News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



A unique tourism package, which is expected to play a major role in the promotion of Kells, has been developed by a local woman whose passion and enthusiasm for the north Meath town knows no bounds. Lucy O'Reilly from Martry is the driving force behind the project, but this woman who believes so fervently in Kells future as a tourist destination, is not actually a Kells or even a Meath native - she is in fact a native of Uganda.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


Tullamore received its highest placing to date in the IBAL Litter League first round results. The town was ranked 23rd in the country, seeing it jump a massive 19 places from this time last year. It also shed its rating of moderately littered as it was deemed 'clean to European norms'. The result sees the town placed mid-table and ahead of Athlone and Portlaoise. Chairman of Tullamore Tidy Towns Tommy McKeigue said the improvement was not without a lot of hard work. "It took us four years to get from the bottom of the table to where we are not. A very big effort was put in this year. I suppose the aim now is to keep moving up."
(Source: Offaly Express)


Country Singer Eunice Moran from Ballaghaderreen is to appear on TG4's Country Music Competition Glor Tire. 21year old Eunice has been chosen to represent Country Music Star Mike Denver on this years series of the show. Glor Tire which will be aired in September on TG4 seeks to find the countries next new country artist. Each week different contestants will perform for the audiences and judges but the audience at home have the final say in which contestant gets through to the next show, as they have to vote each week via txt messages for their favorite contestant.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)


Padraig Og Mulligan, a 34 year old dairy farmer has been named as the Sligo Young Farmer of the Year and he will go on to represent the county at the 12th annual FBD Young Farmer of the Year Competition, run by Macra na Feirme in partnership with the IFA.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)


Gardai in Thurles are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire at a licensed premises in the town last Monday evening which resulted in extensive damage being caused throughout the building.The fire at Blake's public house, Friar Street, Thurles resulted in traffic diversions having to be put into place for vehicles travelling from Westgate towards the Railway bridge and vice versa as emergency services battled to bring the blaze under control.
(Source: Tipperary Star)


A loud explosion was reported by people living close to Killyman St Mary's GAA Hall shortly before midnight last Wednesday. Last Thursday afternoon police discovered that a steel garage door at the Drumaspil Road building had been damage. A steel pipe was removed by officers for further examination. It is understood that no conclusive evidence of an explosion has yet been found. The incident comes after a telephone bomb warning last Wednesday lead to overnight searches of GAA halls across Co Tyrone.
(Source: UTV News)


Waterford city has been deemed the cleanest city in the country in the latest round of the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey. The research shows Dungarvan and Waterford City achieving litter-free status coming in at 14th and 17th position, while Tramore has lost the accolade and drops to 33rd place out of 53 towns nationwide. A fall in the number of litter-free towns has prompted IBAL to call on businesses to clean up outside their premises twice a day to improve our streetscapes.
 (Source: Waterford News & Star)


A number of motorists in Athlone are believed to have received fines and penalty point notices having been captured on the town's CCTV system using mobile phones while driving through the centre of the town. The Westmeath Independent has learned that a handful of drivers have, in the last few weeks, received notices of the fines in the post. The motorists were not stopped by Gardai and believe they were spotted on CCTV.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


With more than 500 million active users, Facebook has taken over the world. It's nearly impossible to have a conversation with anyone these days without the 'F' word being mentioned, as more and more people get face-hooked. Wexford people are happily embracing Mark Zuckerberg's networking phenomenon, and it's hardly surprising when there are 1.5 million Irish Facebookers alone. New figures reveal that Wexford people make up some of the biggest users of Facebook in Ireland.
 (Source: The Wexford People)


An Ashford woman who was serving a life sentence for murdering her son was found dead in her single prison cell last Wednesday. Ruth Murphy (48) was found at 1 a.m. last Wednesday morning with a plastic bag over her head in the shower cubicle of her cell in the Dochas Women's Prison at Mountjoy. A medical examination found she had died from suffocation and foul play is not suspected.(Source: The Wicklow People)