News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: Donegal Democrat)


A house for sale in Newtownhamilton was daubed with an intimidating warning to potential buyers last week. The wording ‘no sale, PSNI owned’ was scrawled in large black paint on the gable of the two-storey house on The Commons. The graffiti appeared on the building overnight and police are investigating. Belfast estate agent Morton Pinpoint is handling the sale of the property and has informed the householder, who is believed to be a man from the Keady area. “We were made aware of the graffiti by police in Bessbrook,” a representative from Morton Pinpoint confirmed. The gravel-fronted house has been on the market for some time and a sale has recently been agreed, according to the estate agent. Commenting on the appearance of the graffiti, Sinn Fein councilor for the Fews area, Jimmy McCreesh, said: “I feel that people have the right to sell or buy property without fear or intimidation.”

(Source: The Down Democrat)



He promised not to let the occasion get too emotional. But newlywed Eamon Dunphy finally welled up at his wedding reception last week when he made a speech about his new wife Jane. The outspoken broadcaster came close to tears as he paid tribute to his partner of 18 years in front of guests during his wedding speech at Patrick Guilbald's restaurant last week. Eamon had revealed that he was suffering from nerves all day, but had managed not to let his emotions get the better of him at the ceremony in the Unitarian church on St Stephen's Green. It was not until he took to the mic in front of assembled family and friends that he lost his composure, describing Jane as "the light of my life".

(Source: The Evening Herald)


A cross-border operation between Police and Garda continued last week following an armed robbery at the Bank of Ireland in Belleek, on Monday last. The three-man gang, two of whom was armed and masked, got away with a five - figure sum of cash. It is believed that one man had been taken into custody in Donegal in connection with the incident.

(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)


Galway based comedian Tommy Tiernan has hit out at claims he is anti-Semitic after excerpts from his show at the Electric Picnic were published last week. While taking part in a question-and-answer discussion in the Hot Press chat room at the Stradbally festival, Tiernan lambasted Jews for their role in the death of Christ, joking, "I would have got 10 or 12 million out of that" when referring to the Holocaust. However, in a statement release on his website, Tiernan said it was not his intention to cause hurt, saying his comments were taken completely out of context.

(Source: Galway Independent)


A complete review of all safety features on Skellig Michael will be carried out after a second American tourist fell to her death from the precarious ledge leading to the summit of the world famous heritage site the weekend before last. Fifty seven-year-old mother of two Christine Danielson Spooner from Rochester New York, who was holidaying in Kerry with her husband, died after she plunged 30 feet from the ledge near the top of Skellig Michael. Mrs. Danielson Spooner suffered serious head injuries when she fell from the ledge. Boatman   Kenneth Roddy of Joe Roddy and Sons, a company that has provided transport to and from the island for over 40 years, was highly critical of the OPW's failure to install greater safety measures on the island. Mr. Roddy believes a simple railing would have been sufficient to prevent the tragedy. "Calls have been made over the years before and after the first incident for a simple, short guardrail to be installed along this ledge, which is just a few short meters in length," he said.

(Source: The Kerryman)


The people of Athy took to the streets last Saturday to protest against the planned closure of a ward in St Vincent’s Hospital. The protest march against the closure of St Camillus’s 26-bed ward was organized by the Labor Party in Athy and has received the backing of all the political parties. It will start from Emily Square at 2pm and the marchers will make their way through the town to the hospital. The Cathaoirleach of Athy Town Council Clr Aoife Breslin, along with her fellow Labor councilors Mark Wall, James Mahon and Thomas Redmond, tabled a motion at the September meeting of the council calling on the HSE to reverse the decision to close the 26-bed ward. Cllr Mary O’Sullivan also tabled a motion expressing disappointment at the ward closure in Athy, as well as a ward closure in Naas General Hospital.

(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)



Kilkenny's streets are now home to more than double the number of heroin users as they were 12 months ago. New statistics from the Health Service Executive show that the number of people injecting heroin in Kilkenny has almost doubled in the past 12 months. The HSE's Drug Misuse report for 2008 shows that the percentage of drug users injecting had risen from 4.8% to 7.6% by the end of 2008. The report relates only to drug users who have received treatment for drug or alcohol abuse in Ireland. In 2007, 15 people who were treated had been injecting heroin. Last year, this number spiked to 29.