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Mark Pearce and his family were awakened by police shortly after midnight on Friday at their home in Carraig Crosain, Mayobridge. Acting on an anonymous telephone tip received just minutes earlier, P.S.N.I. officers arrived at the scene, battering on the rear door of the house in their efforts to waken the family and evacuate them from their home.

Mr. Pearce grabbed his partner and two children, aged 12 and 14, and escaped out the back of the house, passing by the pipe bomb that had been set against the front door of the home.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


An $8 million “ghost” railway station in Dublin will not open next year as expected – because an access road has been delayed.

The state-of-the-art building in west Dublin was completed in 2009 but has remained idle, much to the frustration of commuters in the locality.

Iarnrod Eireann says it can't open Kishogue station, near Clondalkin, on the Kildare line from Heuston to Hazelhatch, because the road is not in place.
[Source: Evening Herald]


With a total of 13 people thought to have taken their own lives in the past year, mental health professionals have warned people to be especially vigilant over Christmas – the time of year when, statistically, suicidal people can be most vulnerable.

Figures just released by the Samaritans in Northern Ireland show some worrying trends, including much more concerns about money and family than in other parts of the U.K., and they reveal that only 27 percent of those who had worries this year would choose to talk about their problems, the lowest figure in the U.K.

Volunteers in the Omagh-based Samaritans Centre cater for Fermanagh and Tyrone and are on call 24/7.

On average, they deal with 17,000 calls a year, from face to face, to emails and texted messages.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A Romanian man was sentenced to five years in prison last Wednesday for withholding information during a Garda (police) investigation into the murder of Oughterard publican and teacher, John Kenny, in his pub last year.

Florin Fitzpatrick (38), a Romanian national, whose Romanian surname is Buracuic, had denied withholding information between September 25-28 last year, which might have been of assistance in the apprehension of people involved in Mr. Kenny’s death, which occurred on September 25, 2011 at his pub on Main Street, Oughterard.

A jury took just under three hours to return a unanimous guilty verdict following a three-week trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court in November and the matter was adjourned to last Wednesday for sentence.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


They carried him down and laid him to rest at the foot of Mount Eagle, on the edge of his home village beside the Atlantic sea.

Back on the outside again, near the corner, in the green and gold. Number five, of course. Páidí Ó Sé, forever now on the wing.

“May the Ventry sod rest lightly on this noble warrior.”

After a day of many words – never scarce in the west Kerry Gaeltacht – those final ones lingered in the little graveyard. The Ó Sé family, heartbroken, stood together for their final public farewell to Páidí. The crowd held back to give them their space.
[Source: Irish Times]


A total of 150 jobs are to be created with the establishment of a new manufacturing plant in Leixlip, County Kildare, it has been announced.

The jobs will be created by MGS.Mfg, a provider of engineered manufacturing solutions to the plastics industry.

The company is to invest more than $12 million over three years in a 150 person manufacturing facility in an existing 45,000 sq. feet building on the Hewlett Packard Campus in Leixlip.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


Kilkenny star Henry Shefflin is facing surgery again and he is not sure when he might be able to resume his inter-county hurling career.

The Ballyhale Shamrocks man picked up an ankle injury in the recent Leinster club game against Oulart-the-Ballagh (Wexford), but the full extent of the problem was only diagnosed during the last few days.

There is a bone broken in the ankle, and also ligament damage, and the nine-time All-Ireland medal winner faces surgery a few days after Christmas. Shefflin will be in plaster of Paris for weeks, and after that he faces another stint of rehabilitation work.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


A Portarlington man convicted of assaulting his sister-in-law allegedly threatened to kill the woman before pelting her with rubble, following what was described as “a history of aggression and intimidation.”

At court two weeks ago, Patrick Behan (60), with an address listed at Tierhogar, Portarlington, was charged with assault at Tierhogar on December 27, 2011.

Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that the Gardaí (police) were called to a dispute between the defendant and his sister-in-law involving a right of way between their two properties. The inspector said that Behan pushed the woman to the ground, but since then the issue has been settled.
[Source: Leinster Express]