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Sergeant Brian Lee suffered a fractured jaw and abrasions to his head, body and legs in the course of the assault by 31-year-old Patrick Irwin of St. Joseph's Terrace, Sligo.

Irwin was on High Court bail in relation to the drugs offence when the assault took place on May 29, 2010.
[Source: RTE News]


Ireland South M.E.P. Sean Kelly (E.P.P./Fine Gael) has called on the Gaelic Athletic Association to purchase the association’s historic birthplace, Hayes Hotel in Thurles.

The call from Mr. Kelly, a former president of the G.A.A., follows recent developments that have seen the iconic hotel being placed into receivership.

“I have called in the past for the association to purchase this historic building and I have written to G.A.A. President Liam O’Neill, Director General Páraic Duffy, and the Munster Council urging them to act on gaining ownership of this historic site.”
[Source: Tipperary Star]


There are fears for the future of day-care centers locally after a senior civil servant in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said it is "highly likely" that a number of centers for people with learning disabilities in the Southern Trust will close.

At a meeting at Sperrinview Special School to discuss the transition of young people with learning disabilities from school life to adulthood, the acting director of Mental Health and Disability Services, Miceal Crilly, said he "can't guarantee that any center in the Southern Trust is going to remain open", and later added: "It's highly likely that a number of [centers] across the Southern Trust will close."
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


A powerful lobby from international sporting heroes to G.A.A. stars, publicans, members of the business community and the world of the arts are throwing their weight behind a campaign to have Ferrybank councilor, Davy Walsh, elected the next mayor of the city.

A member of the Workers Party, Davy Walsh, has served as a member of the City Council for the past 34 years, but despite his length of service, he has remained outside the “pact,” which is made up of various political majority groupings, who traditionally carve up prestige appointments between them.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Veteran radio host Roy Jennings swapped his headphones for a hairnet. Jennings was the first of the Midlands 103 presenters to be auctioned off in the station’s Hire a Presenter fundraising drive.

His services were acquired by Apache Pizza in Mullingar for the grand sum of $464 and he was there making pizzas last Thursday.

Apache agreed to donate an extra $1.30 for every pizza made by their newest employee. All proceeds will go to Living Links Midlands, as chosen by Roy. The charity provides outreach support to those bereaved by suicide.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


History has been made in New Ross with the opening of the town’s first-ever museum.

The facility, which is called the Community Museum, was opened in North Street on Thursday, May 30, by Patrick Grennan, from the Kennedy Homestead in Dunganstown.

Mr. Grennan, who is a distant relative of the late President John F. Kennedy, highlighted the importance of the museum to the town.

Over the last few months, since plans for the project first came to light, the Tidy Towns committee and New Ross Chamber invited people to submit articles and items to the initiative
[Source: Wexford Echo]


After auditioning well over 1,000 people in Wicklow Town, the producers of the T.V. show “Vikings” held further casting calls in Dublin last Thursday and Friday.

The program was looking to hire around 5,000 paid extras for the filming of the second season.

Filming starts at the end of this month and will go to the end of November.
[Source: RTE News]