News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Sparks flew after shocking pictures emerged of Irish flags and a G.A.C. banner being burned on local bonfires during eleventh night celebrations two weeks ago.

The “blatant act of sectarianism” provoked anger on both sides of the community after the Antrim Guardian unearthed disturbing photographs of young children watching on as community relations quite literally went up in flames.

While the controversial Ballycraigy bonfire has made worldwide headlines as Antrim's very own leaning tower of tires, jaws dropped as – yet again – photos emerged of tricolors adorning the side of the huge structure.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


An explosive device was found in County Armagh last week.

Police described the device discovered in Bawn Meadows in Hamiltonsbawn as small.

Army bomb disposal experts made the scene safe and removed the item for forensic examination.

Residents evacuated from their homes during the security alert were allowed to return.
[Source: Irish Independent]


We’d probably all love to have birthday celebrations on this scale, but it is not often you reach 800. An once-in-a-lifetime festival to celebrate Carlow Castle’s momentous birthday is taking place in August, and we’re all invited.

The celebrations also form part of Carlow’s Gathering plans, with town clerk Michael Brennan describing the event as “flagship” and “extremely important to Carlow.”

Councilors at June’s monthly meeting of Carlow Town Council were told of a huge array of festival events to mark the castle’s big birthday. The festival takes place from August 22-25, with the opening Ceol 800 concert taking place on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. on the steps of Carlow Courthouse. There will also be a reunion of Mimes Nightclub, where many a kiss was stolen in a dark corner the 1970s and ’80s – and a medieval street carnival festival with jesters, jousters and street entertainment.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


Cavan County Council has an emergency plan at the ready to manage water resources in the event the ongoing heat-wave results in drought, The Anglo-Celt can reveal.

After last weekends, most areas nation-wide were without substantial rain for a fortnight, and the heat-wave is predicted to continue for a further two weeks.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


Kilrush Town Council has declined to pick up the travel tab for the attendance of Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, vicar general of the Diocese of Brooklyn in the United States and bishop of Scattery Island, at a special ceremony on the sixth-century estuary island early next month.

However, the town council can find the funds to send four members to the annual Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland (A.M.A.I.) conference in Inchydoney Lodge and Spa in Clonakilty a month later.

According to the A.M.A.I. website, the cost of registration for the September 12-14 conference is $230 per person.
[Source: Clare Champion]


A public consultation on flooding took place in Clonakilty last Tuesday. The town council and the O.P.W. (Office of Public Works) revealed their plans to prevent any further flooding in the future.

The flood prevention plans include creating a dam type water retention area and improving coastal defenses.

The flooding problem in the lower River Lee area and Cork City was the focus of a public information session last Wednesday afternoon. Details of the Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme were on display in Cork City Hall from 3-9 p.m.
[Source: Cork Independent]


Derry singer Damian McGinty has spoken of his shock at the tragic death of his “Glee” costar, Cory Monteith, who was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room on Saturday, July 13.

The 20-year-old singer and actor told the Journal: “The world has lost a truly incredible human being.”

The pair worked together on season three of the hit T.V. show when Damian secured the role of Rory – an Irish exchange student at William McKinley High School.
[Source: Derry Journal]


Margo O’Donnell, the “Queen of Country and Irish” is getting ready to record a very special T.V. program in Kilcar.

Margo will celebrate 50 Years in the Country Music industry next year and a documentary is being recorded at the Blue Haven on Friday, August 2.

The program will be aired at Christmas to mark the start of her Golden Jubilee in show business.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Police in Newry are appealing for information after two cars were damaged in a road traffic collision on the A1 southbound, between the Sheepbridge and Carnbane junctions.

Sometime between 2:20 a.m. and 2:55 a.m. on Monday, July 16, a brown and white piebald horse was roaming loose on the carriageway and unfortunately was killed after being involved in the collision.
[Source: Newry Times]