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Unless the G.A.A. takes serious steps to tackle the issue of on-field violence, more and more assault cases arising from G.A.A. games will appear before the courts.

That’s the verdict of a Kiltimagh man who was assaulted by an opposing player minutes after the final whistle of a championship game last year.

Darragh Sloyan (27) was the victim of an assault by Davitts G.A.A. player James Cummins after a Mayo Club Championship match between Kiltimagh and Davitts in Ballindine on June 12, 2011. Mr. Sloyan was left with a broken nose, which required two operations to correct.

Now, speaking after the D.P.P. case against Cummins was finalized in court Friday, September 28. Sloyan has said that too many assaults take place on G.A.A. fields with no thought for the consequences.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Almost 11 percent of Meath's population are non-Irish nationals, according to figures released from the Central Statistics Office (C.S.O.).

The figures show that 19,802 non-Irish nationals were living in Meath at the time of the Census in April 2011, accounting for 10.8 percent of people living in the county.

Of this, 3,867 were Polish nationals – the largest non-Irish nationality in the county, followed by 3,638 U.K. nationals.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Two men have been arrested in connection with the discovery of an oil laundering plant in County Monaghan.

Officers from Revenue’s Customs service along with Gardaí (police) found the facility at a commercial premise in Aghafad, Killanny in Carrickmacross.

It had the capacity to launder 4 million gallons of fuel a year and would have cost the State up to $10 million in lost revenue.
[Source: RTÉ News]


A number of Offalians who visited the recent National Ploughing Championships at New Ross availed of free diabetes screening.

The Lions Clubs of New Ross, Wexford, Waterford, Carrick-On-Suir, Clonmel and Enniscorthy provided the screening, with New Ross Lions being the coordinators.

New Ross Lions Club President Jim Collins said, “New Ross were delighted to carry on this great service provided by the Lions club for the last 10 years. Registered nurses have signed up as we screened 4,757 people during the three-day event.”
[Source: Offaly Express]


A young mother who was followed for 15 minutes by a man in the Demesne area of Castlerea on Sunday, September 30 has appealed to other women in the area to be vigilant.

The woman, who had her young child with her, told the Herald that she was “extremely intimidated” by the man and had to call her own mother to come and meet her after she spotted him staring at her from bushes.

The Castlerea woman said that it was the man’s demeanor, which initially sparked fear in her.

“I was pushing my daughter in the pram when I noticed a man walking towards me, who was staring strangely at me. Seconds after he passed by me, I glanced around and saw that he was then following me, walking just a few feet behind me. I quickened by pace and so did he. Moments later he walked by me, heading in the direction of the Demesne, but when I walked on further, I saw him looking out at me from the bushes,” she explained.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Margaret Madden (58), a B&B owner at Lough Gara House in Monasteraden, is suing three men for the loss of her husband and her own shock, pain and distress.

Terence Madden (52) bled to death after being shot in both legs at close range on January 28, 1999.

Michael Doohan, a former member of the Defence Forces, and formerly of Ashbury Lawns, Ballinode, County Sligo, Joseph Herron, formerly of Chapel Street, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, and Patrick McGrath, formerly of Cuilpruglish, Gurteen, Co. Sligo, received life sentences at the Special Criminal Court in 2000 for their part in the murder.
[Source: RTÉ News]


Doctor Rosemarie Carew, from Drombane, has become the first Irish person to win the prestigious F.E.B.S. Journal Prize for Young Scientists, with a cash prize of $13,000.

A past pupil of the Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Dr. Carew was recognised by F.E.B.S. (Federation of European Biochemical Societies) for being the first author of a paper judged to be the best by a graduate student or young post-doctoral research worker published in F.E.B.S Journal 2011.

Carew (29) was awarded her prize in Seville, Spain where she attended a plenary F.E.B.S. ceremony and gave a 20-minute presentation on her work.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Coalisland traders have pledged to "stand up and fight for their town" as they bid to revive its reputation as a key shopping destination in Tyrone.

The hard-pressed traders made the commitment at a meeting in the town's Corn Mill last Thursday evening, September 27 to re-launch the Traders' Association where they learned that approximately $195,000 has already been earmarked for the town.