News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


Go on. Get out there. It’s all go in Westport as the inaugural ‘Get Out There Adventure Festival’ hurtles towards the starting line on Thursday, August 19 next.

The fun and free event, which will run alongside the renowned Gaelforce festival, which is the world’s largest adventure race of its kind, is set to transform the heritage town into a maze of adventure points, encompassing a wide variety of entertainment.
The ‘Get Out There Festival’ will challenge and encourage people to try a broad range of sports for themselves.

Not a catchphrase that is seen too often these days of economic doom and gloom but, ‘there is no experience needed’ and it will not cost participants anything more than throwing caution to the wind.

Activities, which are led by experts, include archery, BMX biking, kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, sailing and street orienteering.

Global adventurer and famous mountaineer, Joe Simpson will act as festival ambassador. Simpson’s dramatic account of being left for dead after a fall in the Andes was chronicled in the 2003 BAFTA winning film ‘Touching the Void’.

(Source:Mayo News)


Major cracks in the Fianna Fail party in Meath became evident this week as Navan councilor Shane Cassells launched a blistering attack on Transport Minister Noel Dempsey and the party hierarchy.

The Fianna Fail National Executive member and Meath County Councilor claimed the "antics" of the last week had served to sour the mood of an already angry people and that "senior members have lost touch with the challenges faced by ordinary families".

He made his comments as details were revealed that Transport Minister and Meath TD Noel Dempsey had used the government jet to attend a summer school in Donegal and as the executive of Fianna Fail launched an investigation into the expenses of Dublin Senator Ivor Callely.

Cllr Cassells said that, for most young couples, the biggest news they had to grapple with over the past week was the announcement that mortgage interest rates were going up and the impact these increases would have on their lives.

(Source:Meath Chronicle)


The Chairman of the Dail Public Accounts Committee Bernard Allen  is to write to the head of Fas over remarks made by the manager of the groups Construction training centre in Offaly.

Danny Weston said that a description by Mr Allen that the Mountlucas facility was a white elephant was 'damaging'.
The centre came to the attention of the spending watchdog for training just 12 people at an average cost of half a million Euro per person.

According to the Irish Examiner  Mr Allen has suggested that Mr Westons' comments   'questioned the committee's right' to examine how taxpayers money is used.

(Source:Midlands Radio)


Home baking is seen by many as the holy grail of everything that is natural and simple about cooking. It takes a special talent to mix all the ingredients together and come up with something that's so tasty that you want to come back again and again.

Lanesboro woman Claire Egan has such a talent and her home baking business 'Cakes for Life' was rewarded with the 2010 Harvest Apprentice award, a competition run by Gilligan meats, Fourmilehouse in conjunction with Shannonside FM.

A clearly delighted Claire explained how the business got off the ground. "Cakes for Life is on the go for the last five and a half years. Myself and my husband (Des) set it up and we started off really to see how it would go.

(Source:Roscommon Champion)


A postmortem on the body of a man who died following an assault in Sligo last week has concluded he died from head injuries.
Prayers were said for the victim, Cyril Moran (60), at the Holy Cross Friary in Sligo, where he was a regular Mass-goer.

Mr Moran died on Sunday after receiving head, leg and arm wounds in an assault in his rented home in River Road, Cartron Point, Sligo, on Thursday.

Hours later he was driven to Sligo General Hospital, where he was dropped off and admitted himself as a patient to accident and emergency. He later slipped into a coma and a Garda investigation began.

While the postmortem, carried out by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis, found that he died from head injuries, gardaí said details of the results were not being released yet for operational reasons.

(Source:Irish Times)


A daughter of the late Councilor Catherine McLoughlin, whose sudden death in June was greeted with a palpable sense of shock, has been chosen by the Dualla Fine Gael Branch to be co-opted on to her mother's seat on South Tipperary County Council.

However, the "Tipperary Star" understands that Ms Louise McLoughlin will face opposition when the matter comes before the Fine Gael convention, expected to be held in early September.

We understand that Cashel man, Mr. Richard Wood will also be placing his name before the Convention for co-option onto the Council to fill the vacancy following Cllr. McLoughlin's death.