Ireland's Eye: What's going on in the old sod


“On such an important occasion when stress can be a feature of organizing any event, this service will ensure that the couple, their family and friends are comfortable and confident throughout the whole celebration.”

She said that while the gay celebration has the same features of a traditional wedding, the service and wording and celebration has features that reflect same sex couples.

“For some couples this celebration may involve having exclusively only gay friends or be inclusive with the couple’s wider circle of family and friends,” Caldwell said.

“Whatever form the celebration takes the services will provide the expertise and ideas that allow couples to confidently celebrate this most fabulous occasion.”
Sligo Weekender

Killed By Wasps

A 47-YEAR-old man died after going into anaphylactic shock following an attack by a swarm of wasps last year at his home near Curraghboy, Co. Roscommon.

Oliver Gacquin had been moving bales of hay when the incident occurred on September 22, 2010.
His wife Rosaleen told the coroner's court in Roscommon that her husband returned home and said he had been stung. He went to have a shower, where he later collapsed.

She attempted to revive him and he was taken to Roscommon County Hospital where he died almost seven hours later.

Consultant pathologist Dr. Birgit Tietz told the court it was not possible to count all of the stings since many were not visible on the skin. She added that the father of two had been in perfect health before being stung.

The coroner, Desmond O'Connor, described the tragedy as unbelievable and unforgettable.
Garda Inspector Fran Nicholson told the court it was the most tragic incident Gardai (police) in Roscommon had to deal with in 2010.

The court returned a verdict of death by multiple organ failure consistent with anaphylactic shock.
RTE News

Meath St. Pat’s Trips

A TOTAL of nine councilors from Meath County Council will be leaving the country for St. Patrick’s Day to take part in festivities in New York and London.

The council speaker, Ann Dillon Gallagher, will lead a delegation of four councilors to New York, while four other councilors will attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in London.

The council has a budget of  10,000 for foreign travel and its protocol committee, which met recently, decided that the council should be represented in the two cities. They will be traveling at the invitation of Meath emigrant societies.

When the matter was raised at a meeting of the council on Monday, Fine Gael Councilor Catherine Yore said that she felt that, in the current economic climate, councilors going on these visits should pay their own way.

Trim Town Council is expected to stick with its policy established last year when a decision was made that councilors attending the celebrations in New York or London would pay their way from their own pockets. 
Meath Chronicle