Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: The Kilkenny People)



A Portlaoise businessman has criticized Laois County Council for sending out menacing letters threatening legal action if rates were not paid.
Letters threatening legal action if rates were not paid in seven days were dispatched to a number of Portlaoise businesses last month.
This has provoked fury among local businesses who believe the letters were completely unwarranted and unnecessary.
One local business person, who did not wish to be named, called the letter “disgraceful.”

The businessman, who has a longstanding business in the town, said: “It was unwarranted. They should know better. It’s absolutely disgraceful. If they checked their records before they sent out notices it wouldn’t have happened; they would see I always paid in December. It would be our busiest time and would be the best time to pay it,” he said.

(Source: The Laois Nationalist)



One lucky lotto punter who bought his Euromillions plus ticket in Scollans Gala Supermarket, Drumshanbo the Friday before last picked up his winning check of €500,000 from the National Lotto Headquarters last Tuesday. The man, who wishes his win to remain a private one, bought his €6 QuickPick ticket in Scollans Gala Supermarket, Church Street, Drumshanbo.

(Source: The Leitrim Observer)



Cranberries' guitarist Noel Hogan has spoken about the band's reunion and has given a strong indication that the band might be set for a Thomond Park gig next summer, saying "to play somewhere like Thomond Park would be amazing for us". Speaking on Live 95FM's Limerick Today show to publicize a new charity album that the he has contributed a song to, Hogan claimed that there were "no plans" at the moment for a gig in the newly developed stadium, but said he hoped it might happen.

(Source: The Limerick Leader)



Gardai have begun an investigation after a suspected pipe bomb was discovered in a Co Longford housing estate last Tuesday. A team of army bomb disposal experts removed and made safe the potentially hazardous homemade device on the outskirts of Edgeworthstown after Gardai were notified that a suspicious device had been left outside a house in the Shannon Park area of the town.

(Source: The Longford Leader)



Drogheda's tourism economy has taken a €7 million hit after it was announced that the 3 Irish Open will not be returning to Baltray Golf Club in 2010. The four day event will be held over the August bank holiday at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club. Michael Delany, Baltray club secretary/manager said that while the club is 'mindful' of the local economy and the definite loss to the area, 'it is outside our control'. He added that the Tour had approached Baltray on two occasions. 'We were willing to oblige then and if the situation arise again we would be willing to oblige. Tournaments move on and very few stay in the same place. If they come back to us in 2011 and say 'Are you interested?', we will look it again'.

(Source: The Drogheda Independent)



In an incident with similarities to the New York incident where a plane had to crash land on the Hudson River, an outbound flight from Knock had to divert after also having a flock of birds get caught up in its propellers last week. The flight to Manchester had to divert to Shannon, thankfully for all concerned it was the airport and not the river. The ‘freak’ incident occurred last Monday afternoon with the plane crashing into a flock of birds after take-off. With a ‘chugging’ noise from the engines audible to the passengers, the flight was diverted to Shannon as a precaution. It landed there for inspection by an aeronautical engineer and the BMI Baby group sent another plane from Manchester to Shannon to bring the passengers across.

(Source: Mayo News)



Gardai are investigating whether a major fire at a landmark east Meath hotel last week was started maliciously. The owner of the former Europa Hotel at Colpe Cross, between Julianstown and Drogheda, Mr. Hugh Curran, confirmed he expected it to have to be demolished as a result of the blaze. In 1987 the hotel, then known as the Rossnaree Hotel, made national headlines when two men were shot dead there as part of a feud between the INLA and IPLO. At one point, 20 firefighters from Louth and Meath were fighting the major outbreak, which was spotted at around 9.20pm on Sunday night last.

(Source: The Meath Chronicle)



The new US ambassador, Mr. Dan Rooney, is to be invited to visit Offaly. Last week’s meeting of Offaly County Council heard Councilor Molly Buckley refer to media reports quoting him as saying he wanted to visit every county. She suggested he be invited, given local links with the USA. The Cathaoirleach (Chairman), Cllr Noel Bourke, said they would do so.