Tuesday 17 October 2017

Growhouse arrest

A MAN is being questioned by gardai after the discovery of a cannabis growhouse in a rural home.

During a search of the premises they found cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of up to €280,000, pending analysis. Gardai arrested a 29-year-old Chinese man at the scene and he was taken to Roscommon garda station for questioning about the find.

TRIBES TO GO WILDE

THE first Irish festival dedicated solely to Oscar Wilde will take place in Galway this weekend. It will welcome lovers of all things Wilde to the city for two days of theatre, good food and wit. Wilde's grandson Merlin Holland has welcomed the festival, which will mark the writer's deep love of the West of Ireland, where he spent much of his childhood.

"His father was a huge fan of the West and had two houses in the West of Ireland, one in Cong and one in Connemara, so they came here on holidays a lot," explained festival organiser Sandra Coffey.

GAA ASSAULT TRIAL SET

A GAELIC football player who denies breaking another player's jaw during a game has been sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court.

Tallaght District Court had heard that Sean Brennan (24), with an address at Corduff, Lusk, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, was playing for Round Towers Lusk when he allegedly ran 30 yards and assaulted Ballyboden St Enda's player Joseph Marrinan on June 29, 2012.

LEADING GARDA RETIRES

A senior garda officer, who helped lead the crackdown on crime gangs in Limerick, has retired from the force.

Supt Frank O'Brien (60) worked in Limerick as an inspector and then returned there in 2005 to take charge of the Roxboro district where he was responsible for policing for the southside of the city and the rural communities of Patrickswell, Ballyneety and Caherconlish.

IN DEEP FOR CHARITY

AN electrician is to spend three-and-a-half hours battling the Atlantic waters in an effort to raise vital funds for his local community ambulance.

Matthew O'Flaherty (34) will tomorrow attempt to swim the length of the country's only fjord in Connemara to help the Red Cross ambulance which serves the people of Leenane and Maam. The 13-kilometre swim is a gruelling task as the water in the Killary fjord is much colder than elsewhere on the Connemara coast because it is fed by a large number of mountain streams.

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