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Another Dundalk resident has joined the lucky club of recent winners on the National Lottery’s Winning Streak TV Gameshow.

Mary Lally Duffy from Belfry Gardens, Dundalk won e74,800 including a Nissan Qashqui on last Saturday’s (November 19) Winning Streak.

Pictured at the presentations of the winning cheques are from left: Marty Whelan, Gameshow host; Mary Lally Duffy, winning participant; Declan Harrington, Head of Finance at the National Lottery; and Geri Maye, Gameshow host.

Mary’s winning ticket was bought in Sloane’s, Avenue Road, Dundalk. The lucky woman is originally from Belmullet, Co Mayo but her family moved to Dundalk when she was six-years-old.

She is the middle of five children and has two brothers and two sisters. Mary has been married to Terry 14 years and has four stepchildren, three of whom were in the audience.

Mary works in the family business, Lally’s Electrical. They have three shops - one in Dundalk, one in Drogheda and one in Navan.

One of Mary’s brothers gave her Scratch Cards as a birthday present last April. She recently found them in a drawer when she was doing a spring clean and decided to send them in.

Mary was with her husband, Terry, and their friends when she learned she was going to appear on Winning Streak. The couple had invited friends over for dinner on the night her name was called out.
They had enjoyed their starter and Mary was just about to serve the main course when they heard the good news. Mary and the other players from Meath, Cork, Kildare and Mayo won prizes to the value of e242,000.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


A 27-year-old Castlebar man was remanded in custody last Monday following an arson attack on Castlebar Garda Station which occurred over the weekend.

Mark Maughan, 14 Northbrook Avenue, Castlebar, appeared before Galway District Court last week. The incident occurred after the suspect entered the lobby of Castlebar Garda Station at 4.15am last Sunday morning and threw what is believed to be a petrol bomb towards two gardaí who were in the public office.

The gardaí who were in the public office at the time of the incident were described as being shocked when they witnessed the man running in to the station and throwing the object towards the glass hatch.
Immediately after the incident the gardaí gave chase and the suspect was arrested a short distance away and brought to Westport Garda Station where he was detained last Sunday night.
(Source: The Mayo News)



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Councillors in Navan are expected to vote to provide free parking in the town on Saturday 10th December and during all of Christmas week from 17th to 24th December, in a bid to boost the retail trade in the town this Christmas.

Cllr Francis Deane has put forward a notice of motion to Navan Town Council calling for the provision of free parking, which he said he expects will receive unanimous support from his fellow councillors.

He said this would be the third year in which free parking is introduced to boost the local Christmas trade.

He urged the people of Navan and surrounding areas to shop local, buy Irish-made goods and keep jobs at home. His proposal is to provide free parking between 11am and 6pm on Saturday 10th December, as well as during the week before Christmas.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


The people of Drummully in Co Monaghan say they have been left beyond the reach of the law – because Garda cutbacks mean officers simply can’t get to them.

The border village lies a mere 1500 meters from Fermanagh – and is served by officers working from the Garda station in the county town of Clones, only a few miles down the road.

But the road linking the village with its Garda station, the N54, runs across the border with Northern Ireland – meaning that uniformed Gardaí in decorated squad cars cannot use it without prior consent from the PSNI.


An Edenderry man was chosen to be one of the five leaders in the forthcoming RTE’s Operation Transformation when it returns to television screens in the New Year.

Adrian Brereton from Edenderry was delighted when he was chosen for the weight loss program.

The 40 year old is a popular figure in the local community. The pet shop owner explained that he came from a famliy of eight brothers all of which were made into fitness particularly boxing. He outlined, however, how his life style and eating habits began to change as he got older.
(Source: Offaly Express)