News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



More than 29,000 people are currently on waiting lists for appointments to see consultants at Galway University Hospitals (GUH) – some of them for more than four years. University Hospital Galway (UHG) has been ranked bottom of a league table of hospitals following the publication of the latest HealthStat figures, which reveal that the city facility has the longest waiting lists in the country.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


Thieves posing as county council workers are targeting elderly people in the Newbridge area, possibly using markings left by genuine council workers to identify their victims. The claim follows recent work carried out by the council to repair the water system at a number of locations around the town. According to local Sinn Féin activist Jason Turner, a number of vulnerable and elderly residents have complained to him of being the victims of theft after they permitted men wearing high-visibility jackets and posing as council workers, to actually enter their homes.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


Five hundred athletes competed in the 2nd Kilkenny Half Marathon and 10 kilometer race which took place in the city and it's environs recently. Deputy Mayor of the city, David Fitzgerald got the races underway at 11am at the castle for the half marathon and at noon on High Street for the ten kilometer race. According to race director, Aidan Quigley the courses allowed athletes to experience Kilkenny’s medieval streets and witness its beautiful tranquil country roads before finishing with a festival atmosphere on the Parade.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


The term legend can be over used. But last Thursday a true legend on the sports fields drew the crowds to Portarlington, Co Laois. They came to pay tribute and to honor the great Moss Keane who died last Tuesday, finally succumbing to his battle with cancer. He may have been an adopted son of Portarlington but the numbers of locals who attended his removal was testimony to how he had integrated and become a vital part of the local community.
(Source: Leinster Express)


Leitrim remains a county very much haunted by the specter of ghost estates according to a recent Irish Independent report which claims that this county, along with counties Sligo, Longford and Roscommon, are the worst affected by unfinished and largely unoccupied housing estates. County Manager, Jackie Maguire told the Leitrim Observer that Leitrim County Council had not received any figures from the national survey and she said they would await official news before commenting on the issue.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


Limerick's new greyhound stadium opened its doors to the public for the first time last Friday night and special guests the Irish International Rules team joined the anticipated huge crowd at Greenpark for the occasion. The latest addition to Limerick's enviable sports infrastructure, which cost €20m to complete, can take 2,900 spectators, but anyone hoping to be among the 190 people seated in the track's restaurant are too late - it was booked out long ago.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


They say if you look for something hard enough, eventually you'll find it. While few may believe in this well-used adage, for John Gregory, a keen historian, those words ring especially true.That's because a few weeks ago he discovered a distinctive looking flag during an impromptu visit to an antique dealership in Rathowen. Little did he know, his find was a replica of the historic 'green ensign' - a flag carrying both the union jack and Irish harp and a symbol of Irish society prior to partition in 1922.
(Source: Longford Leader)


Oscar winning actress Brenda Fricker officially launched the Tain Festival last Monday, which will be held in Dundalk from October 22 to 31, in the County Museum. This year's festival features over 50 events in over 20 venues combining drama, music, comedy, children's events and fringe events before culminating in a closing lantern ceremony on Sunday October 31.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


The last thing Achill man Patrick Kilcoyne expected when cutting up freshly caught fish was to find a miniature flick knife in the gut of a fish but that is exactly what he discovered.

Patrick, also known as ‘Blondie,’ made the unexpected discovery when preparing the fish for his breakfast and could not believe his eyes when a two inch long blue knife fell into his sink. “I was given a few mackerel which were caught near the Atlantic Drive as a present and there was a coalfish with them. I was cleaning the fish in the sink when this object came out of it and fell into the sink.”
(Source: The Mayo News)


Malicious pranksters who make hoax calls to the fire service in Meath are costing the county council in excess of €40,000 a year. As the fire service approaches its busiest time of the year at Halloween, firefighters and council officials have warned that those who make malicious calls could be putting lives in danger and could face serious penalties as all calls are recorded and are traceable.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)