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Gardaí have gathered a list of names of those who they're trying to track down in Co. Kilkenny after three juvenile girls were sexually assaulted in Wexford last weekend.

Detectives believe that these individuals may have been directly involved in the attack or were with a number of men who carried it out on Sunday night. More than one man was apparently involved.

Gardaí are investigating claims that at least one 14-year-old girl was raped, and two other girls sexually assaulted. A specialist child interviewer has been hired to conduct the interviews.

A manhunt is ongoing in the Kilkenny area for a number of young men who Gardaí want to question about the attacks, which allegedly took place in the holiday town of Courtown Harbour, Co. Wexford.

The alleged incident happened shortly around midnight in the Burrow area, and the complainants are all young teenage girls. Gardaí are asking anyone who may have information to come forward.

The parents apparently reported to Gardaí that the girls were sexually assaulted on Sunday morning, and three girls made official statements to specialist officers. They were also brought to a sexual assault unit for treatment.

The girls are originally from the Dublin area, according to The Independent, and the attacks allegedly happened close to the beach in the north Wexford seaside village.

Gardaí were last night desperately trying to make contact with a number of suspects based in Kilkenny, and the area where the attacks allegedly happened were sealed off on Sunday while an exam took place.

"Each of the alleged victims was subjected to a different type of sexual assault," a senior source said last night.

"The alleged victims are fully co-operating with the investigation which is being treated in the most sensitive way," the source added.

Gardaí are particularly appealing to anyone who was in the Burrow area between 10pm on Saturday night and 2am on Sunday morning who saw any suspicious behaviour to contact Gardaí in Gorey on 053 943 0690 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Gardaí are not releasing any further information “due to the sensitive nature of the incident” but a senior source described the claims as 'credible'.

A garda spokesperson said: “Owing to the nature of the alleged incidents and ages of those involved we will not be commenting further at this time.” Enquiries are ongoing, but no arrests have been made so far in the case.

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Gardaí wish to renew their appeal and seek the public's help in locating the whereabouts of 17-year-old Kalem Murphy.

Kalem was last seen on Thursday the 16th of August at approximately 7:40pm in Wexford Town.

Kalem is described as being 5' 10" and of slim build with blonde hair. He was last seen wearing white jeans with cuts in the knees, a blue t-shirt, a cream jacket and burgundy runners.

Kalem may have travelled to Dublin and is known to frequent Dublin City Centre and the Lucan area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wexford Garda Station at 053-916-5200, the Garda Confidential Line at 1-800-666-111, or any Garda Station.

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Ever fancied a stay in a real life doll house?

Well, thanks to one super talented interior architect and the magic of online bookings, now you can.

The iconic house at the gates of Rathaspeck Manor in Co Wexford has fascinated locals for years and now it has finally been opened to the public.

The building was re-roofed and re-painted in 2014 with aid from the Irish Heritage Council, but has remained unoccupied since.

The owners, Mick and Betty Cuddihy, who also run the five star Rathaspeck Manor B&B, decided to open the Doll's House as a self-catering home but recognised that they would need to re-vamp the interior to fit with the house's unique and quirky style.

In order to achieve this they enlisted the help of Ann-Marie Arcadia Architects to assist.

The interior is zoned into small rooms, each with their own personality.

They are filled with objects and trinkets from second-hand stores, as well as a collection of forgotten family heirlooms from the main house.

The Doll's House is available to book through AirBnb or the Rathaspeck Website

Weekend in Wexford, anyone? 

Feature Image: Irish Independent

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Gardaí in Co Wexford are currently investigating a vicious assault on a young woman which left her with extensive injuries, including broken bones.

The assault occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning when 27-year-old Amy Hayes was making her way home from her work Christmas party.

It is understood that Amy was approached from behind by a man on George’s Street who then violently assaulted her.

Confirming the incident, a Garda spokesperson said: “The young woman was attacked from behind by a male who proceeded to punch and kick her. He was disturbed by a resident who heard her screams.”

Speaking to The Wexford People, Amy’s sister elaborated on the ferocity of the attack, saying: “He kicked the living daylights out of her.”

“This was an unprovoked attack with excessive violence. No personal belongings were taken,” Gillian confirmed. “She is bruised from head to toe and she has broken bones under her nose. It’s the brutality of it

Amy was taken to Wexford General Hospital before being taken to Waterford University Hospital.

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Gardaí in Co Wexford are appealing to the public for witnesses following a fatal road traffic accident in New Ross yesterday evening.

The collision, which occurred between a car and lorry at approximately 6.30, claimed the life of the four individuals – three men and one woman – all of whom were travelling in the car.

The driver of the lorry and its passenger were uninjured.

The road is closed to facilitate a Forensic Collision examination and will remain closed until at least lunchtime today.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact New Ross Garda station on 051 426030, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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According to a statement issued by Gardaí this afternoon, a road traffic collision has claimed the life of one man in Co Wexford.

Gardai have launched an investigation into the collision, which took place in Ballinesker, Curracloe, Enniscorthy, shortly before 11am today.

It has been established that one driver, who was in his 20s, has died while the second, also in his 20s, is believed to be in a critical condition.

The road on which the collision occurred was initially closed to facilitate the Garda Forensic Collision Investigators, but has since been reopened.

Witnesses are asked to contact Enniscorthy Garda Station on 053-9242580, The Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.

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Ever since he burst onto our screens in the early noughties as the face of Big Brother's Little Brother. Dermot O'Leary has been incredible vocal about his Irish heritage.

He may have been born in the UK, but with parents hailing from Co Wexford, a position as patron for the London Irish Centre and an intense interest in Irish sport, the X Factor presenter considers Ireland and its people an enormous part of his life.

Taking to Instagram this morning, the broadcaster revealed that after almost 40 years in the UK, his parents would be returning to their native Wexford.

"Squeezed in a last visit and supper to O'Leary HQ before Mam and Dad take the trip back to Wexford," he wrote.

 

Squeezed in a last visit and supper to O'Leary HQ before Mam and Dad take the trip back to Wexford. They've loved it here. Since they've moved in 68 the people have been nothing but kind, welcoming and generous to them in a time when it wasn't easy to be Irish in Britain. But, home calls. So thanks Maria and Sean, for being brave enough to pack up as kids, leave your homes, loved ones and move somewhere no one knows you. Here's to all our parents, and what they do for us. Your daughter has a PHD, your son… well he talks out loud for a living, but let's gloss over that. Est 1968, with a final supper of home grown potatoes, obvs, and one last wistful gaze at those beautiful big Essex/Suffolk skies. Here's to act three. X

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"They've loved it here. Since they've moved in 68 the people have been nothing but kind, welcoming and generous to them in a time when it wasn't easy to be Irish in Britain. But, home calls," he wrote.

"So thanks Maria and Sean, for being brave enough to pack up as kids, leave your homes, loved ones and move somewhere no one knows you. Here's to all our parents, and what they do for us."

Paying tribute to the O'Leary family successes in their time spent in the UK, he continued: "Your daughter has a PHD, your son… well he talks out loud for a living, but let's gloss over that.'

Ending the  post with a nod to the future, Dermot, who holds dual Irish and British citizenship, concluded: "Est 1968, with a final supper of home grown potatoes, obvs, and one last wistful gaze at those beautiful big Essex/Suffolk skies. Here's to act three."

So, it looks like the people of Wexford may be seeing more of Dermot in the near future…

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A Wexford based carer has expressed his delight at winning €500,000 in the Euromillions.

Collecting his cheque at the National Lottery today, the man – who has asked to remain anonymous – described the win as “life changing” for his family who have been surviving on his carer’s allowance.

He said:  “This is a life changing, once in a lifetime win for my family.  I am a full-time carer for members of my family and we were living from week to week on my carer’s allowance.”

“€500,000 will make a huge difference to our lives and it will take the everyday pressures of making ends meet away for a long time.”

“I have worked hard all of my life to take care of my family and those around me.  This money will go a long to make sure that we are all secure for many years to come.”

Meanwhile, a County Clare man scooped almost €200,000 in Friday’s Euromillions draw.

He collected his winnings with two friends.  All three wore emoji masks as they posed for celebratory photos.

Feat image: Shutterstock

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A third woman has been attacked by a group of men impersonating Gardaí.

The 26-year-old victim was pulled over by a Garda patrol car in Co Wexford as they flashed her with blue lights.

Two males approached her around 8.40pm last Saturday evening in the Monart East area of the county.

When she stopped, the men made their way into her car and stole a small amount of cash.

Anyone approached by Gardaí are now being advised to ask for ID. 

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A former Wexford Tesco worker who was fired from her job because she ate breakfast at the Tesco café has been awarded €41,000.

Lisa Kinsella was fired from Tesco on August 19 2013 after she was seen on CCTV footage eating breakfast, which wasn't immediately paid for on two separate occasions. Three other employees were also dismissed because of the same reason. 

Ms Kinsella was initially acknowledged of her wrong-doing after she was asked to meet with her manager – with just 15 minutes notice. She was then suspended and subsequently dismissed two months later.

But at the tribunal hearing, it was revealed that she had later paid for her meals and it was common practise to do so as employees were not allowed to carry cash or cards on them while they were working. 

When Lisa was first fired, she appealed her dismissal on 16 separate grounds to Tesco HR, but everything was denied. 

Accordingly, the Employment Appeals Tribunal found that the grounds that Lisa was fired under were disproportionate, and she was awarded €41,000 compensation.

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Irish artist Maverick Sabre is back! The Wexford native was the biggest male breakthrough artist of 2012 and has now returned with his brand new single ‘Emotion’.

The hit singer grew up in New Ross, Co Wexford and went on to establish himself as a top Irish artist. His platinum selling debut album ‘Lonely Are The Brave’, which featured the hit single’s ‘Let Me Go’, ‘I Need’ and ‘No One’, remained in the Top 100 Irish Album Charts for over 9 months in 2012.

The official music video for this track was filmed in Brooklyn, New York. Keep your eyes peeled for New York hip hop artist Joey Bada$$, who made a cameo appearance.

We were lucky enough to get our hands on the music video to his new track. Check it out!

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