News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of September 8 2013
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
Antrim Council has become embroiled in a police porn probe amid allegations that sexual images of children were accessed by a senior member of staff.
Detectives descended on the Civic Centre last Wednesday afternoon following reports that disturbing material had come to light.
A 59-year-old man was interviewed by officers and later left the building. Following last week's events, it is understood he is no longer employed by Antrim Council.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]
After Jonesborough woman Joanne Aydemir passed away from cancer at 37, her cousin, Geraldine, was more determined than ever to fundraise in her memory – and followed through on a head-turning venture that has generated a whopping $22,745.87 for Friends of the Cancer Centre.
Geraldine, a 31-year-old qualified occupational therapist from Crossmaglen, has always been known for her glossy long red hair, but she decided to shave it all off in a bid to raise cash.
To a chorus of “oohs” and “aahs,” her locks were dramatically lopped off on stage at the event that took place in Clarnagh Maid on July 27, and the freshly-shorn Geraldine has set a whole new ethical fashion trend in her hometown.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]
The brother of Environment Minister, Phil Hogan, admitted to a Garda (police officer) that he had drank around 15 pints during the day before crashing his jeep, injuring a passenger, a court has heard.
Gardaí attending the crash scene at Knocklow, just outside Tullow, County Carlow, on October 14 last year described how Paddy Hogan (51) was slurring his words, smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.
The publican was released from custody hours later after an Intoxilyzer delivered a reading of “mouth alcohol.”
[Source: Evening Herald]
The region’s tourism facilities got a boost with the completion of the $396,000 Ramor Sports Club marina on the shores of Lough Ramor just outside Virginia. Diving, fishing, windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing, skiing and all water-based activities will all be possible from the impressive new marina.
Located in front of the Lakeside Manor Hotel, it is the only one of its kind in the region.
“There is no other water facility of this nature on a closed water system in Cavan or Monaghan – so this is a very welcome tourism asset to the two counties,” said John Toland, development officer with Cavan-Monaghan Leader.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]
While the rest of the county went saffron and blue, Lisdoonvarna turned pink last weekend.
History was made in the north Clare town when it hosted its first gay festival, The Outing.
As well as promising an economic boost to local businesses, the international media attention the festival is receiving, organizers believe, is highlighting the town and the county to a huge new audience.
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