Hail Mary, church bird of pray . . .
A FALCON has become known as a 'bird of pray' since it took up residence in a church rooftop.
Amused locals in Carlow town have noticed a peregrine falcon is now regularly perched on the rooftop of St Mary's church. The falcon, who has been nicknamed 'Mary', is lodging in the Church of Ireland building.
Haughey's yacht to set sail again
THE yacht owned by former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey is about to start its new life as a dedicated marine research vessel.
'Celtic Mist' was donated to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group by the Haughey family. It will set sail once again on August 12 from Kilrush Creek Marina in Co Clare.
Man still fights for life after attack
A MAN is fighting for his life in intensive care after he was viciously assaulted in his hometown while on a night out.
Aaron Codd, from Kyleballyhue in Carlow, last night remained in a serious condition in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin after he was attacked early on Sunday. A suspect, who is in his 20s, was interviewed at length. He has since been released without charge but a file is being prepared for the DPP.
'Tiger kidnapping' cash forfeited
MONEY that gardai believed to be part of the proceeds of a "tiger kidnapping" has been forfeited to the State from the estate of a late Dublin man.
Kerida Naidoo, for the Revenue, read from the affidavit of Sergeant Keith Horgan who outlined that Gerard Grant was arrested on February 2, 2006, in Coolock after gardai stopped a car in which he was a passenger.
During a search, €15,000 was discovered in Mr Grant's underwear. He gave no explanation for the money and gardai believed it to be part of money stolen during a tiger kidnapping in March 2005. Judge Martin Nolan ordered that the money be forfeited to the State from Mr Grant, c/o Hanahoe Solicitors, Parliament Street, Dublin 2, who has since died abroad.
Second smoke bomb at station
GARDAI are investigating after a smoke bomb was flung into the public foyer of a station for the second time in a year.
A canister emitting orange smoke was thrown into the reception of Westport garda station at 1.45am yesterday. Nobody was injured. Last November, a smoke canister was also flung into the reception area of the garda station, setting off fire alarms.