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Ballymote solicitor Keenan Johnson has been appointed a Circuit Court judge, following in the footsteps of his father, who had a long and distinguished career on the bench.

Mr. Johnson (54) was among seven new judges nominated for appointment to the Circuit Court by the Government last week. He is the managing partner of Johnson & Johnson one the longest established law firms in the North West having been founded in 1943 by his father, Patrick Keenan Johnson.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)


A Co Tyrone church has pulled off something of an international coup by attracting an integral part of the global celebrations for the Eurcharist.

With the International Eucharist Congress taking place in Ireland this summer, St Patrick’s Church in Clonoe is staging a Vatican assembled exhibition called ‘The Eucharist Miracles of the World”.

The Holy Roman Catholic capital collected the exhibition in 2004 to mark the year of the Eucharist and after being shown across Italy and the word, its visit to Clonoe will mark its first time in Ireland.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Joggers and walkers who are hitting the streets for their exercise have been left annoyed with the amount of dog fouling on the roads according to Cllr Gary Wyse, who said the footpaths have become like an obstacle course.

Cllr Wyse has called for action and said people must be named and shamed if they fail to scoop up that poop, leaving the public open to health risks.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)


The memorial to Private Paddy Kelly in Moate, Co Westmeath, was daubed with paint.

The soldier (35) was shot dead along with recruit Garda Gary Sheehan (23) in Derrada Woods, Co Leitrim, during the rescue of millionaire kidnap victim Don Tidey.

Gardai in Co Westmeath are investigating the vandalism, which was condemned today by an Irish Army spokesman.
(Source: Evening Herald)


BBC NI Environment Correspondent Mike McKimm looks at a proposal to start outdoor trials of genetically modified potatoes in Ireland.

Teagasc, the Irish State Agriculture and Food Development Agency, has asked the Irish Environmental Protection Agency for permission to start outdoor trials of genetically modified (GM) potatoes.

The plants have been made blight resistant.

The request to move a GM experiment out-of-doors to test its fungal resistance could also move agriculture, north and south of the border, in a new direction.

And it is not a direction every farmer, consumer or environmentalist would welcome.

A previous attempt to grow GM sugar beet in the open ended with the plants being destroyed by protesters in County Wexford.
(Source: BBC News)


A Shillelagh man charged with handling stolen property has had his case adjourned to September 24 for a progress probation report.

Russell Hickey of Deerpark, Shillelagh pleaded guilty to possession of a vintage hearse which was stolen from its owner's yard. The court heard that the owner reported the vehicle stolen.

 Gardaí tracked the vehicle down and spoke with Hickey who explained that he was given the hearse by a stranger in exchange for a €50 dog box.
(Source: The Wicklow People)