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AIB branches in Portarlington and Abbeyleix are among 67 nationwide that are to shut down in what the bank has termed “changing in response to customer needs.”

However, AIB, who also announced it is raising its standard variable mortgage interest rate by 0.5%, insists there will be little inconvenience to their customers in Portarlington and Abbeyleix, informing them that both branches will relocate to the branch at Lyster Square, Portlaoise.

They’ve also pointed out that a recent deal struck with An Post, which has agreed to extend banking facilities, will also be beneficial.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Sister Rose Donohoe CSJP, a native of Aughnaglace, Aughavas, Co. Leitrim, recently celebrated a very special achievement, her 75th Jubilee since her profession in the order of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.

In a moving ceremony held on June 23 at the Sacred Heart Church in Bellevue, Washington, U.S.A., Sr. Rose and six other members of her community marked their various anniversaries from 25 years through to 75 years.

Sr. Rose is one of 14 children born to Patrick Donohoe and Bridget Cooney. She was the fourth oldest of a family which included 10 children who survived childhood including siblings Andrew, Patrick, Michael, Peter, Frank, John Joe, Malachy, Mary (Gormley) and Terrance.

The family were well known locally and were often referred to by their nickname, the Bone Setter Donohoes, in tribute to Patrick Donohoe’s skill in helping to treat broken bones in an era before A&E’s and x-rays.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Two men were arrested last Thursday in connection with a shooting incident in Askeaton on Wednesday night, in which two men were injured.

The pair was arrested between Shannon and Limerick city August 2, and at time of press were currently being detained at Henry Street Garda (police) station.

Two men aged in their late 20s and 30s were injured during the shooting incident at the Quay in the town at 10:15 p.m.

The shooting, which happened on the public street, is believed to be linked to a local dispute.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


A Carrigallen youth was found guilty of the manslaughter of a pensioner whom he claimed sexually abused him, following a five-day trail at the Central Criminal Court that concluded July 27.

Brendan McGovern (19), Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim was found not guilty of the murder of John Golden (73), Nedd, Doogarry, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan, but guilty of manslaughter and was remanded on bail until next October when it is expected that he will then be sentenced.

The incident occurred at Mr. Golden’s home in September 2010. He was found lying unconscious under a bed by a neighbor, a number of days after the assault and was subsequently transferred to hospital, where he died one month later.
[Source:  Longford Leader]


An RTE program has reiterated an appeal for witnesses to the murder of Irene White, who was brutally killed in her home in 2005.

According to the Cracking Crime program which aired last week, Gardaí (police) are crucially seeking three people who were seen in the area of the Ice House on the day of Irene’s murder.

Irene White was stabbed to death in her kitchen in one of the country’s most brutal murders, yet no one has yet been brought to justice for the gruesome crime.

Gardaí from the Serious Crime Review Team, otherwise known as the “Cold Case Unit,” say of the 60 joggers and walkers in the area on the morning of April 6, 2005, three remain unaccounted for.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Shell’s giant tunnel-boring machine remained overnight last Tuesday on the back of a truck that jack-knifed at an isolated Co. Mayo crossroads early on Tuesday morning. That was despite efforts by large tow-trucks to move it.

The truck is part of a large convoy, flanked by Garda (police) vans and outriders, as well as other security personnel that left Dublin Porton July 29, transporting sections of the boring machine. Local residents from the nearby villages of Rossport and Carrowteigue have been unable to travel to work or make hospital appointments due to the incident, which blocks a junction on the L1203 and R312 roads. The road is also a tourist route along the Atlantic edge leading to the Céide Fields interpretive center.
[Source: The Mayo News]


The decision of Allied Irish Bank to close two of its Meath branches – Dunshaughlin and Dunboyne – had been met last week with widespread criticism from business and political interests in both towns.

The bank said that the closures of 45 sub-branches and the amalgamation of six branches from this October are being done as part of a wide review of its retail operations and a cost-cutting program currently underway. It claims that changes in population and customer banking usage as well as improvements in technology have led to a fall in demand for "traditional" bank services.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]