News from around the 32 counties, Jan 6 2014


A 20-year-old man who was seriously assaulted in Tallaght last Wednesday has died in hospital.

He was attacked at a pedestrian bridge on St. Dominic's Road at about 4 a.m. on New Year's Day, and had been on life support in Beaumont Hospital.

Gardaí (police) have arrested two men, aged 27 and 23, in connection with the assault last Thursday afternoon. They are being held at Rathfarnham and Tallaght Garda Stations.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


A Lisnaskea resident has spoken of the moment police surrounded his estate as shots were fired at the police station in the area two weeks ago. The man, who did wish to be named, lives close to the station and when returning from shopping, told of how he watched as police surrounded him and the whole estate on Monday night.

“I live right beside the police station so I’d be used to seeing the police, but this sent a chill up my spine – I just knew something bad had happened.

“I got into my house and my brother and sister, a grown adult and teenager, were visibly shaken by what had happened. My sister, who was white as a ghost, said she thought someone was outside our window shooting at the police station and she quite literally hit the floor hoping it would stop.”
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Asylum seekers in Galway and Mayo are to benefit from E.U. funding of almost $123,000.

Mayo Intercultural Action has secured the money to fund the S.O.L.A.S. project, which provides for asylum seekers and their families.

The group plans to expand its work to a regional basis and is teaming up with Croí na Gaillimhe/St. Vincent de Paul in Galway to establish a support center.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


A man was shot in the stomach in County Kerry early last Wednesday morning, but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The 32-year-old was brought to Kerry General Hospital after the shooting at a farmyard at Kilgobnet near Beaufort.

A 48-year-old farmer was arrested and is in custody in Killarney Garda {Police) Station. A legally-held shotgun was being examined.
[Source: Irish Times]


Galway Manager Alan Mulholland is hopeful that former Kildare star James Kavanagh can make a big impact with the Tribesmen in 2014.

The 28-year old, twice nominated as an All-Star, moved to north County Galway club Milltown last year.

He works as a Garda (police officer) in Galway City and moved to live in Milltown, from which his wife hails.
[Source: The Journal]


Callan will be the place to be on January 14 when the eighth cousin of Barack Obama – Henry Healey – launches the next phase of the Ireland Reaching Out Programme for County Kilkenny.

Ireland XO, as it is known worldwide, is a national ancestral tourism and family history initiative designed to allow local people to come together to promote their towns and parishes as part of Ireland’s attempt to attract the diaspora back home to visit the old country and develop future links that will benefit the local economy.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


A number of sheep were killed over the Christmas period, following a dog attack in Mountmellick.

At least 14 hoggets were slaughtered by two dogs at a farm at Lower Forest, Mountmellick on Saturday, December 28. The dogs have been captured.
[Source: Leinster Express]


People traveled from throughout the country on Tuesday to bid farewell to one of the country’s oldest women, Margaret Mitchell, who passed away at the age of 107 on Saturday night, December 28.

Mrs. Mitchell (née Smyth), was originally from Aughnacliffe, County Longford. She married Cloone farmer Patrick Mitchell in 1944 and had two daughters, Myra and Margaret. They remained in the Cloone area until 1971, when they moved to Dublin.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband and daughter Margaret. She lived quite independently in Dublin until her late 90s before moving to Eskra, County Tyrone, where she lived with her daughter Myra and son-in-law, Lawrence.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Tributes have been paid to a Limerick man who was killed in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps over Christmas.

Michael Clifford (27), who was originally from Ballyagran, was living in the Zurich area where he had been working for more than six years with the world-renowned Partners Group.

Mr. Clifford, who studied at University College Cork, died when an avalanche struck the area of Realp in central Switzerland, where he is thought to have been skiing off-piste.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


While Longford and Roscommon recorded an annual one percent decrease in general crime levels, the overall number of drug offenses detected increased by 18 percent – the third highest percentage increase in the country.