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Former gangster to speak in All Saints Church, Drimoleague

JOHN Pridmore, the former London gangster will be sharing his amazing story in All Saints Church, Drimoleague on Monday the 11th of April at 7.30pm as part of a Parish Mission running from Monday the 11th – Friday the 15th of April. Evening sessions: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Drimoleague Church. Thursday and Friday, Drinagh Church.

A stolen ringbuoy can mean a stolen life

CORK County Council and Irish Water Safety are asking members of the public to safeguard our Ringbuoys and ensure that they are not interfered with, or damaged, in order to help reduce the number of drowning incidents.

IFA appoints Rural Crime Prevention Executive

THE IFA has appointed a Rural Crime Prevention Executive to support the development of IFA crime prevention policy and the roll out of Theft Stop, a joint initiative with An Garda Siochana. The appointment, which is the first of its kind in Ireland, is a very clear demonstration of IFA’s commitment to tackling the issue of rural crime. Colin Connolly is a native of County Kildare and former member of

Closure of seven West Cork Garda stations saved just €28,000 says councillor

SINN Féin councillor Rachel McCarthy has issued a scathing criticism of the Fine Gael and Labour parties over the closure of seven garda stations in West Cork that resulted in savings of just €28,000 per year. Between 2012 and 2013 seven Garda stations across West Cork were closed saving of €4,000 per year on each closure. The information is contained in the answer provided by the Minister For Justice in

Communities in west Cork living in fear of criminality claims councillor

CORK South-West Fianna Fáil election candidate Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has claimed that communities across West Cork are suffering an ongoing wave of burglaries and increased anti-social behaviour in some parts of the county. Councillor Murphy O’Mahony was speaking after Fianna Fáil committed to restoring garda numbers to the crucial strength of 14,000, the current number of gardaí is now less than 12,800.

Major cigarette seizure in Skibbereen

REVENUE officers, with assistance from An Garda Síochana have seized 403,000 cigarettes in Skibbereen with a retail value of approximately €222,500. Following an indication by Harvey, Revenue’s sniffer dog, approximately 42,000 unstamped “NZ Slim” cigarettes were seized at a commercial premises in Cork city by Revenue officers. The cigarettes were concealed inside several mannequins.

Retired Kerry Bishop attacked in on train

by Stephen Johnson THE Diocese of Kerry has confirmed reports that retired Kerry Bishop Bill Murphy was attacked and punched while traveling on a train to Dublin last month by a man claiming that the Diocese had not responded adequately to complaints of child sexual abuse.

Shock at robberies and vandalism in the Rossmore area

WIDESPREAD feelings of shock, disbelief and disappointment were felt by the people of Kilmeen and Castleventry Parish when they discovered one morning recently that thieves had stolen several baskets of flowers which were on public display in their community. Sixteen baskets of flowers which were bolted on to strong specially crafted metal frames secured to four bridges in the parish disappeared overnight. In each case the metal fittings were thrown

New Garda vehicles for West Cork

THE West Cork area is set to receive 13 Garda cars in 2015 according to local Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington. Seven cars have been issued to West Cork so far this year with six due to be issued in the coming weeks. In addition to this 2015 allocation, €27.5 million was invested in new Garda vehicles between 2012 and 2014.

Three jailed for €290 million cocaine haul

Three men have been jailed for between eight and 10 years for their parts in a major drug smuggling operation in 2013. The English trio, John Powell from West Yorkshire;  Ben Mellor from Bradford and Thomas Britteon from Grimsby were detained by the Naval Service on the 18-metre yacht Makayabella 200 miles off the West Cork coast, with on board the biggest drugs haul since Dances with Waves later estimated

Boost in Garda recruitment is good news for communities in West Cork

FINE Gael TD for Cork South West has welcomed the announcement that Garda recruitment will be accelerated in 2015, saying it is good news for communities in West Cork and a clear demonstration of Fine Gael’s commitment to strengthening the Gardaí. “Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has announced that the Government is to accelerate the recruitment of Gardaí, with a further 250 recruits due to enter Garda

Singer Roy Harper cleared of indecent assault charges

WEST Cork-based folk singer Roy Harper has been cleared of two historical indecent assault charges at his trial at Worcester Crown Court in England. The Rossmore resident was charged with the indecent assault of a 16-year-old girl which was alleged to have taken place at his then residence, a farmhouse in Marden, Herefordshire on dates in 1980 and 1981. In that instance the jury returned a not guilty verdict.

Man recovering in hospital following Skibbereen stabbing

A 49-year-old man is recovering in Cork University Hospital (CUH) following a stabbing incident that occurred in Skibbereen at around 11pm on Friday night. The man suffered several stab wounds but they are understood to be non-life threatening. The victim approached a group of friends who were out walking alomg Noerth Street and then collapsed and the bystanders raised the alarm and emergency services were quickly in attendance.

Creed welcomes Justice Minister to Macroom in push for new garda station

CORK North West TD, Michael Creed welcomed his colleague the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald TD, to Macroom on Saturday recently to discuss the urgent need for a new Garda station in the town. Commenting on the meeting Deputy Creed said, “I was pleased to get the opportunity to show the Minister first- hand the poor facilities Gardaí are working with in the Macroom station, in order to underline the

Not guilty verdict for Ballygarvan plumber

THE plumber who converted a boiler at the Trident Hotel in Kinsale which then killed a woman by carbon monoxide poisoning has been found not guilty of manslaughter by a jury. Richard Davis (46) from Ballygarvan pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Miriam Reidy who was found dead in her room at the hotel in January 2011. Ms Reidy, from Limerick was attending a hen party in Kinsale and

Big brother comes to Clonakilty as CCTV system goes live

CLOSED circuit television cameras are set to change the nature of policing in many of the towns across West Cork with Clonakilty being the latest town to go live this week. Cork Southwest TD Jim Daly has welcomed the installation of eight new security cameras erected at strategic locations throughout the town of Clonakilty and confirmed that Clonakilty will be looking to further extend the number of cameras in the

Ian Bailey civil action begins

A CIVIL action brought by Ian Bailey who claims he was wrongly arrested in connection with the murder of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996 has begun at the High Court. Mr Bailey (57) who lives neat Schull on the Mizen Peninsula is suing the Garda Commissioner, Minister for Justice and the Attorney General for damages.

Courts Service asked to explain proposed Skibb Courthouse closure to Oireachtas Justice Committee

CORK Southwest Fine Gael TD has confirmed that the Courts Service has been summoned to appear before the Oireachtas Justice Committee in relation to the proposed closure of Skibbereen Courthouse. Deputy Daly confirmed that he has lobbied his party colleague and chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice David Stanton TD to invite the Irish Courts Service to appear before the committee to answer questions relating to their intention to

Armed incident in Crookstown

GARDAÍ were involved in a protracted standoff in Crookstown for several hours on Monday (October 20th). Gardaí from Macroom are investigating the incident which occurred in Crookstown where a firearm was discharged from a house during the incident. Armed Gardaí, attended the scene and a media blackout was put in place at the farm located between Crookstown and Beal na Blath.

Warning as scammers target West Cork phone numbers

COMPUTER owners in West Cork are being warned to be extra vigilant following a spate of scam calls from cyber criminals claiming to represent tech giant Microsoft. The scam works with the caller ringing random phone numbers and if someone answers they claim to be calling from Microsoft. They then claim that there is a problem with the user’s computer and offer to fix the issue there and then by

Text alert system proving to be a success

by Eoghan O’Connell MORE than 600,000 texts alerting people to potential criminal activity in their local area have been sent to individuals and communities across the country during the first year of the crime prevention Text Alert system, according to figures released today by An Garda Síochána.

Major cannabis haul discovered in Bandon

AS part of on-going operation targeting the sale and supply of drugs in the Bandon area gardaí have made a significant seizure of cannabis herb in the Bandon area.   Gardaí from the Cork City Divisional Drug Unit assisted by uniformed officers carried out a search of premises in the Templemartin area of Bandon at approximately 10am on July 3rd.