News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



The bull sculpture which will be erected in Navan's Market Square as part of the ongoing refurbishment project, will be delivered to the town before Christmas. Cllr Shane Cassells has described the sculpture, currently in sculptor Colin Grehan's workshop in the village of Kilbeacanty in Co Galway, as one of most significant pieces of artwork to be unveiled in Ireland this year. Plans for the sculpture were met with controversy when it was commisioned almost a decade ago, and it will certainly generate plenty of debate when it is finally hoisted onto its plinth in a central position in the renovated Market Square.

(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


An Edenderry shop has been selected to participate in Fergal Quinn's programme 'Retail Therapy' on RTE One. McGreal's Gift Shop, located on JKL Street in the town, will undergo a major transformation as part of the process. Filming will take place over the coming months as the revamped shop takes shape with the programme due to air early in 2011.

(Source: Offaly Express)


There are close to 800 people on the waiting list for social housing in County Roscommon, the Roscommon Herald can reveal. Figures furnished to the Herald by Roscommon County Council show that there were 785 approved applicants on the housing list as of last Wednesday, September 15th. In addition to the direct provision of social housing, the council also administers a number of schemes designed to provide short to medium term housing solutions for those in need.

 (Source: The Roscommon Hearld)


The Institute of Technology in Sligo has taken in more first students than ever before, the college confirmed last week, the same week in which it was ranked by the Sunday Times as one of the best in the country. It is a tremendous boost for one of the most progressive third level institutions in Ireland and is being seen as a clear barometer of the huge advances Sligo has made in recent years, despite the recent economic challenges being faced in the North West.



Gardai in Tipperary are to target so called 'boy racers' as the latest statistics on deaths on Irish roads show that young men remain more likely to die in traffic accidents than any other group. The garda initiative, which is also being rolled out in Donegal, comes as a result of a figures which also reveal that more than half of 150 people who died on the roads so far this year were aged between 16 and 30, and three in four of those are males.

(Source: Tipperary Star)


A County Tyrone development company placed into administration in July owes its banks more than £3.5m, documents filed at the government agency for registering businesses show.APL Developments, which operated from Castlecaufield Road in Donaghmore, had been trading since March 2004. The property crash left all its sites in negative equity.

 (Source: BBC News Northern Ireland)


A clear message was sent out to City Council tenants who engage in illegal activity last week as Waterford District court granted an exclusion order against a convicted drug dealer. Waterford City Council secured the three-year exclusion order against a man convicted earlier this year of possession of drugs with intent to supply. 30-year-old John Paul Smith has been excluded from his former partner’s home at Crystal Court, Kilcohan, Waterford and the entire Crystal Court estate.