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


The delegation has been invited by the Irish-American Business Chamber Network (I.A.B.C.N.) to develop export markets, and the companies will promote their businesses at an event organized by Údarás, I.A.B.C.N. and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The companies are Oileán Glas Teo., Donegal; and companies from Cork, Mayo and Galway.

“This trade mission is an excellent opportunity to promote the Gaeltacht as a location for enterprise to the business community in Philadelphia,” said Steve Ó Cúláin, Údarás na Gaeltachta Chief Executive. “It also presents an excellent opportunity to Gaeltacht companies to establish new contacts in America aimed at expanding their export markets.”
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


The family of Newry man Seamus Ruddy, one of the Disappeared, has renewed their appeal for information, which could lead to their brother’s recovery.

Thirty-two year-old Mr. Ruddy was working as a teacher in Paris when he went missing in 1985.  It is believed he was killed by members of the I.N.L.A.  Fresh searches were carried out in 2008 after his family was told his remains were buried in a forest in Normandy, but they found nothing.

The Ruddy family’s appeal for information comes following Darragh MacIntyre’s chilling new documentary which told the hidden story of at least 15 people who were murdered and buried in secret graves by the I.R.A. during the Troubles.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A man who was attacked in broad daylight in Swords with a baseball bat last month has died from his injuries.

Taiwo Jamani (45), who ran a computer repair business, sustained head injuries in the assault in the town's Main Street on October 10.

Mr. Jamani had been on life-support since the incident but he died in Beaumont Hospital in the early hours of Wednesday.
[Source: Evening Herald]


A priest who was convicted of sexually abusing three Fermanagh sisters more than 40 years ago is attempting to clear this name.

Fr. Eugene Lewis was jailed for four years in September 2010 for 11 counts of indecent assault.

He denied the abuse, which was said to have been carried out in County Fermanagh between 1963 and 1973.

Fr. Lewis has already successfully appealed three of the 11 counts he was found guilty of committing in November 2011 and last year he was freed after having his sentence reduced to two years and nine months on foot of this.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Pylons could become a thing of the past on Galway's rural landscape if new legislation is passed.

In the Seanad last week, Senator Rónán Mullen proposed a motion that high-voltage electricity cables be laid underground.

The motion was defeated by one vote.

Now, Senator Mullen says he will bring forward legislation requiring that the voltage lines be buried underground where physically possible.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


An Irish dad-of-one has died in a freak accident on a Chinese golf course.

John Walsh was killed on the Happy Valley Golf Club in the Huairou District just outside Beijing on Sunday, November 10.

The 39-year-old from Kilflynn, County Kerry, died after he became trapped when a machine he was working on overturned into a lake.

His body is now being prepared for repatriation.
[Source: Irish Mirror]


A drug used to execute prisoners in the United States has been stolen from a veterinary clinic in Celbridge, County Kildare.

The burglary took place between 8:30 p.m. on November 5 and 5 p.m. on November 6.

One of the items taken contains a poisonous substance called pentobarbital.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


The development of the old mart site is a key component in the future vision of the city, according to selling agent Peter McCreery.

The 14-acre site has frontage onto New Road, Barrack Street and the Castlecomer Road and is on the market with a guide price of $6.7 million.

Under the current city development plan, which runs until next year, the land was zoned for “general development,” which would allow for commercial development on the site.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Portlaoise is set to get a new library in a move that could see some new life injected into the town’s Main Street, which has been ravaged by the recession.

Cathaoirleach (chairman) of Laois County Council and Portlaoise-based librarian, Clr. Mary Sweeney, welcomed Laois County Council’s agreement with Shaws Department Stores for the acquisition of their premise at 23 Main Street. Shaws moved out of Main St. in September, leaving up to 20 empty shops.

Clr. Sweeney welcomed the move.

“This presents a wonderful opportunity to develop a modern library for Portlaoise in the heart of the town ... I hope the provision of a new library will be a focal point for people coming into the town and that it will generate more activity in the [center] of the town,” she said.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Six Leitrim kids will have their dreams come true when they perform their award-winning Sean Nós dance routine on the famous “Late Late Toy Show.”