News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: Donegal Democrat)


Ireland's biggest traditional music festival could be heading north of the border for the first time. Organisers of the Fleadh Cheoil — currently celebrating its 60th anniversary — have revealed that the week-long event may be making its way to Derry to coincide with its stint as UK city of culture in 2013. And with the North West economy set to receive an income boost to the tune of €30m (£24.6m), local officials have given the idea a warm welcome.

(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Singer Alexandra Burke splashed the cash in Dublin last week when she jetted into town to perform at the Summer Blowout festival at Dandelion.The Herald can reveal how the 2008 X Factor winner and a group of dancers splurged on a shopping spree at exclusive Clarendon Street store Coco boutique just hours before she was due to take to the stage at the St Stephen's Green club on Wednesday.

(Source: The Evening Hearld)


Retired RUC officer James McBryde could have been forgiven for giving up on ever having his poems and short stories published in his own book. But ever is a long time and instead, James, who is just weeks short of his 99th birthday, is reciting 60-year-old verses from a shiny new copy of his collection entitled Off the Beaten Track from his residence in Drumragh Nursing Home in Omagh With the help of Omagh Open Door Poetry Group, James is preparing to officially launch his book next week, and clearly relishes the opportunity to recall the many vivid memories of serving in the RUC throughout the rural landscape of Fermanagh.

(Source: Fermanagh Today)


Galway County Council has given the go ahead to convert 12 acres of land near Gort to use for paintballing. Planners have granted planning permission to convert the Coillte forest at Carrowgarriff for paintballing use, portable cabins, a changing area, and carpark.This is despite concerns from locals in the area about the impact of such a development.

(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


Rose of Tralee Charmaine Kenny felt the tug of the long arm of the law when she paid an official visit to Athy Garda Station last week. In one of her last official duties as her reign draws to a close Charmaine was welcomed on behalf of the gardaí, the civilian staff and the clerical officers, as well as children of those who work at the station by Sergeant James Bergin. Sergeant Bergin told the Kildare Nationalist about the honour it was to have Charamine at the station as a guest.

(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


A Hugginstown woman is part of a team that has successfully swum the English Channel to raise money for a local cause.Gráinne Burke is a member of the Stiletto Swimmers, along with Clare Morrissey, Kolette Enright, Maeve Moran and Maura Murphy from Dungarvan and Marie Barry from Carrick-on-Suir. They English Channel from Dover to Calais in relay to raise funds for the Helvick Lifeboat.

(Source: Kilkenny People)


Surging numbers on the dole in Portarlington have prompted extra signing-on days, after public protests were held to highlight the inadequate arrangements and conditions which the unemployed in the town have to endure at the social welfare office. There are now 3,406 people using the tiny office in Portarlington, which until latest developments was open just one day per week for people to sign on.

(Source: Leinster Express)


Ireland's Original Culchie Festival will take place in Mohill, Co Leitrim from October 22 -24. This is a very special year in the history of the festival as we will be celebrating our 21st birthday and we are calling on all culchies to come help us celebrate this unique event which now ranks highly in the calendar of festival events in Ireland.  The festival will also share the platform in Mohill with the well established and highly popular Annual Horse Fair on Sunday 24th.

(Source: Leitrim Observer)


THE first sod will be turned at Murroe's new playground at the beginning of the Mary of Murroe festival on Friday, August 29. Murroe Community Council has been working on this project for over three years and the sale of the site has now been agreed. The chairman of the community council, Fr Simon Sleeman, said the site in the middle of the village was bought for e165,000.

(Source: Limerick Leader)


The ITV cameras will be rolled in Drumlish last weekend as they followed pop sensation Una Healy when she made a guest appearance at the Marquee in Drumlish Festival last Friday night. ITV2 have been filming Una and her bandmates for the past number of months for their new reality TV show 'The Saturdays: 24/7' which is due to be aired next September.
(Source: Longford Leader)


Louth might be known as the Wee County but when it comes to the number of brothels, it has the third biggest amount in the country.New figures released last week by the Department of Justice show that detectives have raided 115 brothels in the last four years with nine of those in County Louth. The problem appears to be on the increase as well with 28 brothels raided across. Ireland in the first six months of 2010 – compared to just 26 in the whole of last year.