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Relatives of Mr McCusker looked shocked and some wept as the plea was entered.

Murphy was released on bail and will be sentenced next month.

Outside the court the McCusker family said they were emotional but glad the truth had come out.

Mr McCusker (31) was a player with the Ballinderry Shamrocks club and belonged to one of the strongest GAA families in the rural parish, which straddles the Tyrone-Derry border.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


The man who miraculously survived two gas explosions at a Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) building sustained third degree burns and is still waiting to see if he will regain full use of his hands.

The father of two was carrying out maintenance to a cylinder containing the highly flammable gas acetylene, which is used in welding, when the first of two explosions occurred on Thursday morning last.. John Self, of 16 Leamy Street, in the city, was left with burns to his face, neck and hands when the cylinder exploded at 10am, inside a storage facility used by WIT on the IDA Industrial Park. In an exclusive interview with the Waterford News & Star Mr Self’s wife Bridie outlined what happened on the day the shocking accident took place. Mrs Self said her husband, who has been an employee of the WIT for over 30 years, was changing the cylinder when the gas ignited. “He doesn’t know why it ignited. It is only hitting him now how lucky he is to be alive,” she said.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)


A mystery backer has invested over half a million euro to wipe-out all remaining debts following the construction of Athlone Town stadium in Lissywollen.

Following days of rumors locally, Athlone Town Stadium Ltd spokesperson Tom Burke confirmed the wealthy backer, who wishes to remain anonymous, has joined the board of Athlone Town Stadium Ltd and that his staggering contribution - believed to be in the region of €550,000 - makes him the company's new major shareholder.

When speaking to the Westmeath Independent about the deal, Mr Burke insisted the stadium has not been bought outright by the investor, instead saying the investor is now the company's major shareholder. Mr Burke said there was two other shareholders in the company, and assured supporters the investor's intentions were "genuine and transparent", and that his only wish was to see Athlone Town FC continue to play football in Lissywollen for many years.

The company behind the stadium has no connection with the football club so this news doesn't have immediate consequences for Athlone Town FC. However, following the investor's amazing act of generosity, hopes are also high that the football club, and its playing side, could also benefit from the investor's good-will in the very near future.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


A liquidator has been appointed to insolvent Wexford construction company Goff Developments.

Ken Fennell of Kavanagh-fennell was appointed following a vote of the company's creditors recently.

Goff Developments was run by father and son, Francis and Damien Goff, of Horetown, Killinick, and has completed some large commercial, civil and residential projects in Co Wexford in the past 15 years.

Goff Developments had suffered a significant fall off in business through 2008 and had effectively ceased contracting in 2009. It also suffered as a result of bad debts.

The statement of affairs prepared by the directors of the company showed an overall deficit of over €10 million owed to both secured and unsecured creditors. The statement of affairs also showed €1.3 million owed by debtors and ownership of portion of a sewage treatment plant with Wexford County Council in Bridgetown.
(Source: The Irish Times)



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Dogs allowed to roam freely around Wicklow town all hours of the day and night are causing considerable problems.

Cllr Malcolm Earls raised the issue at last week's Wicklow Town Council meeting.

The Fine Gael councilor queried who was responsible for paying the county's only dog warden's wages.

'I understand there's only one in the county and he's extremely overworked. We have a problem at the moment in Wicklow town with roaming dogs. They're howling at night and keeping people awake, and also running after cats and running after children. But the dog warden can't come down frequently enough as he has to cover the whole county and is busy elsewhere.'
(Source: The Wicklow People)