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The father-of-three and civil engineer (42), who lives in Carlow, discovered that his pal Phil McGoldrick, a Scotsman who lived nearby, was fronting the UK investment.

He suggested that he could avoid having to relocate by bringing the investment to Carlow instead.
[Source: The Mayo News]


The upcoming Eucharistic Congress may have pricked the conscience of a borrower from Navan Library who finally returned a book this week . . . 80 years late!

The book may be 80 years overdue, but the person who returned it won't have to pay $5,149 fine as the Meath Library Service has decided to waive it.

The book The Pictorial Record of the 31st International Eucharistic Congress, Dublin, 1932 was borrowed from Navan Library shortly after it was first published in 1932 but was never returned.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


A teenage girl was rushed to hospital last week with serious burns after a man threw a petrol bomb into a pub.

The incident occurred at the Master Deery's bar in Monaghan Town at around 8:30 p.m last Wednesday night.

A 56-year-old man was arrested at the scene by gardai (police) and was being held in custody in Monaghan. He was interviewed last Thursday morning.

It is understood the man had earlier been refused entry into the pub and returned a short time later with a petrol bomb.

The 18-year-old victim was transferred to a Dublin hospital where she was treated with second-degree burns.
 [Source: Irish Independent]


An increase of 41% in the number of those arrested for drunk-driving was recorded in Offaly in the first four months of this year.

At last Monday’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee it was revealed by Superintendent David Kavanagh that the figure was up compared to the same period in 2011.

“[Drunk]-driving is a matter of concern. The trend had been down,” outlined Supt. Kavanagh who said more effort of late had been put into [drunk]-driving prevention.

Operation Focus was carried out in the region recently which concentrated on driving and the condition of vehicles. “It is a trend we are watching,” he said.

Theft and related offences were also up 6%.

However, across the board, the report was good for Offaly. Overall crime was down by 22% in the county, down 18% in Birr and 24% in Tullamore.
[Source: Offaly Express]


The search continued last week for a 30-year-old Dysart student missing from Galway City.

NUIG student David Gilligan has been missing since he was last seen walking towards Dangan Heights in the Newcastle area of Galway City on Tuesday night, May 22.

At the time of going to press last Monday land and sea searches were continuing for the missing student, who hails from Dysart. He was living and working part-time while studying in Galway.

The emergency services were joined by large numbers of volunteers last week as the search for the missing student continued.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Sligo is all set to arise and go now . . . with an exciting new initiative which will celebrate the county's unique association with poet W. B. Yeats, and which has the potential to become a magnet for visitors from all over the world.

Yeats Day on June 13th, the poet's birthday, will feature an inviting series of wide-ranging events, with a local, national and international flavor, as Sligo pulls out all the stops to celebrate the Yeatsian connection.

With more than 20 events planned “from dawn to dusk,” the organizers say the day will “set the spirit of Yeats free in his spiritual home.”

[Source: Sligo Champion]


Gerard Fogarty is set to become the youngest Fianna Fail public representative in the country, having been nominated by the party to replace Gerard O’Brien on Thurles Town Council.

Gerard (23) is one of the well-known Fogartys of Parnell Street, where his late father Tom and his mother Josie have kept shop since 1956. He has a degree in Law and Taxation. In November Gerard was elected to the Fianna Fail National Executive by Ogra FF.
 [Source: Tipperary Star]


The trial of two men charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey heard last Monday that no DNA from either of the accused was found in her hotel room in Mauritius or on her body.

Mrs. McAreavey, a 27-year-old teacher, was found dead during her honeymoon at the Legends Hotel in January 2011.

Hotel workers Avinash Treebhoowoon, 30, and Sandip Moneea, 42, deny murder.

On Monday, the court heard evidence from Oxfordshire-based forensic scientist Susan Woodroffe, who had examined samples from Mrs. McAreavey's body, as well as swabs taken from the hotel room.

The scientist, who is a prosecution witness, said that the results of her tests revealed "no specific indication" of DNA from either of the accused.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Good news on the employment front in Waterford with the announcement that Dawn Meats is to create 65 new jobs after securing a $370m contract to process up to 18,000 tons of Irish beef annually for McDonald’s.