Sunday 20 October 2019

Mystery skeleton find

AN investigation is under way to determine how and when a person died after skeletal remains were found in a nature reserve.

Gardai in Limerick have requested the assistance of the State Pathologist's office after the discovery was made off the Condell Road, but foul play is not suspected. It has not yet been established how long the skeletal remains were at the site.

Raider's sword threat

A SWORD-wielding raider is being sought by gardai following a foiled robbery early yesterday at a petrol station in Claremorris, Co Mayo.

The attacker entered the Vivo filling station and shop at Ballindine Road, Claremorris, around 1.30pm and threatened staff with a sword he was carrying. The suspect was then confronted by the owner and the man fled on foot. No money was taken in the incident.

Gardai probe attacks

GARDAI in a Co Leitrim town are investigating three separate serious assaults over the last 72 hours.

A young man received stab wounds in an altercation at a house in Carrick-on-Shannon in the early hours of Sunday, while separate investigations are under way into two apparently unconnected assaults, also in Carrick on Shannon, in the early hours of yesterday.

13,000 for Fiona Way

THE mother of a missing Offaly woman has described the level of support to name a bridge after her daughter as "very heartening."

Josephine Pender delivered a petition containing almost 13,000 signatures to Tullamore Town Council yesterday. Campaigners want a replacement footbridge named 'Fiona's Way', in memory of the 25-year-old hairdresser and part-time model, who was seven months pregnant when she vanished in August 1996. However, the council had blocked the proposal when last month it adopted a policy preventing new infrastructure from being named after individuals.

May (106) mourned

THE oldest person in the west will be laid to rest today after passing away aged 106.

May Coughlan of Kilclooney, Ballinasloe, Co Galway had celebrated her 106th birthday last December. Born in 1906, she was the eldest of eight children and outlived all her siblings. Mrs Coughlan, who died on Sunday, is survived by her sons Brendan and John, daughter Bernadette, six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Her funeral Mass takes place at St Michael's Church in Ballinasloe at 1pm today.

Irish Independent

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