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In a string of burglaries last week, unoccupied houses have been targeted, with afternoon and early evening proving the most popular time for the would-be housebreakers.

Three homes in the College Orchard area were hit on Saturday, November 10, with similar goods taken in each case.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]

KILKENNY

Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown was in Kilkenny two weeks ago, to present over 120 students with the John Paul II Award at a special ceremony in St. Mary’s Cathedral.

The John Paul II Award recognizes the contribution of young people aged between 16 and 18 years to the activities of the Church in parish and schools, as well as to their community. It is recognition for having completed many hours of service to their church and community during the past 12 months.

The awarding ceremony took place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, facilitated by Bishop Seamus Freeman, following a mass in the cathedral.
[Source: Kilkenny People]

LAOIS

Up to $50 million could be generated from the 2013 National Ploughing Championships because of the location of Laois and its ability to host such a big event it emerged at the launch of the championships two weekends ago.

Speaking in Killenard, Peter Carey, Laois County Council’s county manager, thanked the National Ploughing Association for choosing Laois for an event that he said would have “huge significance.”

“When you think of the massive investment and spin-off – approximately 180,000 people coming to visit our county, an investment of somewhere in the region of [$50 million] – it is hugely significant and we are absolutely honored and thrilled to get this event for Laois,” said Mr. Carey.
[Source: Leinster Express]

LEITRIM

Carrick-on-Shannon Gardaí (police) are issuing an “alert” to all homeowners in Leitrim following a number of thefts and crimes over the past two weeks.

Two weeks ago, 11 unoccupied homes in Dromod were broken into and destroyed as thieves took copper cylinders and piping. The large-scale incident took place from Thursday, November 8, to Monday morning, November 12.

Eleven houses in the Fairways estate, close to Dromod Train Station were broken into and copper cylinders were “brutally forced out,” pipes were cut and the rampage left running water leaking through the houses causing large-scale damage.

A local sergeant told the Leitrim Observer the theft of copper is getting “very common” in the region as the value of copper increases. Gardaí are advising people who own unoccupied homes, or those who live beside them, to be wary that suspects are monitoring houses. Residents are advised to report any suspicious activity in the area to Gardaí.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]

LIMERICK

Limerick’s local authorities have plenty of salt to shake when temperatures plummet this winter.

They have secured more than 4,000 tons of rock salt to treat Limerick’s roads.

The authorities expressed confidence that they have ample supplies of salt and grit to treat the city’s and county’s roads in the event of a prolonged outbreak of cold weather.
[Source: Limerick Leader]

LONGFORD

Senior Garda (police) detectives were last week investigating the possible re-emergence of Traveller-related feuding in Longford after a fresh series of threats were posted on social media site YouTube, writes Liam Cosgrove.

The newly published material, labelled “Longford Nevins call out Joe Joyce,” appeared on the Internet earlier this month. It shows two men dressed in dark clothing and wearing balaclavas voice a succession of intimidating remarks in the direction of the Mr. Joyce referred to in the video.
[Source: Longford Leader]

LOUTH

The people of Bellurgan were deeply shocked by the tragic death of Moya McNally (83), who was killed in the two-car collision at the Ballymascanlon filling station on Saturday evening, November 10.

Gardaí (police) are seeking information about the collision which occurred at 6:30 p.m.

Moya and her late husband Hughie McNally were highly regarded members of the local community.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]

MAYO

A youth has been charged with assault causing harm after an attack on a retired Garda (police officer) who was walking with his wife at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar, on Thursday evening, November 8.

The youth (15), who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Swinford District Court the following day, where he was remanded on bail to appear before Ballina District Court early next month.

The man, who is in his 50s, was walking with his wife at the new Riverwalk at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar, at approximately 6 p.m. when he was set upon by the youth in what is believed to have been a random attack.
[Source: Mayo News]

MEATH

A Ratoath family has scooped $638,000 in last week's Euromillions Lottery.

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