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The second incident occurred at Rowan Terrace on the same evening, when the elderly man was terrifed by persistent loud banging on his front door. He did not answer the door and, when the alarm went off, the two men involved made away in a cream-coloured saloon car.

“These are disturbing incidents and we would like to warn people to take care, and also ask residents generally to watch out for their elderly neighbors,”Sgt Rothwell said.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)



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Eason’s Ireland’s biggest book retailers has opened at MacDonagh Junction creating six new full time jobs for the city.

Centre Manager, Donie Butler said “This is yet another major coup for MacDonagh Junction following quickly on the heels of the arrival of international brand H & M to the Centre last month. This further galvanises the centre’s position at the top of the retail tree in the South East of Ireland”.

David Power of Eason’s stated “Eason’s were delighted to be joining such top brand stores as TK Maxx, H&M, HMV, Next, River Island, Champion Sports, Fields Jewellers, Carraig Donn, Pamela Scott and A/wear at MacDonagh Junction.

A number of part time positions are expected to be created over the festive season.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


Gardaí in Abbeyleix have described as an “epidemic” the number of burglaries which have taken place in the district over the last number of weeks.

Four houses were burgaled in the area on Friday. Windows and doors were damaged in the houses in Rathdowney, Durrow and Ballinakill (2), as intruders tried to make their way inside the vacant houses.

A spokesperson for Abbeyleix Gardai said the majority of the burglaries happened between 6pm and 9pm and mainly jewellery and cash was stolen. He said they was a definite link between one or two of the burglaries, and they were investigating the possibility that they were all linked.

The spokesperson appealed for anyone in the four areas who might have seen a suspicious car, or any suspicious activity in the area, last Friday.
(Source: Leinster Express)


Gardai are investigating a major burglary of jewellery worth over €10,000 in Mohill last week.

Last Wednesday night, November 9 a dwelling house in Mohill town was broken into. The home was unoccupied at the time and jewellery were the only items targeted.

On the same night a business in Drishogue, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Roscommon was broken into. A large number of “valuable documents” were taken from the premises.

Gardai do not think there is a connection between the two burglaries.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


Over 115 new jobs are expected to be created through new start-up companies in the University of Limerick over the next five years.

The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, officially opened the Tierney building at UL last Monday, which is hoped to kickstart the country’s economic growth.

UL already has a strong record in enterprise, as eight campus companies have been set up over the past five years, attracting in excess of €40 million in investment funding.

The state-of-the-art campus facility will house UL’s Innovation Centre and Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre. The UL Innovation Centre is the latest Enterprise Ireland campus incubation centre to be opened. It will support the formation and growth of 35 new high potential start-up companies between 2011 and 2016, generating over 115 new high-value jobs.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


Gardaí in Co Longford are investigating the circumstances surrounding an assault on a young woman last week.

The 18-year-old woman was found naked in a field on the outskirts of Edgeworthstown with serious injuries to her head and body last Wednesday morning.

She was taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar for treatment. Her injuries are not life threatening.

A man in his 30s was arrested in connection with the incident in the Edgeworthstown area last Wednesday.

He was questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act before being released after 12 hours.
A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
(Source: Longford Leader)