon.

The man was walking near the entrance to Merlin Park hospital at around 1:30 when the incident occurred.

Emergency services attended the scene, and he was taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries.
[Source: Galway Bay FM}

KERRY

White-tailed eagles have hatched in Kerry for the first time in over 100 years at two separate locations.

The event has been described as “momentous” and warmly welcomed, especially in the light of setbacks, which saw several of the 100 birds introduced here since 2007 die from indiscriminate poisoning and shooting.

In the last few days a pair has been confirmed to have hatched chicks at a nest in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, having laid eggs in late March.
[Source: Irish Times]

KILDARE

Thieves targeting A.T.M.s are coming up with new ways of defrauding unsuspecting customers of their money. Following a recent incident in Newbridge, Gardaí (police) have issued a warning about the latest twists in cash machine crime.

A customer using the Bank of Ireland A.T.M. at Main Street, Newbridge was taken by surprise when his card did not come back out of the machine and appeared to have been “eaten.”

In fact, according to Sgt. Seamus Rothwell from Newbridge Garda Station, the customer had just become the victim of a “card-catcher.”
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]

KILKENNY

Twenty-one soldiers from Stephens Barracks in Kilkenny were saying goodbye to their families and friends last Thursday as they prepare to fly to Lebanon for a six-month tour.

Lieutenant Kieran Brennan, son of the Head of H.R. for the Defence Forces, Colonel Kieran Brennan, and nephew of Comdt. Canice Brennan is one of the troops traveling abroad.

Siblings Sergeant Darren Nolan and Private Amy Nolan from Castlecomer who are part of the battalion, are also following in a strong family tradition as their father Michael was also a member of the Defence Forces and served overseas on a number of occasions.
[Source: Kilkenny People]

LAOIS

Element Power who plan to build 150 wind turbines in Laois, are reporting “constructive feedback” from their talks with neighbors of potential sites.

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