News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of August 24 2013
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
Five separate sheep kills in one rural village this year have prompted calls for the implementation of a database of dogs and their owners.
Dog owners in the county are being urged to keep their pets under control after the latest attack involving a flock of sheep close to the Galway-Clare border.
The sheep were grazing in Boston, Tubber last Friday, when they were attacked by a dog. Two of the sheep were killed on site and a further two were badly injured and had to be put down. Another 18 were injured and six sheep are still missing.
Clare’s I.S.P.C.A. warden Frankie Coote said these attacks are too common.
“I am seeing these types of cases at all times of year. This is the fifth recorded attack in that immediate area this year. There shouldn’t be that number in the county as a whole,” he explained.
[Source: Clare Champion]
One Cork woman has been on a remarkable quest to discover why her father brought back a samurai sword that from Nagasaki to Castletownbere in 1945.
The sword has been in the famous MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere since then, but the family has not known how it came into their father's possession.
Nicola MacCarthy recently went to Japan to make a documentary for TV3 on the origins of the mysterious sword.
Her father, Dr. Aidan MacCarthy, was interned as a P.O.W. in Nagasaki and is believed to have been given the sword by Second Lieutenant Isao Kusuno. Nicola is trying to trace the family of Kusuno to discover the truth.
[Source: Cork Independent]
Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2013 in Derry has been the largest in history with almost 500,000 people joining in the celebrations.
From the official opening by President Michael D. Higgins to the spectacular closing ceremony at Ebrington Square, record-breaking crowds have crammed into the city to enjoy an action-packed program of events.
In all, more than 430,000 people attended Fleadh events over the course of the week, making it the largest in Fleadh history.
[Source: Derry Journal]
Two local fishermen were rescued after their boat struck rocks near Malin Head last Thursday afternoon.
Ian Scott of Malin Head Coast Guard Rescue said a mayday call was received at around 2 p.m.
“A 22-foot fishing boat, based in Malin Head was fishing in Trawbreaga Bay. The boat struck rocks and was taking on water.
“We sent out a special emergency broadcast to alert any boats in the area and we tasked the Sligo helicopter, Greencastle Coast Guard and both Lough Swilly R.N.L.I. lifeboats to the scene. A local boat was first to arrive and stayed alongside the stricken vessel.”
[Source: Donegal Democrat]
Following the unexpected cessation of work on the extension of Daisy Hill hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit two weeks ago, it is understood that work will soon recommence on the project.
Work on the site came to an abrupt standstill on Wednesday, August 7, after workers downed tools before walking off the site.
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