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The actions of the company and its owner, John Costello, caused serious ecological damage and have led to frequent flooding along the river and at their own premises, the court was told.

Peter Clein, BL, prosecuting on behalf of Limerick County Council told Judge Carroll Moran that Costello Aluminium sought to alter the course of the Corbry in order to bring a piece of land on the opposite bank “into the larger industrial site” of their premises.

Mr Clein said that physically changing the river “caused havoc” with local fish life and led to a “significant problem” with flooding on nearby banks and at Costello Aluminium itself.

The court heard that Judge James O’Donoghue made an order directing the company to restore the river to its original path on May 27 2009.

On October 19 2009 John Costello gave an undertaking in court that he would commit to hiring an environmental scientist as part of the project, and would liaise with Limerick County Council and the Inland Fisheries Board.

However, the restoration of the river has not taken place to date as Costello Aluminium had submitted an application for planning retention.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


Gardaí are investigating incidents of a female photographer taking pictures of children playing outside their houses in the past week without the permission of parents.

The woman, described as a foreign national, was observed in a housing estate in Kenagh on Wednesday week last (August 3) taking photographs of young children playing. A similar incident is also believed to have taken place in Ballymahon.

Speaking to the Leader, concerned parent Helen Kennedy said when she approached the woman in the blue Ford Fiesta, the woman drove off claiming to have no English.

“On Wednesday (Aug 3) at about quarter to two, the kids were out playing as they normally are,” Ms Kennedy told the Leader. “I was out watching them and I came in to make a cup of tea. When I came out, three of the kids came running across to say that a lady had taken pictures of them.

“They pointed to a car which had come down past me to turn; so I stopped her and asked her why she was taking pictures of the kids. She said, ‘I don’t speak very good English’. I told her that she wasn’t allowed to take pictures of anyone or any of the kids. She just drove off then,” said Ms Kennedy.

She added that later that evening they went back over their own CCTV footage which had captured the incident.

“She (the photographer) was watching the kids for a good three or four minutes. She parked the car up at the top of the estate where it wouldn’t be seen and then got out and walked down to the kids and took pictures. She had one of the long-lens cameras.”

Ms Kennedy added, “You can see on the camera (CCTV) when she comes down past our house to turn, she was hiding the camera in the passenger seat; she actually pushed it down on to the floor so that it couldn’t be seen.”

As soon as the car drove off, Ms Kennedy contacted the gardai, who have since been out to Kenagh to view the CCTV footage.
(Source: Longford Leader)


A documentary about bare-knuckle boxing between rival families in Dundalk was released in Ireland and in UK cinemas on Friday, August 5.

Directed by Ian Palmer, Knuckle chronicles a history of violent feuding between rival clans such as the Quinn McDonaghs and the Joyces.

However, it mainly focuses on two brothers, James Quinn McDonagh and his younger brother, Michael. The documentary was given a four star rating on the film review website critic Paul Byrne described Knuckle as “brutal, yet captivating and ultimately moving”. Meanwhile, gave Knuckle 100% on the infamous tomatometer with an average rating of 6/10 by reviewers.

Featured in this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Knuckle was shortlisted to compete in the World Cinema Documentary Competition where it received its premiere alongside most of the other 12 features in the group.

The documentary begins in 1997 and chronicles a 12-year journey into the world of travellers and bare-knuckle fighting.

Knuckle opens with the wedding of Michael Quinn McDonagh and ends with him fighting against Paul Joyce. The two men had fought before, and Michael had lost because he was disqualified for biting.

Ten years later, in 2007, he sought a rematch in a bid to restore his honor. In another scene, two men are driven to a quiet country lane near Dundalk. Cars are used to block off access to the lane before the bare-knuckle fight begins.

A small group of less than ten people watch silently, as two men, walk to a clear area, strip to the waist and prepare to fight. The two men are James Quinn McDonagh (Michael’s older brother), and Paddy “The Lurcher” Joyce.

The Quinn McDonaghs and the Joyces are cousins, however, the two families have been engaged in one of the longest and most violent bare-knuckle boxing feuds in Ireland and England.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)