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A man who stabbed his mother to death on Mother's Day last year has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

John Charles Coburn (35), from Rossburn Manor in Connor, appeared at Antrim Crown Court last Thursday, where he entered the guilty plea.

He appeared in the dock wearing a white and yellow polo shirt, flanked by a psychiatric nurse.
Coburn stabbed his mother Lyn, a former Antrim High School student, on April 3, 2011 at her home in Connor.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


The news that the Narrow Water Bridge project, the first major infrastructure link between Ireland, North and South, has secured $22.6 million of European funding from the Cross Border INTERREG IVA Program, has been met with much delight from political representatives and involved agencies alike.

This major capital investment will see the development of a 640 meter single carriageway cable-stayed bridge across Carlingford Lough linking Counties Down and Louth and will be an opening bridge to enable tall ships, leisure craft and other marine vessels access to Victoria Lock and the Albert Basin in Newry.

Supporters of the bridge have long heralded its tourism and economic potential, citing it as a “gateway to the Mournes,” which will also open up greater trade links between North and South.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A two-day search of the River Barrow was called off on Friday, October 26, when the body of an elderly man was found.

Seán Dowling (79) from Spahill, Borris was found in the river at 12:40 p.m., following extensive searches since early Thursday.

Gardaí (police) had begun a search of the area at 9 a.m. on Thursday after the popular Borris native was reported missing.

His car was found parked in Aldi in Bagenalstown and local groups, including the Civil Defence, were on hand to help search for Mr. Dowling.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


A four-man gang made off with a large haul of cigarettes from a supermarket in Kingscourt last Tuesday morning, and a high-speed chase ensued with Gardaí (police), during which the patrol car was struck, The Anglo-Celt can reveal.

The gang smashed a large window at the SuperValu premises on Church Street, and then proceeded inside and made their way to the strong room, and are understood to have cut it open with cutting equipment. They took the haul of cigarettes from that room.

They also damaged a cigarette vending machine on the shop floor and took the cigarettes from it. The Gardaí received an alarm call at 1 a.m. on Tuesday to go to the SuperValu.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


It is believed that Ryanair is to increase its traffic at Shannon significantly, with sources indicating that a deal will be announced following the separation of the airport from the Dublin Airport Authority (D.A.A.).

It’s understood Ryanair has made contact with local business people and indicated that as many as six planes could be based at Shannon, where currently there is only one. Having that many planes at Shannon would indicate a huge level of traffic and would give a massive boost to the airport and the regional economy. However, that number seems unlikely given the economic crisis gripping Ireland and Europe.

Ryanair have refused to comment on the matter and in a statement to The Clare Champion on Wednesday the company said, “Ryanair does not comment upon, or engage in, rumor or speculation.”
[Source: Clare Champion]


A Cork woman who suffered the tragic loss of her two young daughters after her husband took his own life and theirs revealed last Wednesday that the H.S.E. conducted an inquiry without telling her.

Almost two years ago in November 2010, John Butler killed Zoe (6) and Ella (2) and then himself in Ballycotton. Mr. Butler had been suffering from depression and had been receiving medical attention, until three months before his death.

In a statement released by a solicitor acting for Una Butler, it was revealed that she first became aware of the investigation only after meeting Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch in May.
[Source: Cork Independent]


Thousands took to the streets of Derry on October 31 for the annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival.

Upwards of 30,000 revellers descended on the city for the world’s biggest Halloween party.

From early afternoon families of all ages were putting the final touches to their costumes and soaking up the unique atmosphere in the city centre.

As the Carnival Parade meandered through the city centre, onlookers watched as spirits, creatures and beings of “the other world” joined them for their annual party through the streets of the city. The parade concluded with a stunning fireworks display over the River Foyle.
[Source: Derry Journal]