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Twenty-five-year-old Brian Keane, originally from Skirdagh outside Newport, lost his life around 7am last Wednesday morning when the van in which he was travelling left the road and overturned near Belcarra. He leaves behind a wife of three months, their two young children, and, tragically, a third not yet born.

Keane was on his way to work in Elvery’s Sports in Castlebar from his home in Weatherfort, Clogher, when the single-vehicle accident occurred. The circumstances of the crash are the subject of an on-going Garda investigation, but contrary to reports in other media, his family have stated that the car did not hit a wall.

In a terrible coincidence, the town of Newport awoke to further shocking news last Sunday morning last: Another resident – Jonathan Faul, also 25 – had lost his life in a single-vehicle crash.

Speaking at her husband’s funeral last Friday, 30-year-old Sarah Keane
(nee Mahon) said that Brian was a wonderful man who only ever wanted to protect, care for and love his family. Brian and Sarah were together for over five years and only married on August 4 last. His daughter Maria will be three in January. His other daughter, Tara, had her first birthday last Wednesday. Heartbreakingly, the couple had only recently announced to close family members that Sarah is pregnant with their third child.
(Source: The Mayo News)


Gardaí in Meath have recovered a large amount of cash, believed to be thousands of euro, of which a man had been robbed in a hotel car park in the area.

The cash was found when gardaí arrested a Dublin man in his 40s in Gormanston. The robbery with a firearm of a local man in his 20s took place in the car park of the City North hotel on Tuesday.
The man was arrested and questioned and later released without charge.
(Source: Irish Times)


A young man from Monaghan lost his life last Sunday morning when the van he was driving collided with a bridge between Newport and Westport. The victim has been named as 25-year-old Jonathan Faul, who was a native of Inishkeen near Carrickmacross in Co Monaghan, but who had been living in Rossmore, Newport. It is reported he was engaged to be married.

The incident occurred around 1.45am in Kilmeena when the victim’s van, which had been traveling towards Westport from Newport, collided with Knocknaboley Bridge near the local community hall. He was taken to Mayo General Hospital where he died a short time later.
(Source:Mayo News)


The reopening of the orthopaedic elective ward at the Midlands Regional hospital, Tullamore was warmly welcomed.

Sinn Fein councilor, Brendan Killeavy, believes the funding was secured from the new Special Delivery Unit, which has replaced the National Treatment Purchase Fund [NTPF] to carry out approximately 100 knee and hip replacement operations at the hospital in Tullamore between now and the end of the year.

“This is very good news for patients and for the hospital, which will see theatres and beds reopen to facilitate these operations. I have been campaigning on this issue for several years, arguing that public monies should be used in public hospitals as much as possible, and not in private hospitals where the cost to the taxpayer is much greater and there is no after care provided for the patient in the private hospitals.”

While welcoming the news, Cllr Killeavy is still requesting a meeting with hospital management to clarification on what level of services are going to be provided to members of the public at the hospital given that the hospital is in a financial deficit so far this year.
(Source: Offaly Express)


Gardaí are investigating the discovery of woman tied up and gagged in a house in Co Roscommon, who they believe had been there for at least a number of days.

Garda sources said the woman, who is in her 50s, was found at a house in Anvil Court at 1am last week.

The investigating team are trying to establish if the incident is linked to the death of a man in a fall from the Cliffs of Moher in recent days.

A man in his 40s entered the water at the Cliffs of Moher before his body was recovered by Doolin coast guard.

As part of their efforts to establish the man’s identity, gardaí went to the house at Anvil Court, where they unexpectedly found the woman.

She had been assaulted and tied up. The injured woman was known to the dead man.

The woman was taken to Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe for treatment. She is still receiving medical care.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)


In another move toward the ultimate closure of the Stiefel skin-products plant in Finisklin Industrial Estate in Sligo, 51 jobs - 20 of them through compulsory redundancies - will be lost between now and the end of February.

According to Stiefel, the company's preference was to ensure that all redundancy rounds were voluntary. Following the approval of 31 voluntary redundancy applications, the company on Friday last announced 20 compulsory redundancies.