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Brian Flynn of Lanmore, Liscarney, Westport, pleaded guilty to the harassment of Harry Langan, now aged 15, over a 10-month period from November, 2011, to August, 2012.

At Westport District Court on Thursday last, Judge Mary Devins described the harassment as an “evil” act.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Thousands of mourners were joined by government ministers, farm leaders and sporting figures for the removal on Sunday night, December 23, of the Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture and Food, Shane McEntee, from his home to the Church of St. John the Baptist in his Meath East constituency.

Earlier plans to hold the funeral in his parish church of Castletown were changed to Nobber, where his father Tony's funeral took place last year, to facilitate the huge numbers expected.

The Irish Tricolor, Meath and Nobber flags flew at half-mast outside the church as the cortege arrived at the church to be received by Fr. Martin McErlean, P.P., Castletown, and Fr. Seamus Houlihan, P.P., Nobber, and seven other priests from the diocese.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


A man has received a three-year sentence at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin for the possession of a car bomb that was left outside Crossmaglen Police Station over two years ago.

Paul Maguire, with a last address at Drumleek South, Castleblayney, County Monaghan, had pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of an improvised explosive device with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property in the State or elsewhere at Culloville, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, on April 3, 2010.

The court heard that the device was loaded in to a stolen Peugeot 406 car and left outside the Crossmaglen P.S.N.I. station where it failed to detonate.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Connecting cycle lanes are on the way for Portarlington, as part of a shift to environmentally friendly ways of transport.

A strategy for the town has now been completed, paid for by the Department of Transport, including joined-up cycle lanes and walking routes.

The council hopes to get more money next year to start work.

“We are trying to make sure we have enough links for a joined up plan linking schools, shops and the swimming pool. We can apply for funding in 2014 but maybe this will be brought forward to 2013,” says senior council engineer Orla Barrett.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Four men who appeared at Longford District Court on Friday, December 21, charged in connection with a drugs find in Longford and Roscommon, believed to be worth an estimated $2.8 million, were remanded in custody and appear back in Longford last Friday.

The men, three of whom are Chinese and the other a Malaysian national, appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Dai Zhi You (31), Li Cheng Chen (31), Mao Song Yu (25) and Soon Hock Hoo (33), all of whom are of no fixed abode, were charged with possession of cannabis and possession of cannabis for sale or supply, following the execution of a number of search warrants under Operation Nitrogen on Thursday.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Sligo Rovers Chairman Dermot Kelly believes that the awarding of a $390,000 Sports Capital Grant to the League of Ireland champions is a "potential game changer in the history of the club."

The Bit O'Red will use the money to refurbish the all-weather facility at the Showgrounds, install a new grass training pitch and carry out work on their playing surface.

"The work will be completed within months and when it is done, the Showgrounds will have infrastructure and facilities, including the new [$330,000] Railway End stand, to allow Sligo Rovers function and develop as a model community-based club for many years," said Kelly.
[Source: Irish Independent]


A major fire at the Bord na Mona briquette factory in Littleton in the early hours of Sunday morning, December 23, caused extensive damage to the well-known plant that was saved from being burned to the ground by the magnificent efforts of fire-fighters from Thurles, Cashel, Clonmel and Templemore.

It took 31 fire-fighters to bring the blaze under control and they worked from 6:30 a.m. until midday in a bid to ensure that the fire would not spread to the major storage units which contained tons of peat and briquettes. Had those units taken off, the situation would have been much more serious according to emergency personnel.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


A well-known Cookstown footballer has died following a blaze at a house in Cookstown.

David Major, who played for Championship Two side Killymoon Rangers, died in a blaze at his home in Cooke Crescent on Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Major (59) and was unemployed.

The fire, at the house in the Gortalowry end of the town, was reported to police shortly before 1:50 p.m. on Saturday. Fire and ambulance crews also attended the scene.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]