News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source:Tipperary Star)


Dungannon Park will be filled with an array of entertainment, from a Chinese Lion Dance to Bollywood dancers to a lively session from Brantry traditional musicians, as it celebrates Global Diversity Day.

The day's events will feature special appearances from Northern Ireland's Ultimate Strongman, Glen Ross, UTV presenter, Julian Simmons and Dungannon's Mayor, Robert Mulligan as they officially declare the day open.

There will be a host of activities to cater for every age and every interest, including street entertainment, face-painting, fusion band, Highland and Irish dancers and music from Carrickmanor Band, among many more.

It's the first time Dungannon will host the Ultimate Strongman Competition as the four man team battle it out to claim the title.

The strong men will be flexing their muscles in a heavy sleigh pulling competition, a team farmer’s walk and a team log lift, with the winners announced on the day.

(Source:Tyrone Times)


THE mother of an eight-year-old Waterford city boy has warned other parents to be vigilant after her son was approached and offered money by a complete stranger last week.

Little Bryan Grant Leacy was standing with his friends who were queuing for the ice-cream man in Fairfield Park when the male offered him €2. When the young boy said he was told not to speak to strangers, the male, understood to be from another EU country, then offered him €4.

“I was in the house getting dinner ready. Luckily one of the neighbors overheard what was going on and when they asked if everything was alright the man got into his black car and sped off,” said Bryan’s mother Kelly.

(Source:Waterford News and Star)


The new Westmeath County offices and library have been named one of 94 recipients of a 2010 International Architecture Award.
The awards are presented annually for the best new designs in architecture, landscaping, interior design and urban planning from around the world.

The awards by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Metropolitan Arts Press give a global overview of the current aesthetic direction of today’s commercial, corporate, institutional, and residential work to the real estate, banking, business, and corporate community.

Designed by Bucholz McEvoy Architects, the low energy buildings in Mullingar fought off competition from 38 nations including Austria, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

(Source:Irish Times)


A new memorial garden will be officially opened on Saturday, August 28, in Campile Village, County Wexford to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the village.

The garden is located where, up until recently, the Shelburne Co-Op and its creamery stood. The co-op will be forever remembered as the link between County Wexford and the occupation of Europe in World War II when the co-op was bombed on August 26, 1940, by the Luftwaffe.

The whole of Ireland was rocked to its core as four German bombs were dropped on this peaceful village and three young, well loved local women were killed and the Shelburne Co-Op Creamery was completely destroyed.

The building was extensively damaged but an absolute disaster was avoided only by chance as, minutes before the bombs fell, the co-op’s canteen was full with around 40 workers having their dinner.

(Source:Irish Examiner)


Gardaí are treating a fire at a timber products manufacturing plant in Co Wicklow as suspicious.

Gardaí have appealed to anyone who may have information about how the fire at the Woodfab plant in Aughrim started to contact them.

Further forensic tests are to be carried out.

Supt Patrick Ward from Wicklow Garda Station said if anyone had spotted suspicious activity, strangers or strange vehicles around the plant late the gardaí would like to hear from them.

The blaze was spotted at around 1.30am by a passing taxi driver.