News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


A woman and two children escaped injury following a bomb attack in Lisburn. Two petrol bombs were thrown into the kitchen of the house in the Finch Gardens area of the city shortly before 4am last Thursday. A 10-year-old and 15-year-old were in the house at the time but escaped unhurt along with the woman. One of the bombs caused scorch damage to the floor and graffiti was daubed on the back walls of the house.

(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


A man aged 51 has died after falling into a frozen lake in Lurgan Park last Sunday week. Two fire service crew and a paramedic also ended up in the water during an attempt to save the victim. A police helicopter was tasked to the Co Armagh park at around 2pm, beginning a dramatic two-hour rescue bid involving around 100 members of the emergency services. Recently a man was rescued from the same lake after going into the water to save his dog. Two park wardens risked their lives and crawled on their stomachs to reach the man who fell through the ice.

(Source: Belfast Newsletter)


Oozing style and sophistication beyond her years, Carlow’s very own Hollywood starlet wowed on the red carpet last week. Ardattin native Saoirse Ronan joined co-star Colin Farrell last Wednesday in London for the premiere of their new film, The Way Back. Word on the film-maker’s market is that the Carlow girl could be tipped for an Oscar for her performance in the film, which is based on Slawomir Rawicz’s memoir The Long Walk and tells the story of soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1940.

(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


A Dublin man who was caught cultivating cannabis with a street value of €13,000 in a house on the outskirts of Cavan Town was handed a two-year sentenced when he pleaded guilty to the offence at Cavan Criminal Circuit Court. Kenneth Donnelly, 8E Pearse House, Dublin 2, was charged with cultivating the cannabis without a licence at Pollamore Far on March 28, 2009.

(Source: The Angle Celt)


Clare County Council has awarded a €1 million contract to L&M Keating Ltd, Kilmihil, to carry out a refurbishment and extension to the Sweeney Memorial Library in Kilkee. The proposed scheme comprises additional library space, theatre and exhibition space, and multifunction spaces. Construction work on the proposed development is expected to get underway in the coming weeks and be completed by the end of 2011.

(Source: Live


UCC and CIT will receive €6.2m from the Government for small scale building works and the upgrading of high tech equipment, according to Fianna Fáil TD and Foreign Affairs Minister, Micheál Martin. “The money will allow for improvement, refurbishment and health and safety works on buildings in both campuses, to ensure our students can continue to study in comfort and safety,” he said.

Source: (Cork Independent)


Extra jobs are 'on the line' with news that a Waterford-based business, Rigney Dolphin - which provides customer service centres for other companies - will soon be setting up a base near Altnagelvin Hospital in Co Londonderry. The Stomont Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced that Rigney Dolphin is to establish a new customer service centre in Londonderry, creating almost 300 jobs. She said that Invest NI has offered £1.2m of support toward the investment that will generate over £4million annually through the creation of 297 jobs over the next three years.