News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Passengers have passed through Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 as the new 600 million euro project was officially opened. Aer Lingus operated the inaugural flight from Manchester as Taoiseach Brian Cowen formally unveiled the new three-storey facility. Construction on the new building began in October 2007 and, at its peak, employed up to 2,600 workers on site, with 1,000 new jobs created with the building's opening.
(Source: The Herald)


The funeral of a woman who died after both she and her husband were overcome by fumes in their Fermanagh home is to be held later. Killian Scallon, who was in his 50s, was found dead at a house at Kesh Road, Irvinestown, on 10 November. His wife, Pauline, also in her 50s, was left critically ill and transferred to hospital. She died at 0330 BST last Tuesday.
(Source: Belfast Newsletter)


Almost 60 locations across Galway city and county are to be targeted by mobile speed vans in an effort to detect motorists who exceed the speed limit. It is part of an initiative by the Government to reduce the number of fatalities on the county’s roads and came into effect on Monday night last.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


A shopkeeper was stabbed during the robbery of a Chinese restaurant in Castledermot last Sunday, the fourth such knife point raid in South Kildare in ten days. Despite the alarming increase in such raids, the superintendent covering the Athy and Castledermot areas says that rates of robbery in the area are down. Superintendent Pat Kavanagh told the Kildare Nationalist that he is very hopeful that there will be a successful outcome to ongoing investigations.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


The "wait to skate" is over. The organizers, Kilkenny on Ice, bring the newest, and most exciting festive event for all the family! Located at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny, the group have erected a fully self contained Marquee housing a 600m2 Ice Rink, that's a Rink 20mtrs x 30mtrs of REAL ICE! No synthetic ice here, it's all the real deal. The event, "Kilkenny On Ice" will run from December 3 to January 9.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


Widespread sadness has greeted the death of Ray Sheeran, who passed away on Sunday, November 14 in San Francisco. The 54-year old Coolrain native died peacefully in the loving care of his family and friends in Cazadero, California following a courageous eight month battle with melanoma. His sporting prowess at home was well established in the early eighties, when he won many medals and trophies with his local hurling club, Camross and the county team.
(Source: Leinster Express)


Tesco Ireland Limited has re-applied to Leitrim County Council for planning permission for development at a site c.0.89 hectares, at the junction of Clooneen Park, New Line, Manorhamilton. The development will consist of the construction of a single level retail store with a gross floor area of c.1,534 sq m selling mainly convenience and some comparison goods.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


Convicted criminal Wayne Dundon has failed to appear before Limerick Circuit Court over a claim for compensation, after breaking his thumb in a car crash – which he is accused of staging. The defendants in the civil case, Motor Insurers' Bureau of Ireland, contend that the crash was not an accident, but was staged by Dundon and two of his associates who were back-seat passengers in the taxi.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


The announcement by Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith that the Government would be distributing free cheese may have caused much mirth in some quarters but in Granard it has been no laughing matter. Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre has given out 24 cases of free cheese to local people and staff at the centre have lodged a further application for a third delivery, which they hope will arrive in time for the hectic Christmas season.
(Source: Longford Leader)


Senator Mark Dearey has questioned Sinn Fein's decision to go down the "celebrity candidate route" after they revealed that party president Gerry Adams would run for a seat in Louth in the next General Election. The local publican, who will represent the Green Party in the next General Election, described Sinn Fein's move as a "gimmick" and questioned what Mr Adams had to offer for this constituency.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


A former employee of Mayo County Council was brought before Castlebar District Court where he was charged with allegedly defrauding the Council of approximately €63,000. Tom Gilboy of Mount Gregory, Castlebar was arrested at 8.30am last Wednesday by Detective Garda Edward McLoughlin and brought to Castlebar Garda Station where he was charged with 117 counts of theft and fraud charges.
(Source: The Mayo News)