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News in brief: Mother carried €10k of cocaine

A WOMAN who was caught by gardai picking up almost €10,000 worth of cocaine in Dublin to bring it back home has been sentenced to 200 hours' community service in lieu of six years in jail.

Celine Grant (35), a mother of two children, with an address at Crann Uir, Ennybegs, Killoe, Co Longford, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal to having the drugs at Bawnogue, near Clondalkin, on August 2, 2007.

Judge Katherine Delahunt noted that there had been "a dramatic turnaround" in Grant's life and that she hasn't come to garda attention since.



Burglar stole garda camera

A BURGLAR who was arrested breaking into a nursing home then stole the camera gardai used to take his mugshot, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard.

Patrick Stokes (28) of The Coombe, Cork Street also faces sentencing for the burglary of Our Lady's Hospital and Tallaght Hospital.

Judge Frank O'Donnell remanded him in custody until next week when he faces sentencing on all matters. Stokes has pleaded guilty to the charges.



Ex-hurler loses damages claim

A 40-year-old former inter-county hurler has lost a €38,000 damages claim against Irish Rail.

The Circuit Civil Court that Pat Collier had been a train driver for the company when he suffered an accident to his foot in January 1998.

Collier, of Derrynaseera, Colraine, Co Laois, said he had played a lot of club and county hurling, winning the Leinster Championship with his county in 1996.

The judge said there was no evidence of fault in the chair and dismissed the claim.



Smell of love is in the air ...

A US farmer made a half-mile wide heart out of manure as a Valentine's Day gift to his wife of 37 years.

The Minnesota man produced his opus in their farm field.

Bruce Andersland said he started the project with his tractor and manure spreader on Wednesday and finished on Thursday. His wife, Beth, said it's the biggest and most original Valentine she ever received.


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