News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



A £1.4m investment will create 14 jobs at St Angelo airport in Fermanagh. A fixed-wing aircraft maintenance firm will be accommodated by the 37,000ft workspace development near Enniskillen. The posts will be of high value and in aviation, engineering and technical disciplines. Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said: "It will no doubt contribute to the growth of the local economy and play an important role in the long term prosperity of the area.
(Source: BBC News)


As GAA clubs across County Galway are experiencing dwindling numbers through the scourge of emigration, an impassioned plea has been made for the revitalization of community schemes as a means of keeping players at home. Almost every GAA club contacted in Galway has a tale of woe about players emigrating as far away as Australia and Dubai as they fear for the future of their footballers who are currently studying in college.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


A Killarney man who has dedicated much of his life to promoting his beloved hometown in the UK has been named Killarney-London Person of the Year. Dan Grimes, formerly of Newmarket Lane, Killarney, was presented with the inaugural award at the Killarney-London reunion in the Crown Moran Hotel in London on Saturday night.
(Source: The Kingdom)


A Ballitore woman has celebrated her curves and been named as a runner-up in the Simply Be Curvy 2011 competition. The announcement was made at the final of Simply Be Curvy in Johnstown House Hotel, Meath. Vicki Maloney is a 33-year-old mother of three who is a size 16-18, which qualified her to enter the competition run by Simply Be to find the cover model for their next catalogue.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


Long associated with artistocrats, Kilkenny is to get yet another titled person. Word came last Thursday that no less a personage than George Magan, the owner and resident of palatial Castletown House, Piltown is to become a peer in the British House of Lords. It was made public at a private black tie dinner hosted by Paul Smithwick last week in Kilkenny Castle to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of St. Francis Abbey brewery.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


The 60 strong Portlaoise Gospel Choir, gathered in Portlaoise Church and Parish Centre last week to celebrate the launch of their new CD 'Listen', were greeted with a warm response from the enthusiastic audience who packed the church.The choir have been together for five years and this is the first time they have recorded a studio album. Recorded live in Portlaoise Parish Centre, the album includes many well known tracks such as ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Lean on Me’.
(Source: Leinster Express)


A Spanish woman who pleaded guilty to running a brothel in Leitrim Village was given the option to leave Ireland as soon as possible by Judge Kevin Kilrane at Carrick-on-Shannon District Court last week. The court heard that Jenny Jorquera, who was born in Chile but is a Spanish citizen, had earned €2000 during the month she was running the business.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


A 31-year-old man accused of murdering four people in Newcastle West last week has been admitted to the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin. John Geary, who has an address at Meadow Court, Newcastle West is charged with the murder of Sarah Hines (25) and her two young children Reece (3) and Amy (5 months) on November 15 last. The defendant, who is originally from North Cork, is also accused of murdering Ms Hines' friend, Alica Brough (21), on the same date.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


A Longford man is currently organising an event at which the keynote speaker will be the inspirational spiritual teacher, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.  Joe Murray from Carrickboy is coordinating the landmark occasion, which will take place in April 2011. "He is being invited by three separate organisations; Afri (Action from Ireland), Children in Crossfire and," said Joe Murray speaking to the Longford Leader.
(Source: Longford Leader)


Things are so bad in the Louth County Hospital at present that staff have been asked to bring in any spare towels or pyjamas they have around the home. The startling news was broken to The Dundalk Democrat by concerned staff members in the wake of our exclusive story last week that Health Minister Mary Harney was set to visit the hospital next month.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


The much-heralded dramatic musical in two acts, On a Wing and Prayer  was launched boldly into the public sphere for three nights last weekend, it ran from Thursday, November 25 to Saturday November 27, at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar and told the tale of the development of Knock International Airport. Proceeds were donated to a great cause, the Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, and specifically for the Foundation’s Palliative Care Service.
(Source: The Mayo News)