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A six-year-old boy who was killed in a tragic road accident in Murroe last week was named locally as Anthony Fitzgerald. It is understood that the child was playing with a friend near his home in the Ros Fearna housing estate at around 5 pm. While his friend is unhurt, the boy was knocked down when he ran on to the road just outside Murroe village on the Limerick road. The car was being driven by a person from the locality.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


Gardai investigating the seizure of up to €80,000 of cannabis plants from a grow house in Ballinamuck last week believe the hoard may have been destined for the Dublin drug market. Last week, officers swooped on the premises where an estimated 200 plants, in various stages of growth, were seized. A man in his twenties was arrested at the scene and brought to Longford Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act for questioning, where he was later released.
(Source: Longford Leader)


The Londis Store on Quay Street has been put up for tender by the receiver, Kieran Wallace of KPMG. The store was formerly owned by well-known Dundalk man Peter Dixon, who is recently deceased. Local estate agent Brian Carroll of Sherry Fitzgerald has given a guide price on the store of €775,000, which has been set out as a target price for public tenders.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


A Crossmolina man was rushed to Mayo General Hospital after he drank some poitín which was meant for a sick dog. Alan Traynor appeared before the Castlebar District Court after he was arrested for intoxication in a public place and threatening and abusive behavior in the A&E Department of Mayo General Hospital on April 2. Traynor told the court that he drank the illegal alcohol in his home in Crossmolina but could not remember anything after drinking it. Though he was transferred to Mayo General Hospital, the ambulance personnel insisted for safety reasons that they would only bring him in if they were accompanied by four gardaí.
(Source: The Mayo News)


Garda chief Michael Devine has said that only a return to basic "neighborly values" among householders and businesspeople, combined with garda action, can beat the growing plague of burglaries in Meath. According to the latest statistics, burglaries in the area have surged 40 percent between 2010 and 2011. The number of non-aggravated burglaries rose substantially quarter by quarter last year, reaching a total of 1,176 in the county last year. The number of similar burglaries in 2010 was 831.
(Source: Meath Chronicle)


Trade, civic, and community leaders in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, have expressed shock over the announcement that the Cargill Limited meat processing plant in the town is to shut. The firm had leased the premises since 2002 from Castleblayney Community Enterprise Board, which erected the building as an “advance factory” in 1999 to help create jobs and boost the town’s then flagging economy. However, the English-based company has now cited the loss of substantial markets and orders as the reasons for withdrawing from the Irish market, leading to the loss of 70-plus jobs in the area.
(Source: Irish Times)


Kilisha Glennon is a nine year old girl from Coolstown, Carrick Road, Edenderry. She is a kind, caring and loving little girl who, like any other nine year old, is into music, dancing, hip hop and fashion. Two years ago, her whole life was turned upside when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor on her seventh birthday. Despite having major surgery in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Kilisha has a long hard road ahead of her and is still attending hospital for more treatments. Nevertheless, in a heartwarming story, the Share a Dream Foundation was able to make brave Kilisha’s dream of becoming a top model come true. Thanks to their incredible efforts, Kilisha was treated like a princess and got to achieve her dream of being a model for a day.
(Source: Offaly Express)


A coroner has ruled a verdict of accidental death after a Co. Roscommon born grandmother was hit by a motorbike in Sale, England. An inquest was told how Nora Higgins, who lived in England for many years, decided to make the most of the sunshine and walk to her Sale Moor home following a party at her church. Stockport Coroner’s Court heard that the 88-year-old, of Oulton Avenue, left Sale Moor’s Holy Family Church at 5.20pm on July 23 last year and was hit by a motorcycle when she was crossing the road.
(Source: Messenger Newspaper)


Computers in Revenue and the Department of Social Welfare are "not speaking to each other apparently," said Judge Kevin Kilrane at Sligo Court. The remark stemmed from the revelation that a person could be working and claiming benefits from a job for up to a year before any of the benefits would actually show up. The judge made the comments when dealing with a case in which Eamon Lynch of Chapel Hill, Sligo, was fined €300 for making a false statement to receive benefit. The court heard that there was an overpayment made of €3,731 to Lynch and, while some money was paid back, there remains an outstanding balance of €2,408 due.
(Source: Sligo Champion)