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A man charged with the murder of a former Fermanagh GAA player has pleaded guilty to his manslaughter.

Gary Philip Moane,36, from Lisolvan Park in Brookeborough, was charged with the murder of Ciaran Woods in July 2010.

However, the guilty plea entered before Belfast Crown Court was not accepted by the prosecution.
Mr Moane also pleaded guilty to attacking a woman in the same incident but that too was not accepted.
Defence QC Elis McDermott told Mr Justice Hart that Moane's guilty plea "clearly narrows the issues in the case considerably".

The court heard Moane would in the forseeable future be examined by doctors, as there "are medical issues in this case".

It was also reported that, if necessary, Moane is prepared to be examined by experts on behalf of the prosecution.

The Fermanagh man also pleaded guilty to attacking Kathleen McQuade, who was also injured in the stabbing at her Tempo home.

However, this guilty plea was also not accepted by the Crown, and Moane still faces the more serious charges of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Ms McQuade, a mother-of-two.

Although no details of the fatal stabbing were given, at the time it was reported that the former 36-year-old GAA player from Lisnaskea was stabbed to death following a late-night party in the County Fermanagh village.

Moane was detained after being stopped by police on the Tattymoyle Road near Fintona a short time later.(Source: BBC News)


The discovery of a skull pierced by an iron arrowhead as part of skeleton remains found in a shallow grave has sparked a murder mystery in a Galway village – 1,000 years after the gruesome assault!
Recent quarrying in an esker in the townland of Tisaxon, close to Newcastle, Athenry, revealed human remains exposed in the quarry face.

The archaeological work has just been completed by local archaeologist Martin Fitzpatrick of Arch Consultancy Ltd, who was funded by the National Monuments Service, which comes under the remit of Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan.

Excavation indicated that the burial was in a shallow grave and the body, which was that of an adult male aged between 17 and 25. The body was lying on its side and crouched rather than having been laid out.

A small hole in the skull was the only noticeable blemish in the skeleton that was otherwise in good condition.

Further examination by osteoarchaeologist Caoimhe Tobin revealed that the wound was inflicted by a small, socketed, iron arrowhead which had pierced the skull.

The arrowhead measured 4cm in length and was recovered from the interior of the skull. Preliminary analysis suggests it dates to the 9th or 10th century.

Also exposed were traces of an underground passage in another face of the same quarry.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


Kerry jockey Bryan Cooper is leading the charge by being nominated at the upcoming Horse Racing Ireland Awards 2011. The Tralee native has been nominated for the National Hunt Award.

Son of trainer Tom Cooper, nineteen year old Bryan only rode his first winner in December 2009, but has risen sharply through the ranks and won the Claiming Professionals Jockeys' Title with a grand total of 36 winners last season.

The Galway Festival provided him with a notable success when Sarteano scored in the Latin Quarter Chase while he enjoyed a memorable evening at Kilbeggan in early August when booting home a fine treble for the Dessie Hughes yard, where he is now fully established. In recent weeks, Bryan won his first graded race aboard his father's Lucky William who took the Grade 3 Buck House Novice Chase at Punchestown.

This is the ninth year of the Horse Racing Ireland Awards, and the winners will as always be decided by the votes of the Irish Racing Media. The Awards recognize the human and equine excellence in the sport of horse racing where Ireland continues to achieve great success in the elite international arena. Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Agriculture will be the Guest of Honor at this year's awards on Monday, December 12.
(Source: The Kerryman)


An elderly Newbridge resident was terrorized by two men banging on his front door so loudly that they set off the house alarm, while a woman living elsewhere in the town was traumatized by having a man barge into her home and steal her purse after she answered the door.

Gardaí in Newbridge are warning householders - especially the elderly - to take care and exercise caution following what Sergeant Seamus Rothwell described as “these disturbing incidents”which occurred at around 7.30pm last Sunday evening.

The woman, a resident of Moore Avenue, opened her door to a man described as “heavy and scruffy” who then pushed past her and grabbed her purse before running from the house. Sgt Rothwell noted that there may have been a second man waiting at the gate of the house. The white leather purse contained a small amount of cash and some personal documents, including a medical card and if any of the items were subsequently disposed of by the culprits and are found lying around in the locality, they can be brought to Newbridge garda station.