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Sunday 24 September 2017

Station back on track

IT'S been 50 years since the last train pulled into Oranmore station in Co Galway, but the wait has ended with the opening of the country's newest station, bringing new life to a 162-year-old line.

The new service, which cost close to €5m to complete and was in development for seven years, will offer 23 services during weekdays, 22 on Saturdays and 15 on Sundays. It will serve the Galway/Limerick and Galway/Dublin lines.

MUM'S ROADSIDE BIRTH

A TOWN bypass became a makeshift maternity wing when a mother gave birth to her son – while her husband was driving. Lithuania-born Ganesan Balkerishna was driving his wife Ramune to hospital when their third son decided he couldn't wait any longer, and made a speedy arrival into the world on the edge of Tralee.

Ramune (35) had gone into labour on Saturday morning, and husband Ganesan was driving her to Kerry General Hospital in Tralee from their home in Milltown, Co Kerry.

NO TIME OFF FOR STONE

A LOYALIST who killed three men during a gun and grenade attack at an IRA funeral in west Belfast must serve out the remainder of his 30-year jail sentence.

Michael Stone (58) opened fire at Milltown cemetery where crowds had gathered for the funerals of three republicans shot dead by the SAS is Gibraltar in 1988 during one of the darkest periods of the Troubles. His earliest possible release will be in 2018, taking account of time already served.

€6.9M BANK ORDER

BANK of Scotland has secured judgment orders for around €6.9m in the Commercial Court against a farmer. Mr Justice Peter Kelly yesterday entered the judgment against Eugene McDermott, Kennycourt Stud, Brannockstown, Co Kildare, who was called twice but was not in court and was not represented.

The bank sought the judgment arising from loans dating back to 2005 advanced for purposes including refinancing other loans, to acquire bloodstock and for stud developments.

TONY STRIKES SILVER

THE first person in Ireland to successfully undergo a liver transplant is the first Irish medal winner at this year's World Transplant Games.

Tony Gartland (50), from Hacketstown, Co Carlow, had a liver transplant in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin 20 years ago. Yesterday he won a silver in the 5km road race at the 2013 games in Durban, South Africa.

Irish Independent

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