News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: Derry Journal)


Three men arrested in connection with the discovery of an alleged cannabis production factory in Carrigans last January have been sent forward to the Circuit Court to stand trial. 30-year-old Neil Stewart Kloss of The Caravan, Milestone, Cummer, Tipperary, 30-year-old Brian Irwin of The Orchard, Croke Gardens, Thurles, Tipperary and Neville Leech, 35, of Pearse Park Drogheda, appeared in Letterkenny District Court on Monday

(Source: Donegal Democrat)


Bungling thieves plunged a Co Down village into darkness after dropping metal onto a live electricity conductor. Around 1,000 homes in Donaghcloney were left without power for up to three hours when robbers, trying to steal copper tape from a vacant property dropped it onto a live high voltage conductor at about 10pm last Wednesday. An NIE emergency crew had to be called to the scene to make the situation safe restore electricity supplies. Over half of the affected customers had power restored by 11pm.

(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Dublin city went back to black with a bang as some of the world's biggest music stars helped kick off the second annual Arthur's Day celebrations last Thursday. Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody led the festivities at the St James's Gate brewery by raising a glass in honor of its founder, Arthur Guinness, at exactly 5.59pm, before joining his band to wow the 2,000 pumped-up revelers with their biggest hits.

(Source: The Evening Hearld)


A barn on a County Fermanagh farm used for lambing and to store hay isn't the first place you would expect a musician to launch their new album. But the venue made perfect sense to Irish singer and songwriter, Andy Irvine who launched his latest album there. His career has spanned five decades, and as a member of the folk band Planxty he achieved widespread success in the 1970s alongside Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny and Liam O'Flynn

(Source: BBC News Northern Ireland)


A man at the centre of an emergency air and ground search – after a motorist feared he’d hit him by accident – turned up at the height of the drama in his local pub blissfully unaware of the commotion going on around him. Emergency services, including an air corps helicopter, were deployed to the Headford Road area last Tuesday night when the pedestrian was struck by a passing car . . . but he couldn’t be found. The accident occurred at around 9pm when a motorist travelling from Galway towards Headford came in contact with a pedestrian and immediately reported the matter to the Gardaí.

(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


Taxi drivers from outside the area are causing strife in Newbridge as local drivers claim their livelihood is being illegally taken from them.It is understood that arguments have developed on the Newbridge taxi ranks as a result of drivers from Dublin and elsewhere coming in and picking up passengers at various times. A spokesperson for the Newbridge Taxi Drivers’ Association pointed out that in many instances, passengers are not aware that all taxi drivers are limited to a specific area of operation – a county or particular urban area.

(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


Joyriders who literally decided to go on a golf drive are being sought by local gardai after they caused significant damage to a golf buggy at Callan Golf Club last weekend. The incident happened last weekend when golf buggies were interfered with near the club house. It is believed that the driver of the golf buggy navigated the vehicle through trees before ending up in the lake.