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A wheelie bin was pushed against property in Ratheen Avenue and set alight in the early hours of Friday morning, January 4, causing substantial damage.

Four flats and a house were affected.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


The community of Dunmore East was reeling in shock last Thursday following the tragic drowning of local man John Flynn (43). Mr. Flynn died after a fishing trip with a friend went horribly wrong last Wednesday night, January 9.

The punt, the men were fishing in, capsized just off the Saleens near Dunmore East in the early hours of Thursday morning. Mr. Flynn’s friend, local fisherman James Tait, managed to make it to shore and raise the alarm; however, efforts to revive Mr. Flynn proved unsuccessful.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Three brothers, one 2000 WH-registered Ford Mondeo, and a 6,200-mile drive to Africa – all the way from Castletown, Geoghegan.

That's Team Roadhoggs and their travel plan for the next three or four weeks.

Richie, Colin and Lorcan Hogg are taking part in this year's Budapest to Bamako rally – a distance of 5,395 miles.

"It'll probably be the only Westmeath-registered car in Africa," laughs Colin Hogg, the middle brother of the trio, who are sons of Martin and Evelyn Hogg.

But before that, the brothers have to transport themselves and their car all the way to Budapest – some 1,550 miles from Castletown.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


An image of a horse being power-washed at a Bunclody garage, which has garnered much attention on the Internet, has been heavily criticized by South East Animal Rescue.

The picture, which shows a horse being washed by a group of men using a device designed for cleaning vehicles, was posted on Facebook by a local man, which was then picked up by site

It was then shared on their Facebook page with the caption “Only and we mean only in Ireland,” and garnered over 2,500 “likes.”
[Source: Wexford Echo]


An investigation is continuing in to an aggravated burglary in West Wicklow on Monday morning, January 7.

Two men, armed with a knife and a hatchet, entered Centra in the town at 7:30 a.m., threatened staff and demanded cash.

They made off with a four-figure sum in a waiting 2008-registered Audi, driven by a third man, which was either black or silver.
[Source: Irish Examiner]