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Quinn had been making deliveries for Kilbarron Products T/A O’Donnell’s Bakery for eighteen months and that company had built up a debt of more then €51,000 with him over that period. He had tried to recoup the monies by various means but to no avail.

On Friday, May 1, he called to collect a cheque for €3,000 but the money was not there and the director was out of the country, uncontactable until the following Tuesday. Quinn told the court: “At that stage, to be honest, I just couldn’t take any more. I couldn’t even give my wife anything to help out a bit at home. “My thought was that I could use the O’Donnell’s key/card to take out fuel from E & J Oil in the amount that they owed me.”

Mr Quinn said he consulted a solicitor who advised him that the oil could be used as ‘a lien’ on the money he was owed.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


A blind adventurer who was paralyzed in a freak accident is to embark on another challenge.
Mark Pollock, 36, who lost his sight 14 years ago, almost lost his life in 2010 when he fell out of a two storey window while sleep walking.

Before breaking his spine the Co Down man had already overcome adversity to win two Commonwealth rowing medals, complete six back-to-back marathons in the Gobi desert and become the first blind person to trek to the South Pole.

Determined not to let paralysis hold him back any more than he has let his blindness limit his ambitions, he is now aiming to sail across the Irish Sea.
(Source: Evening Herald)


A mother-of-one Emmie Pereira whose little boy fell to his death in Dublin is devastated. The mother only discovered 21-month-old Sebastian had fallen when paramedics called at her door.

The loving mum had put her adorable little boy to bed, totally unaware the toddler had opened his bedroom window.

Emmie is inconsolable after the terrible tragedy.

"She doted on Sebastian. He was the light of her life. She is devastated beyond belief," said a friend.

"What's happened to this family in just unimaginable. A tragedy of horrendous proportions. We all feel for them."

The toddler toppled 60ft to his death.
(Source: The Evening Herald)


High-profile priest and broadcaster Brian D'Arcy has become the latest Irish cleric to be censured by the Vatican.

The popular television presenter, author and newspaper columnist was disciplined after concerns were raised about some of his published work.

It is understood the action by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) means the Co Fermanagh priest, regarded as liberal within the Catholic church, must now submit his writings and broadcasts to an official censor.

The 67-year-old member of the Passionist Order has spoken out against mandatory celibacy for priests and has been a fierce critic of the church's handling of child abuse scandals in Ireland.
(Source: Evening Herald)


The Connemara fisherman who died at sea last week risked his life to save others from a capsized gleoiteog over two years ago.

Gearóid Ó Cualáin, whose body was discovered in the water near Mace Head last Tuesday, had been praised for his bravery when he and three other crewmen saved one man from drowning after a tragic incident in which a gleoiteog capsized leaving Kinvara in September 2009.

The body of Gerry Folan, a 43-year-old father of four, from Moyrus, Carna was recovered off the shore of Macdara Island on Tuesday.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


Gardaí (police) in Co Kerry begun a murder inquiry last week following the death of a man who was initially thought to have died as a result of smoke inhalation in a house fire.

Gardaí had initially thought James Cahillane (58) died of injuries suffered when a fire broke out at his home at Ardraw, Beaufort, between Killarney and Killorglin.

However, a postmortem by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster revealed he had received head injuries. Gardaí now believe the injuries were consistent with a violent assault.
(Source: Irish Times)


A ‘drink-fueled’ incident in the early hours of last Sunday morning led to substantial damage to the fencing around the all-weather pitch at Kilcullen Community Centre.

A blue Volkswagen car, which had apparently been driven at speed around and around the car park adjacent to the pitch, ended up out of control and crashed through the fence, crumpling a substantial metal upright in the process.

The extent of the impact was also clear from the debris of the car itself, which left bumper and grille components, as well as bits from its underside, at the location.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


Kilkenny City Vocational School principal, Cathy McSorley has won her High Court challenge against Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn and County Kilkenny VEC.