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It is understood that the raider then jumped into a getaway car that was waiting nearby but quickly got out of that vehicle.

Gardai (police) had been alerted to the situation at this stage and the suspect was observed jumping through a number of gardens in the Virginia Drive estate.

However when he entered one garden, he was attacked by a pitbull terrier.

Pursuing gardai were alerted to the situation by the criminal's screams and quickly arrived in the garden where the dog continued to maul the man. He was arrested on the spot.
(Source: The Evening Herald)


Fermanagh Councilor, Sheamus Greene, who is a part-time farmer, living near Brookeborough, is a laid back character most times but last week he admitted to having the fright of his life when he accompanied the Herald staff photographer to a hay shed at Carrickaheenan, near Brookeborough, where three abandoned pot bellied, mature pigs had been ‘rescued’ by a neighbor.

Afterwards, he contacted the paper by email and said: “As your photographer can tell you, I'm lucky to still have all my limbs intact after the photo session this morning.

“There's been headline after headline about mad cow disease, but I'd say today was ‘a close encounter with the mad pigs’ kind.

“The sooner some government officials act on this matter and remove them from freely roaming the countryside, the better before they attack someone or something.”
(Source: Fermanagh Herald)


A Kilchreest man who died in a car crash in South Galway last weekend had lost a brother in a fatal road accident almost 20 years ago, just about a mile away from last Sunday’s tragedy.

Patrick Joyce of Cloghaun, Kilchreest died following a single-vehicle incident on the N66 at Gortaloman, Peterswell, near Gort.

Around 18 or 19 years ago, Patrick’s older brother, John Joyce, was killed and another brother, Francis, was paralyzed in a road traffic accident that occurred about a mile away from last weekend’s crash.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


One of the country’s main tourist towns was plunged into commercial chaos and cut off from the rest of the world for several hours last week as a result of a major communications network failure.

Businesses and private homes in Dingle, Co Kerry, were without a telephone service, internet access and other essential communications tools for much of the day due to serious technical difficulties.

The communications crash prevented credit card and ATM transactions in stores, brought internet and ISDN systems to a standstill and disrupted landline and mobile phone networks. Local bank branches had to close until basic computer services were restored.
 (Source: Irish Examiner)


An off duty garda (police)  was attacked and struck with a rock after he came across a robbery in action. The incident occurred at Gallows Hill, Athy, at approximately 4.55 am on the morning of Tuesday 10 April. The off duty garda observed the three men trying to break into a house in the area. One of the men threw a rock at the garda and it hit his head. The men escaped.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


Kilkenny’s proposed GAA facility at Dunmore has taken another step forward following a unanimous show of support from members at last week’s meeting of Kilkenny County Council.

Representatives from Kilkenny County Board gave a presentation to the council on Monday, outlining the details and projections for the area.

It is hoped that the ten-acre site will facilitate the development of two full-size GAA pitches, one of which is to have full floodlight facilities. The plans also include a carpark and dressing room facilities.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


The old bog road in Mountmellick’s Lower Forrest has again been cleared of tonnes of household refuse but concerns for a repeat of the problem were high among town councillors.

The hard work of local volunteers was praised at a recent town council meeting, especially that of Dick Fitzpatrick, one of the leaders of the clean-up at the bog off the Bay road, traditionally a spot for illegal dumping.
(Source: Leinster Express)


The south Leitrim area of Cloone and Aughavas is preparing to launch a text alert community scheme.. A large number of residents have already signed up to the scheme but organizers are keen for as many households to get involved to make the alerts as effective as possible. The idea behind the text alert scheme is a very simple one. If you see something or someone suspicious in the local area, phone the gardai (police).
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


A Limerick man fired a number of shotgun blasts outside his neighbor’s home after she failed to salute him while out walking on the road, a court has heard.