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The single and accompanying video “Because We Can” was just released in the U.S.A., and Duddy revealed all to the Derry Journal from his base in Queens, New York.

Having spent years at the top of his game, the “Derry Destroyer” hung up his boots and announced he was retiring from the sport in January 2011.

Nowadays the local man is more likely to be found treading the boards in New York theatres or as a bartender in the “Big Apple.” And he admits he has never been happier.
[Source: Derry Journal]


Garda (Police Officer) Bernard McLoughlin, who tried to save his colleague after their car was rammed in Donegal, has been awarded $60,000 by the High Court.

He told the court that he regarded Gary McLoughlin as a best friend as well as a colleague. The court heard that they had shared a flat and had trained together at Templemore before being sent to Buncrana.

On December 13, 2009, the pair was searching for a speeding car when it crashed into them at Lisfannon. Despite suffering severe hip and leg injuries in the crash, he did his best for his friend.

Detecting a pulse, he held Gary’s head in the recovery position until the emergency services arrived.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Two Newry stores have become the first retail casualties of 2013. Jessops and fashion retailer Hoi Polloi both closed their doors permanently at close of trading on Friday, January 11, bringing fresh misery on the job-front to local people employed by the beleaguered firms.

Administrators were appointed to The Jessop Group Limited on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the request of the directors.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) announced that the company had been hit by increasing competition from supermarkets and internet retailers, which had affected its core marketplace, with the camera chain suffering a significant decline in 2012, which was forecast to continue until 2013.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A mother-of-three has been jailed for not sending her children to school.

The woman, described as “too liberal,” kept her three girls at home for colds and flu without any doctor’s notes, a court heard.

The children missed 28 days from last September – more than a third of the school term.

Apart from the illnesses, the Dublin mother alleged that one of the children was bullied.

But a judge sentenced her to 28 days in prison after being told there was no medical evidence of their illnesses or a bullying complaint.
[Source: Evening Herald]


The union flag dispute shows no signs of abating with protesters in Enniskillen escalating their action by marching along the busiest stretch of road in the county.

Around 70 flag-carrying protesters took part in the demonstration, and although Sinn Fein has questioned the legality of the protest, organizers insist the Parades Commission was notified.

Traffic was diverted during the protest, which went from Quay Lane along Wellington Road to the Lakeland Forum car-park, and back via Belmore Street to Gaol Square.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Galway has been branded “Ireland’s knowledge city” by a top academic, having the second-highest proportion of Ph.D. graduates in the country.

It means the city and county are in a prime position to attract investment from multinational companies that require a skilled workforce.

And with Galway also claiming the country’s second-highest level of graduates, coupled with a “baby boom” about to enter the education system, the future of our talent pool looks firmly cemented.

But the leading academic warned that Galway will need to draw people into the “Ph.D. net” from neighboring counties.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


A British man has appeared before Tralee District Court charged with unlawfully importing cocaine.

William Lamb (67), with an address at Clonmeen, Banteer, County Cork, was arrested at Kerry Airport on Monday, January 14, following the discovery of cocaine with a street value of $375,000.

Nine pounds of the drug were discovered by Revenue Officers in the lining of Mr. Lamb's rucksack when he arrived on a flight from Frankfurt on Monday.

It is the largest seizure of cocaine at Kerry Airport.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


An elderly man was left in a state of shock after three people entered his home in the Maganey area and stole his wallet, which contained a large amount of cash.

The incident occurred sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. when the 93-year old man who lives in the Johnstown area of Maganey answered his door. Two females and one male rushed in past the elderly man once the door was opened and, while the man was in a state of confusion, they removed his wallet from his pocket.