News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


Actor Dan Ewing enjoyed a top secret visit to The Landmark Hotel during his tour of Ireland two weeks ago, the handsome Australian took time out of his busy schedule to celebrate his new bride’s birthday.

The newlyweds, tanned and gorgeous Dan Ewing and his very beautiful bride, Marni Little, celebrated Marni’s birthday with a few friends in the seclusion of a private room in The Landmark Thursday evening, July 18.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Shannon Airport has just recorded its first month-over-month increase in passenger numbers in five years, with transatlantic traffic alone having jumped by almost 40 percent in June 2013.

New figures show a total of 160,573 passengers used the airport last month, up by eight percent on the corresponding month in 2012. Transatlantic traffic – boosted by new seasonal routes to Philadelphia and Chicago – increased by 38 percent in the same period.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


A U.S. police officer and Lanesboro native has told of the terrifying scenes he witnessed moments after a Boeing 777 aircraft crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport, killing three people.

Val Kirwan described the immediate aftermath of the Asiana Airlines crash on July 6 as “like a scene from a movie” in an incident that left another 180 people injured.

A number of passengers remain in a critical condition in hospital, something with which the highly-trained anti-terrorist detective is still coming to terms.

“I was part of a group of cops who walked in a line through the debris looking for body parts and the black box,” said Val. “We walked through the debris a few times and it was like a scene from a movie.”
[Source: Longford Leader]


Detectives believe morning commuters may have seen the killers behind the country's latest gangland-style shooting.

A 27-year-old man has died after being shot dead close to the Luas line in Kilmainham in Dublin shortly before 10:30 a.m. last Monday.

The attack was carried out behind apartments at Grand Canal View, near Davitt Road, in an area known locally as the Dry Canal Bed.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Myles Henaghan and Eithne Sweeney are back on home soil. The adventurous couple arrived at Old Head near Louisburgh pier shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 10 months after they struck out for the west Mayo shore. The couple left Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand on September 10, 2012, with the goal of sailing home to Ireland –  a journey of over 15,000 nautical miles.

“Position: 53’24°N, 10’28°W. Reporting in from 16 miles south-west of Clifden, 34 miles south-west of Old Head and 10,600 miles north-west of Auckland. Ahead of us we can see the familiar outline of Croagh Patrick as we sail along on a lovely sunny day.”

Their last blog post, early on Sunday morning, came after a long, tough journey through the oceans of the world, the geography of the mind and the terrain of close relationships.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Gardaí (police) are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a girl who had been camping at Bettystown beach late on Monday, July 15.

A large number of Gardaí converged on the beach on Tuesday morning after receiving complaints of an assault. An eyewitness who was walking on the beach said that between 10-12 Gardaí were at the scene and that a young girl was wrapped in a blanket and was being comforted there.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny met with families and survivors of the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings in government buildings last Thursday night. The families of other victims of the Troubles in the state also attended.

The meeting was the latest in a series Mr. Kenny is holding with the families of victims of the Troubles, including the Disappeared, The Kingsmill Massacre, East Fermanagh and the Enniskillen bombing.

The Dublin and Monaghan car bombings killed 33 civilians, an unborn child and wounded almost 300 – the highest number of casualties in any single day during the Troubles.
[Source: Irish Times]


A 26-year-old man has died after he fell from a horse in Banagher, County Offaly, last Wednesday night.

It is understood the man was thrown from the saddle and was trapped under the animal for a short time.

He sustained serious injuries and was transferred by Air Corps ambulance to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, where he later died.
[Source: Offaly Express]


The heartbroken mother of the Elphin teenager who tragically drowned two weeks ago while
swimming in a lake has appealed to young people to take care in the water as the hot weather

The body of 19-year-old Daniel Harding was recovered from the popular Drinaun Lake between
Elphin and Stokestown more than three hours after he got into difficulty in the water while
swimming with friends.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]