News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



There was widespread condemnation last Monday after suspected pipe bombs were discovered at St Comgall's Primary School and St Joseph's Primary School in Antrim. The device at St Comgall's was discovered last Monday morning at around 8.30am after an eight-year-old pupil picked it up and carried it to a teacher. Brendan Shannon, from Culnafeigh Green, had just arrived at school with his twin sister Ciara when he saw the device on the ground.
 (Source: Antrim Guardian)


A murdered man was killed in a frenzied stabbing, police have revealed.Kevin Fletcher, 32, was found dead at his Armagh home by his girlfriend last week. The unemployed man was vulnerable and defenceless, police said.Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness said: "This was a frenzied attack on a man who lived alone and was unable to defend himself against someone who was intent on causing utterly horrific injuries
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Six firemen from around the county took on the world at the beginning of this month at the annual World Rescue Challenge in Cork. The team of six from Carlow, Tullow and Bagenalstown stations went head-to-head with 32 teams from Ireland, Europe and as far afield as New Zealand and the USA. John Comerford, Darrell Hayden, Paul Curran, Alan Owens, Ted Doyle and Andrew Fisher won the national challenge, which was held in Sligo in March of this year. They finished 16th overall in last weekend’s competition.
 (Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


The citizens of Shercock have a new claim to fame last week. They are the fittest and slimmest community in Ireland, having shed no less than 114 stone during a 12-week slim-a-ton designed to raise funds for a new stand at the local GAA grounds, known as O'Hagan Park on the Kingscourt road. The monster weigh-in took place in St Patrick's Hall last weekend at 9am and the community spirit and feel-good factor among the scores of participants was really palpable.
 (Source: The Angle Celt)


Caher-based woodturner William Edwards is carrying on a family tradition of woodwork by creating functional and unique craft items.  William Edwards is one of a group of Clare craftspeople who exhibits at the new monthly Artisans’ Craft Fair in the Milk Market in Limerick on the last Thursday of every month. William, originally from Kent in the UK, has been living in Caher, near Feakle, for the past 23 years.
 (Source: The Clare Champion)


A mother and son have been arrested in connection with the discovery of a cannabis plant farm at Kealkil in Bantry last Monday. On searching a number of farm buildings in Moulikeeve, Gardaí at Bantry found and seized what they believe to be five kilos of cannabis grass, with an estimated value of €60,000. They also found a number of suspected cannabis plants, valued at €4,500.
Source: (Cork Independent)


A man has had part of his ear bitten off in a late night assault in Derry last week.Police say around 15 people were involved in a fracas close to a nightclub on Shipquay Street in the early hours of last Sunday morning. They say a 20-year-old had part of his right ear bitten off during the disturbance.
(Source: Derry Journal)


Volunteer group, Donegal Mountain Rescue, say the number of call outs has quadrupled recently as a result of the growing rise in hill walking and those enjoying the great outdoors in the county. This year alone they have been involved 41 call-outs and if this trend continues they are set to reach a much higher number, according to DMR Team Leader, Joe Pond. Last year the total was 54 call-outs but he says by the end of 2010 they could see figures rise as high as 70.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


The horrific deaths of seals on the Co Down coast were kept quiet for far too long, according to a local councillor. SDLP Ards Borough councillor Joe Boyle demanded answers to why the revelations of gory deaths among protected grey and common seals were only made public three years after they were first detected. Over the last few years, carcasses of seals were found with shocking injuries including knife wounds, gunshot wounds and decapitation, centring mainly on the Strangford Lough, Minerstown Beach and Dundrum Bay areas.
 (Source: Belfast Telegraph)


X Factor judge Louis Walsh will shortly open the doors of his €2m Miami penthouse to give a UK glossy the first look inside his palatial pad. The Herald can reveal how the Westlife manager will be adding some serious zeros to his already bulging bank account after signing a deal for an "at home" photoshoot with a British magazine. The move has come as a surprise to some in his inner circle, given how he usually shies away from the cameras when he's not working and he has never before done photographs inside his South Beach bolthole.
(Source: The Evening Hearld)