Assault victim critical
A man is critically ill in hospital after being assaulted in a pub. The victim, Laurence McGeown (60), from Hilltown, Tobermona, Dundalk, was punched in the head during an incident in Fagan's pub at Castletown Road in the town on Friday.
Gardai have appealed to anybody who was in the area between 8.30pm and midnight on the evening to contact Dundalk gardai.
FLATLEY TO LEAD PARADE
LORD of the Dance Michael Flatley said he was "deeply touched" that the people of Cork have chosen him as grand marshal for their St Patrick's Day parade.
The star will now lead Ireland's second largest St Patrick's Day parade and said that he was "absolutely thrilled" with the honour.
FARMER WALKS FREE
A FARMER who insisted he only stabbed a detective garda 16 times in self-defence walked free after a jury was unable to agree a verdict.
Patrick 'Patsy' Fuohy (66) denied assault causing harm to Det Gda Denis Ryan despite admitting in evidence he repeatedly stabbed the garda in the hand with a set of truck keys after his one-man mart protest ended in a violent confrontation. The case was adjourned until October to allow the DPP to decide if there'll be a retrial.
FREE self-defence seminars are being held this weekend as part of International Women's Day.
The two-hour Krav Maga seminar starts at noon at the Integrity Martial Arts Academy in Ashbourne, Co Meath, to highlight the issue of violence against women. For further information text Brigid on 087 6310252.
RAID CASH RECOVERED
GARDAI have recovered a quantity of cash stolen by masked gunmen in a raid on Strokestown post office, Co Roscommon.
The raiders, who made off with less than €500, were arrested after crashing their getaway car during a garda pursuit. Gardai have asked anybody with information to contact them on: 071 9664620 or 1800 666111.
LOWRY CASE ADJOURNED
A CASE against former minister Michael Lowry, who denies knowingly filing false tax returns, has been adjourned until next month to clarify a number of issues.
Judge Elizabeth MacGrath heard at Thurles District Court that the book of evidence was ready. The case was adjourned until April 1 with agreement by both sides. Mr Lowry has been an Independent TD for Tipperary North for 17 years.