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At 5pm on the evening in question he tied his own dog, and the Golden Retriever, outside Dunnes Stores in Knocknacarra.

While he was inside the supermarket the child approached the animal, which reacted by biting the boy’s face and ear. Inspector Sean Glynn handed photographs of the injuries into Judge Fahy, which he described as “horrific.”

The mother of the child told the court that she and her children were coming from the pharmacy nearby when her daughter ran ahead, and her son had followed, but stopped when he saw the dog.
She said that her son had undergone plastic surgery to rectify the injuries sustained.

Solicitor for Hennelly, Tomás McHale, said that his client’s intentions were good on the day, and that he had simply stopped outside Dunnes Stores to buy a bottle of water for himself. He had tied up the dogs and was paying for the drink when a security man approached him.

“The dog was put down since, it was insured, and the company has been notified of the incident,” he said.

“It is very unfortunate, he was the person in control at the time, so the responsibility rests with him,” the solicitor added.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


The new lower drink driving limits appear to have had an instant impact on drivres across the county.

Over the bank holiday weekend just seven people were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

Gardaí, who rolled out extra checkpoints across the county, said the number of arrests was down on previous bank holidays and attributed the dip to the new lower limits.

In the Killarney garda district there was just one arrest for drunk driving all weekend and local gardaí said the new limits had "obviously frightened people."

In the Cahersiveen district, which covers the majority of south Kerry, there were drunk driving arrests at all, which local gardaí said was "unusual" and that people were "obviously a bit more aware of the law."

The Tralee District, which also covers West Kerry, saw two drunk driving arrests, which was described as "a slight drop."

The most arrests were made in North Kerry where gardaí in the Listowel District arrested four suspected drunk drivers. While much higher than in the rest of the county, local gardaí said the figure was "not unusually high for a bank holiday."'

The new legislation, which came into effect from midnight last Thursday saw the introduction of a new breath test limit of 22mgs of alcohol - down from 35mgs - per 100mls of breath for an experienced driver, and nine mgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath for learner and professional drivers.
(Source: Kerryman)


A 16-year-old girl who died after being struck by a car was described as "an angel" by her parents.
Sinead Condren died on May 23 after being struck by a car on the Celbridge-Leixlip road, an inquest heard last week.

The transition year student from Mountsackville College was described at her funeral as an angel by her parents who urged both family and friends to celebrate her life.

The inquest was adjourned at Dublin Coroner's Court pending directions from Director of Public Prosecutions.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell put the case back to December 2 next for further mention. Sinead was struck at an area just off the M4 close to an Applegreen service station west of Leixlip.

She was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

The driver of the car involved in the accident, a man in his 20s, was not injured .

At her funeral, her father John recalled Sinead as a "wonderful daughter.

"She's given us 16 years of beautiful memories and now she's an angel".

Originally from Maynooth, the schoolgirl was an avid horse fanatic as well as a lover of hip-hop and a passionate supporter of Leinster rugby.

Schoolfriends remembered someone who was willing to mentor younger students, confident and caring and always willing to help others.

Her dance teacher, Deirdre Brennan, told the Herald that Sinead's death has left her friends devastated.

"She just was so nice and so happy. She didn't have a bad bone in her body," she added.

Parish priest the Rev Fr Liam Rigney said her death meant "lives will never be the same again".
(Source: Evening Herald)


After a 16-year hiatus, Power’s Pub in Tullahought has opened its doors. The iconic licensed premises has played host to tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers and stars from stage and screen who happened upon Tullahought in their travels.

The pub has been renovated refitted and extended but the building retains its character from its style of roof through its new sash windows and doors and it retains the village post-box in its window.

The bar now has a snug, bar, music room and lounge but maintains the traditional atmosphere. The hostelry is under the management of another family member of the original owners Margaret and Jim Power - That is the former Mount Sion and Windgap hurler Pat Power.
(Source: Kilkenny People)