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Lethean Limited, 65 Main Street, Portlaoise, was found to have people on the premises at 1:45 a.m. on May 19, 2012.

Garda (Police) Inspector Martin Harrington explained that closing time was meant to be 12:30 to 1 a.m.
[Source: Leinster Express]


The father of Niall Dorr made an emotional statement following the sentencing of Douglas Ward to 16 years in jail for the manslaughter of his son in Dundalk on October 13, 2010.

Reading the victim impact statement, David Dorr, who is from Mohill said, “A new chapter in our lives begins now and sadly Niall is not in it. We will hold very dear his memory and will never let go.”

Douglas Ward with an address at Loughantarve, Knockbridge, County Louth, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the Central Criminal Court with the court hearing that a group, including Mr. Ward approached Niall Dorr and two of his friends and a row subsequently broke out. Mr. Dorr, who was a champion kick-boxer, attempted to stop the row before he was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head by Mr. Ward. It was reported in court that Mr. Ward continued to attack Mr. Dorr even after he became unresponsive.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Sentencing was adjourned until the New Year in the case of a young man who threatened to “smash up” a fast-food restaurant if the owner did not give him $920.

Brian Curtin (21) of Spitland, Old Cork Road, County Limerick pleaded guilty to demanding money with menaces at Stuffins, Mulgrave Street on December 27, 2011.

During a sentencing hearing, Limerick Circuit Court was told the defendant entered the premises shortly before midday and became very aggressive when the owner refused to give him any money.

Det. Garda (Police Officer) Vincent Brick said Curtin, who has 142 previous convictions, repeatedly tried to jump the counter and at one point could be heard on the phone telling an acquaintance to “bring around baseball bats and hurleys.” The incident lasted for 22 minutes and was caught on C.C.T.V. in the restaurant.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Three men involved in a fracas along Longford Town’s Ballymahon Street on New Year’s Eve appeared before a special sitting of Longford District Court on New Year’s Day, charged under the Public Order and Firearms and Offensive Weapons Acts.

The three men, two of whom are from Longford and the third with a north Dublin address, were among a group of approximately 10 people who became involved in the row at a licensed premises along the town’s main thoroughfare at 10:55 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The Leader understands that a number of golf clubs were also used and Gardaí (police) are describing the altercation as “a serious incident.”
[Source: Longford Leader]


A Good Samaritan saved Christmas for an elderly man while driving home during the Christmas season.

Niall McEvoy was dropping a friend home to Faughart when he spotted an elderly man in his 70s standing at the Newry Bridge on the Dundalk bypass.

On his way back from Faughart, Niall noticed the man standing in the same spot with a jacket over his head.

Becoming worried at this point, Niall turned around in his car and went back to see if the man wanted a lift.
It turned out that the man had alzheimer’s and was lost. Niall alerted gardai and they made sure he got home safely.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


John and Teresa Connor, a Tooreen couple, are the first Mayo people to have their names on the surface of Mars. Not only that, but their photos have circled the earth numerous times on board the N.A.S.A. Endeavor Mission.

John’s abiding interest in space exploration is behind this amazing story. He was checking the N.A.S.A. website one night when he spotted a notice asking anyone who wanted to have their names put on board the space mission to Mars to forward it to them at headquarters.

“Teresa and I decided there and then that we would forward our names to them for inclusion in the historic project,” says John. “We both got a certificate back stating – ‘John and Teresa Connor - John Connor: You are part of history.  Your name will be carried to Mars on a microchip carried by N.A.S.A.’s Science Laboratory Rover.”
[Source: The Mayo News]


A young Irish sportswoman viciously attacked in New York will have to undergo further surgery this month.

Alisha Jordan (21) was hit in the face with a concrete block in a random attack by a man on the street last July.

The Irish woman's skull was broken and she suffered a broken nose, a broken cheekbone, and several broken teeth in the unprovoked late-night attack.

The young victim has needed a series of operations to repair severe facial injuries and had to have a metal plate inserted into the front of her skull.

Alisha, a native of Skryne, County Meath, was a star footballer for the Meath county team.
[Source: Evening Herald]