News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Accompanied by Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, the queen landed at George Belfast Belfast City Airport last Wednesday where she was greeted by Northern Secretary Owen Paterson and Dame Mary Peters, lord lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast. She then began a series of engagements in Belfast and Hillsborough, Co Down. Security for the visit was especially tight and, with arrangements kept secret, no one appeared on the streets to watch the motorcade as it made its way to the studios of UTV in south Belfast for the first engagement.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


A submission by lawyers acting for a republican accused of murdering two British soldiers in Northern Ireland last week forced a judge to postpone a decision on whether he should stand trial. Co Armagh man Colin Duffy, and his co-accused Brian Patrick Shivers from Co Derry, were due to hear whether they would be returned for Crown Court trial. Mr Duffy (42), from Forest Glebe, Lurgan, and Mr Shivers (45), from Sperrin Mews, Magherafelt, are charged with shooting dead Sappers Mark Quinsey (23) and Patrick Azimkar (21) outside Massereene barracks in Co Antrim last year.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Drugs are being openly sold around the town park in Graiguecullen, according to one Carlow woman who witnessed such a drug deal last week. The shocked mother of two told The Nationalist that she was in the playground last Tuesday evening around 5.45pm with her young children, when she noticed a man loitering at the corner of the playground, just outside the fence. “The kids were playing away.” she said. “We were the only ones left – a couple with their kids had just left. I had spotted the man hanging around but thought little of it.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


A Cavan man who carried out two unprovoked attacks on two separate individuals was sentenced to a total of 15 months at Cavan District Court when he pleaded guilty to the offences.Patrick Lee, 13 Parkview, Cavan, was sentenced to nine months for assaulting P.J. Kelly at Connolly Street, Cavan, on July 25, and was given a six-month consecutive sentence for assaulting Joseph McCann at Townparks, Cavan, on the same date.
(Source: The Angle Celt)


Ninty years on, the deaths of three people in War of Independence violence will be commemorated with an ecumenical service in Doonbeg on October 30. Resident magistrate Alan Lendrum died at Caherfeenick, near Doonbeg, on September 22, 1920 and this led to the subsequent killing of two IRA volunteers, Willie Shanahan and Michael McNamara.

When Lendrum’s grandnephew, Geoff Simmons and Mr Shanahan’s nephew, Eoin Shanahan, began carrying out research into the affair, they began to collaborate and their efforts form the backdrop to the commemoration on October 30.
(Source: The Clare Champion)


A price war that has erupted between Ryanair and Irish Rail could see an increase in Cork business tourism. Irish Rail is exploring the possibility of offering free tickets on the Cork - Dublin route, after Ryanair began offering its customers one-way flights from Cork to Dublin for €10, including taxes and charges.
Source: (Cork Independent)


Tributes have been paid to well known Derry artist Joe Coyle who passed away last week following a lengthy illness. The founder of Alhpa Stained Glass, based at Castle Street, Joe has created some of the city’s most memorable stained glass pieces. For the last year he had been working on the restoration of St. Columb’s Cathedral and he was also responsible for the iconic artwork commemorating those who were lost in the Claudy and Omagh bombings.
(Source: Derry Journal)


The build up to the Cashealrd to Belleek Vintage Tractor and Car Run in aid of Mental Health and Cancer services is continuing at a great pace. While there has been a lot of hard work and effort input so far by the organizing committee, a spokesman has appealed for as many people in the area as possible to get involved. There is an urgent need for more funds for these services in this border area and it is hoped that there will be huge support given by businesses and locals both now and on the day - 30th October - in aid of these worthy causes.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


Brian Conlon, founder and chief executive of the Co Down-headquartered firm First Derivatives, was awarded the title of 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year at a ceremony in Dublin’s Citywest last Thursday Mr Conlon was presented with the award by President Mary McAleese, after first being named the winner of the competition’s International category.
(Source: Irish Times)


She's best known for her jaw-dropping performances on The X Factor but it looks like Dublin finalist Mary Byrne has unwittingly landed herself another TV gig. The Herald can reveal how the Ballyfermot-born singer, dubbed the new SuBo, could soon be popping up in an episode of RTE's Anonymous after stumbling across the TV cameras during a visit home last week.
(Source: The Evening Hearld)