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A forty-year-old man, who is charged in connection with an aggravated burglary in Pallasgreen last month, has been released from custody after he was granted bail by the High Court.

Christopher Stokes of St Anthony’s Park, Knocknaheeny in Cork city is accused of entering Sunville House, Pallasgreen shortly before 10pm on April 16th.

It is alleged the defendant - an unemployed married father-of-three - was one of four men who entered the house armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a baseball bat and a sledge hammer.

During the incident, two family members - including a teenage girl - were allegedly tied up during the incident while almost €10,000 worth sterling and dollars was allegedly stolen by the culprits.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


Longford Town Council has been allocated €208, 670 for a range of efficiency works for the swimming pool in Longford town.

In a statement, the Department of Transport said the money had been granted following an initial application by the Council under the local authority swimming pool scheme in which Longford was unsuccessful.

It is believed the money will go towards the installation of a wood pellet burner, more efficient lighting, and other energy usage and water consumption measures. At a recent sitting of Longford Town Council, Town Clerk Dan Rooney said the installation of a similar wood pellet heating system had saved other local authorities thousands in their heating bills.

(Source: Longford Leader)


Louth resident Colman Clerkin was among the 39 brave fundraisers who plummeted from 10,000 feet to raise money to help battle a rare genetic condition.

Clerkin suffers from Friedreichs Ataxia, a rare genetic disorder that affects balance and co-ordination.

“I was one of the many jumpers from Ireland that took part in the charity jump,” said Clerkin, who along with the rest of the jumpers, helped to raise over $20,000.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


A Ballina woman appeared in local district court on the charge of failing a roadside breath test whilst driving her three young children.

Donna Murray (34), of Gortogher, Cloghans, Ballina, has contested charges against her of drink-driving and dangerous driving dating back to November 11, 2011.

According to reports, Murray was swerving on the roads and was promptly pulled over. The officer noticed three children, aged 3, 7, and 8 in the rear seat, and administered a breath test.

The Judge in the case has postponed doling out a verdict until May 22nd.


A Meath aviation broker known as “The Boxer” who was jailed for conspiring to import $9 million in drugs has been ordered to hand over precious stones and over €200,000 to the State.

John Kinsella (42), a former Irish super heavyweight boxing champion, was sentenced to 12 years in 2009 after pleading guilty to conspiring with others to import cocaine and heroin from Belgium between September 22 and 26, 2006.

Judge Tony Hunt ordered that Kinsella, of Carnewood, Johnstown, Navan Co. Meath forfeit precious stones being held by police to the State.

He also ordered that 75% of the value of funds and assets contained in a schedule of Kinsella’s assets be forfeited.
(Source: Meath Chronicle)


Retailers and businesses in Clones have become the first town in Ireland to accept three currencies as payment - euros, old Irish punts and Sterling.

The idea came from Tony Morgan, who saw reports on the Spanish fishing village of Mugardos where 60 local stores had reintroduced the peseta.

Clones Chamber of Commerce confirmed that, as of last Saturday, some 42 businesses in the town are now accepting old Irish notes and coins - in addition to euros and sterling.

Morgan is grateful for the solidarity of other businesses getting involved because "if I had suggested in the town to bring back the punt on my own they would have sent some boys out with a straitjacket for me.”
(Source: Irish Independent)


The lack of funding for footpaths in Edenderry was lamented at the May meeting of the Town Council earlier this month.

“It’s a sad day for Edenderry,” said Cllr Fergus McDonnell. Area Engineer Damien Grennan had said there was no money for new footpaths.

“We will continue to repair and maintain existing footpaths, but there is no money for anything else. There are no grants to apply for either,” he added.

“The only works that will be done will be repairs where there is a safety issue,” clarified Mr Grennan.
(Source: Offaly Express)


A new start-up company, fronted by three young entrepreneurs from the Ballyfarnon and Arigna area, will be hoping to secure investment this week for an innovative device that promises to improve and encourage safer driving among younger drivers.

Brothers James (27) and Chris (22) McNamara from Ballyfarnon, and Chloe McGuckin (22) from Arigna are behind the new startup, CleverMiles, which is hoping to bring its innovative safe driving device to market by the year end.