Sunday 19 November 2017

Gardai in stand-off

GARDAI were locked in tense negotiations for over six hours with a man who blockaded himself in a house which he threatened to blow up.

Gardai surrounded the address in Ard Eirn, Mountrath, Co Laois, shortly after 2.30pm after receiving reports that the man had locked himself inside. However, he eventually emerged unhurt and was taken from the scene by gardai at around 8.30pm. The man, aged in his late 30s or early 40s, is now in custody.

HYHYHYHY

A MAN who was clinging to a lobster buoy in the Atlantic Ocean has been rescued by Lough Swilly RNLI.

The alarm was raised at about 1.50pm after a man and his mother, who were tending sheep near Tullagh Beach in Co Donegal, heard cries for help and saw a man clinging to the lobster buoy. They contacted the emergency services and a volunteer lifeboat crew with Lough Swilly RNLI were involved in the dramatic rescue. The fisherman was transferred to the helicopter and flown to hospital for treatment. He is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

MAJOR GAA FESTIVAL

THOUSANDS of GAA fans are set to descend on a small Galway village next month for a major football festival.

The Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta will see 34 clubs from all the Gaeltacht regions gather in Moycullen over the June bank holiday weekend. The festival will also include a schools football competition, children's play area, treasure hunt, horseshoe throwing, trath na gceist, historical walks, golf outings, fishing, set dancing and a farmers' market.

AIRSHOW SPECTACULAR

LIMERICK will host an air spectacular to mark its contribution to global aviation.

The Foynes/Shannon Airshow will mark the 75th anniversary since the first commercial flying-boat travelled across the Atlantic from New York to Foynes in 1939. The festival will run on July 5 and 6 and will also double as the 25th anniversary of the opening of Foynes Flying Boat Museum.

DIG AT SAMHAIN SITE

THE secrets of Halloween may be discovered as the first-ever archaeological excavations begin today on the site that is hailed as the birthplace of the festival.

A team of archaeologists and volunteers are set to undertake a three-week dig at Tlachtga near Athboy, Co Meath – most commonly held to have been the ancient home of celebrations to mark the feast of Samhain, modern Halloween. Funding for the dig has been provided by the Office of Public Works, Meath County Council, the Heritage Council and the Royal Irish Academy.

Irish Independent

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