News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



The Real UFF have vowed to escalate their reign of terror on Catholic families in Antrim. The organization has claimed responsibility for the spate of pipe bomb attacks which have terrorized the community in recent weeks. In a phone call to the Antrim Guardian, a man claiming to represent the organization said they had carried out the recent attacks at Brantwood Gardens, Fountain Hill, the Steeple and at Caulside Park. He also issued a warning to all Catholics who 'fraternize with the Republican enemy' - and claimed that there would be further attacks.

(Source: Antrim Guardian)


A bomb attack in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, last weekend has been likened to the Omagh bombings by a senior officer and is believed to have been designed to harm police officers. The attack took place on August 14, the 12th anniversary of the Real IRA Omagh attack. Police received a telephone warning that a bomb had been left at a primary school, prior to the explosion, but it contained inaccurate information and people were directed towards the bomb as a result. Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) area commander Chief Inspector Sam Cordner said he had no doubt that the attack, which had “stark similarities” to the Omagh bombing in 1988, was aimed at police officers who would be putting traffic diversions in place.



Larry Murphy is in no way connected to the disappearance of Jo Jo Dullard, her sister Mary Phelan claims.  Speaking exclusively to The Nationalist last week, the missing Callan woman’s sister stated: “I don’t think he is in any way connected with Jo’s disappearance. When he went to jail, we were told he wasn’t a suspect in Jo’s case and now we are led to believe by reading the papers that he is – but I believe he had nothing to do with it.”

(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


It was just like any other wedding day in St. Mary's Church, Staghall near Belturbet. It was all calm and collected as the daughter of businessman Sean Quinn arrived for her big day last week. Aoife Quinn only kept her husband-to-be, Dubliner Stephen Kelly, waiting for a very respectable 15 minutes. Dressed in a full-length, strapless, white ruffled gown, featuring a bow with diamante detail on the left thigh and a fishtail hemline, Aoife looked every inch the gorgeous bride.The simple elegance was completed with a long veil with satin trim and a bouquet of baby pink roses.

(Source: The Angle Celt)


Last Wednesday was a day of high emotion for the more than 1,400 people across the county who collected their Leaving Certificate results. As usual, higher-level maths was a talking point as Clare principals speculated that pupils in the county had done as well in the subject this year, as they had in previous years. More than 43% of those who sat higher-level maths nationwide were awarded As or Bs. Anne Tuohy, principal of CBS Ennistymon, said “We had a 600-pointer with extras to spare and that is no mean achievement.

(Source: The Clare Champion)


Despite acclaim from the Lonely Planet guide, it seems Irish people will always knock our own. A new website that rates towns features Cork City as the 51st best area in the country to live in – hardly a glowing reference for the Real Capital. Still in its infancy, gives people the opportunity to rate their areas based on law and order, economy, environment, schools, local services, sense of community, cost of living and general opinion. Cork City has the most votes out of any area in County Cork, with a total of 30, but is currently nestled in the middle of the Cork list.

Source: (Cork Independent)


McDonald's Restaurant has refused to serve police officers in Derry, the 'Journal' has learned.Several PSNI officers have been refused meals at the chain's Strand Road outlet in recent weeks. An angry police source told the 'Journal': "This is ridiculous in this day and age in Northern Ireland."It's understood the PSNI has since received an apology from the firm's management over the incidents. In a statement to the 'Journal', McDonald's said it was its policy to "serve all customers".

(Source: Derry Journal)


"Job done", exclaimed Letterkenny athlete, Mark English, last week as he reflected on a fourth place finish in the heats - and the heat! - of the 1,000 metres at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. “It was just good to get into the final,” the 17 year old told the ‘Donegal Democrat’ from his base. “The time didn’t matter - all I wanted to do was make the final and I’ve done that.” That final will take place this weekend - 3.30.a.m. Irish time so an early rise for anyone keen to watch it via the wonders of the internet - given the young Donegal man ample time to recover from his race in the grueling heat at the Bishan Stadium.