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An Antrim woman, who was viciously assaulted during a football match at Chimney Corner F.C., has relived her horror after seeing her attacker sent to a young offenders' center at Antrim Magistrates' Youth Court.

Laura Adair, from Springfarm, received horrendous facial injuries and required surgery to rebuild her cheekbone following the brutal assault that left her unable to work for more than two months.

She was playing for Knockbreda against Blackieville Ladies in a N.I. Women's Football Association Division One Match in May when a teenage player on the opposing team attacked her around 70 minutes into the match.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


Staff at Slieve Gullion Credit Union in Forkhill endured a terrifying ordeal last Friday evening, November 23, when a three-man gang armed with axes and a handgun entered the premises and forced workers to hand over a sum of money.

The masked trio made their way into the Main Street building shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Friday night and threatened staff with the weapons, before escaping with the stolen cash in a silver-colored VW Golf.

The aggressive robbery was met with widespread condemnation, with Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin M.L.A. Megan Fearon describing it as “a vicious and mean, criminal act.”
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Agricultural food firms Danone and Tanco have won the two top prizes at the Ireland France Business Awards.

Infant formula manufacturer Danone won the Best French Company in Ireland award. Tanco Autowrap, the Carlow-based agricultural machinery company, was the joint winner of the Best Irish Company in France award, along with wastewater treatment systems manufacturer Tricel S.A.S.U., a French subsidiary of K.M.G. based in Killarney.

The annual awards, run by the Ireland France Chamber of Commerce and Network Irlande recognize outstanding business performance and bilateral trade between Ireland and France. This year’s awards were sponsored by B.N.P. Paribas.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


The Health Service Executive has said it is to set up a review group to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a baby who was born two weeks ago at Cavan General Hospital.

It is understood the baby boy was delivered by C-section Thursday, November 28, however, the procedure suffered delays as another C-section had already been carried out in the main theatre, and so a second theatre had to be surgically prepared.

When the baby was born, he was critically ill and was later transferred to the National Neonatal Unit at Holles Street in Dublin for treatment, where he died a short time later.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


Orla Ní Eilí, of the Clare Immigrant Support Centre in Ennis, has warned that some people in the county may experience further isolation if Wednesday’s budget adversely impacts upon the income of low earners or the unemployed.

“The worrying part is that people will become even more isolated, no matter what their background is; Irish or new Irish,” Ms. Ní Eilí said.

“People could become very isolated in their homes. They might have no work, even though they are looking for work or seeking courses. They may be staying in just because they don’t have the resources to be walking around town and spending a couple of bob here or there. It’s a very worrying time for a lot of people,” she added.
[Source: Clare Champion]


Bruce Springsteen is bringing his amazing live show to Cork this July. It has been announced last Wednesday afternoon that Bruce Springsteen and his fabled E Street band will be playing Páirc Uí Chaoimh on July 18.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, December 6, at 9 a.m. on Ticketmaster.

The 63-year old “Born in the U.S.A.” star will also play Thomond Park in Limerick two days prior on July 16 and Belfast two days after Cork on July 20.
[Source: Cork Independent]


Derry singer and Glee star Damian McGinty is currently soaring high in the American iTunes charts with pre-orders for his debut E.P. outselling Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Christina Aguilera and, yes, even the Glee soundtrack.

The E.P. went on sale last Tuesday and, by lunchtime, had hit number 14 in the American pop charts – Damian’s reaction to the Journal on hearing this news was a simple “holy s---.”

The 20-year-old also told followers on Facebook and Twitter the success so far of the five-track E.P. had been “beyond his wildest expectations” and he encouraged his fans to follow their own dreams.
[Source: Derry Journal]


Fine Gael T.D. for Donegal North East, Joe McHugh, has called the news that both Malin Head and Valentia Island Coast Guard stations are to remain open “a victory for common sense.”