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An Antrim woman has spoken of how the birth of her new baby girl has given her a ‘reason to live again’ following the death of her desperately ill daughter three years ago.

Paula Woods lost Billie-Jo at the tender age of eight months after the brave little girl had battled against all the odds when doctors warned her terrified mother that she had 'no chance of survival'.

She suffered from a condition called VACTERL which meant that many of her internal organs were missing or jumbled up and there were problems with some of her limbs.

Paula told the Antrim Guardian how three-month-old Angelica has helped to heal the gaping hole Billie-Jo's death left in her heart.

“No child is ever sent to you to replace one that you've lost," Paula explained.

“But I truly believe Billie-Jo has sent Angelica to give me a reason to carry on and to learn to live again."
(Source: Antrim Guardian)


Following months of extensive restoration work, Creggan Church of Ireland welcomed the return of its’ congregation on Sunday to a special Service of Re-dedication.

Dozens of parishioners joined worshippers from further afield and members of the local community in a special weekend of praise and thanksgiving as the historic Church re-opened its doors to showcase the completion of thousands of pounds worth of restoration work.


The three men who attempted to steal thousands of euro worth of jewelery from Bramleys Jewellers two weeks ago are believed to have flown into the country especially to carry out the crime.

The Lithuanian nationals had great plans to make their escape out of the country the day after the robbery but were thwarted by gardaí (police), who arrested them a short time after the incident.

It is believed the trio, who are all aged in their 20s, got away with $13,000 worth of jewels but were later caught by police.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


Three inmates have been recaptured after escaping from Loughan House open prison in Co Cavan last night.

Three inmates were recaptured after escaping from Loughan House open prison in Co. Cavan on Wednesday night last.

All three were detained Wednesday night by gardaí. The alarm was raised at 6.30 pm that evening.
It is understood dog handlers and a PSNI helicopter were used in the search operation.

Two of the men gave themselves up within two hours of the escape.

The third escapee was pursued on the northern side of the border, but was eventually arrested in the Republic by gardaí.
(Source: RTE News)


There were emotional scenes in Ballynacally on Tuesday as the three-year-old girl who was viciously attacked by a dog at the weekend returned home to her family.

Little Abi O’Donoghue suffered horrific injuries in the unprovoked attack by the Siberian Husky on Saturday with the toddler spending nearly two hours in the operating theatre and receiving 60 stitches.

But the little girl, whose dad described her as “tough as nails” has recovered well from the attack with doctors at University Hospital Galway releasing her on Tuesday morning.
(Source: The Clare Champion)


A Cork toddler suffering from a serious heart condition is currently on the waiting list for a life-saving heart transplant.

Ryan Hourihane Gregan, who will be three in June, underwent his first heart operation when he was just six weeks old. His mother, Charlotte Hourihane, says that at the moment they are playing a waiting game until Ryan’s next surgery.

“We’re not really sure when his next operation will be but it should be in the next six months. We get seven days notice before an operation so whenever he does have surgery, we never have that much time to prepare for it, we just have to go with it.”

Charlotte and her partner Darren Gregan live together in Crosshaven and it was at a 24 week pregnancy scan where they were told that Ryan may not survive, such was the enormity of his heart problems.
Source: (Cork Independent)


Mystery continues to surround the unidentified vessel lying in the depths of the Foyle. Work is being carried out to try and determine the identity of the vessel discovered by divers working on the river bed earlier this month.

Last week the North’s environment minister Alex Attwood chaired a multi agency meeting in Derry to determine how to proceed with identifying the vessel.

Earlier this month archivist George A Malcolmson of the Royal Navy Museum dismissed a theory that the vessel could be a British World War II X-Craft, saying that it is more likely to be a German submarine.
(Source: Derry Journal)


A 53-year-old Donegal businessman was spared a prison sentence or fine last Thursday after admitting stealing more than 28,000 litres of diesel from a fuel company.

Donal Quinn, of Trummon West, appeared at Donegal Circuit Court to face 24 counts of theft from E & J Oil, Ballymagroarty Hill, Ballintra between May 1 and May 4, 2010. He pleaded guilty to four representative counts.