Ireland’s Eye, a roundup of top news stories September 18th, 2013


Priceless Pet

The saying “a dog is man’s best friend” certainly rings true with Alan Graham, 49, who runs a vehicle recovery business at his home in Garvary.

About eight years ago, he bought Molly, a top ranked breeder Alsatian as a family pet. Then, two and half years ago, disaster struck as Molly was lying out in the sun in the yard and was driven over.

Her injuries included several breaks to a hind leg, four breaks to her pelvis and a gaping five inch open wound in her leg that failed to hold the stitches. “I was told four times by different people to put her down, but between myself and [vet] Chris Welsh and his nurse Maggie, who used to take Molly home at weekends, we managed to get her back on the road.”

Graham estimates that, to date he has spent £7,500 to ensure his pet’s recovery, and that’s not counting its ongoing medication. Molly’s rehabilitation included two weeks with a specialist in Dublin and with another in Belfast, and a regular three times a week, one-hour dip in the Atlantic off Rossnowlagh, even in cold weather.

“The salt water is a great job for the open wound,” he explained. “They tried to stitch it but the skin kept breaking , so they left it to heal naturally.”

So, wasn’t that an awful lot of money to spend? “I didn’t look at it that way at all. She’s the closest pet I ever had,” Graham said.

Molly spends her days happily in the yard.  With her for company is her daughter Susie and grand-daughter, and Graham’s own children Ruby and Luke.
- Fermanagh Herald

Stole From Bereaved Parents

Gardai (police) issued a description of a man they are seeking after the car of a grieving Glanworth couple was broken into as they visited the grave of their son.

The shocking incident took place as Frances and Patrick Murphy visited the grave of their son Micheál, who had been laid to rest only two days previously.

Micheál, 14, was buried at St. Dominic's Cemetery on Monday after tragically losing his life following a fall from a tractor.

The family members, who had gone to Micheál's graveside at about 7:20 p.m., returned to the car 45 minutes later to find that the driver's window had been smashed. Mrs. Murphy's handbag had been taken from the car.  It contained a mobile phone holding the last messages from Micheál to his mother, cash and a stone with the image of an angel on it.

Glanworth parish priest Father Michael Corkery described the robbery as a "heinous act.”

"It's evil minded people that do this kind of thing. It's completely inhuman to inflict still more pain on a family that is already grieving the loss of a loved one," said Corkery.
A Garda spokesman said they believed the Murphy family were the victims of an opportunist thief.

"We would like to speak to one particular individual who was seen acting suspiciously in the area on the day in question," he said.
- The Corkman

Longford Doesn’t Tweet

According to a graphic released by digital advertising and marketing specialist eighttwenty, Longford people tweet least in the country.

The digital agency has given a county by county breakdown for Twitter usage, and Longford is at the bottom. With only 0.28 percent of tweets in Ireland coming from Longford, the county ranks way below everywhere else.

Unsurprisingly, Dublin and Cork ranked on top with 36.18 percent and 12.70 percent of tweets respectively, but unexpectedly, Louth came third with 5.24 percent. Galway is way down on the list in seventh place and Limerick is tenth.

With over 600,000 active daily users on Twitter, eighttwenty estimated that there are 1,128 tweets per 1,000 Longford people. This is relatively low considering the average Twitter user tweets a couple of times daily.

Eighttwenty have speculated that a high level of emigration from the county could be the cause of the low usage as the majority of users are aged 15-35. Cavan, Roscommon and Leitrim also score low in the report.
- Longford Leader

Stuffed Classrooms

Almost one in three primary school pupils in Wicklow is in a “supersize” classroom of more than 30 children according to the latest figures from the Department of Education.

The figures released last week as children returned to the classroom show that Wicklow is the worst affected area in the country with a total of 31.5 percent of children in classes of 30 or more.
With a total of 30.6 percent of primary pupils in classes of 30 or more Limerick is the second worst affected area.