News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Over two thousand people gathered in Athlone last weekend to participate in a discussion organised by the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association (TCCA) regarding the reversal of new legislation which permits turf cutting in newly designated Special Areas of Conservation (SACs). Roscommon County Mayor and PRO of the TCCA Luke "Ming" Flanagan said that because of the new legislation which came into effect on January 1, 2010 "the good people of this country were criminalised for cutting turf on a certain 32 bog complexes or 165 bog townlands".
(Source: Longford Leader)


A documentary about bare-knuckle boxing in Dundalk, which featured in this year's Sundance Film Festival could be re-made into a TV drama series by HBO. According to Variety, HBO is nearing a deal for remake rights for the documentary 'Knuckle', which chronicles a 12-year journey into the world of travellers and bare-knuckle fighting. Ian Palmer's film was shortlisted to compete in the World Cinema Documentary Competition where it received its premiere alongside most of the other 12 features in the group.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)
A ‘substantial’ amount of cash was taken from the safe of a popular Ballinrobe pub last weekend in what was described as ‘a very organized and professional crime’. On Saturday morning (January 29) thieves broke into Art O’Neill’s pub on Abbey Street in Ballinrobe at around 6am and removed a safe which had been secured to a wall in the pub. The culprits were disturbed by the owner on their exit from the building and on their escape drove the wrong way down a one-way street.
(Source: The Mayo News)


Gardai (police) in south Meath are warning householders of the increase in thefts of gold jewellery from houses, and believe that thieves may be selling stolen goods on to 'cash for gold’ stores. They have also asked the cash for gold outlets to make sure they are aware of the origin of pieces that is being sold to them. Garda authorities in Navan say they have already visited all the cash for gold outlets in the town and asked them to be conscious of the problem.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


A Co Monaghan man accused of possessing explosives was served with a Book of Evidence at the Special Criminal Court last Wednesday . Martin Connolly, of Mullantimore, Tydavnet, Co Monaghan, was charged with knowingly possessing a Novital Magnum Electric Cereal Mill and ammonium nitrate at his address between 8-11 September 2010, contrary to Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act. State solicitor Michael O'Donovan told the court that both sides had agreed to a four-week period for the perusal of the Book of Evidence.
(Source: RTE News)


Offaly hoteliers welcomed the launch of a major turnaround plan for tourism by a national coalition of business interests led by the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC) and the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) and including, IBEC, Chambers Ireland and the IFA. The report, Tourism Opportunity - driving economic renewal, identifies the urgent action required to reverse the collapse in overseas demand over the past two years and sets out how tourism can play a significant role in Ireland's economic recovery as one of Ireland's top indigenous industries.
(Source: Offaly Express)


As the country gears up for a general election in the coming weeks the outgoing government confirmed last week that more than €11,000 was spent on storing more than 130 redundant electronic voting machines in Roscommon in 2009. In reply to a question raised in the Dail (parliament) last week, Minister Eamon O’Cuiv confirmed that the 137 Roscommon machines were among almost 2,000 evoting machines being stored at various facilities around the country at annual costs of over €182,000 per annum.
(Source: The Roscommon Herald)


A Sligo actress is one of the stars of a film which has been nominated for an Oscar. Olga Wehrly, a native of Ransboro, has said that she is thrilled to be involved in the Irish film The Crush, which has been nominated in the Short Film category for the Academy Awards. The award winners will be announced in Los Angelos on Sunday, February 27. The Crush tells the story of an 8-year-old schoolboy with a ‘deadly' infatuation with his teacher and challenges her fiancé to a duel.
(Source: The Sligo Weekender)


An Army Bomb Disposal Team has made safe a quantity of detonators at the site of an earlier accident at the Lisheen mine in Tipperary last week.The team was requested to attend the scene by the Gardaí (police), following an explosion at the mine last Wednesday in which one man was killed. A quantity of detonators was removed from the scene and destroyed in three controlled explosions.
(Source: RTE News)


A 21-year-old Omagh man has said he is "too afraid to leave his home" after he was attacked in Castlederg. Dean McCullagh and a friend were assaulted on Main Street in the County Tyrone village last Sunday. He said he believes he was targeted because he is a Catholic. "I'm a Catholic, my friend is Protestant and I have a Celtic cross tattoo," he said."I can't think of any other reason." Mr McCullagh also sustained a broken nose and wrist, as well as back injuries.
(Source: BBC News Northern Ireland)