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LEITRIM

One of the 27 victims of the horrific shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday, December 14, has a local connection to Dromahair.

Seven-year-old Daniel Barden, who was shot dead in the massacre, is a grandchild of Martin Giblin from Lisgorman, Dromahair. While 90-year-old Martin Giblin currently resides in Florida, relatives still live around Killargue, as well as in Sligo and Donegal. The news has had a shocking effect on family members who reside locally, as they are devastated by the tragic news.

“A constant source of laughter and joy,” Daniel Barden was born on the September 27, 2005 to parents Jacqueline (née Giblin) and Mark Barden. Jacqueline is one of 10 children born in New York to Dromahair’s Martin Giblin and Madeline McDonnell (originally from Newry, County Down, who died in 2005). Daniel was the youngest of three children; his siblings are James Barden (12) and Natalie Barden (11).
[Source: Leitrim Observer]

LIMERICK

Limerick’s city councilors made history last Wednesday night by voting through the largest commercial rate cut in the history of the State.

City manager Conn Murray proposed the charge for businesses be reduced to $0.94 per rate of valuation, a cut of five percent.

Late on Wednesday night, councilors voted the budget through for 2013, which contains $4 million of spending cuts.

While many members praised the decision to cut the rate, a number of members expressed concern over the $800,000 reduction in spend on housing projects.
[Source: Limerick Leader]

LONGFORD

A man charged in relation to a fatal road traffic accident was remanded on bail at a special sitting of Longford District Court last Tuesday.

Gintautas Ambrosevicius (43) of 5 Silver Roe, Boyle, Roscommon was charged with driving in a manner that was dangerous to the public at Mollologher, Longford on December 13, 2011.

In the three-vehicle accident, a 45-year-old man died and two other men, aged in their 20s and 40s, were seriously injured and taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.
[Source: Longford Leader]

LOUTH

There was a lucky escape for a young child on Sunday, when he fell from an escalator in the Marshes shopping centre. The young boy got into trouble at around 2:30 p.m. in the Penney’s department store, when he was playing on the upward-moving escalator.

The boy fell approximately 10 feet. Shoppers and his concerned mother rushed to his aid after the incident.

The emergency services were called to the scene where they treated the boy. The Democrat was told that the emergency services brought the boy to the Our Lady of Lourdes, though his condition was described as non-life threatening.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]

MAYO

The people of Achill received some good news ahead of Christmas as a new company announced the creation of up to 150 jobs following the opening of a call centre.

The Mayo News has learned that Sattelco Communications U.K. Ltd., a telecom and broadcasting company, have chosen to locate their customer service call centre in Achill, which will provide technical and sales support for the U.K. and Irish market.

The new company will provide broadcasting, telephone and broadband services and is to launch its mobile phone service – Pulse Mobile – in the U.K. and Ireland at the end of the first quarter of 2013 and its Cable TV service at the end of the third quarter.
[Source: The Mayo News]

MEATH

People from County Meath spent $40,955.70 last Christmas on gifts for the world's poorest people according to overseas development agency, Trócaire. The charity thanked Co. Meath for remembering families in need overseas when planning their Christmas shopping, as it launched its 2012 Christmas gift range.

Justin Kilcullen, Executive Director of Trócaire said: "Last year the people of Meath added chickens, goats, school fees and other unusual items to their Christmas shopping lists to support people struggling to survive in developing countries. We are incredibly grateful for this tremendous goodwill and thank everyone from Meath for the massive difference they are making to so many lives.

"By kindly buying our ethical gifts, people in Meath are creating real turning points for families living as far away as Somalia and Zimbabwe. Money earned by simply breeding chickens for example, helps parents earn enough to give their children an education, and with that, opportunities for the future."
[Source: Meath Chronicle]

MONAGHAN

Declan Kidney’s Six Nations ambitions suffered a significant blow last Thursday with confirmation that Tommy Bowe will miss the entire tournament after undergoing knee surgery.

However, there was some relief with Brian O’Driscoll’s assertion earlier in the day that he was still hopeful of a mid-to-late January return following his own bout of surgery last month.

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