News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
(Source: The Irish Times)
The economic downturn has force the closure of a Mallow travel agency that has been in busines for 20 years, making six staff unemployed. The family run Joe O'Reilly Travel Group which has operated in Mallow since 1985 close down this week, amid assurances that all holidays already booked can go ahead as planned and all staff will receive their full redundancy entitlements. Some bookings made by customers have now been transferred to Mallow Travel. Sisters Sandra and Noelle O'Reilly have been running the travel group since their father, Joe, passed away two years ago.
(Source: The Corkman)
A new inquest is to be opened into the death of a 15 year-old boy shot by the British Army in Derry's Creggan Estate in July 1972. An investigation by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) has found that the RUC investigation at the time was "hopelessly inadequate and dreadful". Daniel Hegarty was shot dead during Operation Motorman - the army operation to retake "no-go" areas in the Bogside, Brandywell and Creggan. Last week, the teenager's family welcomed the move and said it was an opportunity to clear his name "once and for all."
(Source: The Derry Journal)
Gardaí (police) are warning pensioners against so-called confidence crimes after con men using a wheel chair robbed a Donegal pensioner. The warning comes after two such thefts in east Donegal in recent weeks where fraudsters pretending to have disabilities called at the homes of pensioners before distracting them and then stealing cash. The incidents took place in Castlefin and Raphoe. A man using a wheel chair was involved in one incident and in the other incident a man pretended to be disabled, gardaí have said.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
A house for sale in Newtownhamilton was daubed with an intimidating warning to potential buyers last week. The wording ‘no sale, PSNI owned’ was scrawled in large black paint on the gable of the two-storey house on The Commons. The graffiti appeared on the building overnight and police are investigating. Belfast estate agent Morton Pinpoint is handling the sale of the property and has informed the householder, who is believed to be a man from the Keady area. “We were made aware of the graffiti by police in Bessbrook,” a representative from Morton Pinpoint confirmed. The gravel-fronted house has been on the market for some time and a sale has recently been agreed, according to the estate agent. Commenting on the appearance of the graffiti, Sinn Fein councilor for the Fews area, Jimmy McCreesh, said: “I feel that people have the right to sell or buy property without fear or intimidation.”
(Source: The Down Democrat)
He promised not to let the occasion get too emotional. But newlywed Eamon Dunphy finally welled up at his wedding reception last week when he made a speech about his new wife Jane. The outspoken broadcaster came close to tears as he paid tribute to his partner of 18 years in front of guests during his wedding speech at Patrick Guilbald's restaurant last week. Eamon had revealed that he was suffering from nerves all day, but had managed not to let his emotions get the better of him at the ceremony in the Unitarian church on St Stephen's Green. It was not until he took to the mic in front of assembled family and friends that he lost his composure, describing Jane as "the light of my life".
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RE: chuck - too bad the IRA got labelled "terrorists" because they didn't wear "acceptable" soldier uniforms. Al Queda-please noteRacist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent says Immigrant Council
Sad fact - The native Irish are leaving at the rate of over 1,000 a week and yes, they are being replaced by foreigners. Bold, hard, cold and ( for soGay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying for same-sex marriage license
Aliciarose: the priests running the school probably gave him the benefit of the doubt. But when you publicly set a bad example for young people youIrish students told “No Irish Need Apply” to Chicago for summer 2014
Chuck - Any one of those could be the right one! Good one! :)