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His daughter, Melissa Hayden (20) of Ayrfield, Lord Edward Street, (The Butts) Kilkenny, is charged with possession of cannabis resin worth $510,000 at Assumption Place in Kilkenny.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


The perpetrators of last Wednesday’s gangland-style execution in Portarlington need to be caught and brought to justice.

That’s according to Fine Gael Deputy Charlie Flanagan. “I urge members of the local community to be vigilant and report any information they may have to the Gardaí (police). These people are not wanted in Laois and they are not wanted in the area.”

Deputy Flanagan described the incident as quite shocking and that it brought home to the people of Laois that gangland criminality is no longer a Dublin phenomenon.

He added, “I understand that the Garda serious crime unit are in the town of Portarlington investigating and I urge anyone in the area that saw anything to make it known to the Gardaí.”

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin Deputy Brian Stanley said local people were concerned and appalled that a man would be shot in broad daylight in front of his two children. “There has been a certain amount of gangland activity around Portarlington in recent years and this is a very serious escalation.”
[Source: Leinster Express]


The tragic news which emerged last Wednesday, September 19 that 15-year-old Dromahair schoolgirl Ciara Pugsley had taken her own life has left a community in deep shock and the fact that she is believed to have been “driven” to such action as a result of online bullying makes the tragedy all the sadder.

The sight of students in their school uniforms, players and officials from the Leitrim Ladies football community, the Dromahair ladies football team, as well as members of the equestrian, sub-aqua and karate clubs, of which she was a member, gave an indication of how popular and well-regarded Ciara Pugsley was.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A Limerick student whose wheelchair was cruelly stolen from outside his home on Sunday, September 23 has returned to school at St. Nessan’s after St. Gabriel’s School in Dooradoyle stepped in with a replacement.

A number of people contacted the Limerick Leader with offers to loan or pay for a wheelchair for 16-year-old Thomondgate lad Shane Dundon, having read that he was housebound after a gang of youths smashed up his means of getting around town.

Roger Beck, manager at the Parkway Shopping Centre, said Shane was free to use one of the complimentary wheelchairs his business makes available for disabled shoppers for as long as he needed.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


The Longford woman in charge of one of the county’s biggest new arts and music venues is hoping a diverse range of shows will encourage people back to the arts.

Louise Donlon, originally from Moydow, has been appointed manager of the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick. Situated on the grounds of Mary Immaculate College, this new 510-seat theater opens officially in late October, with events scheduled to begin last week.

The venue will host a wide range of performers, with everything from Tom Barry’s “Guerrilla Days in Ireland,” Brendan Grace, and the Kilfenora Céilí Band booked in for the coming months.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Sinn Féin Deputy Gerry Adams has rejected claims by former I.R.A. prisoner Dolores Price that he was her commanding officer in the I.R.A. during the 1970s.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, Ms. Price made several allegations about Mr. Adams including a claim that he was a central figure in the I.R.A. when it launched its bombing campaign in the early 1970s.

Mr. Adams has rejected her claims and has also denied that he was in the I.R.A.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


As he looked out on McHale Park as the rain lashed down on the nearby ring road, Mayo star Barry Moran couldn’t but marvel at the supporters who had turned out to welcome Mayo home last Monday evening.

The management and players returned to Castlebar after losing Sunday’s All-Ireland Final to Donegal and well over 1,000 people turned out despite horrible weather to welcome the county’s heroes back into their embrace.

“This means so much to see your support here,” Barry Moran told the supporters. “To see the support ye gave us here and welcome us back makes me proud to be a Mayo man.”
[Source: The Mayo News]


Consideration will have to be given in future to moving all of Kells' stone crosses, including the Market Cross, indoors to prevent further erosion and deterioration of their carved images, Kells Town Council was told two weeks ago.

The National Monuments Service (N.M.S.) – which is attached to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – has opened the way to the town council to discuss a joint conservation plan for all the national monuments in the town.