News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Massereene Barracks is ready to re-deploy its troops, but this time they'll be a little closer to home. Troops and civilian staff of the 38 Rifles Regiment are preparing for the imminent move to RAF Aldergrove. Speaking to Antrim Guardian, Ken Johnston, Chief Press Officer for the MOD and the Massereene Station Staff Officer said that the links with Antrim would not be lost with a move 'around the corner'.
(Source: Antrim Guardian)


Months after the revelation that he helped cover up for one of Ireland's most notoriously abusive priests, the country's top Catholic churchman, Cardinal Sean Brady, says he has "moved on" and will not resign. "I've moved on there, I think, and I got a lot of support in my decision," he told CNN in a rare interview. Brady was part of an internal church investigation into Father Brendan Smyth in 1975, he confirmed early this year. He did not report his findings to the police and asked two teenagers who gave him evidence to sign oaths of secrecy.


A local musician, blind since birth, has defied all the odds to be named among the country’s top bodhrán players.  Martin Lawlor (38) a native of St Patrick’s Park, Rathvilly, won third place at the All-Ireland Fleadh Ceoil in Cavan recently, a remarkable achievement given the tough competition he faced from musicians the country over. “I’m over the moon about it. Even to get to the All-Ireland Fleadh was an achievement but to win third place and a silver medal is fantastic,” said a delighted Martin.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


A computer hacker took advantage of a brief lapse on the part of a Cavan email user last week and nearly stole €3,000 because of it. Pastor Ivan Watson of Cavan Baptist Church is asking the public to be vigilant - his contacts received an email purporting to be from him and seeking financial help because he had been robbed in France. During his stay, the message claimed, his money, credit cards and phone were stolen, and what he required was €3,000 to help him complete the programme and get back home.
 (Source: The Angle Celt)


Newmarket’s Tim O’Connell is one of a handful of Irish people ever to reach the world’s lowest point as part of an expedition that descended the 2,191m Krubera-Voronja cave in August. Tim was one of a group of four Irish men to take part in the expedition, in which they were joined by cavers from France, Lithuania, Serbia and Spain. Krubera-Voronja is located in Abkhazia, a region that has declared independence from Georgia but which is still claimed by Tiblisi.
 (Source: The Clare Champion)


Heroin addicts in Cork are not getting fast access to Methadone Treatment Programs, which could be causing some to overdose. Cork's Methadone Treatment Program currently has 150 members, while there are a further 14 people waiting to access the program, according to the HSE. However, to be included on the waiting list, people must be assessed, and one city councilor says the low figures are merely due to delays in the assessment procedure.
Source: (Cork Independent)


Republican Action Against Drugs have warned young people in Derry not to get caught up in what they describe as "hero worship for co-called hard men." The vigilante group made the comment as it claimed responsibility for a shooting incident in the Bogside last Tuesday night. A number of shots were fired at a house in Dove Gardens during the incident. No one was injured in the shooting, however, PSNI officers were attacked with stones and petrol bombs when they arrived to investigate.
 (Source: Derry Journal)


Friends and family, neighbors and customers gathered in the church hall on the main road in Carrigans last Tuesday to wish good luck to Bernie Moore, just months after crowds packed the same hall in an unsuccessful campaign to keep her as the village postmistress. An Post terminated Bernie's contract last week, ending months of pressure that began in February 2009, when three armed men raided the post office. An Post terminated Bernie's contract last Tuesday, ending months of pressure that began in February 2009, when three armed men raided the post office.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


Police have been urged to crack down on anti-social elements which surround Eleventh Night bonfires after it emerged that the Fire Service has shelled out £3.7m in the last five years.
Last year nearly £1m was spent by the Fire Service as crews tackled nearly 300 incidents during May, June and July in the lead-up to the July bonfires.  Fire crews were dispatched to 1,352 bonfire connected incidents between 2004 and 2009, according to new figures that emerged from an Assembly question asked by SDLP MLA Thomas Burns.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)