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A baby who was given minutes to live over four years ago continues to thrive after being given a kidney by his father last Monday.

Christian McCullagh rushed into this world five weeks early and at birth was diagnosed with serious medical conditions which included under developed lungs, a leaking valve in his heart and was at the end stage of renal failure.

Christian McCullagh was born in Letterkenny General Hospital (L.G.H.) on February 6, 2008. His family bid goodbye to their little bundle of joy twice before they discovered the baby’s ability to fight for life.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


For the politically-minded, there can be no more exciting event than the U.S. presidential election.

And so, when the idea was floated that our politics department should organize a trip to Washington this November, naturally a large number of boys leapt at the chance.

It isn't the first time Bangor Grammar has visited the political capital of the free world – we were there back in 2008 to watch the election of the first African-American president, Barack Obama.

And while there hasn't been quite as much hype surrounding the Democrat campaign this time round, it promises to be a much closer and equally exciting race.
[Source: BBC News]


A man accused of raping a woman after breaking into her Dublin home threatened to bury her in the back garden, she told a court last Wednesday.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman on two occasions, falsely imprisoning her and making a threat to kill or cause her serious harm at her Dublin home on June 17, 2011.

He also has pleaded not guilty to entering the woman's home as a trespasser with intent to commit theft and carrying a screwdriver and hammer on the same occasion.

Paul Burns, prosecuting, in opening the case to the jury, said the woman normally had a roommate, but on this night she was alone in her apartment and had fallen asleep in bed after a phone-call from her sister.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Urgent action is needed if the recent spike in suicides is to be addressed within the county.

The call comes from Caroline Teague, originally from Lisnaskea, who now works for the Public Institute for the Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm.

Six people within the county, between the ages of 15 and 69, have taken their own lives in the last three weeks.

This dramatic increase makes for stark reading when set against the 15 suicides that have occurred in Belfast in the last four months.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Galway’s most renowned sports horse breeder has been left paralyzed after sustaining a broken neck and severe spinal injuries following a horrific accident at a horse show.

Deirdre Bourns, who runs Bourns Sport Horses on Lisbeg Farms in Eyrecourt outside Ballinasloe, was working in the warm-up area of the Cavan Equestrian Centre during the indoor championships on September 19 with her horse and rider when a young horse bolted across the ring.

Deirdre was in a line of people when she and another woman were knocked down by the out-of-control horse which had a rider on top.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Kerry Group has reported year-on-year revenue growth of 10.9 percent for the first nine months of this year, to $5.7 billion, with trading profit up by 12.1 percent.

In its latest interim management statement, the Tralee-headquartered food group last Wednesday said that the third quarter of the year saw the business continue to achieve "good organic growth.”

"Performance was solid across all regions, notwithstanding the challenging market conditions in Europe and the continuing competitive consumer foods market situation in Ireland and the U.K."
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Fears that the people of Athy and south Kildare will have to wait longer for an ambulance in an emergency due to changes at the local ambulance base were expressed last week.

However the H.S.E. has moved to allay the fears and say the cost saving changes will not impact on front-line services.

Speaking at the recent meeting of Athy Town Council, Clr. Mary O’Sullivan called on the H.S.E. to provide reassurance that the present ambulance service in Athy would not be curtailed or withdrawn.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


Kilkenny City is to benefit from a €5.5 million investment for the “Medieval Mile” tourism project, as was announced last Tuesday morning by Failte Ireland and Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.

The Medieval Mile will stretch from Kilkenny Castle to St. Canice’s Cathedral, with the first phase of the plan – three specific projects – set to come about from this funding. A museum at St. Mary’s Church, a “Great Garden” along the River Nore, and the upgrading of the visitor experience, are part of an overall $19.5 million scheme to make the city a “must-see” destination for overseas visitors to Ireland.
[Source: Kilkenny People]