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After murdering the mother of his three children in a drunken rage, Antrim man Philip Hull tenderly held his estranged wife's body and decided that he could not bear to live without her, the Coroner heard last week.

Battling drink and depression, Philip Hull's once idyllic life with childhood sweetheart Sharon had ended in acrimony - and then boiled over into terrifying violence.

Both grieving families were forced to endure a horrific account of just what happened in the early hours of October 2, 2010 when two promising young lives were cut senselessly short.

The court heard that 34-year-old Mr. Hull had refused to accept the marriage was over. Then, faced with the agonizing prospect of life without Sharon, he chose to end it all.
(Source: Antrim Guardian)


A pensioner was killed following a single vehicle road accident in Newry last weekend. The accident happened on the Armagh Road shortly before 12.30am on Saturday.

The 70-year-old man was taken to hospital, but died a short time later. No-one else was involved in the accident. 


A terrified Carlow teenager is convinced she escaped “another Larry Murphy” when a stranger punctured her tyre, then chillingly began to follow her home in his car.

The 19-year-old from south Carlow, who works in a drive thru restaurant in Kilkenny City, was petrified when a man lay in wait outside the fast-food outlet, and then disturbingly watched as she got into her car and began to follow her.

The quick-thinking teen rang 999 and Gardaí directed her in to Kilkenny city, where they pounced on the sick stalker, who was still following behind her in his sliver Nissan jeep.

The terrifying night began on Tuesday 14 February at 11.20pm while the girl was working at the drive thru hatch.

But 20 minutes later, the Carlow girl noticed the man’s jeep still parked in the restaurant’s car park and, a short distance away, the man was standing beside her car, staring into it.

When he saw the young woman looking out from the restaurant, the man crouched down to the ground, near her front wheel.

A few minutes later, he moved his jeep, parking it beside the teen’s car.

However, when they were closing the restaurant, the stranger appeared to be gone. But just as her male colleague left, the Carlow teen noticed the stalker again.

Kilkenny Gardaí arrested the man and investigations are continuing.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


Irish owned company Comfort Keepers Homecare has created over 500 new jobs nationwide, 26 of which will be in Cavan. Within Cavan they are looking for one full-time employee and 25 part-time carers. Comfort Keepers provide people with both medical and non-medical assonance in people's homes.

The news comes as the HSE confirms that there has been a 4.7% reduction in the allocation for home help hours in Cavan and Monaghan this year.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)


Members of the Doolin Coast Guard executed an unusual rescue last Tuesday when they abseiled down a sea cliff to rescue a puppy trapped on a ledge 65ft above water.

Boxer pup Rosie and her mum, Ruby, had gone missing from the farm of Pat and Margaret Considine at Rehy near the mouth of the River Shannon on Monday. The dogs accompanied a group of people taking part in a farm walk on the land but are thought to have wandered off after picking up the scent of a herd of wild goats.
(Source: The Clare Champion)


A replacement 250 capacity prison for Cork may be built on the current site to reduce chronic overcrowding. Justice Minister Alan Shatter announced plans to build a new facility close to the current site on Rathmore Road on the North side of the city, in the current prison car park.
Source: (Cork Independent)


One of the major festivals planned for Derry’s City of Culture year will now not go ahead.

The WOMAD world music festival was due to take place in the city as part of the 2013 culture celebrations.

But after feasibility study undertaken by the Culture Company - the body organizing events in 2013 - the festival will not go ahead due to financial risk.

The North’s deputy first minister Martin McGuinness says he is disappointed the festival is off the 2013 calendar.
 (Source: Derry Journal)


Bundoran Town Council proceedings stooped to a new low when the Mayor, Cllr. Michael McMahon, was branded “an asshole” by council colleague, Cllr. Florence Doherty.

The outburst occurred while members were considering the Draft Fraud and Corruption Policies for Donegal Local Authorities.

There was a general consensus that the Draft Policies should be approved without discussion but Cllr. Florence Doherty felt the issue merited further discussion. Things got heated and words were exchanged.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)