News from around the 32 Irish counties


Troubled Democratic Unionist leader Peter Robinson has admitted revelations about his wife's affair have left him desolate and struggling to face the outside world. The under-pressure politician said coping with the impact of Iris Robinson's infidelity with a teenage lover had also taken a physical toll on him, losing more than two stone since he learned of her adultery.
(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)

Two Carlow boxers have proved that they are the top of their game when they scooped two national awards from the IABA Friday two weeks ago. 
Both Dylan Carr and Martin Casey picked up the Best Boy Boxers of the year at the awards held in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Dublin. The two promising pugilists have won four national titles in succession at their respective weights and look set for a long and illustrious career in the game. Carr has been capped at international level while Casey who fights in the lower weight’s division looks certain to represent his country shortly. Casey is a member of the Carlow Boxing Club, which is based at St Fiacc’s Hall in Graiguecullen while Carr is a former member but has moved to Ryston in Newbridge. 

(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)

A Cavan man who fled to England for a decade after raping one young daughter and sexually assaulting another has been jailed for ten years at the Central Criminal Court. The 44-year-old man abused his daughters from the ages of six and eight, raping one of them "two to three" times a week when their mother was out of the house. He pleaded guilty.
(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)

The High Court has reserved judgment on an application by a former doctor to halt his trial on charges of defrauding a number of terminally ill cancer patients. The DPP rejected the claims by Paschal Carmody (61), with an address at Killaloe, Co Clare, that his right to a fair trial has been prejudiced on various grounds, including a witness who has died. Mr. Carmody is charged with obtaining money from terminally ill cancer patients and their families by deception at the East Clinic in Killaloe. Last week, Mr. Justice John Hedigan reserved judgment on Mr. Carmody’s judicial review proceedings.
(Source: The Irish Times)

Insurance brokers across the county are currently snowed under dealing with claims expected to run to several million euro - as the cost of the coldest winter in living memory mounts.
Burst pipes have ruined countless homes. Cars that went off snowy, icy roads are now being repaired or replaced. Medical bills are rolling in from those who slipped and broke legs, ankles or arms. And that's not even taking into account the value of all the failed crops. What it means is that the county's insurance brokers have joined gritters and plumbers on the roster of those working flat out to deal with the chaos caused by 'the big freeze'.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)

A young Dublin footballer is hoping to be awarded a contract by Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan as part of a reality TV show. Cherry Orchard player Craig Walsh (17) will be taken on by the Italian giants if he comes out on top in Sky One's Football's Next Star. The midfielder is in the final stages of the show in Italy, making the top 10 from thousands of entrants. Liverpool and England star Jamie Redknapp, who hosts the series, took Craig aside in one recent episode to talk to him about being homesick. Redknapp encouraged the up-and-coming player to make the most of his opportunity. Craig admitted it was "hard dealing with the heat and the homesickness" in Italy, but he got over it and believes the experience has made him a stronger. He described Redknapp as "an amazing person" who helped him off camera as well as on. "He was so helpful," Craig said. Redknapp even described the young Dubliner as the "complete footballer" because of his range of passing.
(Source: The Evening Herald)

An increase of 35 per cent in use was recorded at Listowel town's water reservoir as many in town left taps running to prevent pipes freezing. While the town council is not at the point of restricting the feed from the reservoir at Dromin, the authority is continuing to appeal to users to conserve water. The problem is compounded by exceptionally low water levels in the River Feale — the source of the reservoir — for this time of year, although the river is expected to rise considerably as the thaw progesses. Meanwhile, Listowel Town Council's planned works on its housing stock in the aftermath of the big freeze will be delayed because of major repairs required on four homes in the town where flooding has occurred, Town Engineer Michael McEnery told councilors on Monday night last.
(Source: The Kerryman)

Primary school students have been left without desks to sit at when school began last Thursday, after St John's Senior School in Ballybought Street, which just months ago was the target of mindless vandalism, was dealt another devastating blow last week. Kilkenny's longest cold snap in nearly 50 years caused water pipes at the primary school to freeze and burst on Sunday night/Monday morning last, flooding more than half the school and causing hundreds of thousands of euro worth of damage. Now the school, which has been closed because of the weather, will not be able to open as planned.
(Source: The Kilkenny People)