News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


A staunch Kilkenny m an, originally from Moneenroe, Eamon was described as ‘sports mad’ by those who knew him.

“He went to a lot of the Crettyard matches and he was very fond of the fishing and hunting. He was big into sports – anything with sports he’d go to it,” said Paddy Purcell, Crettyard GAA.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


Thirty thousand euro isn't easily come by, the way things are, but if it meant your beloved five-year-old daughter could cast off her splints and skip through life despite Cerebral Palsy, no doubt you'd do everything possible to raise that money.

Tracey Fitzgerald from Mullagh has a big file which she goes through every day and from it she pulls out everything from lists of donors and sponsors to technical information about a costly medical procedure that she's hoping to book for her daughter, Casey. Trying to raise the funds is a huge undertaking that involves Tracey swallowing her pride and appealing to people's kindness. It's a labor of love, she admits, but while it's hard work, five-year-old Casey keeps her going.

Casey was diagnosed with a form of Cerbral Palsy as a toddler. Her movement is restricted due to her condition, and she wears splints on her legs, and uses a walking frame or wheelchair.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)


Contract documents for the purchase of Sixmilebridge livestock mart have been signed off with vendors GVM, paving the way for a return to trading at the mart on August 27.?The legal formalities on the €300,000 deal, funded by a farmer-led consortium and brokered by a negotiating team, have been completed and a public meeting in the village Wednesday night will select a board of management to oversee the running of the mart and put in place structures for its operation going forward.?

Paul O’Neill, a member of the negotiating team, confirmed to The Clare Champion that all the legal work has been finalized and all that remains to be completed now is the appointment of a board of management.?

“Wednesday night’s meeting will appoint a management committee that will take over the running of the mart. They will be given the brief to appoint the necessary staff and have everything up and running for the reopening of the mart on Saturday, August 27.?“As far as we are concerned, the date for the reopening of the livestock mart is set in stone. Everything is geared towards that date. There will be no going back,” he emphasized.
(Source: The Clare Champion)


An American pharmaceutical company has confirmed that it is to buy the Pfizer manufacturing facility at Shanbally in Cork, creating over 100 jobs in the next five years.

Pfizer had announced that the facility would close in September with the loss of 65 jobs but BioMarin Pharmaceutical has agreed a €34m deal to take it over.

Welcoming the announcement, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said that the pharmaceutical sector ws one that Ireland could focus on to return to growth.

“If we are to get out of the crisis we’re in, one crucial aspect of this will be to build on our traditional strengths as an economy. The pharmaceutical industry has developed into a particular strength of the Irish economy in recent years: most of the world’s leading companies in the field have a presence here and we have developed an industry which plays a global role out of all proportion to the size of our economy.”
Source: (Cork Independent)


The family of a Derry mother who killed her daughter before taking her own life have slammed the General Medical Council after they cleared all doctors associated with her case of wrongdoing.

Madeline O’Neill (41), originally from the Rock Road, took her own life on July 12th 2005 after killing her daughter Lauren at their family home in Carryduff, Co Down. Mrs O’Neill, who had been suffering from depression, had just discharged herself from Gransha hospital after being transferred from Knockbracken in Belfast.

An independent inquiry into the deaths of Madeleine and Lauren O’Neill in 2008 disclosed that in the last month of their lives, health care staff missed a number of opportunities to get the mother and daughter help - opportunities which could have saved them. At the time it was revealed how two months before her death Madeleine told her GP and a private counselor about having suicidal thoughts and had made a reference to “taking Lauren with her”.
(Source: Derry Journal)


A rally fan killed after being struck by a competing car had been on the road for less than two seconds before the collision happened, an inquest has heard.

Richard O’Donnell, 18, from Jefferson Court in Strabane, died on June 14th, 2008 after being struck by a competing Ford Fiesta in Ballyare outside Letterkenny on the eleventh stage of the competition.