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Skeletal remains uncovered during excavation work on the Monasterevin Road are believed to have been the remains of a human male who is over 100 years old.

The remains were discovered at the site of the Barrow Abstraction Scheme works at Shanraheen in Athy on Tuesday, 17 January. An archaeologist working at the site identified the remains as being those of a human male.

Garda scene of crime investigators travelled to the scene and permission to exhume the remains was given by acting county coroner Dr Ravi Kambamettu. Preliminary investigations suggest that the remains are those of someone over born over 100 years ago. However, Sergeant James Bergin told the Kildare Nationalist that the person could have been born 150 years ago or even possibly 200 years ago.

He went on to say that at this stage gardaí do not think there is anything sinister about the find, but investigations are ongoing.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


A man who threatened a garda and his fiancée had his case adjourned for the preparation of a probation report at Kilkenny Court.

Ronan Houlihan, 27 Westfield, Callan is charged with disorderly conduct, failure to comply with the direction of a garda and engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behavior.

Inspector Liam Connolly told the court that on the date in question the defendant was intoxicated and was shouting at passers-by. Gardaí asked the defendant to leave the scene and when they returned to the scene a short time later the defendant was there. He threatened a garda that he knew where he lived and threatened the garda that he knew where his fiancée lived. The defendant then ran off and hid under a car. He was arrested a short time later.

He is also charged with having drugs in his possession for his own use at Westfield on December 8, 2010; at Outrath Road, Loughboy on November 27, 2010; and at John Street on January 20.

Judge David Anderson adjourned the case to February 14 for the preparation of a probation report.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


The county council depot in Mountrath is set to close, with workers being moved to Abbeyleix and Borris in Ossory. It is believed that the yard at the depot will be used for sewerage works and treatments for the area.

Cllr John Joe Fennelly told the Leinster Express that he is very worried that the area of Mountrath will suffer as a result.

“We may lose services in the area to make way for these treatment plants. I want to make sure that Mountrath will be well maintained as it has been,” said the councilor who promised to raise the issue with the county manager this week.

“There are five or six people working there and I understand they only received letters notifying them of this on Monday evening. As a councilor for the area I am not happy to see the depot going and I know others won’t be either,” he said. “We can still have people based in Mountrath, there is a big yard there. We should maintain the yard and the workers should be able to work out of part of it”. At the time of going to print, Laois County Council were unavailable for comment.
(Source: Leinster Express)


Aughawillan referee Francis Flynn found himself at the centre of an ugly brawl that broke out during the first half of the All-Ireland Junior Club Championship semi-final between Kerry’s Dromid Pearses and Tryone’s Derrytresk in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise.

The GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee is awaiting the report from Mr Flynn before deciding if any further investigation should be undertaken.

The game, which Derrytresk won by six points, was overshadowed by the brawl which involved players from both sides as well as club officials while supporters were also said to have leaped over the pitch side hoarding to become involved in the altercation.

The ugly scenes left Dromid Pearses Diarmuid O’Sé with a broken cheekbone, four time all-star winner, Declan O’Sullivan was reportedly struck with a handbag and Dromid Pearses midfielder Thomas Curran was left concussed after being reportedly struck by a fan.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


A gang of “aggressive” prostitutes have been driven from the streets of Limerick in recent days following another garda crackdown.

Following the recent impact of Operation Freewheel, which saw a number of men from County Limerick charged with soliciting prostitutes, the vice trade had taken a hammering in the city.

But in the last week a new and more overt group of prostitutes have returned to the city’s streets, and were more aggressive, “bolder and more forward” than ever before, according to business owners in the area.

Shop owner Shane Gleeson confirmed to the Limerick Leader: “There is definitely a group of them back.

“They reappeared in the last week, that is when they have been most visible. They seem to be a completely different gang and if anything, they are more aggressive than the previous crowd. They are hassling people”.