News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Nov 17 2013



There may have been no room at the inn for former I.R.A. bomber Gerry Kelly, but the explosive row about his planned book-signing at The Stables in Antrim is still generating political shockwaves.

The Sinn Fein M.L.A. had planned to launch his book “The Escape,” which is billed as the inside story of the 1983 Maze escape, in the local nightspot on Friday, November 22.

According to fliers publicizing the event, Mr. Kelly, along with 37 fellow republicans, “defied all probability using cunning expertise and daring to smash out of what was the most secure prison in Europe.”
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


The motive behind an apparent paramilitary-style shooting close to Cullyhanna on Tuesday evening, November 5, is shrouded in mystery, although an investigation into the attack is continuing, police have said.

The victim, a man aged in his late 40s, is recovering after he was shot in both legs by a number of men who forced their way into his Drummond Road home in Drumlougher, close to the Monaghan border.

The incident occurred around 7:20 p.m. when the masked intruders attacked the man, hitting him on the head with a hammer, before opening fire with a handgun, wounding him in both knees.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Carlow chairman Michael Meaney was optimistic that the rest of Leinster will support their proposed “Super 14” restructuring of the Allianz Hurling League when the Central Council voted on the issue last weekend.

Carlow and Westmeath were both furious that they have been omitted from the top-12 teams that were initially proposed for the latest restructuring of NHL Division 1.

They came up with an alternative “Super 14” proposal that would feature seven teams in both Division 1A and 1B and allow 14 of the 15 teams (excluding London) who play in the Liam MacCarthy Cup to be involved in the top two tiers of the league.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Fresh from its Arctic Monkeys support gig in Dusseldorf, Germany, The Strypes has spoken exclusively to The Anglo-Celt to announce two Christmas gigs in Cavan Town Hall.

The Strypes had a whirlwind year, countless high-profile gigs, numerous television appearances, making music videos, supporting the Arctic Monkeys on its U.K. and European tour, its own Japanese tour and, of course, the release of its critically-acclaimed debut album “Snapshot” – but there’s more to come.

The Strypes exclusively reveals to the Celt that they will be performing two gigs in the Town Hall, Cavan, on Saturday, December 28 and Sunday, December 29, presented by Blue Valentines.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


A reduction in the rates rebate for vacant commercial buildings, proposed in the Local Government Bill 2013, “would have a huge negative impact on Shannon Airport,” it has been claimed by a Fianna Fáil T.D.

Under the current system, commercial properties are subject to rates payable to the local authority but, in Clare, a 100 percent rebate is subsequently applied where the property is unoccupied.
[Source: Clare Champion]


A Cork feminist group is planning to protest against a proposed children's beauty pageant being held in the city.

Texas-based Universal Royalty hosted the first-ever Irish contest in September in Monaghan after the original venue, The Bracken Court in Ballbriggan in Dublin, pulled out due to negative backlash in the media. Maureen Considine, who is involved with Cork Feminista, has set up an online petition that pledges to boycott any business that is willing to host a child pageant.

Speaking to the Cork Independent, Ms. Considine said: “The first time this company came to Ireland in September they had to keep the location a secret right up until the last minute. This meant that people didn't get a chance to signal their disdain for the event to the venue as they did not know where it was on. We want to make sure that this does not happen in Cork. If this type of event is to go ahead it will set a dangerous precedent for the future.”
[Source: Cork Independent]


Sinn Féin M.E.P. Martina Anderson has said a major tobacco company’s sponsorship of City of Culture events undermines the success of the year.

Ms. Anderson was speaking after it emerged that Japan International Tobacco (J.T.I.), the parent company of the Gallagher group, is a partner sponsor of some City of Culture events.

The M.E.P., who has campaigned for tougher regulation of the tobacco industry at the European Parliament, said she was disappointed by the development and suggested it sends out the wrong message.
[Source: Derry Journal]


Six Gaeltacht companies, including one from Donegal and representatives of Údarás na Gaeltachta, are part of a trade mission to Philadelphia this month.