In Pictures: Mountmellick celebrate winning the junior hurling championship in style RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Mountmellick GAA women were also out celebrating tonight, as their O’Moores camogie side claimed their second ever title on Friday night.SEE ALSO – Slieve Bloom are crowned IHC champions as the Conroy brothers do it again Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleSlieve Bloom are crowned IHC champions as the Conroy brothers do it againNext articleThe Harps have too much for 14-man Rosenallis Julie Anne MillerLaoisToday’s main photographer Julie Anne Miller is a graduate from GMIT. Despite her young age, Julie Anne has years of experience in the food industry. She has worked in Tynan’s at the Storeyard in Portlaoise, Ballymaloe House in Cork and Beach Point Country Club in New York. She has also contributed a food column to the Irish Country Living section of the Irish Farmers Journal. She’s willing to talk about anything – except football! Home Sport GAA In Pictures: Mountmellick celebrate winning the junior hurling championship in style SportGAAHurling Twitter By Julie Anne Miller – 22nd September 2018 Council TAGSCastletown v MountmellickLaois JHCLaois JHC ‘A’ 2018Mountmellick GAA WhatsApp Community Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Facebook Mountmellick hurlers have continued on their rising tide, after claiming back-to-back championships in the junior B in 2017 and this year in the junior ‘A’ division.Mountmellick blazed a trail in the Junior B last year and have carried that form in here with wins over Borris-Kilcotton, Portlaoise and The Harps.Donnacha Hartnett put in a man of the match performance for his side – with Mick Bermingham and Nigel Murphy following suit with powerful scoring for Chris Hartnett’s team.Castletown’s John Paul Bennett pulled off some saves Anthony Nash would be proud of, but the scoring power of Mick Bermingham, Donnacha Hartnett and co turned out to be the difference in the end.FInals galore for Mountmellick Mountmellick are now gearing up towards another final – their intermediate football clash with Courtwood.
Nightingale court opens in Bolton stadium temporary court set up at University of Bolton StadiumNightingale court to serve local community while providing vital financial boost for the Wandererspart of government’s plan to ensure justice continues throughout the pandemicThe £25 million all-seater University of Bolton stadium will swap referees with judges as it transformed into a Nightingale court. It will host two courtrooms that will hear non-custodial criminal cases and be able to issue fines and community service orders. Any cases deemed serious enough for time in prison will be sent back to a Crown Court for sentencing.Cases will be heard in rooms beneath the terraces of the Nat Lofthouse Stand (East) and West Stand, which are normally used for conferences. The venue will help to free up space at the nearby Crown Court for more jury trials – reducing delays and delivering speedier justice for people across the north-west. It will also provide the club with a vital cash-injection while the turnstiles remain closed due to lockdown restrictions.The versatile stadium has previously hosted concerts for the likes of Oasis, Elton John, and Coldplay. It will now provide some of the 60 Nightingale courtrooms which will be available nationwide by the end of the month – set up by the government to boost capacity and alleviate pressures on the courts and tribunals system caused by the pandemic.Courts Minister, Lord Wolfson QC, said:This new Nightingale court is in the heart of the local community and will help to deliver swifter justice for people across Bolton.Courts have been established in cathedrals, hotels, theatres, and now football stadiums to help us tackle the delays caused by the pandemic. This innovative approach is already increasing the caseload going through our courts, while pumping much-needed cash into businesses which have taken a financial hit over the last 12 months.A Bolton Wanderers Football Club spokesperson said:The club is pleased to support Bolton Crown Court by enabling the University of Bolton stadium to be used as a Nightingale court.As a versatile venue which is at the heart of Bolton, we are proud to be once again supporting our local community during what has been a challenging 12 months for all.The move is part of a £113m government investment to support courts and tribunals during coronavirus (COVID-19). It includes recruiting 1,600 extra staff, investment in further technology, and on-site safety precautions such as plexiglass screens. This is on top of the £142m being spent to speed up technological improvements and modernise courtrooms. The impact of these measures is already being seen:England and Wales are believed to be the first comparable major jurisdiction in the world to resume jury trials, with hundreds now being listed each weekoutstanding cases in the magistrates’ courts have fallen by around 50,000 since the peak last summerwhile the number of disposals continues to be just under pre-COVID-19 levels, the Crown Court continues to see an increase in the number of trials listedmore than 20,000 hearings using remote technology are taking place each week – compared to around 550 in March 2020 – a 4,000% riseThe decision to keep courts and tribunals open during the pandemic has had a tangible impact on people’s lives. Over 9,000 court orders were issued to protect children from female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and domestic abuse between April and September 2020.Meanwhile, a major £40m investment announced recently will go towards specialist help for vulnerable victims – funding helplines and the recruitment of more counsellors. This comes as an extra £337m was confirmed in the recent Spending Review to deliver swifter justice and support victims in 2021/22, while £76m will further increase capacity in family courts and tribunals.NotesMore than £113m is being invested in a range of measures to tackle the impact of COVID-19, including the recruitment of 1,600 additional staff and opening more Nightingale courts.We’re also spending £153m to improve court and tribunal buildings – the biggest single investment in court estate maintenance for more than 20 years.This progress will be bolstered by an extra £337m the government is spending next year to deliver swifter justice and support victims, while an additional £76 million will further increase capacity in family courts and tribunals.Details on measures to keep courts safe, secure and clean.More details on the Nightingale courtrooms in operation. /Public Release. 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