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“We came to New York to run the marathon for Action Cancer,” said Andrew, just minutes before he
was about to make a dash to the airport on Wednesday evening to get a flight home.

“We decided that while we were here we would stay and help the flood victims in Staten Island. We’re
hoping to get a flight home, but we’re not sure we can because we’ve been told that another storm
could be coming.”

[Source: Derry Journal]


Each year for the last 25 years, Donegal singing star Daniel O’Donnell has successfully placed an album in
the U.K. charts and has set a unique record along the way.

Not even the Rolling Stones, U2 or Sting has managed to achieve this rate of consistent success over
such a time span.

Daniel started his recording career in 1984 and has produced at least one album, and occasionally two
per year, and owing to his loyal following, he has placed on the UK charts every year since 1987.

His newest release, “Songs from the Movies (and More)” is currently riding high in the UK at number 28,
ahead of artists like Adele, Lana del Rey and The Script.

[Source: Donegal Democrat]


The funeral of Corporal Channing Day, who was killed last month in Afghanistan, has taken place in
Comber, County Down.

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson was among the mourners. Mr. Robinson had earlier
attended the remembrance service for the 1987 Enniskillen bombing.

Corporal Day was killed alongside Corporal David O'Connor, of 40 Commando, during a fire fight in
Afghanistan's Helmand Province last month.

[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


Some of the capital's most iconic buildings – such as the Iveagh Markets in the Liberties and Boland's
Mill – are in danger of collapsing due to neglect.

The former Hume Street Hospital, just off St. Stephen's Green, is also under threat, says an An Taisce
Buildings At-Risk report.

Numbers 14-17 Moore Street, where the 1916 leaders surrendered, is on the list, as is Aldborough
House on Portland Row in Dublin 1, which is "one of the city's principal Georgian landmarks.”

In all, more than 200 historic buildings dotted across the city require urgent attention before so much
damage is done it becomes impossible to save them.

[Source: Evening Herald]


Perhaps one of Enniskillen’s busiest musicians, Matty James, is gearing up for his Belfast debut,
supporting ex-Motley Crue vocalist, John Corabi.

In celebration of his Belfast debut, on November 17, Matty has also released his first solo single, “State
Of Mind” for free on his website,

A founding member of local band Filthy Angels, the musician calls his Belfast show a “great

“This is a great opportunity as John Corabi is a legend and I am a huge fan of his work and his voice,” he

[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Savage cuts to rural communities across County Galway will result in massive migration over the next
two decades, leaving country areas with just a skeleton population.

It will result in massive pub closures while half of the current number of hurling and football clubs across
Co. Galway will cease to exist.

The grim prediction has been made by a former government minister who says that the closures of rural
banks and post offices, the closure of rural Garda (police) stations and the withdrawal of grants for rural
schemes will have a devastating effect over the coming years.

[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Kerry football hero Darragh O Se has been approached by Fianna Fail to contest the next general
election in the new five-seat Kerry constituency.

Senior party figures are also understood to have approached Independent T.D. Tom Fleming in a bid to
lure him back to the fold.

Mr. Fleming left the party before the last general election in February 2011 and ran as an Independent
after failing to secure a nomination.

Six-time All-Ireland winner O Se, who works as an auctioneer, is the latest high-profile figure to have
been approached by the party.

[Source: Irish Independent]


A jury has heard phone conversations took place between a 50-year-old Kildare man and his
ex-partner before he called to her home and stabbed her to death.

Michael McDonald of Barnhill, Castledermot, denies murdering Breda Cummins (31) at Michael
Dooley Terrace in Athy, on May 13, 2010. However, he admits her manslaughter. The couple
had broken up several weeks before he killed her in her bed. He is also accused of stabbing
the hand of her new partner John Lawlor, who has been giving evidence at the Central Criminal
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]