News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



One of Meath’s first babies of 2011 made a very dramatic entry into the world in the early hours of New Year’s Day when she was born in a jeep just off the M3 motorway as her parents were making their way to the Coombe Hospital. Little Isabella was born to Tara and Michael Gerbola of Ardbraccan, Navan, at around 2.45am in their jeep at the side of the road as her parents frantically tried to find their way to Connolly Hospital.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


A group of friends involved in the horrific car crash in Co Monaghan that killed three people, including a pregnant woman, socialized and played pool just hours before the tragedy unfolded. Detectives investigating the cause of the crash are examining CCTV footage from Sark's Bar. Detailed statements have been taken from publicans and bar staff in Louth and the pub in Ardee. Gardai (police) have appealed for witnesses to the accident to contact Carrickmacross garda station

(Source: Irish Independent)


A national Radiology Survey has revealed that over 4,000 x-rays went unreported at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore between 2009 and 2010. 2,905 index fracture and orthopedic studies x-rays were unreported in 2009 and 1,129 in 2010. Dr Maurice Hayes was commissioned by the HSE to investigate the accumulation of unreported x-rays in Tallaght
(Source: Offaly Express)


Management at The Hodson Bay Hotel in South Roscommon has hit out at the “malicious rumors” that the hotel had gone into receivership and has given assurances that it will continue to operate long into the future. Speculation regarding the future of the hotel grew when the leisure centre closed down before Christmas, but Mr Hayes said that this was owing to the weather.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)


A 19-year-old-man who suffered serious head injuries outside a nightclub in Sligo in the early hours of New Year’s Day, was said to be “improving” last week. The incident occurred around 2am on January 1 outside Pure nightclub on Teeling Street. It is understood that the injured man was struck by another man and fell to the ground. He was taken to Sligo General Hospital with a serious head injury and a short time later was transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)


Nineteen arrests were made in Thurles over the Christmas break, making it a busy holiday season for Thurles Gardai (police). From the 26th of December to January 2nd, gardai arrested 19 people on Public Order Offences, said a spokesperson for Thurles Garda Station. The spokesperson said it's been a few years since this number of arrests were made in the town over a comparable period
(Source: Tipperary Star)


Ulster Unionist councilor and former MLA Derek Hussey appeared at Strabane Magistrates Court last week charged with drink-driving. The case was up for mention and adjourned until January 20, when a date for a hearing will be set. Mr Hussey was an Ulster Unionist Assemblyman up until 2007 when he lost his seat to the DUP’s Allan Bresland. The former teacher at Castlederg High School is active in the loyal orders and a number of clubs in the west Tyrone region.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Cash hungry robbers caused terror in Waterford over the last week, with a spate of armed robberies occurring over a six-day period. Lone males wielding guns targeted a petrol station, a convenience store and a betting shop, threatening petrified staff into handing over cash. The latest incident occurred at the Amber Service Station on Paddy Browne’s Road the Sunday following New Year’s Day.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)


Almost one in five of the country’s confirmed child abuse cases in 2008 occurred in Longford/Westmeath. The shock finding is included in a new Department of Health report entitled ‘The State of the Nation’s Children - Ireland 2010’ published days before Christmas. The report found that there were 396 confirmed child abuse cases in Longford/Westmeath in 2008, the highest single amount from across the 32 HSE local health offices.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


It’s one of the UK’s most elusive birds — and hasn’t been sighted in Ireland at all in 150 years. But Irish birdwatchers enjoyed a late Christmas present last week after three bitterns were spotted at Lake Tacumshane in Co Wexford. The bittern became extinct in the UK and Ireland in the 19th century. Only a handful have managed to re-colonise and breed in England — but they haven’t been seen on Irish shores for a century-and-a-half.
(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)


Gardai (police) in Co Wicklow are investigating a house fire in which a 60-year-old man died last Monday. The blaze happened at a property on Ballybeg Road in Rathnew. Emergency services were made aware of the fire at about 8pm. The fire is not being treated as suspicious. The man’s remains were removed to Loughlinstown Hospital in Dublin.
(Source: The Irish Times)