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A former Antrim man, whose autistic daughter was refused a visa to allow her to move to Australia with her family, has spoken of his delight after receiving official confirmation that their move will go ahead.

Adrian Scott, originally from Brantwood Gardens, lives in Oxfordshire with his wife Julie, son Tevin (19) and Niamh (13). He and his family are thrilled with the early Christmas present.

The couple's twin sons, Stephen and Marc, are both already settled in Australia with their respective families. Julie's parents have also been American citizens for over 20 years.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


Two men were arrested after police stopped a vehicle on the Dundalk Road in Crossmaglen on Thursday, December 20, in connection with a counterfeit cash scam.

The arrests followed a number of reported incidents in Newry, Portadown, Armagh, Fermanagh and Tyrone where counterfeit currency was passed.

In the midst of the busiest shopping week of the year, a number of local businesses reported receiving counterfeit Bank of England £50 notes. Police immediately launched an investigation which resulted in the arrests in Crossmaglen around 3:40 p.m. on Thursday.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper}


A woman who died following a fire at her home in County Carlow has been named locally as 50-year-old Margaret Doyle.

She was pulled from the house by her son James (20) early Sunday morning, December 23.

James had returned home at around 4:30 a.m. when he found his mother in the house at Mountain View in Hacketstown.

Local Fine Gael T.D. Pat Deering said it was a real Christmas tragedy and that the local community had been left reeling.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Cavan Icebreakers Swimming Club witnessed one of the largest turnouts in recent years for their 45th annual Christmas morning swim. Over 80 men, women, boys and girls took to the waters at Annagh Lake, Butlersbridge shortly after 11:30 a.m. The unusual good weather brought the crowds out for the occasion.

It was a welcome change following three consecutive years of battling the elements. The founder of the swim, Sean Walsh, completed his 45th consecutive swim, which is a national freshwater record and the club are very proud of the fact.

Sean's was not the only record to be recognised as some family and individual records were also achieved. Jacinta Dunleavy completed her 29th swim, while the Anderson girls Michelle, Gayle and Elaine have notched up 25 consecutive swims and Margaret Quinn 16 consecutive swims.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


Clare held its first Lights of Love remembrance service recently. Bereaved parents from the county and surrounding counties joined together in the cathedral to remember their children who passed away. The service was celebrated by Father Fergal O’Neill.

As parents, families, and friends entered the church, they were given a tag in which they wrote their baby’s name and heartbreaking messages of love.

They were then invited to place their tags on the Feileacáin Christmas tree, which stood at the top of the altar and, altogether, the prayer of remembrance was said.

There were symbols brought to the altar, including: the Féileacáin memory box, an angel, butterfly and blankets, which were knitted by bereaved parents.
[Source: Clare Champion]


A woman has been killed in a crash in County Cork.

The woman (32) was killed in a single-car crash at Manch Middle, Ballinneen, Co. Cork. She was a front seat passenger in the car.

The crash happened between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning, December 23.

The driver and the only other occupant, a man in his 30s, were removed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


A married couple and their five young children are unable to move into a house in Ardnamoyle Park after it was vandalized two weekends ago.

Sinn Fein councilor for the Greater Shantallow area, Tony Hassan, described the actions of vandals as “senseless” and “anti-community.”

“It’s because of the senseless attack on this house that a family have been left without a home for Christmas.

“The family who were due to move into the house in Ardnamoyle Park have five children and I know from talking to them that they were really excited to be moving into the house but now because of the anti-community actions of a few people the family will be left homeless over Christmas.”
[Source: Derry Journal]


The 26-year-old man who died on Christmas night in a single vehicle collision near Stranorlar has been named as Luke Peeks, from Inver.

Mr. Peeks (26) from Carraduffy, Inver, died from injuries sustained around 11 p.m. on Christmas night, when his Renault Clio left the road and came to a stop in a field not far from the landmark St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stranorlar.