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Just a fortnight before the biggest day in the loyalist marching season Antrim Council has been forced to dig out an elaborate floral tribute to Her Majesty the Queen.

The Jubilee flower bed, lovingly planted out in red, white and green, was designed to resemble the Union flag – with the crown at its heart.

The first signs of damage appeared a fortnight ago, when the bed was scarred by dozens of footprints.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


A sizeable crowd attended the first ever commemoration held in Crossmaglen Square June 24 to honor former IRA Volunteer Sean O’Callaghan.

The Pride of Erin Flute band from Portadown led the Colour Party of ex-IRA men to the monument where proceedings were chaired by former Sinn Fein MLA, Pat McNamee.

Welcoming the crowd in Irish, Pat said the event was held at the site “because this is a republican monument. It was erected by people from the Crossmaglen area to commemorate all republicans from the Crossmaglen area and from throughout Ireland”.

Recalling his memories of his cousin and friend, Sean, he told those gathered that Sean had spent almost all his adult life as an active republican and only retired from the Provisional Movement when it became clear that their war was over.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Thousands of local families face another uncertain week as Ulster Bank staff battle to resolve a major technical error that resulted in chaos over the past seven days.

Computer systems in the bank have struggled to log deposits and withdrawals. At the time of going to press, thousands of Carlovians were still waiting on last week’s social welfare payments and wages to be deposited into their accounts.

However, staff at the local branch on Kennedy Avenue has been working tirelessly to ensure customers can still access their money, despite it not being in their accounts. Men and women around the county were being urged to call into their local branch with photo ID and their social welfare or wage slips, and frontline staff will stump up the much-needed cash.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


Gardai (police) in Ballyconnell are following a definite line of investigation into the death of a 45-year-old single man who was found in his home last Tuesday.

The man had been admitted to Cavan General Hospital with head injuries over that weekend but discharged himself on Monday afternoon. He returned to his home in Tonyhallagh, Ballyconnell, that evening and died.
 [Source: The Anglo Celt]


Two Clare women have been named in a list of the top 25 most powerful women in the country, which also includes Dr. Mary Robinson and Senator Mary Ann O’Brien.

Ennis’ Anne Sheehan, sales director of IBM Ireland, and Tuamgraney-born novelist Edna O’Brien were among the winners of Ireland’s Most Powerful Women awards, co-presented by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) and HSBC Ireland.
[Source: Clare Champion]


Residents in a Carrigaline housing estate got a serious shock last Monday night after a localized power surge left them with thousands of dollars of damaged electrical goods.

The surge came last Monday night at around 5:30 p.m. and left residents in Fernlea Estate, Kilnagleary, Carrigaline surprised and scared as their electrical goods were destroyed. One resident described the events as being akin to “paranormal activity.”

She said it was "like a horror film" and she was so terrified she wanted to run out into the street.
The power surge destroyed numerous televisions, fridges and freezers, ovens, computers and other electrical goods in a number of houses in the estate, which has around 40 houses.
[Source: Cork Independent]


Martin McGuinness is a peacemaker who wants to bring unionists and nationalists together, a leading Protestant clergyman has said.

Rev. David Latimer, a Presbyterian Minister from Derry who has formed a close friendship with the Deputy First Minister, attended his meeting with the Queen last Wednesday.

The clergyman, who famously addressed the Sinn Féin ard fheis last year where he also praised McGuinness’s contribution to the peace process, said the handshake was historic.
[Source: Derry Journal]


A Ballyshannon woman, aged 82, died in a road accident last Wednesday at Creevykeel, near Cliffoney, Co. Sligo.

She was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, a former Ulster and Donegal GAA star.
He was being treated last Thursday night at Sligo General Hospital for injuries received in the two-vehicle collision.

The woman who died at the scene was Eithne Gallagher, a native of Donegal town, who lived with her husband Jim, in Coolcholly, Ballyshannon.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


A third suspected case of meningitis is being investigated in County Down.