News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



The family of a Four Roads man who was kicked to death in the Netherlands has said that it is “satisfied” with the sentences handed down to his killers in a Dutch court last week. Niall Coyle a 33-year-old electrician suffered severe brain damage after he was attacked outside a bar in the town of Dordrecht, near Rotterdam last January and died three days later
(Source: The Roscommon Hearld)


Two Sligo brothers, who left a man needing life-saving surgery to remove a clot on his brain, were sentenced to a total of thirteen years on Friday last. Sligo brothers James Paul Sweeney and Edward Sweeney both from Glendallon, Ballytivnan were sentenced to seven years and six years respectively for assaulting John Francis Reddington of Claran, Headford, Co. Galway in August 2009 in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. They were charged with assault causing serious harm.
(Source: The Sligo Weekender)


Gardai in North Tipperary are carrying out ongoing investigations following three major incidents on Wednesday night last. At approximately 11.25 pm a shop in Newport was targeted by a gang of thieves who broke into the premises to acquire a free standing ATM machine. The thieves, who are believed to have been driving a Mitsubishi Pajero jeep, then loaded the ATM machine into the rear of the jeep.
(Source: Tipperary Star)


A County Tyrone company has won a contract worth £100,000 in Kurdistan. Anaconda Equipment International employs around 30 people specializing in the design and manufacture of equipment for the mining, quarrying and waste recycling industries. It concentrates on exports to markets outside the UK and Ireland.
(Source: BBC News)


Waterford Institute of Technology Students’ Union says it wants to cancel Christmas Day celebrations at the college permanently due to the record 32 arrests made last year. The union has sponsored its own patrols in nearby estates to prevent anti-social behavior arising from the event and has introduced sanctions for persistent culprits.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)


The Athlone Castle refurbishment project has received a major shot in the arm in the form of a grant worth over €2.07 million from Fáilte Ireland, it emerged last week. It’s certainly great news for Athlone Town Council which was due to bear the brunt of the cost of the improvements, estimated to be in the region of €3 million. The castle has been closed for this year’s summer season amid annoyance from the public that it won’t be complete in time to mark its 800th anniversary.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


A local musician, who recorded a song for a Wall Street Journal documentary, about the recession in Ireland, has been overwhelmed with the reaction to his music. Gordon Barry recorded a reworked version of Steve Earl’s Dixieland for the WSJ piece, which told the story of the affect of the recession on a cross section of Irish people.
(Source: The Irish Times)


An army bomb disposal team has made safe a World War II era grenade found in Co Wicklow.The discovery was made during renovations to a house at Dunganstown near Brittas Bay. The grenade was removed to a safe location and a controlled explosion was carried out.
(Source: RTE News)