News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


“If you read the small print you will see that I am asking for a deposit to make sure whoever takes the building is committed,” Mr Kelly pointed out.

After just over a week he has been far from inundated, with just three inquiries so far.
(Source: Irish Times)


A 19-year-old driver who performed 'doughnuts' in the middle of the road near a service station at 3.45 a.m. before driving off at speeds of up to 200 k.p.h. as he attempted to evade a patrol car was fined €1,000 and banned from driving for four years by Judge Kevin Kilrane at Sligo District Court.

Before the court was Stephen Robinson, Dumadden, Hawthorn Avenue, Sligo who was charged with nine counts of dangerous driving on January 24th last and with failing to stop for Gardai (police) at Pearse Road.

The defendant was represented by Mr. Gerard McGovern, solicitor who entered a plea to the failing to stop charge and to one of the dangerous driving counts, at Tonafortes and the prosecuting Inspector, Sean McGinty accepted this.

Inspector McGinty said Garda Thomas Griffin and Garda Kevin Donegan were on mobile patrol at Pearse Road when they observed a car performing doughnuts in the middle of the road, opposite Innisfree Service Station. The car then drove into the forecourt followed by the Gardai who activated the blue lights in order to stop the vehicle.

However, the driver accelerated and drove straight at the patrol car, Garda Donegan having to take evasive action in order to avoid a collision.

The Gardai recognized the driver as the defendant and drove after the car as it headed up Pearse Road at speed. It reached speeds of around 120 kph and the driver failed to stop at a red traffic light at the junction with Cairns Road.

Robinson continued at speed and overtook another car as it approached the roundabout at the Carraroe Retail Park. The car failed to slow or yield at the Carraroe Roundabout and continued out the old Dublin road travelling at speeds of between 180 and 200 k.p.h. Gardai lost sight of the car at Ballydrehid, added the Inspector.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)


Music lovers will get a chance to hear some great music in Nenagh at a new summer festival that is being organised by Cllr Hughie McGrath.

And festival goers will get the opportunity to get do a bit of shopping in the town and bring aboost to the local economy.

The Bop While You Shop festival is the brainchild of Cllr McGarth an dwill be run on Saturday, August 13.

Nenagh Chamber of Commerce is fully upportiv of the event, and the traders along Pearse Stret have agreed to have their street pedestrianised for the day.

The Chamber has agreed to row in behind the orgainsers by coming up with fantastic shopping ideas and offers.

Cllr McGrath revealed that he has already booked some top acts for the day, including the Queen of Country, Louise Morrissey, Trudy Lalor, Marty Daniels and Norma Morriseey. Local band Ebony and an all-star country backing band will also take to the stage. The MC will be Fran Curry of TippFM.
(Source: Tipperary Star)


The Tyrone Ladies' Board has launched an investigation into separate attacks which left two individuals unconscious at the end of a county Football final.

The match referee was struck unconscious after St Macartan's beat Carrickmore in the decider at Beragh.

An official from the ladies' board was then also knocked out after being struck while trying to intervene.
Both men were stretchered off the field and the county board has wished them "a speedy recovery".
St Macartan's won thanks to a dramatic late goal.

A statement from the county board confirmed that there had been a "serious incident" involving county officials.

"The County Board roundly condemn the perpetrators of the assaults and confirm that a full investigation into the matter has been launched," continued the statement.
(Source: BBC News)


Waterford awaits up to 500,000 visitors and a worldwide focus as some of the world’s most majestic tall ships begin to make their way to the city with the wind in their sails for a four day party which is all but ready to begin.

The wait is almost over and the excitement is palpable in the city and county, which in recent weeks and days has been buoyed up with good news on the jobs front, international success in sport, and the bestowing of the highest honour the city can give to two of its greatest musical entertainers.

Swept along by the feelgood factor created by gold medal winner Oisin O’Gorman at the World Transplant Games, in Sweden, and the anticipation of another Munster Hurling final Waterford is now about to throw the country’s biggest street party with visitors coming from across the globe and from closer to home by car, bus, train and plane.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)


Moate's Joe Ward has won a gold medal at the European Boxing Championships in Turkey.
The 17-year-old produced an excellent display of counterpunching to defeat Russian Nikita Ivanov in the light-heavyweight final.