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


Rosaleen O’Rourke of The Four Masters Bookshop in Donegal town added, “Sales of the whole trilogy have been very good here. We anticipated the level of interest and so had pre-ordered a good quantity. One day we were sold out but that was the only day. People are still looking for it but the demand doesn’t seem to be just as strong as when it first came out. The first few weeks were huge but it’s settled down a bit now. The majority of people are coming back to buy the second and third books as well.”

PJ Sweeney of Books and Charts in Dungloe admits, with a bit of chagrin, that they were a bit late to get in on the act.

He said: “We only got our hands on the book last week, after much searching for it. There was a huge amount of interest in it, and everyone seems to be very curious about it.”
- Donegal Democrat


When one-year-old Niamh Anne Kerrigan arrived home from Melbourne, Australia with her mother Majella, a very special welcome lay in store in Doughmakone, Louisburgh.

There to see her for the first time were not only her four grandparents but, amazingly, her four great-grandmothers, who between them share 369 years on this planet.

Majella, who is daughter of John and Sheila Tiernan from Doughmakone, is married to Enda Kerrigan, son of Mickey and Rita Kerrigan from Leenane. They moved to Melbourne in November 2008.

“Niamh Anne was born last year so this is her first trip home to Ireland. We had her decked out in a combined Mayo and Galway jersey which has gone down very well with the relations in both counties! The Anne part of her name is taken directly from two of her great-grannies. She also shares her birthday with her great-granny Gretta Tiernan,” said Enda.

For grandparents John and Sheila Tiernan in Doughmakone and Mickey and Rita Kerrigan in Leenane, it has been a special time to see their new granddaughter.

But it has been an exceptional delight for her four great-grannies to see little Niamh and share in this momentous occasion. Annie Kerrigan is 96 and lives in Leenane, Eileen Kelly is 92 years and resides in Carraholly, Westport, and Gretta Tiernan from Doughmakone is 93. Annie Laffey lives in Renvyle and, at 88, is the baby of the great-grannies!
-Mayo News

Leg Amputated

A Talented Irish rugby player was left fighting for his life after a horrific train accident in Australia.

Gavin Owens, 30, suffered head and back injuries and had to have his right leg amputated after he was struck by an express train near his home in New South Wales.

Owens, from Cobh, Co. Cork, was left semi-conscious with leg injuries by the side of the tracks as Australian trains, by law, are not allowed to stop.

The locomotive driver immediately radioed an alert to the emergency services and the injured Irishman was airlifted to hospital.

Such was the damage to his leg that surgeons had no option but to amputate.

Owens is now recovering from his ordeal, and friends have launched a special fundraising appeal to allow him return to Ireland.

He was walking home after celebrating the end of the rugby season with the local team he played for when the tragedy occurred.

He had been working in a meat plant and was just a short distance from his home when the accident happened last weekend.

The young man had been playing rugby for a local team in Scone, a small town north of Sydney in New South Wales.

His grandfather said they are now determined to bring Gavin back to Ireland.

"He grew up here with me here in Cobh. He is my buddy and my friend," he said.

Workmates and friends in Scone raised almost €5,000 in one night, and a series of events is planned in Sydney and other Australian cities over coming weeks.
- Evening Herald