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Two police officers were injured after a car stolen during a creeper burglary collided with their police vehicle.

Police say the creeper burglary happened in the Beverley Gardens area of Derry’s Waterside on the morning of August 28.

“At approximately 5:30 a.m., it was reported that a gray BMW 1 Series was taken from a house,” says a PSNI spokesman.

“The car later collided with a police vehicle in the Brockagh Road area of Derry at approximately 12:05 p.m. Two police officers in the car at the time were injured but their injuries did not require hospital treatment.”
[Source: Derry Journal]


Mourners at the funeral of 24-year-old Andrew Duffy heard how the Donegal team need no greater incentive to win the All-Ireland to honor the supporter who died on August 26 (Sunday).

St. Columba’s Church in Termon was packed to overflowing as over 1,000 people turned out to say farewell to the talented GAA player.

Fr. Pat McHugh said Andrew was a shy, unassuming man who had a deep faith and his death has had a huge impact on himself and others in the community.

Several members of the Donegal senior football team, including captain Michael Murphy, Karl Lacey and Andrew’s Termon teammate, Michael Boyle, joined hundreds of mourners at the funeral mass.

Members of the Termon GAA club provided a guard of honor.

Andrew was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. He died following a tragic accident when he fell into the Grand Canal in Drumcondra just hours after the Donegal team defeated Cork to reach only their second ever All-Ireland final.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


The Down county board will meet shortly to analyze the Championship season but there is no indication yet that manager James McCartan will continue in his role.

McCartan took over in 2010 bringing Down to the All-Ireland final that year when they were unlucky to lose out to Cork by a point (0-16 to 0-15) and since then silverware has proved elusive.

He suffered two of the biggest setbacks of his three-year term to date earlier this summer when his team lost to Donegal in the Ulster final (2-18 to 0-13) and then surrendered tamely to Mayo in the All-Ireland quarterfinals (3-18 to 2-9).

These defeats impacted heavily on Down morale and created considerable disappointment within the county.
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


Friends of a Dublin deaf teen who died by suicide believed he was bullied in the months leading up to his death. Heartbroken Dublin mother Elaine Hughes buried Darren Hughes-Gibson (16) after an emotional ceremony in Swords.

The fun-loving teenager was known to his friends as Darren Power and nicknamed “Austin Powers.”

But his closest friends believe that he was bullied to death.
[Source: Evening Herald]


It is unlikely that during his time in Enniskillen, Samuel Beckett boosted the local economy in any major way; however, last week, over 20 years after his death, he certainly did. At least that’s the view of some local business people who felt a strong surge of trade due to an increase in footfall in the town.

The Tourist Information Centre in Enniskillen reported a large increase of visitors in the five days of the festival, with close to 1,000 people passing through its doors for the duration. The busiest reported day was Saturday with around 250 people who visited the center.

Charlotte Wilson, of the Tourist Information Centre said: “Figures were well up. It was a very busy weekend as is normally the case on a Bank Holiday weekend, but even more so because of the Beckett Festival.”
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Around one in every 10 secondhand cars in Galway have had their mileage “clocked” – by amounts of up to 100,000 miles – posing a potential deathtrap to their owners, according to new statistics.

A report from, a vehicle history checking website, shows that 11,165 cars in Galway were found to have had their odometers “wound back.”

And the practice – which itself is not illegal and simple to carry out – is becoming more widespread as the recession bites and motorists turn their backs on brand new cars.

John Byrne of Cartell told the Connacht Tribune: “We know from our database how many used cars there are in the Galway area, and we know now than 10 percent of cars there have been clocked. It’s very easy to clock a car. All you need is diagnostic equipment, and wind the clock back. The figures vary hugely, and are anything from a few thousand miles to 100,000 miles.”
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Current Kerry captain Colm “Gooch” Cooper has given his public support to the county's newly-installed senior football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

The pair soldiered together as teammates, winning a number of Munster and All-Ireland titles, and Cooper believes Fitzmaurice has what it takes to get the Kingdom back on track.