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Jack Kelly, 59, of Ballyneale, Ballingarry pleaded guilty at Newcastle West Court to reckless discharge of a firearm at Lee’s Cross, Ballynoe, Ballingarry on August 11 last year.

The court heard that Kelly fired a number of rounds from his shotgun outside the home of a neighbor and long time family friend who he felt was snubbing him, despite him having lent her money.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


A County Longford businessman is facing financial heartache this week after vandals ransacked his neatly furnished bungalow, stripping the property of its copper fittings and causing several thousand euros worth of damage.

Edgeworthstown businessman Alec Kane could hardly believe his eyes when he turned the key in the front door of the two bedroom dwelling that lies just yards from his long established business, Kanes Motors Ltd in the busy mid Longford town last week.

Inside, the plain talking entrepreneur, who this year is celebrating his 58th year in business, found debris strewn across the floor, brought about by attempts to rip a copper cylinder from the wall.
(Source: Longford Leader)


A Dundalk man has been told that he can never again look after an animal after he was convicted of several charges of animal cruelty which were described by the presiding judge as the worst he had seen in 13 years as a District Court judge.

Marc Finnegan (27), Readypenny, Dundalk was convicted of five counts of cruelly mistreating an animal to the extent that the animal had to be euthanized. When shown picture of the animals involved in the case, Judge Sean MacBride said “My God” and told the court that he had never seen such cruelty in all his years as a District Court Judge.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


A sub-contractor claims he removed gravel and stone from the site of a proposed new care center in Achill because he is owed over €200,000.

On Good Friday, the HSE, St Colman’s Day Care Centre Limited and Comharcummann Forbatha Acla Teoranta obtained an urgent interim injunction against Eugene Doran of Dooniver Plant Hire ordering him to cease the removal of materials from the site in Bunnacurry on Achill Island.

The previous day Doran and a number of personnel  entered the site and started removing gravel and stone which he had laid as part of the groundworks for the development.
(Source: The Mayo News)


One of Ireland's best-known traditional musicians, Kieron King, died last Thursday evening in a tragic shooting accident near his home at Pottlereagh, Carnaross.

The community in Carnaross and across north Meath has been shocked at the news of the death of 35 year-old father of two, who was known the length and breath of the country as a talented musician, as were the rest of his family.

He died in a shooting accident while walking on land at Pottlereagh last Thursday night/Friday morning and was pronounced dead at the scene.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


A Fine Gael Deputy has arranged 11th-hour talks involving Enterprise Ireland and the management of the subsidiary of a British meat processing plant in Co Monaghan in a bid to prevent the loss of 70 jobs.
Cargill Meats in Castleblayney announced last week it was to shut the plant down before the end of this month with the pay-off of all its workers.

Deputy Seán Conlan of Cavan-Monaghan said on Tuesday that they were pursuing “every avenue” in an effort to save the plant.
(Source: Irish Times)


A body found in the Grand Canal between Tullamore and Rahan on Sunday night, April 15, was identified as missing woman Marian Naughton. The 57-year-old AIB bank official who lived in Tullamore was last seen on Wednesday, April 10 at approximately 2 pm at the Grand Canal in Tullamore. Gardaí (police) say they are treating her death as a tragedy and not suspicious.
(Source: Offaly Express)


On paper the latest census figures for Co Roscommon look as if the county is robust and thriving with a population up to 64,065 from 58,768 in 2006.

Yet the stories of recent emigration that people relate suggest quite a different reality. It’s a year since the data was collected and many people spoke of recently departed friends, relatives, customers and colleagues. It would appear things have changed significantly in the last year.

Co Roscommon hasn’t experienced a high-profile multinational company suddenly closing or drastically reducing its workforce by several hundred, as has happened elsewhere in the state in recent years. But nonetheless, the steady loss of employment over recent years has been brutal for morale.
(Source: Irish Times)


A group of influential Italian journalists flew into Ireland West Airport Knock last week on the brand new Ryanair flight from Milan (Bergamo), en route to Sligo as part of a fact-finding trip to the west and north-west. The journalists' visit was organized by Tourism Ireland, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and Ryanair.