News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


According to Noreen Ardill from the Leader Partnership, the need for a group like this was highlighted when an addiction studies course was organized locally.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


A crowd of 25,000 people enjoyed the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in Kilkenny City where pirates fought with the pope and where current All-Ireland winning captain, Eoin Larkin, received a drenching from the float representing rival city club, Dicksboro.

But it was the reenactment of Beal na Blath, where Michael Collins was killed, by Paddy Leyden’s pub on John Street, Kilkenny, that stunned spectators during the hour-long parade, which was one of the best in the city for many years with the theme of the Gathering at its core.

Dicksboro G.A.A. club won most entertaining float. It had Pope Francis, a cardinal and two buxom nuns on board and the slogans, “Other clubs have no hope, ‘cos the Boro has the pope,” and “Francis has his holy crown and gave his blessing to Palmerstown.” As the float went past the reviewing stand outside city hall, a cardinal, acting on the pope’s instructions, drenched the Village’s Eoin Larkin, who was the grand marshal for the day. The army man saw the funny side of things and shielded his son Allen and daughter Hally from the water pistol-armed cardina,l who has not been identified. He also soaked high ranking Gardaí (police) and politicians including John McGuinness T.D., chairman of the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


A 21-year-old man has been advised by Judge Catherine Staines to seek treatment for his drink problem, having been arrested for a public order disturbance in which he was so drunk he fell over in the street.

Before the district court was Martin Casey, with an address at 6 Elm Lawn, Portlaoise, who was charged with being intoxicated in a public place, and using threatening or abusive behavior. The offenses were committed at Kilminchy, Portlaoise, on February 19.

Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that Gardaí (police) were called to Kilminchy village at 7 p.m., where they discovered two men, one of whom was the defendant, shouting at each other in the street. The two men were directed to leave the scene, but continued to shout. Casey eventually lost his balance and fell to the ground. He was subsequently arrested.

The court heard that Casey has 10 previous convictions.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Artistic Director Joe Moore has put together another fabulous program of music and dance for the forthcoming Millennium Choir concerts in Mohill and Carrick-on-Shannon.

In commemoration of the Carrick 400th anniversary, Carrick native and rising star Ailie Blunnie of the multi-talented Blunnie family of Summerhill, has penned “And Sleep is Sweet in Carrick Town,” a lively anthem reviewing Carrick’s history and based upon one of the poems by Carrick-born poet and satirical writer Susan L. Mitchell (1866 – 1926).

The anthem has been a treat to learn for the choir, and it is predicted to remain long in the musical tradition of Leitrim and possibly further afield.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A verdict of accidental death was recorded at the inquest of a cyclist who died after she was knocked down and dragged under a truck more than six years ago.

Nadia Lescuier (31), who was originally from France, had been living in Limerick for less than six months when the fatal accident happened at Plassy Road, Castletroy on October 18, 2006.

Limerick Coroners Court heard last Wednesday that Ms. Lescuier and her husband, Jacky Lebigire, were cycling home from work to their apartment at Mallow Street in the city center at around 4 p.m. when a lorry pulled across Ms. Lescuier as it was entering a construction site near the entrance to the University of Limerick.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


There is no disputing the rising popularity of white-collar boxing as a fundraising event, and one of the most eagerly anticipated white-collar events takes place on Easter Saturday night when the Longford Arms Hotel will host the “Brawl in the Hall.”

“Brawl in the Hall” is a white-collar boxing event in memory of the late Angela Rogers, late of Harbour Row, Longford Town, who passed away in April 2012. Family and friends have come together to organize the fundraiser in her memory and to give something back to the hospice.

One of the organizers is her son, Noelie, who told the Leader: “Few of us do not know either a neighbor, friend, or close family member who has not been affected by a terminal illness and know the marvelous work that the Longford Hospice do.”
[Source: Longford Leader]


Louth T.D. Gerry Adams has welcomed the significant raids north and south two weeks ago by the Gardaí (police), P.S.N.I. and Revenue and Customs bodies against fuel-laundering criminals.