News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: The Tipperary Star)



The British government has expressed its "deep regret" at the death of an Aughnacloy man shot at an army checkpoint over 20 years ago. Aidan McAnespie, 24, who had no criminal record, was shot by a soldier as he walked through a border checkpoint at Aughnacloy in 1988. Secretary of State Shaun Woodward acknowledged the "pain and suffering" of Mr. McAnespie's parents. Una McCabe, a niece of Aidan's, said the statement had given her family a form of 'closure'.

(Source: The Tyrone Times)



Funding cuts are threatening to close the renowned St. Brigid’s Family Center in the city thereby scrapping essential counseling and support services for hundreds of people.

Director of the facility, Dick Hickey, has warned St. Brigid’s, along with the Sacred Heart Centre on the Old Tramore Road, will shut down if a recommendation by An Bord Snip Nua to abolish the Family Support Agency goes ahead.

(Source: Waterford News & Star)



The death has taken place of one of Athlone's most popular and well-regarded native sons.

Frank Young of Carrickobrien, Athlone, passed away on Monday last. A native of the town, Frank was a son of the late William and Winifred Young, Retreat House, Athlone. A retired farmer, Frank was a noted figure in agricultural circles and possessed a deep passion for GAA and in particular, hurling. A compassionate and humanitarian man, he was the driving force behind the Athlone Families Together group formed in Athlone following the controversial deportations of two Nigerian families. Frank, who had a Masters in Agricultural Science, had a long and successful career with Teagasc as an Agricultural Advisor in the South Roscommon area and was always keen to promote the agricultural industry to the younger generation.

(Source: The Westmeath Examiner)



The Wexford skyline 'will be changed forever' by a new lighting system to be installed on the fly tower of Wexford Opera House. The lighting system, described as 'a spectacular lighting feature' was commissioned through the Per Cent for Art Scheme by the Office of Public Works (OPW), which is over seeing the project at the €30 million opera house on High Street. The artwork, entitled 'Liquid Mountain', was created by artist Andrew Kearney, who won the €65,000 commission, and will be unveiled for the first time on September 25, to mark the closing of the inaugural Wexford Culture Night. Mr. Kearney hopes that his creation will be 'a cultural and architectural hub, viewed by residents and visitors alike from various traditional vantage points'.

(Source: The Wexford People)



Gardai (police) completed searches of wooded area for missing Stephen O'Meara as his parents admit they are 'fearing the worst' over the fate of their 26-year-old son. Gardai are still seeking clues as to his whereabouts and remain convinced that there are people out there who know what happened to the father of three. The last time Stephen was sighted was on Thursday August 6 by his partner, Catherine Green, at their home in Rosehill Estate, Wicklow town. Two weeks ago the gardai began conducting searches of wooded areas, firstly in Annacurra, before switching their attention to Ballinvally between Redcross and Avoca and Ballydonnell

(Source: The Wicklow People)