News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



The heartbroken fiancée of a young boxing star has told of the tragic moments when her husband-to-be died as he lay beside her. Rising boxing star Gary Craig (25) died suddenly as he watched a DVD with Deborah Herdman (24) at their home in west Belfast on Wednesday night last. The exact cause of his death is not yet known. The talented athlete had recently returned to the world of boxing with the Oliver Plunkett club after a five-year break and in his first fight two weeks ago had already defeated Ulster champion Adam Magee. The plasterer and father-of-two had been due to marry his long- term girlfriend Ms. Herdman on July 12, 2010.

(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)           


The great and the good of County Carlow were honored at the 2009 Rehab Care Carlow Person of the Year Awards the weekend before last. Mgr Caoimhín Ó Néill, the recipient of the Arts and Culture Award, was also crowned Carlow Person of the Year for his outstanding contribution to the county’s arts scene. During a spectacular celebration of community, a total of ten people were honored for their remarkable contribution to life in Carlow.

Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


The visit of the Minister for Education, Batt O'Keeffe, to Cavan last Friday and the investment in a new state-of-the-art administrative headquarters for the Co. Cavan Vocational Education Committee (VEC), suggests that Cavan VEC is well-placed to take a leading role in any new amalgamation of VECs in the region. Not alone that but it appears that Cavan Institute could in the future be upgraded to institute of technology status.

 (Source: The Anglo Celt)


Plans have been lodged for what was described as “Ireland’s largest road and rail museum” at Moyasta, west Clare. The museum is to form part of the restored West Clare Railway attraction where visitors have trebled since the return of the 117- year-old Slieve Callan steam engine last August. Announcing the plans last Thursday, Jackie Whelan of the West Clare Railway said: “The museum will be the largest road and rail museum in the country.” Already, he said, he had taken delivery of five rail engines to be placed in the museum. With the plans lodged with Clare County Council, Mr. Whelan said he hoped construction of the museum will begin early in 2010. Mr. Whelan also announced plans to extend the restored West Clare Railway a further 2.5 miles next year.

(Source: The Irish Times)


A new soccer tournament sponsored by The Corkman is set to see some of north Cork's top amateur soccer players pit their skills against each other in order to give local charities a welcome pre-Christmas boost.  The competition is the brainchild for Fermoy based community garda Andrew Geary, who last week presided over the official launch of the competition at the Grand Hotel in Fermoy. Pride of place at the event was taken by an impressive looking replica of the Champions League trophy, which will be presented to the winning team on the day.

(Source: The Corkman)


The inquest into the death of a doorman who was gunned down in his Waterside home by the INLA over two years ago, is scheduled to take place this week. Bryan McGlynn, who was originally from Strabane, was shot dead in front of his girlfriend in his Fountain Hill home on June 6, 2007.  A masked gunman entered the former nightclub doorman's bedroom and took just 36 seconds to shoot 28-year-old Mr. McGlynn.

(Source: The Derry Journal)


In a report published by the National Cancer Registry last Tuesday, regions of high incidence in non-melanoma skin cancer were observed along the west coast of Donegal. Lung, prostate and stomach cancer were found to be the most common forms of the disease in the North West over a ten year period. The National Cancer Registry published the first 'atlas of cancer' in Ireland which gives detailed geographical information on the distribution of all common cancers in Ireland between 1994 to 2003. The findings are not suggesting that the level of incidence for cancer is down to a particular location but instead are likely to reflect socio-economic differences in population, exposure to risk factors such as tobacco, and uptake of cancer screening

(Source: Donegal Democrat)


Newry’s landscape could be on the cusp of major change if a series of planning applications get the green light. The latest application comes from beef baron Larry Goodman who wants to transform part of the Greenbank Industrial Estate on the Warrenpoint Road into a social and economic hub. Under the company name Parma Investments, Mr. Goodman, who owns Anglo Beef Processors, proposes to clear the site of existing buildings and replace them with a retail-led, mixed use regeneration scheme. A supermarket, non-retail units, a covered shopping mall, cafes and restaurants, 50 apartments for social/affordable housing, 1,146 parking spaces, a leisure centre and public and riverside walkways are contained in the proposal. A spokesman for Anglo Beef Processors (ABP) confirmed that the company has applied for planning permission for the Greenbank development.