News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Protestors brought the centre of Tullamore to a standstill last Saturday morning in the latest of a series of marches against the decision of Offaly County Council to stand down three fire-stations in the county. Kilcormac, Daingean and Banagher fire-stations have all been stood down due to a shortfall of funds to address health and safety concerns in the stations and also due to issues over the manning levels in the stations.
(Source: Offaly Express)


A dark cloud continues to hang over Curraghboy last week following the tragic death of local farmer, Oliver Gacquinn, who died following a “freakish” accident in which he was stung by a swarm of wasps. The untimely death of the 47-yearold farmer and father of two last Wednesday has stunned and devastated the local community of Curraghboy.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)


Gardai  pulled the plug on a dance music festival to be held near Collooney last Saturday – after issuing a warning to organisers not to proceed. Gardaí made a direction under Section 12 of the 1997 Licensing (Combating Drug Abuse) Act on Thursday last and followed it up with another visit to the location at Annaghmore estate near the main Galway road outside Collooney last Friday morning, resulting in the organizers cancelling the event.

(Source: The Sligo Champion)


The third annual Thurles Halloween Arts Festival which will be officially launched this week will feature a host of international acts of great repute including the likes of the Hot House Flowers, The Four of Us, The Republic of Loose, Eleanor McEvoy and Roesy to name just a few, The Tipperary Star can reveal.
(Source: Tipperary Star)


The family of a Dungannon bookmaker robbed and shot dead while on his way to the Curragh 20 years ago has issued a new appeal for information. Dessie Fox was attacked on a road side in County Kildare on 30 September 1990. He was shot in the leg and bled to death.  The £20,000 he was carrying for his work as an on-course bookie was stolen. Seventeen people were arrested at the time but no-one was ever charged. Mr Fox was married with three daughters.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


A swimmer escaped with his life last weekend thanks to the quick actions of the RNLI and the emergency services. The man was airlifted to Waterford Regional Hospital after he was rescued from the sea in Tramore last Sunday suffering from hypothermia. The RNLI in Tramore received a call from the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre in Dublin, who had a report of a man in difficulty 100m away from the Guillamene.
 (Source: Waterford News $ Star)


Sitting in his chair, a contented Matt Leonard ponders the question of the secret to his longevity after reaching the 101 year milestone at last weekend, surely making him one of Athlone's oldest citizens."I wouldn't be able to tell you. If I could, I'd be a great fella. I just keep plodding along," he laughs, before telling the Westmeath Independent that he has never had to call the doctor to his home of seven years, the Stella Maris Nursing Home in Baylough, for any kind of sickness, even though he got lots of colds as a young child.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


The son of the late Leo Carthy has called on his father's former political colleagues to honour his memory by securing the future of acute services at Wexford General Hospital, including its 24hour A&E department. Ger Carthy, speaking following the death of his father last weekend, said Leo would not have lived past his 80th birthday had it not been for the excellent care he received at Wexford General.
(Source: The Wexford People)


An anonymous donor has given a million euro to new hospice. Wicklow Hospice edged one step closer to reality after a mystery donor pledged €1m to the much-needed facility. The person responsible for the generous offer wishes to remain anonymous but their donation now means the hospice is already half way to being started.
(Source: The Wicklow People)