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Up to $12,000 worth of damage was done to a church in Killermogh, near Abbeyleix last month.

Rocks and sticks were thrown at the windows of the 200-year old Church of Ireland church, smashing “fist-sized holes” through priceless stained and colored glass. The vandalism was discovered by a parishioner who was visiting a family grave on Friday, July 20, and Abbeyleix Gardaí (police) was then alerted.
 [Source: Leinster Express]


The Independent Roscommon-South Leitrim TD Luke Flanagan wrote to the Oireachtas authorities a few weeks before his altercation with Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett alleging that Laois-Offaly Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy had blocked his way and prevented him from leaving a meeting.

Mr. Flanagan and Ms. Corcoran-Kennedy had attended a meeting of the Oireachtas environment committee in late June, which had discussed the problem caused to local farmers by excessive flooding in the river Shannon area.

At the end of the meeting, Ms. Corcoran-Kennedy approached Mr. Flanagan and challenged him over references he had made to her on his Twitter social media account.

Later that evening, Mr. Flanagan tweeted: “I am reporting Deputy Corcoran Kennedy to the Oireachtas usher staff for physically denying me from leaving the meeting on Shannon floods.”

When another account user asked did she really block his way, he replied: “Meeting was over. She refused on three occasions to let me pass unless I listened to her rant. Not acceptable.”
[Source: Irish Times]


After nearly 1,500 days in intensive care and rehabilitation, a young woman struck down with a rare disease is back living at home with her family in county Limerick.

Patricia Ingle (23) contracted a rare disease from parrots while working in a pet shop in Limerick city in 2008, which left her paralyzed, brain-damaged, confined to a wheelchair and breathing with the aid of a ventilator.

But after 1,069 days in the Mid-Western Regional hospital in Dooradoyle and a further nine months in a rehabilitation center in Oxford in the U.K., Tricia is home for good.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


A woman in her 20s was arrested and questioned last Friday morning following a burglary at the home of a retired priest in Granard on Thursday, August 2 last at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The Leader understands that the suspect was later released and a file has since been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in respect of the matter.

Gardaí (police) say that this is the second time in as many weeks that the elderly priest has been targeted.

The woman who was questioned is believed to be originally from Co. Westmeath but living in the Granard area. It is understood that $80 was stolen in the burglary. A Garda spokesperson said that the victim was shaken after the incident and confirmed that he had also been targeted by thieves two weeks prior to last Thursday.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Dundalk dredger, the Hebble Sand, which was previously owned by the Dundalk Port Company, has departed the dry dock in Dublin Port and is currently heading for Campbeltown, on the Mull of Kintyre Peninsula.

The grab-hopper dredger which has remained in Dublin Port for more than one year departed Dublin Port on Friday, August 3.
 [Source: Dundalk Democrat]


The unemployment rate in Mayo has risen by 2.8 percent in the last month but the latest figures show that there has been a two percent decrease in the last 12 months.

The latest live register figures released by the Central Statistic Office show that the number of unemployed in Mayo for July stands at 13,800. The figure was an increase of 376 or 2.8 percent compared to June when the figure was 13,424 but a decrease of two percent on the same time last year.
[Source: The Mayo News]


John Evans has stated that he would be "interested" in replacing Seamus McEnaney as Meath senior football manager as the race gets underway to find a replacement for the Monaghan man.

Kerryman Evans was brought into the Meath set up last April by McEnaney after relegation from NFL Div. 2 and he proved to be a popular choice among the players.

One of his roles was training the team although it was understood he was also closely involved in the selection process.

Inevitably a number of familiar names have emerged as possible replacements for McEnaney with Colm O'Rourke, Sean Kelly and Gerry McEntee among those mentioned.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


An illegal growth hormone, commonly known as angel dust, has been detected on a farm in the Republic of Ireland for the first time since 1999.

The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has confirmed that two cattle at a farm in County Monaghan tested positive for Clenbuterol.

A small quantity of the substance was also found on the farm, which was restricted during the investigation.