News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


After the conditions of last Christmas and New Year, residents of Navan and surrounds will be well-rehearsed for a new movement coming to the town this December - 'Navan on Ice’. However, its not the town’s footpaths that will provide the sliding conditions this time, but a major ice skating rink to be located at Navan Racecourse
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


The bowling shoes worn by international pop icon Michael Jackson on a family visit to Jumpin' Jacks in Tullamore before his tragic and untimely death went on show on October 23 at 'Thrill the World' Offaly. Being held in Market Square, Tullamore, it is the Irish entry in a global world record attempt for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson's hit 'Thriller' will be performed.
(Source: Offaly Express)


The charity calendar launched by the Boyle Celtic Legends over-40’s football team, has caught the public imagination and taken off.Six of the Legends featured as the opening item on last Friday nights Late Late Show. Online sales on website have rocketed since last week, with orders coming in from USA, Germany, Spain and Australia.
(Source: The Roscommon Hearld)


Amid fears that €270 million will be cut from education in the forthcoming budget, Sligo IT students staged a protest last week as part of the effort to increase awareness of the situation in advance of a major national demonstration being planned for November 3 in Dublin.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)


A Company founded by a Thurles native had a special reason to celebrate last week after its role in establishing an initial lifeline to 33 men trapped in a mine in Chile led to their euphoric release.

It was a drill manufactured by Mincon which established the initial lifeline to the miners who were trapped 2,300 feet below ground in the San Jose gold and copper mine outside Copiapo, Chile.

Mincon International Limited was founded by Mr. Paddy Purcell, originally from Borroway in Thurles, in 1977 and is run today by his son Joe.
(Source: Tipperary Star)


The family of a Dungannon taxi driver who was murdered 20 years ago, have demanded an independent, international enquiry into his death, as they continue their search to uncover the truth behind his horrific killing. Frank Hughes, described as "gentle and inoffensive" by those who loved him, was lured to his death on October 23, 1990, after he went to pick up a bogus fare from the Glengannon Hotel.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Over valued buildings are forcing hoteliers to pay huge rates and that in turn is putting the entire industry in jeopardy, members of the City Council were told last week.

At the heart of the problem is a staff shortage in the office of the Commissioner of Valuation where responsibility lies for reviewing the value of properties.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)


Athlone IT is on track to become one of the country’s leading centers for high performance sports and athletes in the years ahead, if a new ambitious planning application lodged in recent weeks for a new multi-million euro indoor sports arena, including the country’s first IAAF indoor running track and auditorium moves forward. Despite challenging economic times, the third level institute is pressing ahead with the project
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


Nobody will be prosecuted for murdering Wexford mother of two Rebecca French, who was found in the boot of her burning car last year. The trial at the Central Criminal Court of two Lithuanian men charged with the 30-year-old’s murder ended last week after the second man pleaded guilty to impeding the investigation.
(Source: The Irish Times)


It's official, Irish pubs are the best in the world, according to the internationally acclaimed Lonely Planet Guide. A seaside pub in Wicklow, favored by stars, has been named best overall pub in the world on the travel company's website. The Harbour Bar in Bray, which has been frequented by Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Sinead O'Connor among several other celebrities, also came first in the "off the beaten track" category this year.
(Source: The Evening Hearld)