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Louise McStay, Pallas, Ballyfin Road, Portlaoise, and Shelly Delaney, Carlow Road, Stradbally, committed the assault at Egans Nite Club, Main Street, Portlaoise, on September 25 last year.

Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that the injured party was kicked while she was on the ground and suffered bruising to her back and legs.
[Source: Leinster Express]


The county saw one of this summer’s rare sunny days July 20 as the Minister of State with responsibility for Sports and Tourism, Michael Ring, made a special visit to Ballinamore to officially open the town’s newly-extended canal sidewalk/cycle-way.

The project was completed a number of months ago and has already proven hugely popular with local residents and tourists alike but the official opening that Friday could not have been timed better with local walker and Olympian Colin Griffin in attendance. Colin was instrumental in developing the idea for the walkway and he told the crowd gathered at Lock 5 how proud he was to see the new amenity become a reality in his hometown.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


An old-aged pensioner who violently confronted security staff at Colbert Station with a knife has been told he will go to prison if he does not stay away from Limerick.

Anthony Goodman (67) of Charlemont Terrace, Wellington Road, Cork City pleaded guilty at Limerick District Court to producing the weapon during an incident last June 23.

Insp. Seamus Ruane said Gardaí (police) were alerted to a disturbance at Colbert Station at around 3:20 p.m. and that the defendant was apprehended in the Wickham Street a short time later.

He told the court that Goodman, who was known to the security staff, was later identified on CCTV.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Senior Gardaí (police) along the Longford and Roscommon border have launched an investigation into an elaborate scam by a gang masquerading as collectors for Ireland’s top seeded boxer in the upcoming Olympics, John Joe Nevin.

It is believed that thousands of euros may have been gathered in a bogus fundraising collection which duped numerous homeowners in parts of Longford and Roscommon.

The Leader understands three women, believed to be from the Mullingar area, targeted homes in the Lanesboro and Ballyleague area in recent weeks purporting to be fundraising for the Westmeath boxer. However Gardaí have established that this is not the case and that Mr. Nevin is not benefitting from the so-called collection.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Nuala Kennedy is a celebrated traditional Irish musician and internationally acclaimed flute player and singer from Dundalk, Co. Louth

On August 4 she will be headlining the Spirit Store as part of her European tour.

Touted as “spellbinding” and “a delight” by the Irish Times, her live performances inspired her return to the studio to record Noble Stranger, a road-tested collection of innovative originals and traditional songs recorded in Scotland with her touring band.

Kennedy uses her traditional music background as a springboard for the new album which offers a 12-song set on which her adventurous instrumentation and progressive arrangements shine.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A series of sexually provocative and physically threatening and inflammatory mobile phone text messages, Facebook comments and private Facebook messages led to two 19-year-old men, formerly friends, coming to blows in the street and being found guilty of assault.

James Prendergast of Rockfort, Irishtown, and Barry Healy of Clogher, Hollymount, were charged with assaulting each other on July 17, 2011, after tensions over relations with Prendergast’s girlfriend reached boiling point.

Westport District Court heard two weeks ago that a lengthy exchange of texts and Facebook private messages took place between Healy and Prendergast’s girlfriend, Lisa Brett. During the exchange, Healy asked Ms. Brett to leave her boyfriend and form a relationship with him.

The events culminated in a fight between the two men in the early hours of July 17 in Claremorris. All relevant texts and Facebook messages were produced in court.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Members of the Skryne GAA Club and the entire community of the area are anxiously awaiting the latest reports from New York about the condition of a young local player who suffered serious injuries during a savage attack on her in a New York street.

Alisha Jordan (21) was in hospital awaiting surgery last Friday for serious injuries, which included broken teeth, a broken nose and crushing of her skull.

Her mother, Ailish, and sister, Colleen, have flown out to New York to be with Alisha.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Three people are in hospital in Co. Louth after a road accident in Co. Monaghan last Monday night.
It happened after the vehicle they were travelling in hit a tree at Mahercross on the Carrickmacross to Drumconrath road at around 10:40 p.m.