Monday 22 January 2018

First flu casualty of the winter

The first death from flu this winter has been reported -- but the virus remains at low levels, according to a report.

A patient over the age of 65 has become the first official casualty of the virus after catching influenza B. There were 38 flu deaths confirmed by laboratory tests last winter. So far this winter there have been 35 cases of flu reported but none of these are for swine flu.

A MAN has been sent forward to stand trial for an alleged 174 sexual offences.

The Co Donegal man, who is in his 40s and cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in Letterkenny District Court yesterday. The charges are alleged to have taken place against seven different people between 1985 and the late 1990s. He was released on continuing bail.

A Galway company making products to enable sportsmen and women perform and recover more effectively is to create 20 jobs.

Pure Athlete, based in Galway city, will create the new positions between now and the end of the year. The company, which employs three people, sells its holistic health remedies in retail outlets and over the internet.

A FATHER of two collapsed at the graveside of his father after an anniversary mass and died shortly afterwards.

Patrick McVicar (51), a former well known Ulster GAA footballer collapsed at the grave of his late father, Kevin McVicar at St Michael's Cemetery, Annyalla, Co Monaghan.

A RURAL community is in shock after an experienced hunter was killed in a freak accident.

Tony Power (58) of Cloncunny, Piltown, Co Kilkenny, died while trying to retrieve one of his ferrets while out hunting last weekend.

AN elderly publican suffering from Parkinson's disease has avoided jail after donating €10,000 in compensation for two sex assaults on his health service care worker.

Judge Kevin Kilrane noted at Ballyshannon District Court that the attacker, Frank Darcy (72), was now confined to a wheelchair and his victim didn't want any fuss. He fined Darcy €500 for two charges of sexual assault on September 28, 2009, at the pub he owned in Ballyshannon.

Irish Independent

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