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GAA should buy hotel says Kelly

THE GAA should buy the famous Hayes Hotel in Thurles -- the site where the association was formed in 1884 -- and convert it into a museum, its former president has said.

Sean Kelly, who is now a Fine Gael Munster MEP, said the creation of a GAA museum would be timely as Thurles has been named the 2012 'European Town of Sport'.

Windfarm in rare harrier habitat

AN Taisce has claimed that Clare County Council has put Ireland in breach of the EU Birds Directive by granting planning permission to a €10m windfarm in one of the top five sites for the rare hen harrier in the country.

Last month, the authority gave the go-ahead to Seahound Wind Energy Developments Ltd for a windfarm near the village of Kilmaley. An Taisce claim that the council has not taken "the appropriate steps to avoid disturbances affecting the hen harrier".

Three arrested in Mullingar assault

TWO men and a woman were arrested after an attack left a young man seriously injured in hospital for Christmas.

The 20-year-old man was rushed to hospital after an altercation broke out on Pearse Street in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, last Friday at 2.40am. Two men, aged 21 and 20, and a 19-year-old woman were arrested and taken to Mullingar Garda station following the incident. All three suspects have been released without charge.

Achill pubs raise funds for CCTV

A FUND-RAISING campaign began in pubs throughout Achill Island, Co Mayo last night to raise money for a CCTV camera to monitor all traffic movements on and off the island.

About €12,000 is needed for the surveillance camera which has been recommended by gardai for the Davitt Bridge which connects the island to the mainland. The camera is needed because of an increasing crime rate on the island.

Man hit by door in serious condition

A MAN in his 40s was fighting for his life in hospital last night after a freak accident on a pier.

Patrick McGeever was hit by a lorry door as he stood on the pier at Downings, Co Donegal, yesterday afternoon. Mr McGeever, from nearby Carrigart, was unloading a crabbing boat when the opened lorry door swung and hit him after there was a gust of wind, sending him on to the deck of the boat 30ft below. He was said to be in a "serious" condition last night.

Irish Independent