News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



After two years' work setting up and growing the Antrim-based cancer charity Eye Feel Good, the group's chairman, Richard Fee, has stressed that the Champion award won at the Antrim Community Awards is a testament to the work of the charity as a whole and the generosity of the people of Antrim.

When his wife Annemarie was diagnosed with eye cancer shortly after giving birth to the couple's first child, Richard recognised the need to raise awareness of the disease.

(Source: The Antrim Guardian)


The Northern Ireland student left in a coma after she was attacked with a metal baseball bat in America has begun to walk, talk and breathe on her own.

Natasha McShane, 23, from Silverbridge in County Armagh, was attacked as she returned home from a night out with a friend in Chicago on 23 April.

Two people have been charged with attempted murder.

The hospital has said Natasha has improved. Her grandmother, Bernadette, said it was great to have good news.

"It is exactly seven weeks tonight since we heard about the attack," she said.

(Source: BBC News)


A Carlow man who received a callous death threat via his email has appealed to people to be wary of what appears to be a new method of forcing vulnerable people to hand over huge sums of money.

The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, was left in a very frightened state after he opened an email from a person who claimed to have been hired to kill him. And although the man realised that it was most likely a hoax claim, he was still left shaken by the fact that his life and the safety of his family were threatened.

(Source:  The Carlow Nationalist)


The need to rebuild a special identity in the Catholic Church in the wake of the pain and suffering caused by clerical sex abuse has been identified by the Bishop Elect of Killaloe, Fr Kieran O’Reilly.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Fr O’Reilly described himself as a “person of hope but not false optimism” when questioned about the importance of Church renewal.

The 57-year-old Cork cleric told members of the local and national media that Ireland has a great tradition and deep-rooted faith in the Gospel, which provides an ideal foundation to embark on a new journey of discovery.

The former superior of the Society of Africa Missions warned that the pain and suffering experienced by victims of sexual abuse and those who continued to suffer as a result of abuse should not be underestimated.

Acknowledging that victims carry the burden of abuse all their lives, he stressed it is important that they are supported as much as possible.

(Source: The Clare Champion)


Dr Dylan Evans, the behavioral scientist at the center of the ‘fruitbatgate’ fiasco, has been found guilty of sexual harassment by UCC.

The academic showed a paper about the oral sex habits of fruit bats to a colleague in the Medical School at the college thereby sparking a controversy which became known as ‘fruitbatgate’ and which rose to prominence on international fora and websites.

The academic expressed bemusement and confusion at the college’s finding, saying that he found it strange that the President concluded as he did after the report’s head found that the lecturer was not guilty of the sexual harassment count. The academic was cleared of sexual harassment by the report’s author.



A brother of one of those gunned down on Bloody Sunday has called on the British authorities to track down Lieutenant Derek Wilford and bring him to justice.

John Kelly, whose brother, Michael, was among those murdered on January 30 1972, made the call after it emerged that the former commander of the soldiers who carried out the shootings on Bloody Sunday is still alive.

(Source: The Derry Journal)


Rev. Ian Henderson, who has led the Methodist communities in Donegal Town, Ballintra and Inver for the past eleven years, has been elected President of the Methodist Church in Ireland.

Rev. Henderson, is currently the District Superintendent of Methodism's North West District, which stretches from Ballymoney to Ardara and Dunkineely. He's also the Senior Assistant Secretary of the Methodist Conference. His election took place on Monday at the church's Annual Conference in Belfast. and he will be formally installed as President at next year's conference in Newtownards.

(Source: The Donegal Democrat)


Fire fighters are tackling a large gorse fire in the Mourne mountains in County Down.

The blaze is in the Dinny Water region on the Head Road, about two miles from Annalong.

Police had earlier  warned they would take serious action against anyone caught starting fires.

On Thursday, fire crews had to use golf carts and buggies to tackle a blaze on gorse land close to Rathmore golf club in Portrush.