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The first winter of the war was unusually cold. Commander Bill King’s submarine Snapper served in the North Sea from April 1939 for 12 months. During that time it had numerous contact with enemy ships, mainly in the Skagerrat Strait, between the southeast coast of Norway and the southwest coast of Sweden.
Following a tennis party at the home of Mr J C Bagot JP, of Ballyturn House, near Gort, on May 15 1921, the IRA scored a devastating blow against the British forces. The local District Inspector, Captain Cecil Blake, his lady companion Eliza Williams; two officers, Capt Cornwallis and Lieutenant McCreery were shot dead in an ambush as they drove away from the house. The IRA party, probably as many as ten men, had taken up position in the gate lodge, and in the surrounding bushes. One gate was closed. The car had to stop to open it. At that moment the IRA opened fire. There was one survivor, Margaret Gregory, the widowed daughter-in-law of Lady Gregory.
Fianna Fáil TD and chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), John McGuinness, has welcomed the fact the HSE will intervene to speed up the processing of medical card applications.
A garda-issue firearm and a large quantity of ammunition, which was thought to have gone missing from Tipperary Garda Station, has been found in the garda station.
Sadly we have become a figure of fun internationally. Irish jokes are once again popular because the Irish people have been turned into a joke by those we entrusted to represent us with dignity, honour and competence.
A senior member of the Drug Squad in the Westmeath division is warning parents about the dangers of head shops.
The identification of burial grounds all over south Mayo is holding up development in the area.
Shortly after dawn on Saturday, September 16 1944, Michael Conneely, a bachelor of 55 years was asleep in his cottage at Ailleabreach, Ballyconneely, when loud banging on his door woke him. He shouted ‘who’s there?’ The storm of the previous two days had abated but he couldn’t make out what the voice said. Grabbing a pitchfork, he slowly opened to door. Outside were two men, wet to the skin, in deep distress. Michael put the pitchfork to the throat of the first man: ‘Who are you?
A proposal to improve pedestrian access in Kilkelly and create a car park has met local opposition but consultation between the council and locals will continue.
The delay in adopting a local area plan for Ballinrobe has thrown a number of local developments into jeopardy. It’s been 12 years since the current plan was adopted and the process of selecting a preferred route for the proposed Ballinrobe bypass has delayed the process of adopting a new plan.