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A man in his late teens died after the car he was driving lost control in County Monaghan.

The crash happened at Maghernakill on the Castleblayney-Dundalk Road shortly after 05:00 a.m. on Monday, July 30.

Gardaí (police) said the teenager lost control on a bend.

A girl in her late-teens who was a passenger was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
[Source: BBC News]


An “incorrigible burglar” who targeted a string of midlands pubs, including locations in Offaly, has been jailed for four-and-a-half years. According to his own counsel, Eddie Wing (31) was a source of significant criminality in the Midlands area before he was caught and charged with five burglaries committed over a two-month period.

While last March a jury found Wing of Roscrea, Co. Tipperary not guilty of the manslaughter of Matt Farrell during a burglary of his pub in April 2009.

On Monday (July 30) Superintendent Pat Murray told Padráic Hogan BL, prosecuting, that Wing committed the break-ins to fund the drugs habits of a local group of heroin users. He took a total of $13,367 worth of cash, cigarettes and jewelery during the burglaries.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Gardaí (police) have urged homeowners to secure their property and to be extra vigilant over the holiday season. This follows a recent spate of burglaries in the Roscommon and South Roscommon area.

Sergeant Ciaran Carroll last week urged homeowners, in isolated rural areas in particular, to take extra precautions and to ask neighbors to look in on their properties while away on vacation.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


The director of the Yeats International Summer School has described the crumbling condition of a childhood holiday home that inspired W.B. Yeats and his brother Jack as a “scandal.”

Prof. James Pethica said W.B. Yeats had stayed in Elsinore in the seaside village of Rosses Point, Co. Sligo, frequently as a child and as a young man wrote part of The Celtic Twilight there. Jack B. Yeats’s watercolor Memory Harbour immortalized a scene close to Elsinore.

A smuggler known as “Black Jack” built the house in the 1830s and it was later purchased by William Middleton, Yeats’s grand-uncle. In later life, the poet recalled stories of secret tunnels and buried treasure that had thrilled him as a child.
[Source: Irish Times]


A war of words has erupted between Sinn Fein and Labour on Nenagh Town Council over the manner in which certain projects around the town have been announced.

Following last Monday’s council meeting, Clr. Seamus Morris issued a statement in which he accused the Labour Party of having “poisoned the atmosphere in the Nenagh council chamber with their antics of trying to claim everything in sight without recourse to their council colleagues.”

He claimed that other councilors had to “put manners” on Labour’s Virginia O’Dowd and Mayor Lalor McGee over what he claimed were their party’s “attempt to claim the ‘town park’ project.”
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Investigations are continuing after two police officers in the Cookstown area were suspended from duty having been arrested in connection with alleged corruption.

Five other PSNI officers from the same team have also been moved to other duties.

A full investigation by the police service's anti-corruption unit is underway. The two officers have been released on bail and are currently suspended from duty.

At the time of going to press no other details had been released as to what charges the officers could potentially face if charged.

Speaking last weekend, Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton said all staff members in the PSNI were expected to behave professionally, ethically and with the utmost integrity.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


A man, who viciously attacked another male, stabbing him in the eye with a screwdriver and causing him brain damage, is to serve four years in prison.

In handing down a seven-year sentence, three years of which were suspended, Judge Mary Ellen Ring said the horrific nature of the damage done to the injured party had left his life irrevocably changed.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


An Athlone native is one of the driving forces behind a new mathematical study which concludes that the famous Irish epic Táin Bó Cuailnge may be more closely linked to real-life societies than previously thought.

Ralph Kenna, originally from St. Brigid's Terrace, Athlone, who was recently appointed Professor of Theoretical Physics in Coventry University in the U.K., is one of the authors of the new study published in European Physical Society's Europhysics Letters.