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The Antrim woman who juggled the heartbreak of terminal cancer with the joy of discovering she was to become a mother for a second time has given birth to a baby boy.

Terri Moore first felt a lump on her stomach when she was pregnant with her daughter Macey 17 months ago, but doctors dismissed it as a hernia.
The problems worsened, however, when the 23-year-old became pregnant again - and this time the diagnosis was much more devastating.

The lump was in fact a malignant gastrointestinal tumour and it had grown and spread to many of her organs. Though mercifully rare, only around 20 per cent of sufferers live beyond three years.

Speaking to the Antrim Guardian a fortnight ago Terri admitted that the prospect of not living to see her children go to school was 'heart-breaking' - though she stressed that the battle with the cancer would have to wait until her baby son was safely delivered.

There were tears of joy shortly after 11am last Monday morning when little Max was formally introduced to Terri and his dad Andy Magee.

Max arrived 12 weeks early and weighed in at just two pounds nine ounces, but is said to be doing well in the Neo-Natal Unit at Antrim Hospital.

(Source: Antrim Guardian)


The burglary at a local GAA club last weekend, just hours after a charity fundraising event was held on the premises, has been described as callous in the extreme and has greatly angered the local community.

Intruders broke into St. Patrick’s GFC clubhouse in Cullyhanna early last Saturday morning, just hours after a hugely successful fundraiser was held in support of a young local man who is recovering from serious injury.

The community came together to offer their assistance through the function for young Paddy McDonnell from the village who sustained serious spinal injuries in an accident at work four months ago.  Paddy has been in hospital undergoing intensive medical treatment since the accident and will require further extensive rehabilitation therapy to regain his full health.

Last Friday night week’s event was one of the biggest events ever held in the club, attracting hundreds of people all keen to show their support for Paddy and his family.  The night was a huge success, raising thousands of pounds.

However, shortly before 6.00am last Saturday, a gang of thieves broke into the club and removed a safe which had been bolted to the floor and walls.  Although the safe contained an estimated £1000, none of the proceeds of the night’s event were inside.



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Mother-of-nine who pleaded guilty to the man¬slaughter of her partner in Carlow has been given a five-year custodial sentence. 

Anne Berry (43) admitted kill¬ing 36-year-old Anthony Riordan at his home in Barrow Mills, Graiguecullen in the early hours of 5 June 2009. 

At a sitting of the Central Criminal Court in May, Berry pleaded not guilty to Mr Riordan’s murder but guilty to manslaughter.

rosecuting counsel Pauline Walley SC informed the court that the manslaughter plea was acceptable to the director of public prosecutions. Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan handed down a five-year sentence before remanding Berry in custody. 

“It’s hard to see how this case could not have had a non-custodial outcome,” said the judge. 

The judge noted that Berry had been in a three-month relationship with Mr Riordan and she had a tendency to enter abusive relationships. He also noted that Berry reported earlier that evening to gardaí that she had been assaulted on the day of the incident but it appeared the deceased “posed no threat to the accused at the time of his death”.

The court heard that throughout Berry’s dealings with gardaí she expressed genuine remorse that Mr Riordan had died.

State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy, who conducted an autopsy on the body of Mr Riordan on 5 June 2009, found the cause of death was a stab wound to the abdomen, which went through the liver and also penetrated a number of other vital organs causing blood loss. Dr Cassidy also noted that Mr Riordan, who was originally from Coolock in Dublin, was “very heavily intoxicated” at the time of his death.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


Detectives believe a north Dublin gang or a gang operating from across the Border may have been responsible for a recent raid on an ATM at a commercial premises in the Co Cavan town of Kingscourt.
The raid took place between 4am and 5am at a premises on the Main Street.