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An “alarming” upsurge in criminal activity in the East Clare area has been attributed to one gang, described by gardaí as “very serious criminals” who are “very organised” and are not afraid “to take on the gardaí”.

At a meeting of the Clare Joint Policing Committee last week, Councillor Joe Cooney described the increase in burglaries and thefts in the East Clare area over a two-week period as “alarming”.

He asked the panel, made up of the county’s Chief Superintendent John Kerin, Ennis Superintendent Peter Duff, Ennistymon Superintendent Colm O’Sullivan, JPC chairman Councillor Joe Arkins and county manager Tom Coughlan, if there is any reason for this and if they are aware of the situation.

Chief Superintendent John Kerin explained the gardaí are aware there had been “an upsurge in criminal activity in the East Clare area in the last two weeks”.

He said the gardaí are “satisfied that this was as a result of one criminal gang that are operating across seven or eight counties”.

“We know the vehicles they are using and there is a huge operation in place across three regions to get that gang. I can tell you that they won’t be stopped by gardaí unless we have the armed response unit. These are very serious criminals. They are very organized, serious people and they won’t be afraid to take on the gardaí,” he concluded.

According to gardaí, the burglaries of a house at Gurteen, Tulla between 4pm and 8.30pm on Wednesday, September 28, a house at Glendree also in Tulla on the same date and the burglary of a shop in Flagmount village between 10pm on Wednesday, September 28 and 8.30am on Thursday, September 29 are believed to have been perpetrated by this gang.

A further attempted break-in at a house in Drewsboro, Scariff at 3am on the morning of Thursday, September 29 was also part of the same spate of crimes, according to gardaí.

(Source: The Clare Champion)


A woman has been knocked down and killed in Cork city Saturday afternoon after she was struck by a bus at Parnell Place. The accident occurred at 5.10pm when the bus from Fermoy turned the corner at Andersons Quay and stuck the female pedestrian.

A spokesperson for Bus Eireann confirmed that the woman has been pronounced dead at the scene, which is closed off for technical examination. It is not yet known what age the woman was. The spokesperson offered his condolences to the family of the deceased woman and said Bus Eireann would be complying with any all Garda investigations, as well as conducting its own internal inquiry.
Source: (Cork Independent)


Dozens of life-size plastic painted cows will be making an appearance in Derry next summer as one of the world’s most popular public art events arrives in town.

‘CowParade’ will bring fibre-glass reinforced cows to the streets of Derry where, decorated by local artists, they will be placed on display for public viewing. A charity auction at the end of the event will raise money for chosen charity partners.

CowParade events have been staged in more than 50 cities worldwide since 1999 including Chicago, New York City, London, Tokyo, Brussels and Dublin.

Last week, Derry City Council agreed to co-fund next year’s event, setting aside a maximum of 50% of the overall request of £17,500 spread over two financial years, subject to securing additional monies from other funders.

A Council spokesperson says CowParade will “present us with an excellent opportunity to boost visitor numbers as part of the lead-in to the UK City of Culture.”

Council also believes the event can offer a “range of opportunities to engage with local communities and maximise tourism opportunities and linkages.”

She added: “There is also huge potential to place the cows at key attractions within the city to develop a themed and specialist trail with a number of sites already being considered as potential locations.”
CowParade, insists Council, is more than an arts festival.
(Source: Derry Journal)


A victim of a shooting attack in a Donegal village died from massive blood loss after being shot in the back, the trial into his murder has heard.