News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



A Belfast film-maker has posted a video on the internet showing what he says could be evidence of time traveling. George Clarke from east Belfast has been puzzled for more than a year by a scene in a film which appears to show a woman talking on a mobile phone. The unusual thing is that the movie was made by Charlie Chaplin in 1928 - long before mobile phones were invented.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


There's good news emerging from the economic gloom last week as Invest Northern Ireland Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton welcomed plans by US company Market Resource Partners Ltd (MRP) to create 106 new jobs in Co Down. MRP specialises in developing advanced technology platforms, which are used to design, execute and measure complex marketing and sales strategies.
(Source: Belfast


Nearly 600m of new sewerage line is being installed between Leighlinbridge and Bagenalstown to get rid of the smell around Eastwood Estate.Work began on the new pipe recently and, according to Councilor Arthur McDonald, even the workmen are finding the stench unbearable.

“The workers found it very hard to work there last week, the smell was that bad. So you can imagine what the residents are feeling, having lived with it for almost two years,” he added.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


Cunning new gangs of criminals dressed in smart business suits and driving high powered Volvos and BMWs are cruising the rural roads in Cavan, Meath, Longford and Leitrim with one aim in mind – to rob as many homes as they can between 9am and 2pm. They are mainly bent on stealing cash and jewelery and usually force rear windows with screwdrivers or iron bars. They are often armed with knives.
(Source: The Angle Celt)


Plans to make a movie around the events in Whitegate which ended in a triple fatal tragedy, have been branded as insensitive and badly timed. It was revealed last week that “Consequences” will zone in on Whitegate murderer Brendan O’Donnell and his victims, Imelda Riney, her five-year-old son, Liam, and local priest, Fr Joe Walsh. Local Councilor, Pat Hayes (FF) said that he believes the subject matter is too raw.
(Source: The Clare People)


Inmates at Cork Prison are still expected to ‘slop out’ at the facility and are not provided with adequate mental health services, the Visiting Committee Annual Report for 2009 revealed last week. The Cork Prison report, which was published by the Department of Justice and Law Reform last week, said that “slopping out and lack of cell sanitation makes living conditions very poor and is made worse by the overcrowding problem”.
Source: (Cork Independent)


An Irish Air Corps plane was forced to make an emergency landing at City of Derry airport last Thursday after a warning light was activated in the aircraft's cockpit 150 miles off the west coast.The aircraft was making a routine maritime patrol when it had to be diverted. One of its two engines was shut down before a controlled emergency landing at Eglinton.
(Source: Lononderry Sentinel)


A Fanand man has pleaded not guilty at the trial in Letterkenny Circuit Court to the manslaughter of Garda Robbie McCallion and endangering two of his garda colleagues in 2009. Jamie McGrenaghan of Gortnacraw, Kerrykeel, pleaded not guilty to causing the manslaughter of Garda McCallion at Tara Court, Letterkenny on April 7, 2009 and the reckless endangerment of Garda Shane Lavelle and Garda Joanne Doherty at Tara Court on the night of the incident, March 26, 2009.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


A police air crew who escaped major injury when their helicopter flipped upside down on landing in Co Down are lucky to be alive, a senior officer has said. All four men were able to walk from the wreckage of the overturned Eurocopter Squirrel after it turned over close to the site of last weekend's fatal helicopter crash high up in the Mountains of Mourne.

They had been taking part in the ongoing operation following last Saturday`s tragedy near Hilltown, Co Down, in which three men were killed, including a close friend of Prince Charles.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


She's known for loving her fans whom she calls her 'little monsters', but last week in Dublin Lady Gaga took it a step further and surprised a group of her followers with a sweet treat.

Sending her security guard outside her hotel to count heads, the singer then sent out hot chocolate to each person.The thrilled fans were delightedly posing for pictures with their drinks, making 'monster' poses.
(Source: The Irish Daily Mail)


A memorial to the victims of the Enniskillen bombing is unlikely to be reinstated ahead of the 23rd anniversary of the atrocity next month. A montage of the 11 people who lost their lives in the 1987 Poppy Day massacre was taken down inside the town's fire station following an anonymous complaint three years ago. Despite the Northern Ireland Ombudsman deeming the action to be "ill-considered", the tribute has still not been re-erected.
(Source: Belfast Newsletter)