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A mother-of-three from Eglish described the possible closure of children's heart surgery facilities in Belfast as "unbelievable.”

Anita Gildernew was referring to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in Belfast which is under threat of losing heart surgery facilities following the publication of the “Safe and Sustainable Review” into the service.

The closure would mean Tyrone families would have to travel to Birmingham in order to receive treatment for children with heart defects.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Gardaí (police) in Waterford tackling a spike in burglaries have made a number of arrests.

Four juveniles were arrested on suspicion of committing as many as 12 burglaries in the city over the last few weeks, in areas such as Larchville and Lisduggan. A file has been sent to the DPP in respect of the four individuals, who have now been released.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Among those with fond memories of the legendary astronaut is Athlone show-band musician Frankie McDonald, who met Neil Armstrong during his first visit to Ireland in April 1997.

The unplanned meeting between the two men took place in the lobby of The Brandon Hotel in Tralee.

"I was touring with Joe Dolan at the time and we were playing a gig in a theatre called the Siamsa Tíre in Tralee," recalled Frankie last Monday.

"I went into the Brandon Hotel for a meal and I was just finishing up when a musician I knew, Dermot Flynn, told me that Neil Armstrong would be coming into the hotel in about five minutes' time.

"Sure enough, he came in shortly afterwards with a big entourage of security people. I thought I wouldn't be able to get near him but I was actually able to go up and shake his hand.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


The daughter of the north Wexford man who was found dead in his front garden having died of asphyxiation has said the family is in limbo and will not know for months whether or not the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is going to bring a case against a woman charged in relation to his death.

Mr. Plunkett was found in the grounds of his home at Ballyedmond, just off the main Wexford to Gorey road, following a 999 call to the Gardaí (police) on Sunday afternoon, August 19.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


An Irish-born red kite has nested and bred chicks in Ireland for the first time in nearly 200 years.

The male bird, which was born in 2010 to donor stocks of red kites brought in from Wales, was recorded breeding at a nest on a farm near Redcross, Co. Wicklow, earlier this summer. The event marks a major milestone for Co. Wicklow’s red kite reintroduction program which aims to restore Ireland’s native population of kites to their traditional haunts.
[Source: Irish Times]