News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Dec 9 2013



Ramona Nicholas of Cara and Dragon’s Den was judged runner-up at the prestigious Businesswoman/Entrepreneur of the Year awards in the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham earlier last week.

The awards were hosted by Image magazine, along with R.T.É. Radio1, Enterprise Irl. Independent Newspapers, Electric Irl. and Brown Thomas, and recognized the many Irish women who continued to shine in business regardless to of the economic climate or the challenges they face in business.

The event was attended by over 350 of Ireland’s businesswomen.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


An announcement by H.M. Revenue and Customs (H.M.R.C.) two weeks ago to slash 250 jobs across four of its Northern Ireland offices has been lambasted by local S.D.L.P. M.L.A.s Dominic Bradley and Karen McKevitt, who accused the department of “riding roughshod over” and “ignoring equality legislation.”

The implementation of the voluntary redundancy scheme will mean the closure of the Newry office, resulting in 134 job losses locally. A further 24 voluntary redundancies will affect H.M.R.C. staff in Enniskillen, 77 in Derry and 5 in Belfast.

H.M.R.C. has blamed an increase in customers choosing to do business with them online for the job cuts as it reduced the need for physical sites.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Two members of the Irish Defence Forces face being discharged from the army for taking part in a violent fight after a "night of binge drinking" in a city center night club.

Andrew Gilmore (25) and Michael Kearney (30) were sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last Friday after Judge Martin Nolan indicated that he is considering a "deferred sentence" provision which would leave the army free to impose a sanction other than dismissing the soldiers.

Gilmore, of Gormanstown Army Barracks, County Meath and Kearney, of Carlton Crescent, Strabane, Co.  Tyrone, Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Central Bank Plaza, Dublin on February 9, 2012.
[Source: Evening Herald]


The movie, Philomena, has proven to be a box office hit – not least at Enniskillen Omniplex – and one Fermanagh actress had the pleasure of being part of the harrowing true story of a young woman who searches for her adopted son.

Rachel Wilcock, originally from Letterbreen was a student at Collegiate Grammar School before graduating from Webber Douglas Drama School in 2005 and moving to London to pursue her career. In her first feature film Rachel played, in her own words, a “small role,” but told the Herald it was a truly unforgettable experience.

 “I played the character of a young girl named Maimie, described in the script as ‘a fallen girl.’”
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


There is no threat to the capital program for Galway city’s public hospitals.

That’s the message from Tony Canavan, the chief operating officer of the Galway Roscommon Hospital Group.

He was addressing last week’s meeting of the H.S.E. West Regional Health Forum following a query from Galway mayor and chair of the forum, Clr. Padraig Conneely.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


A 19-year-old man has been charged in connection with the death of a woman in County Kerry.

A postmortem examination carried out on the body of Susan Dunne, whose remains were found last Wednesday at her home near Lixnaw in north Kerry, indicated that she died from injuries sustained in a violent attack.

The man appeared at Killarney District Court at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

It is understood he faces a single charge of murder.
[Source: RTE News]


A 58-year-old construction worker was remanded last Thursday evening after he was charged in connection with seizures of about $272,000 worth of drugs in Dublin and Kildare earlier last week.

Detectives attached to the Garda National Drugs Unit seized a quantity of cannabis at Ryebrook Business Park, Leixlip, County Kildare on Tuesday, November 26.

In a follow-up search in Finglas, in Dublin, cocaine and heroin were also recovered. Two men had been arrested and one of them appeared before Judge Ann Watkin at Dublin District Court.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


An attempt to beat the world record for the most people dressed as nuns in the one place will be made in the beautiful Rose Garden of Kilkenny Castle on Saturday, December 7 at 1 p.m.

The Kilkenny Nun Run Gathering is not really a run but a chance for people to come out and support three great causes: Pieta House, The Samaritans and St. Vincent de Paul.

All you have to do is turn up in your nun’s outfit and enjoy the winter wonderland created on the parade with snow globe and amusements.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


There was a great festive feel in the air on Portlaoise last weekend with the holding of the annual street market.