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Dr. McDaid said he has four patients in such a situation, three male and one female. Three have reoffended after having their dosage reduced and one has begun using heroin again.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


It’s been just over a year since they had a night like last Sunday, or perhaps suffered a hangover Monday morning like they did 12 months ago.

Holywood Golf Club was again the place to be for friends and family of the Co. Down town’s favorite son Rory McIlroy as many of them turned out to roar him to victory.

The club is littered with television screens following an extensive revamp in recent months — but not surprisingly, no one was asking the bar staff to flick the Olympics closing ceremony on amidst the wall-to-wall coverage of McIlroy’s final round in the U.S. PGA Championship.
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


A Dublin mother of 17 died after drinking a toxic level of alcohol at a post-wedding day celebration.
Mary Lawrence (67), from Ardla Cottages in Skerries, Co. Dublin, was found dead in bed by her daughter on October 30 last year, a Dublin inquest heard.

Dublin Coroners Court heard her death was brought about by a combination of a toxic level of alcohol in her system and existing heart and lung problems.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Cattle rustlers have left a Roslea farmer devastated after they stole six of his livestock from a field.
Their distraught owner, Lester Downey had been away working and when he returned at around 7 p.m., he made the grim discovery that his cattle were gone.

The haul included two Limousin cows, one Charolais cow, one Hereford cow and two eight-month-old Charolais bull and heifer calves. They are thought to have been taken sometime between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Monday, August 6.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


An Garda Síochána (police) has “called time” on its lenient policing of exemptions to opening hours of the city’s late night pubs – Galway’s late bars will have to close at the legal extended time of 1 a.m. from now on, and not 2 a.m. as was widely assumed by the drinking public and practiced by publicans.

Galway Gardaí have confirmed to the Connacht Sentinel that a number of inspections have been carried out in recent weeks on city center pubs to ensure they are complying with licensing laws in relation to opening hours, and in particular late night exemptions.

A spokesperson at Galway Garda Station said that there were no prosecutions pending following the inspections carried out at night in bars and pubs in the city in the past month.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


The mayors of the four local authorities in Kerry – Tralee, Killarney, Listowel and the county – handed in a letter of protest yesterday to Kerry General Hospital in Tralee, over the cost of parking.

The HSE rejects claims that the charges are excessive, and says they are necessary.
The cost of parking is $15 per day.

In the letter, the four mayors said the charges were unfair on patients and people trying to visit their sick relatives at what was often a time of great stress.
[Source: Irish Times]


Kildare Rose Megan O’Neil is about to jet off to the U.S.A. to pursue a music career.
The 2012 Rose will head stateside in September to pursue a career in Nashville, Tennessee.

egan, from Ballymore Eustace, just completed her final year as a psychology student in UCD from where she graduated with honors. However, music has always been a passion of the 22-year-old who combined teaching piano and singing with her studies.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


A Castlecomer woman was the key organizer of Mike Tyson’s opening night celebrations for his Broadway show “Undisputed Truth.”

Anne Coogan is the manager of Hurley’s Irish Pub in Times Square in New York and Tyson held his opening night party there two weeks ago.

The show is attracting considerable attention stateside.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


The Garda (police) investigation into the horrific crash near Tullamore that saw four young men perish is on-going, and a number of witnesses that have come forward with information are currently being interviewed.

Inspector Kieran Keyes revealed that a technical examination of both vehicles has been completed and they are awaiting results.

It is believed the accident occurred as the Honda Civic car, in which the four Portarlington men were traveling, was attempting to overtake.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Homecare provider Bluebird Care has announced the creation of “a minimum of 25 jobs” in Co. Leitrim as part of a package of 510 new jobs announced country-wide earlier last week. Nearby Co. Longford is also set to benefit from the jobs announcement with 15 new jobs expected for the county.