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“Father Muredach was intricately involved in the life of Ballina in church and community, with young
and old. He was the people’s priest, kind and personable, faithful in his duties and amenable to his
parishioners. He will forever be associated with the story of the Newman Institute in Ballina and the
lives of the many he touched, inspired and uplifted on his own journey through this life. In his time with
us he has achieved a lot. One always had the sense that he was a safe pair of hands and a role model in the work of the parish. He will be most sadly missed,” Deputy Mulherin said last Monday. She expressed her sincere condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.

[Source: The Mayo News]


The banning of five-axel trucks from driving through Slane has been suggested in a consultant's report
on the impact of heavy traffic on the village, presented to Meath County Council.

The first phase of a study into possible traffic management alternatives – principally proposals to ban
HGVs – on the N2 through the village was carried out by consultants Aecom on behalf of Meath County
Council, following the Bord Pleanála decision to refuse permission for a bypass of Slane in March this

[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Nine people have been arrested across Cavan and Monaghan in a Garda (police) operation clamping
down on ecstasy and other drugs in the area.

Gardaí say a considerable amount of cash and controlled drugs were also seized.

Three women and six men, aged from their mid-20s to their 40s, are being questioned at various Garda
stations across the two counties under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

[Source: Irish Examiner]


Tullamore broker McGowan Insurances’ life insurance website,, has been named in the Best
Financial Services Website category at the Web Awards 2012.

The Irish Web Awards are held annually to recognize people who do great things on the web. The
awards are judged transparently and are open to anyone in Ireland.

[Source: Offaly Express]


Former Tipperary manager John Evans looks set to become the new Roscommon senior football
manager. This follows weeks of speculation in the wake of Des Newton’s departure two months ago.

Evans’ name came before a special meeting of the Roscommon County Board last Thursday. It is
expected to be ratified without any last minute hitches.

[Source: Roscommon Herald]


One of Sligo's oldest buildings has been extensively refurbished.

The Presbyterian Hall, Charles Street, dates back to 1883.

In its 129-year history it was used as a school house and as the original home of the Gaelscoil, and
hosted numerous church and community activities.

These included the local Feiseanna, Feis Ceoil and Feis Shligigh.

The hall was also the venue for Irish Blood Transfusion Clinics for many years.

"It just gradually became run down, damp and badly in need of repair," Presbyterian Minister Rev. Alan
Mitchell said.

[Source: Sligo Champion]


Bangkok-based businessman John Kealy, from Nenagh, is sponsoring a worldwide human rights
campaign. John, who owns The Dubliner pub, restaurant and hotel in the popular tourist city, said he
despises human trafficking and wants it stopped.

Two weekends ago over 100 people from 20 different countries – including Ireland – left Bangkok on a
15-day, 230 mile marathon walk from Bangkok to the border of Myanmar to create a global awareness
of the horrors of human trafficking.

U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, Kristie Kenney, led the Freedom To Walk supporters by joining the walkers
on their first day.

“People who have been trafficked or about to be trafficked, are depending on us to speak out and do
something about their plight and prevent it from happening to others,” said Kealy.

[Source: Tipperary Star]


Irish man Paul Anthony Fox will be deported from Australia when he is released from custody,
after having pleaded guilty to stabbing a friend in the heart last April.

Fox (24) stabbed Robert Emmet Corrigan, from Galbally, County Tyrone on Easter Sunday

The South Australian Supreme Court heard Mr. Corrigan would have died but for medical
intervention after being rushed to hospital. He now lives with constant pain.

"I find it difficult to trust people now because this was a friend who stabbed me," Mr. Corrigan
said in a victim impact statement read out in court.
[Source: Irish Times]


Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane has described the comments Wexford Senator Michael D’Arcy that
Waterford Regional Hospital is the worst performing hospital in the country as disgraceful and