News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Prince Philip mocked an Army cadet blinded in an IRA attack by poking fun at his dress sense. As the Queen asked 15-year-old Stephen Menary how much he could see Philip said: "Not a lot, judging by that tie. Stephen was wearing the uniform of the Middlesex Cadet Force, which includes a red, blue and yellow tie. Mr. Menary was 14-years-old when he picked up a torch bomb that was thrown at Territorial Army barracks in west London, by the Real IRA in 2001. He was blinded and lost part of his left arm. The comment, made by the Duke of Edinburgh during a tree-planting ceremony in Hyde Park, London seven years ago, was revealed by Stephen's mum Carol.
(Source: The Belfast Telegraph) 


There is now widespread speculation that beleaguered Bishop Jim Moriarty will announce his resignation very shortly as grassroots anger at his handling of clerical sex abuse cases continues to grow. 

Furious parents in parishes around Carlow are threatening to boycott religious sacraments officiated at by Bishop Moriarty if he does not resign in the wake of criticisms contained in the Murphy Report into clerical abuse in the Dublin diocese.

 One parent said that several families in one parish had decided not to allow their children to receive their Confirmation and will hold them back for a year unless the bishop resigns from his position. 

(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


When a newly restored 146-year-old cathedral opened last week in Perth, Western Australia, complete with a crypt built to hold the remains of its former bishops, it was missing the remains of three Irish bishops, one of whom is from Cavan. The missing prelates at the €25m revamped St. Mary's Cathedral include Perth's first bishop, who was largely responsible for the building of the cathedral, and another who tried to broker a peace deal with Lloyd George on behalf of the Irish forces in 1920 during the War of Independence. The third figure, an auxiliary bishop, is buried in Ireland.

(Source: The Anglo Celt)


At the Cliffs of Moher last week Coast Guard volunteers abseiled almost half way down the cliff face to recover the body of a woman. After a seven-hour operation the body of the 36-year-old woman from Co Limerick was found on a ledge at the cliffs. The search was launched after her car was found abandoned at the popular tourist site in north Clare. It took over 1½ hours for up to 30 volunteers to prepare their equipment for the recovery operation. Two volunteers abseiled down the cliff face to a dangerously sloped grass ledge where they located the body. They spent an hour securing the body in a stretcher before it could be hoisted to the cliff top.
(Source: The Irish Times)


Donegal GAA officials are awaiting clarification as to what is open to them in relation to the appointment of a new county GAA secretary following the shock resignation of Charlie O'Donnell at the end of last week. Charlie O'Donnell was a full-time official and the board are awaiting clarification from Croke Park, on what to do next and whether or not it is open to them to appoint a new full-time official or not.

(Source: Donegal Democrat)


County Treasurer, Vincent Martin, will stand aside at Monday's Fermanagh AGM after serving his five year term. A rule brought in that county officers could only serve five years means that the popular Derrylin man will have to step down. Croke Park did say that counties could extend this to seven years but this would require a change to Fermanagh bye laws.

(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)


A Galway City businessman has beaten off strong national and international competition to be selected as the preferred developer of one of the country’s biggest ever construction projects – the €1 billion regeneration plan for Ceannt Station. Gerry Barrett of Edward Holdings has been selected as the preferred bidder for the massive project by CIE, where work could begin by the middle of 2011. A spokesperson for Edward Holdings said he had no comment to make when contacted, while a CIE spokesperson said: “It’s still in a process. I can’t confirm that.”

(Source: Galway News)


Kerry should capitalize on its rich football heritage to create jobs and help escape the recession according to Tralee Labour councilor Arthur J Spring. Addressing the December monthly meeting of Tralee Town Council Cllr Spring outlined his vision on how Kerry's GAA pedigree can be harnessed to help ease the county, and especially the local tourism sector, out of recession. Cllr Spring said he'd like to see Kerry promoted as the premier destination for team-building camps for GAA clubs from across the entire country.
(Source: The Kerryman)


A 67-year-old Kilkenny farmer charged with animal cruelty and of failing to dispose of animal carcasses attempted to flee the State, Kilkenny District Court heard last Tuesday.
Inspector Aidan Brennan told the court that the defendant Simon O'Dwyer Snr of Knockmoylan, Mullinavat was stopped trying to cross the border into Northern Ireland on Monday last. The inspector also told the court that he believed O'Dwyer snr had 'abandoned' his farm and was 'attempting to leave the jurisdiction'. A bench warrant was executed and the defendant was brought before Kilkenny District Court.