News from Ireland - news from around the 32 counties


A number of cars are understood to have been damaged as the raiders made their escape towards Derry.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]

Parts of Co Down were flooded by torrential rain with Down District Council declaring an emergency in the area last week. Newcastle SDLP councilor Carmel O'Boyle said flood water was "several feet deep" in some areas of the town.

Police said the Drumbanagher Road in Poyntzpass near Newry was closed due to the extreme weather. Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service rescued a woman from her car who was trapped in flood water on the Burrenbridge Road in Castlewellan, Co Down.
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]

An Irish couple and their American friend were beaten in a savage attack just yards from Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament). The three pals were attacked and beaten by a three-man gang as they sat in Merrion Square. During the horror ordeal, the tourist had his head split open with a crutch while his male friend suffered a broken nose and fractured cheek bone as the gang punched and kicked him in the head. 

One of the gang was arrested after he was caught by a garda (police officer) who was near the scene, while the other two escaped.
[Source: Evening Herald]

Police in Fermanagh are appealing for information about the theft of more than 100 ewes and lambs.
The 160 Swaldaldale ewes and lambs disappeared from Cuilcagh Mountain.

Said a police spokesman: "These sheep are not a common breed in Ireland as they are mountain breed. They are easily recognized by their grey and black faces."
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]

They are magnificent birds and they have returned to Connemara – after 100 years. A pair of white-tailed eagles has made the sweeping expanse of mountains and coastline between Roundstone and

Ballyconneely their home – temporarily at least. If the eagles decide to stay and have a family they could put added life into tourism in Connemara as well. They have come west again as a result of a program started five years ago to restore the majestic species to Ireland.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]

Many thousands of sprat and other small fish have been washed up on beaches in the northwest, with indications that the algal bloom or “red tide” has also spread to the coasts of Cork and Kerry.

Experts said last Tuesday the bloom was naturally occurring and was toxic to bottom-dwelling marine species, certain species of fish and shellfish.
[Source: Irish Times]


Disappointment was mixed with a certain amount of relief following the sale of Whites Castle in Athy on July 6.

The disappointment centered around the fact that the castle wasn’t bought by the local council and the relief was that it was bought by an Irish family who intend to live in it as their family home.

The castle was sold for $238,000 at the Allsop Space auction to a couple in their 40s, who are from Galway, but living in the US at present. The couple are believed to have no connections or family links with Athy and they have let it be known that their intention is to eventually live in the castle and use it as their family home.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]

The man who attacked and robbed an 86-year-old woman in Kilkenny City last Tuesday has been remanded in custody having been formally charged this morning.

Mariusz Chelstowski (35), of no fixed address, appeared before Judge Clyne in Carlow District Court this morning. He was remanded in Cloverhill Prison to appear again before the court next Tuesday, July 17.

The 86-year-old victim, who lived alone on Walkin Street, suffered head injuries during the attack, as she defended her purse containing $244. She remains in a serious but stable condition in St Luke’s Hospital.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


One of four men accused of having equipment for printing counterfeit currency told Gardaí (police) that rolls of paper and print cartridges found at his address were from a courier job he agreed to do for a man who had called to his garage, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

The memoranda of interview with Liam Delaney (42), with addresses at Mountrath and Borris-in-Ossory, Co. Laois, were read in to the record at the 12th day of his trial and that of his co-accused Anthony Sloan (57), a native of Belfast with an address at Ard na Mara, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Kevin Flanagan (43), of Borris-in-Ossory and Andrew Poole (43), of Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
[Source: Leinster Express]

A small group of Leitrim’s councilors recently meet with Minister of State, Fergus O’Dowd in a bid to clarify some of the issues surrounding proposals to use hydraulic fracturing in north Leitrim.
Councillors questioned the possible effect of fracking on the tourism and agriculture industry and also raised concerns about the potential contamination of water supplies by the process.