News from around the 32 Counties


(Source:Meath Chronicle)


Offaly County Council has been forced to apologize to hundreds of people after their ownership of a second home was made public. A number of well-known names were included in the list of 650 people, which was sent out by mistake via email. The people named were sent a reminder about the payment deadline for a 200 euro annual charge on non-principal private residences.The Data Protection Commission said it became aware of the error by Offaly County Council when it received a complaint from a recipient of the email on Friday. Gary Davis is Deputy Data Commissioner. He says the Local Authority was very quick to respond

(Source:Midlands FM)


Tens of thousands of people from across Ireland will be donning their wellie boots, wax coats and peak caps and flocking to Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath at the end of the month to visit one of Ireland's biggest summer country related events. The Irish National Country Fair, which takes place on the 31st July & 1st August, is one of the largest game & country fairs in Ireland where all ages and backgrounds can take part in not only clay-pigeon shooting but archery, falconry, fishing, gundog, terrier and lurcher & equestrian events.
Along with these fantastic activities you can enjoy the horses and hounds and birds of prey shows, vintage tractors, gundog demonstrations, Cossack horsemanship and a breathtaking air display by Europe's top aerobatic team in their four Russian built Yak stunt planes.

(Source:Offaly Express)


Proposals by a new Bord Snip type report to amalgamate certain local authorities has been described by a Sligo Councillor as the thin end of the wedge.Fine Gael Councillor Tony Mc Loughlin said the joining up of local authorities in Sligo and Leitrim is not feasible.Its one of a number of recommendations on local government reform outlined in this report unofficially named an Bord Snip Eile, aimed at saving the Government half a billion euro. It also suggests new tolls on national roads, and increased planning charges to raise money for councils.However, Cllr Mc Loughlin said these recommendations are a clear attempt to undermine local authorities

(Source:Ocean FM)


The green light has been given this week to a 1.2 million Euro Community Enterprise Centre in Thurles which is "guaranteed to create jobs', The Tipperary Star can reveal.The Thurles Community Enterprise Centre Ltd. - a project being driven forward by Thurles Chamber of Commerce through members Councillor Seamus Hanafin, Anne Fitzpatrick and John O'Shaughnessy - will be situated at the Tipperary Institute and will draw on supports offered by the TI and the Limerick Institute of Technology through synergies formulated as part of the move.
The centre was originally mooted for the Mill Road through an alliance with Thurles Town Council. However, following further discussions and meetings involving the three members and the Tipperary Institute, it was reconfigured to be included in the TI campus at the Racecourse Road. This opens up further business advice, mentoring and networking possibilities for those who chose to operate

(Source: Tipperary Star)


The only priest to be ordained this year in the diocese of Dublin is a former butcher from Dungannon.
Last Saturday Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ordained 45-year old Conleth Meehan, who used to work for Dungannon Meats.Conleth had been a student in St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth for the past six years. His parents Sean and Eileen, as well as his brother Terence and other family members, attended the ceremony in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral.Fr Meehan was only the 10th man to be ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Diarmuid in the Pro Cathedral in the past four years. Speaking during the homily at the ordination, Archbishop Martin paid tribute to Conleth’s vocation.

(Source:Tyrone Times)


Cork won the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship for the second year in succession when they produced a superb performance to beat Waterford in a tight encounter in Dungarvan. Indiscipline cost the Cork defense dear in the first half as Waterford corner-forward Mark Gorman scored four points from frees.
Waterford started off the second half well and opened up a five-point lead. However, Cork, with Michael O'Sullivan and Mark Harrington to the fore, got back on level terms by the 57th minute. Points from Billy Cooper and John Halbert were enough to see the Rebels lift the cup.

(Source: RTE)


The jury in the Westmeath murder trial has begun its deliberations after listening to a four-day address by the judge about the evidence surrounding the death of Brian McGrath 23 years ago. Justice John Edwards began charging the eight men and three women on Monday morning in the final phase of the month-long trial at the Central Criminal Court. Vera McGrath (61) has pleaded not guilty to murdering her 43-year-old husband, Bernard McGrath, at their home in Lower Coole. Her co-accused and former son-in-law, Colin Pinder (47), of Liverpool, England, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to McGrath’s manslaughter between March 10th and April 18th, 1987. The chief prosecution witness in the trial is Mr and Ms McGrath’s daughter, Veronica McGrath, who was engaged to Pinder when her father was killed.

(Source: Irish Time)


"Having played centre stage on football fields throughout the country and with Ireland's Compromise Rules team in Australia, Matty Forde was left counting the cost of a fruitless weekend ... Wexford's lone All Star footballer was left choking with embarrassment at Wexford Park on Saturday afternoon -- no, not Sunday and qualifier defeat to Cork."