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He was rushed to South Tipperary General Hospital where his family kept a bedside vigil until he passed away on Monday evening, as a result of his injuries. The night out socializing in Thurles turned to tragedy after the assault. It is believed that he was punched in the face by a man unknown to him and fell to the ground, suffering severe injuries.

(Source: Tipperary Star)


“I shouldn’t be scared but I am.” Those were the words of a 74-year-old man, who claims his privately rented home in Killen, just outside Castlederg, has been rat-infested for a month.

William Coulter, who has been living in the house in the Main Street area of the village for just under a year, claims he has been bitten on the hands and legs by the rodents.

Aided by a walking stick, which he uses since he suffered a stroke, Coulter said he has laid his house with rat poison in order to kill the rodents after repeated calls to his landlord to help sort the problem failed. There is also a burst water pipe from the bathroom leaking water into the kitchen.

Coulter said he has been "sleep deprived" since the problem began and can't eat in his own home.

(Source: Tyrone Constitution)


Tramore is set to get a tourism and industry boost as the plans for the National Surf Lifeguard Training Center on the lower Promenade were met with unanimous support by Waterford County Council.

The proposed building will have four areas with a wet zone, training area and lifeguard headquarters incorporating national facilities in the local Tramore area.

Fine Gael Councilor Ann Marie Power said that this would be a huge vote of confidence in Tramore and it would bring an economy boost with it.

(Source: Waterford News & Star)


Up to 300 people packed the Shamrock Lodge Hotel to protest against the controversial Household Charge.

A litany of angry contributions from locals served to underline popular anger with the charge.
The Say No to Household Tax campaign rolled into Athlone last week and if the large numbers who attended the public meeting are anything to go by, the government has a major battle on its hands as the momentum of opposition against the controversial charge grows.

(Source: Westmeath Examiner)


A young mother who drove in the wrong direction on a dual carriageway before crashing into another car killing herself and the other driver, a young Wexford student, had been drinking earlier in the night.
Mother-of-one Aoife Callanan, 25, of Coolroe Heights, Ballincollig, Cork, and John Joe Galvin, 17, from Wexford, died instantly in the head-on collision just after midnight on March 18, 2011, a double inquest has heard.

A post-mortem toxicology screening found Callanan had a level of alcohol in her blood that was almost two times the legal limit for driving, Cork County Coroner's Court heard. Her blood alcohol level was 157 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millitres of blood.

(Source: Wexford People)


A new TV series, “Vikings,” is expected to be filmed in Ardmore Studios and around Wicklow this summer.

The major 10-part series is to be produced by Morgan O’Sullivan (“The Tudors,” “Camelot”) and has been planned for the past two years.

The series will be about the arrival of the Norsemen in the 800s, and their ferocious leader Ragnar Lodbork.

(Source: Wicklow People)