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A service was held on Sunday to mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre of eight men by the IRA in County Tyrone.

The Protestant workmen died in January 1992 when the IRA blew up their minibus at Teebane crossroads, on the road between Omagh and Cookstown.

Another six were severely injured in the attack. The men's firm had been targeted because they carried out work for the security forces.

The men who died worked for Karl Construction.
(Source: BBC News)


A man was arrested in connection with the death of 83-year-old woman in Killure Bridge Nursing Home last Monday.

Gardaí in Waterford have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the death of the woman, a German lady who had been a resident in the nursing home at the time, but who previously had been living in Tramore.

The man, who is 46-years-old is not an employee at the nursing home and is believed to be a relative. He was arrested at Dublin Airport after family members alerted the Gardaí. At the time of going to press he was being detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Waterford Garda Station.

A post mortem on the woman was due to take place at Waterford Regional Hospital last Monday.

When contacted, Mary Burke, Director of Care at Killure Nursing Home, situated on the Airport Road, said they would not be making any comment on the matter.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)


A Ballinahown native wanted for trial to answer sex abuse allegations could be back in this country this week after being deported from Brazil to England on St Stephen's Day.

Gardai are expected to bring charges against former priest Peter Kennedy, who originally hails from Bloomhill on the Offaly side of Ballinahown, if and when he is extradited from Britain.

A number of people are believed to have made statements alleging that the ex-priest, previously a Kiltegan Father missionary, sexually abused them, and the Director of Public Prosecutions has ordered that prosecutions be brought against him. A number of the complaints are understood to relate to the Athlone area.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


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Wexfored is now the sixth cleanest town in Ireland, according to the IBAL Litter League.

The Irish Business Against Litter League surveyed 53 towns around the country in 2011.

Wexford narrowly missed out on being in the tops five from which the overall winner is chosen.
But the judges congratulated the town on an excellent end-of-year result.

Nine out of the 10 sites surveyed were given a Grade A grade, including all approach roads to the town.

Redmond Park was described as being in 'great condition' and the Loreto School, they said, was 'immaculate'.

Even shut-down premises on the Main Street didn't spoil the judges' positive view of the town.

' Thankfully, the disused premises didn't impact in any negative way on the litter situation. There was a virtual absence of litter throughout.'
(Source: Wexford People)


A South Wicklow woman was one of a number of Twitter users who came together to make a short online film to create awareness about depression and the stigma that surrounds it.

Jillian Godsil from Shillelagh responded to a call for volunteer cast and crew to film Depression Hurts, a seven minute film addressing the issue of depression and suicide through an improvised storyline and featuring a candid interview with contributor Maura Donohoe who lost her sister to suicide.

Jillian was so keen to assist the project that she volunteered as an actor and convinced her mother to open up her home in Templeogue as the set.

She took on the role of Margaret, mother of a young man who commits suicide during the course of the story.

'Through Twitter Norah Bohan (@Talentcoop) sent out a tweet and I, along with a group of people, responded. David O'connor and Patrick Cushe offered their recording studio, voice and mixing skills.

The film was shot in my mum's house in the bedroom where I was born,' explained Jillian.
(Source: The Wicklow People)