Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: The Offaly Express)



Homes in the general Ballintubber area have been found to have the highest levels of the cancer causing radon gas in County Roscommon. The Carrowkeel, Ballyfinegan, Corrastoona Beg and Rabradagh townlands are all within a high radon area, which is estimated to have more than 20% of homes above the reference level of the cancer causing radon gas. A study by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) has revealed that families in Ireland continue to be exposed to cancer-causing radon gas.

(Source: The Roscommon Herald)



The closure of O'Connell Street to traffic three years ago created an expectation among the people of Sligo that could not be delivered upon, North Ward councilor, Veronica Cawley has said. In a statement outlining her reasons for supporting expenditure of €125,000 to re-open the town's main street, the former Mayor said while she supported the principle of pedestrianization she felt the decision to close O'Connell Street was taken prematurely.

(Source: The Sligo Champion)



The prospects of a financial break for people seeking planning permission in North Tipperary seems bleak at the present time with the local authority facing massive bills for water and sewerage infrastructure. And, while the principle source of potential income comes from development contribution levies, a report to the monthly meeting last week has stated that the only other alternative is to increase the water and wastewater charges to the non-domestic users from their current levels, otherwise North Tipperary's infrastructure will be stagnated.

(Source: The Tipperary Star)



More money has been spent to repair acts of vandalism on Southern Area schools than anywhere else in N. Ireland, new figures have revealed. £892,000 has been spent by the Department of Education to clean up or repair acts of vandalism on school estates in each of the last five years in this area alone. This is over £20,000 more than the next highest repair work bill in the North Eastern Board. The lowest amount was in the Western area where just £239,000 was footed for repairs.

 (Source: The Tyrone Times)



Close on half a century after a second river crossing was mooted for Waterford city the dream finally became a reality just after 1p.m. last Monday when the longest Cable Stayed Bridge in the State was formally declared open. Soaring 100 meters over the River Suir, the iconic structure and 23 kilometers of dual carriageway linking Slieverue in Co. Kilkenny and Kilmeaden in Co. Waterford has been delivered 10 months ahead of schedule and at a cost in excess of €500m.

(Source: Waterford News & Star)



Belvedere House and Gardens has been heralded as a possible venue for a Bruce Springsteen concert by the Cathaoirleach of Mullingar Town Council, Cllr. Ruth Illingworth, after it was discovered last week that the American rock musician has ancestral roots in Mullingar. "There has been talk of a concert in the Market Square, though that might be a tight squeeze," said Cllr. Illingworth, "But Belvedere could be a very possible location for a concert. However if he just wants to come for a holiday here we would be very happy with that also." The Cathaoirleach also said there are plans underway to issue a formal invitation to "The Boss" to visit Mullingar some time in 2010.

(Source: The Westmeath Examiner)



There is widespread sadness following the death of the retired professional golfer Austin Skerritt, who worked at Rosslare Golf Club for many years. Austin of Rosslare Strand and formerly of Lahinch, County Clare, died at his home on Tuesday morning last. He was in his late seventies.

(Source: The Wexford People)



Blessington's Russborough House has been included on a list of 93 heritage sites around the world considered to be endangered. The 18th century demesne now finds itself placed on the World Monument Funds 2010 watch list, alongside 92 other cultural heritage sites from 46 countries such as Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona and the Peruvian city of Machu Pichu. The house was designed by Richard Cassells and was donated to the State in 1978 by owners Sir Alfred and Lady Beit. It is open to the public and is managed by the Alfred Beit Foundation. However, Russborough's inclusion on the list is due to worries over its designed and natural landscape rather than the Palladian mansion itself. Considered one of the most intact and important designed landscapes ever created in Ireland, it hasn't been accessible to the public in the 30 years Russborough has been open to the public for visitation.

(Source: The Wicklow People)