News from around the 32 counties, Jan 6 2014



The life's work of an Antrim-born missionary, who was tragically murdered in Peru, has been remembered on the 30th anniversary of her death.

Sister Joan Sawyer's name will not resonate among many in her hometown, yet, she is celebrated every year in Lima for the help and pastoral care she provided to the people of the city and its infamous Lurigancho Prison.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


Three people are said to be in a serious condition in hospital after a road crash in County Armagh.

The two-car crash happened on the Derrytrasna Road near Lurgan at around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, December 31.

It involved a black Volkswagen Polo and a black Mitsubishi Shogun.

Three people – two men aged 61 and 71 and a 68-year-old woman – were taken to hospital for treatment for serious injuries.
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


Motorists were being advised to take care on the roads last Tuesday morning following heavy overnight rain in many parts.

AA Roadwatch said the worst affected areas were in Carlow where Maryborough Street in Graiguecullen was impassable due to flooding.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


A Cavan woman is among a core group of students and academics set to lobby the Irish government over its lack of membership with the European particle physics center at C.E.R.N. The group insists that by not joining the country is losing out financially as well as in promoting science education.

Aoibheann Brady from Cavan Town, a mathematics student at Trinity College, is a member of “Ireland for C.E.R.N.” The group is preparing to launch a major nationwide campaign later this month aimed at encouraging the government to join C.E.R.N., amongst most respected centers for scientific research worldwide.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


Shannon Christian Church is applying for planning permission for a place of worship in one of the town’s hubs of industry.

The West of Ireland Evangelical Trust, of which they are a part, has lodged the application for a change of use at an existing industrial premise in the Smithstown Industrial Estate.

They wish to change the use of one building from commercial to a church, which includes reception meeting rooms, an assembly area and associated site works.
[Source: Clare Champion]


Six out of 10 people sent to Cork Prison are jailed for non-payment of court fines, putting huge pressure on the system.

The vast majority are released back out on the same day, according to an analysis of one month’s figures.

Both the governor of Cork Prison, Jim Collins, and the head of the Prison Service, Michael Donnellan, said these people should not be in prison and the continuing practice placed a “huge burden” not just on Cork, but the prison system in general.

The practice is a major factor in the continuing overcrowding blighting the Dickensian prison, which had 230 inmates at the end of November in a prison designed for 143.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


A popular Derry tourist trail has been hailed as one of the best city walks on a national retail website.

Martin McCrossan’s guided tour of Derry is included in the “10 best U.K. city walks” on the Tesco Living website.

The site, which describes Derry as a “visually fascinating, historic place,” says Martin’s tours are a perfect way to see the city.

The reviewer says: “If you want to get an expert’s overview, book in for one of Martin McCrossan’s guided city tours. The tour guides have a wealth of knowledge on Irish emigration to America, as well as local history, so you’ll receive a fascinating history lesson whilst on your scenic stroll.”
[Source: Derry Journal]


Everton and Ireland star Seamus Coleman’s new fiancée, Rachel Cunningham, has taken to social media to thank everyone for their good wishes after the Killybegs defender popped the question two weekends ago.

It was on her Twitter account that Rachel broke the big news that her long term boyfriend, who has been enjoying a great season with his club, had proposed to her on the same day he scored one of the best goals of the season in the English Premier League.

She tweeted on Sunday, December 29: “Special news..Seamie jst proposed to me after nine years. Can’t believe it in so much shock and can’t stop crying! Happiest girl in the world x”
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Police in Newry are appealing for information following an assault in the smoking area of a bar on Francis Street.

Sometime between 11:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. a 20-year-old man was assaulted resulting in a head injury and a chipped tooth.

It is believed he was struck on the head from behind. Police are keen to speak to a man who was involved in an altercation with the victim prior to the assault.
[Source: Newry Times]