News from around the 32 counties, Jan 6 2014


Garda (police) figures for the 12 months to September 2013 show that 220 drug-related crimes were recorded in the Longford/Roscommon Garda Division.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Mr. Eamonn Begley, owner of the Cycle and Trophy Centre, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, said he and his family have been overwhelmed by the support they received after the fire that destroyed their premise on Sunday before Christmas.

“We really want to thank our customers, the traders of Clanbrassil Street, and all the other local traders for their support.

“We are very grateful for all the offers of help and I would also like to thank the fire service and the Gardaí (police) for everything they did.”
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


No stone will be left unturned in solving the murder of 28-year-old Owen Maughan, who was shot in broad daylight at a busy Castlebar petrol station on December 18.

Superintendent Pat Diskin, of Castlebar Garda (Police) Station, told The Mayo News that “resources won’t be spared in relation to this heinous crime.”

A considerable amount of witnesses have already been interviewed by Gardaí, according to the superintendent. However, Gardaí are still appealing for people with any information to come forward.
[Source: The Mayo News]


The smashing of nearly a dozen large panes of glass at the front of the Johnstown Shopping Centre two weekends ago has been condemned by Councilor Shane Cassells.

The attack on the center was carried out in the early hours of Saturday morning, December 28, causing extensive damage to the front of the facility.

Clr. Cassells has called for immediate action to be taken to deal with the scourge of anti-social behavior in the area, which he states is now turning into low-level criminality.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Helen Norton, who plays Vivienne in the R.T.É. soap “Fair City” is joining “Love/Hate” actress Aoibhinn McGinnity in the new R.T.É. Radio Drama on 1, “Weighing In.”

Set in a diet clinic in Clones, County Monaghan, the play centers on two characters; the first is Val from south County Dublin, played by Norton, who has moved with her husband for his new job in the local factory.

The other key character is Breda from Clones, played by McGinnity, and the two women strike up an unlikely friendship through their evening walks around the local area.
[Source: RTE News]


Tommy Tiernan has announced three more world tours in the New Year, including a four day World Tour of Offaly.

He will perform in Edenderry G.A.A. Club on April 10, The Thatch in Rahan on April 11, The Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore on April 12 and the County Arms Hotel in Birr on April 13.

Tommy’s mastery of stand-up allows him to take risks other comedians dare not. Through hilarious storytelling and a high energy, non-apologetic delivery, he continually challenges his audience, who can be confident they are in safe hands.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Padraig Pearses clubman Niall Carty has been appointed Roscommon senior football captain for 2014.

The 22-year-old defender succeeds Cathal Cregg in the role. Donie Shine of Clann na nGael has been named vice-captain by team manager John Evans.

Carty was captain of the Padraig Pearses team, which reached the 2012 Roscommon S.F.C. final, in which they were defeated by neighbors St. Brigid's.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


A man has been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life following an incident in County Sligo on Saturday, December 28, in which a man barricaded himself into a house.

The incident on the Strandhill Road lasted 13 hours.

At a special sitting of Sligo District Court, Michael O'Connor, who is unemployed and of no fixed address, was charged with possession of a single-barrel shotgun with intent to endanger life at Nolmar, Scardenmore in Strandhill Road.
[Source: RTE News]


North Tipperary County Council needs to look at the “ongoing” bottle bank problem in Littleton in the new year, Councilor John Kennedy told the council’s budget meeting.

He was supported by Clr. Micheal Lowry, who said that the issue may need a solution rather than just allocating funds on a new location for the facility.

Engineer Brian Beck confirmed that the council will look at the issue in 2014.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Grants totaling over $80,000 have been awarded to six community groups in the Dungannon and Cookstown areas.

Four groups in the Dungannon borough have received a total of $55,514, while two in Cookstown have been granted a total of $90,951, giving a final figure of $86,465.

Among the groups receiving money is Dungannon Tigers F.C., who has been awarded £5,460 to create a midnight soccer league that will involve young people from recent migrant families, and help reduce antisocial behavior and drug and alcohol misuse amongst young people. The project is due to start in the spring and will initially target boys and girls aged between 11 and 13.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]