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Police defended a delay of over an hour before officers arrived at the scene of a car bomb alert in Newry, County Down. A hijacked taxi, containing a suspect device, was abandoned close to houses on Martins Lane last Saturday night. Residents used their own cars to block the road and tried to divert traffic themselves as they waited for police. The PSNI said they did not attend immediately for safety reasons and the alert was later declared a hoax.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


A man died in a house fire in west Dublin in the early hours of last Thursday morning. It is believed a chip pan was the cause of the blaze. The man, known locally as Seamus Phelan, had been living on his own in the house in Lucan, and was believed to be in his fifties. The alarm was raised at around 1:30 am in the Esker Park estate when neighbors heard an alarm ringing and spotted smoke coming from the windows.
(Source: Evening Herald)


Four people on board a cruiser on Lough Erne were rescued by the RNLI after their boat ran aground. It was the second time in a week that a lifeboat was called out to a stranded boat due to low water levels on the County Fermanagh lake. Previously, on April 6th, a cruiser with three adults and two children on board got stuck in shallow water.
(Source: BBC News)


Fellow members of the Association of Catholic Priests have voiced their solidarity with the Galway priest who has been silenced by the Vatican over his backing for the Taoiseach’s condemnation of the Church’s response to clerical sex abuse in Ireland. Fr. Tony Flannery, who is based in the Redemptorist Monastery in Esker, was silenced following his public support of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s attack on the Vatican’s handling child sex abuse allegations. The Taoiseach, speaking in the Dáil earlier this year, called on the Catholic Church to apologize.
(Source: Connacht Tribune)


Though the eyes of the world may have been on the US Masters last weekend, the hot topic on everyone's lips last Friday night wasn't how Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy was faring, but rather: “Who was the fella in the Kerry jersey?”

As Tom Watson finished his round, the camera caught sight of a man at the front of the crowd wearing a Kerry GAA jersey. Though the image was brief, tournament coverage was being beamed live across the world by ESPN, Sky Sports and BBC, prompting social media networks to become alive with chatter as to the identity of the mystery man wearing the Green and Gold. As of now, the name of the Kerry fan remains unknown.
(Source: Irish Times)


Police in Balitore and Castledermot are investigating the possibility of a link between the theft of a car in Ballitore and a break-in at a house in Castledermot. On Tuesday April 3rd at approximately 2:20 am, burglars gained entry to a house in Timolin by forcing open a dining room. The raider, or raiders, found car keys in the house and left the scene in a black X5 series BMW. On the previous night, April 2, raiders had also gained entry to a house at The Friary in Castledermot by forcing open the front door. Investigations are ongoing as to whether the two incidents are linked.
(Source: Kildare Nationalist)


Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin will scale new heights at Croke Park this summer when he takes to the roof of the Hogan Stand to carry the Olympic torch. The Ballyhale man has been chosen by the GAA to represent the organization in carrying the Olympic torch as it makes its way to the Opening Ceremonies in London. For once, however, the hurling legend will be on unfamiliar ground at Headquarters, as he will be running not onto the pitch, but across the roof of the fabled Hogan Stand.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


Laois is one of the counties earmarked for the route of the major new electricity pylon project that would link Cork to Dublin. Eirgrid has announced that it is starting a consultation process on the estimated €500 million Grid Link Project to upgrade the electricity grid in the south and east of Ireland. The company says the development will involve the construction of a new power line linking Leinster and Munster, and will involve the building of large scale 400kv pylons along the route.
(Source: Leinster Express)


On April 12, Holy Thursday, a number of Trocaire Irish charity boxes were stolen from the porch of St Patrick’s Church, Ballinamore. V. Rev Charles Heerey told the Leitrim Observer that a number of boxes had been placed into the containers at the front porch of the open church on Main Street. It is not known how many boxes were stolen. Rev Heerey said it was “very sad” that someone could do that, but told the paper that the culprits are known.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)