News from around the 32 counties of Ireland




Dog poop is so bad on the footpaths of Mountmellick that one local councilor has called for the introduction of nappies for dogs to catch their droppings, similar to what was introduced for Jarvey’s in Killarney. 

According to Cllr Denis O’Mara, who brought the matter up, at the recent town council meeting, the dog excrement problem is so bad along the town’s footpaths that they’re beginning to resemble “skating rinks.”

 He said: “The whole town is destroyed. You just can’t walk the town anymore. It’s a disgrace. Something will have to be done similar to what they did with Jarvey’s in Killarney. The litter warden is now doing Portarlington.

(Source: The Laois Nationalist)



National Irish Bank are "putting their two fingers up to rural Ireland" according to local Deputy Frank Feighan following the news that the Ballinamore branch of NIB will close over the next 18 months as part of a restructuring plan. The branch of NIB in Ballinamore as well as the one in Boyle, Co Roscommon will be merged with the National Irish Bank branch in Carrick-on-Shannon. Ballinamore town councilor Gordon Hughes has been so "disappointed" by the news of the NIB branch closure in the town that he is urging locals to "bank local" in the hope of keeping the last remaining bank in the town, AIB, open and profitable.

(Source: The Leitrim Observer)



Limerick's Drugs Squad has seized almost €80,000 worth of heroin during two separate raids at the same house in Castletroy. The drugs seizure is the fourth major drugs haul in Limerick in the past two weeks. Armed members of the divisional drugs unit assisted by uniformed gardai (police) raided the house in Briarfield and seized a large quantity of heroin with a street value €70,000, days after seizing €8,500 of the drug at the same address.

(Source: The Limerick Leader)



Longford may yet claim a top ten single this Christmas season! The newly formed Drumlish NS Sixth Class Rockers released their first single last Friday and it will be on sale locally, nationally. It will also be available in music shops throughout Longford. The single, which is titled "Christmas is Coming" was written by John Halnon of Halnon Music Distribution, Drumlish, in conjunction with the eleven St Mary's NS students.

(Source: The Longford Leader)



Football fans in Ireland and the UK could soon be familiar with the catchphrase 'another bulge of the onion bag' as Tommy Smyth is set to appear on sports channel ESPN.Smyth joined ESPN in America in 1993 as a football analyst and has called over 2,000 matches in his time, including many at the last World Cup.Now though, the Knockbridge native is set to grace screens in Ireland and the UK when his already popular show 'Press Pass' comes to screens in January.

(Source: The Dundalk Democrat)


Residents of the village of Dooniver on Achill Island were awakened to the sound of hailstones last months which were so big that they caused considerable damage to property.

While Achill is no stranger to hail showers, the hail which fell on Sunday, November 22 last were described as lumps of ice, the ice of golf balls. The shower took place at approximately 8.45am and residents were awoken to the sound of the ice breaking tiles and slates on roofs.

The weight and ferocity of the hail shower was such that it broke tiles on roofs and damaged the bonnets of many cars, some of which looked like they were attacked with a hammer. The chunks of ices were so heavy that they crashed through a perspex roof of a shed owned by a local man. The roof was completely destroyed with the number of holes in it and it had to be replaced. The glass roof of a glass house was also completely destroyed but thankfully nobody was injured by the shower.

 (Source: Mayo News)



Voting in the Irish Farmers Association leadership elections is underway and the national count will be held in Dublin on Monday 21st December. A weighted branch voting system will operate to reflect the strength of turnout by branch members, and Eddie Downey of Slane, Meath's candidate for deputy president, has called on Meath members to ensure that their voice is heard in these elections and asks that his candidacy for deputy president be supported, placing the county at the heart of IFA national decision-making. There are a total of 15 candidates for the top six IFA positions, directly elected by the association's 85,000 members.

(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


Two men were found guilty by the Special Criminal Court last Thursday of having bomb-making equipment at a Dublin apartment last year. Cormac Fitzpatrick (23) of Cathedral Walk, Monaghan, Co Monaghan and Terry McConnell (28) of Tullymore Gardens, Andersonstown, Belfast were found guilty of unlawfully possessing explosive materials at an apartment in The Crescent, Park West Pointe, Clondalkin, Dublin on September 9th, 2008. Both men will be sentenced next month. The 13-day trial heard how enough explosive material to fully construct four pipe bombs was discovered when members of the special detective unit raided the one-bedroom flat in the early hours of September 9th, 2008.