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The first person to die on Irish roads this year has been named.

Patrick Gildea (39) from Glenties, lost his life when his jeep collided with a wall at Dooish between Ballybofey and Fintown just before 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Mr. Gildea, who was known locally as “Packie,” was understood to be returning from a friend’s house in Ballybofey when the collision occurred.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


A man has escaped injury in a petrol bomb attack in County Down.

The incident happened at a house in Movilla Street, Newtownards, at about 10:30 p.m.  on Friday, December 28.

The device and a brick were thrown at the front window of the property. A window was smashed and there was scorch damage to a window sill.

A man in his 20s was in the house at the time but was not hurt. The local D.U.P. M.L.A., Jonathan Bell, described the attack as "wrong and abhorrent.”
[Source: BBC News]


The mother of a Dublin man fears something sinister happened to him after he missed his 25th birthday on New Year's Eve.

Paul Byrne, from Rush in Dublin, went missing on Christmas Day, not long after texting his girlfriend to wish her a happy Christmas.

Last Wednesday, Mary (51) said "things just aren't adding up" after her son didn't return home.

The last time the catering worker was seen was at around 3am on Christmas Day at the cottage he rents with housemates on Sandy Lane in the seaside town of Rush.
[Source: Evening Herald]


The community of Irvinestown has been left in shock after the sudden death of Maria Corrigan (42).
Shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday, December 31, police received a report from Ambulance Control of the sudden death of a woman at Reihill Park.

Maria had been making her way to work at McBrien’s Nisa supermarket on Main Street, Irvinestown when she collapsed and subsequently died.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A member of Galway City Council has called for urgent coastal protection works to be undertaken in the vicinity of Silver Strand Beach after up to 50 tons of the adjoining Knocknagoneen Hill collapsed and fell onto the shore over the Christmas holidays.

Clr. Donal Lyons (Independent) said that stark warnings from consultants, that the whole area could be “washed away” within 15 to 20 years, would ring true unless urgent remedial works are undertaken in the area.

He made representations to Director of Services Kevin Swift on Monday, December 24, after being informed that between 40 and 50 tons had collapsed onto the shore to the side of the picturesque beach over that weekend.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Eoin Brosnan will captain the Kerry footballers next season after he was nominated by his club, county champions Dr. Crokes, on Sunday, December 30.

The 32-year-old Killarney-based solicitor was confirmed at the Munster club winners’ medal presentation. Kieran O’Leary will captain the team in the event of Brosnan’s absence from the starting line-up.

As revealed in Saturday’s Irish Examiner, Brosnan’s club-mate Colm Cooper was not pushing for a third year with the Kerry armband. While he enjoyed his two seasons as captain, Cooper is keen to concentrate more on his football in the new season.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Gardaí (police) investigating a fatal shooting in County Kildare have confirmed that a second man has been taken to hospital, with injuries to his hand, which are not believed to be life threatening.

A 33-year-old man was rushed to Naas General Hospital just before 6 a.m. Saturday morning, December 29, with serious gunshot wounds, following an incident at a house in Kilmeague.

He died a short time later.

Gardaí later confirmed a 50-year-old man was being treated in hospital after he sustained injuries to his hands in the same incident.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Kilkenny’s Pembroke Hotel was honored as Best Value Hotel at the recent National Hospitality Awards in Dublin.

The Pembroke Hotel was also thrilled to receive “Best Customer Service” award presented by Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce.

“I believe the two awards are different sides of the same coin,” said Pembroke owner John Ryan.

“We make a deliberate effort to ensure that our guests receive a high-quality service when they are with us. I think it was Warren Buffet who said that price is what you pay and value is what you get. We are delighted to have been recognized for going the extra mile to ensure that all aspects of the customer experience as good as we can make it. That is the key to repeat business and great word of mouth.”
[Source: Kilkenny People]


A number of Portlaoise publicans were two weeks ago fined at the district court, for selling alcohol after hours.