News from around the 32 counties, Jan 6 2014



Irish Rail says bus transfers will remain in place on a number of services from Waterford Station for the coming days, following a landslide.

It happened last Tuesday evening on the line close to Waterford Station. As a result, there are no services operating between Waterford and Thomastown and Carrick-on-Suir.

The landslide was from the rock face just outside the station, which scattered debris across the track.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Westmeath G.A.A. has announced that Renault is to sponsor their inter-county football and hurling teams for the next three years.

The deal has been brokered through Mullingar-based Renault dealers O’Brien’s, which is owned by Tyrrellspass man Paddy O’Brien.

The French car manufacturers replace the Annebrook Hotel, who was Westmeath G.A.A.’s main sponsor for the past two years.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


Wexford hurling manager Liam Dunne had his finger bitten in a pub on St. Stephen’s Night.

Dunne (45) was in the Bobs Pub with family in his home village of The Ballagh, Wexford, when a row broke out involving a number of people.

It is understood that following a verbal spat between a groups of people there was an argument, during which he was bitten by another man as he attempted to separate the warring factions.

Dunne was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital where he was treated for the injury.
[Source: Irish Mirror]


A handful of brave swimmers took to the Wicklow waters last Wednesday to take part in the Bray swim, even though the official event was canceled by organizers.

The annual event was rescheduled by the local Lions club due to poor weather conditions, but this didn't stop a handful of swimmer taking their chances with the cold water, lashing rain and rough waves.

A number of public figures were set to take part in the swim, including Fine Gael T.D. Simon Harris, who tweeted last Tuesday that he was looking forward to taking part in the swim.
[Source: Irish Independent]