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


The Portlaoise Christmas Market took place Sunday, December 1 and ran from the Market Square down to Ryan’s Pub this year. The Main Street was pedestrianized for all of that Sunday, except from Ryan’s Pub to the lower square was open for traffic and parking.

All shops were open for business in Portlaoise the first Sunday of December and there were plenty of music, market stalls, street entertainment, art workshops for children, and amusements.
[Source: Leinster Express]


The village of Newtowngore was celebrating a major achievement last month with the successful completion of improvement works including the provision of public lighting, a footpath and landscaping.

The project was first started in 2000, but was shelved due to a lack of funding. It was restarted in 2008, but in 2011, the Newtowngore Town Development Association became a driving force behind the works.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A former Limerick hurler who chased armed criminals down a rural road has been called a hero.

George Boyle returned home on Tuesday, November 26, around 3 p.m. to find his Murroe house being ransacked by intruders.

Three men, aged in their 20s, fled from the scene towards an awaiting car and Mr. Boyle ran after them. Due to celebrate his 55th birthday on Saturday he is in excellent physical condition.
One of them had grabbed a hurley, but this didn’t deter Mr. Boyle. When he reached the car about 100 yards down the road, he pulled one of the criminals out of it before being cowardly struck from behind by another one. He was hit over the head with the hurley. His arm was also broken in the vicious attack.

The former Limerick intermediate hurler received up to 20 stitches to the head wound and lost a lot of blood. Mr. Boyle returned home last Wednesday after surgery on his arm.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Local authority housing chiefs could save taxpayers thousands by leveling some of Longford’s worst affected ghost estates.

Head of Longford County Council’s unfinished estates unit Terry Rooney explained to councilors how he thought public monies would be ring-fenced to deal with the issue.

“My understanding is, that when money is allocated, it will be used to demolish estates where there was no bond in place,” he said.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Dundalk people have donated over $14,000, clothing and food to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Hundreds of people donated food and clothing to the local Filipino community that were operating from a unit on Clanbrassil Street two Fridays ago.

The generosity of the local people was evident as hundreds donated what they could.

Dundalk man Brendan Marmion told the Dundalk Democrat that the people of the town have been very forthcoming with donations.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


The family of a Westport man who died from injuries he sustained in a car accident in Sligo two weeks ago, have described him as a “happy-go-lucky young man who loved life and always had a word for everybody.”

Twenty-one year-old Alan Sweeney-McBride had only decided at the last minute to accompany his friends to Sligo on Wednesday evening, November 20. He passed away in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin three days later, surrounded by family.

He sustained severe head and brain injuries in a single vehicle accident at Collooney on the dual carriageway just outside Sligo sometime shortly after 2 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21.
[Source: The Mayo News]


An elderly Navan couple owes their lives to a carbon monoxide alarm, which alerted them two weeks ago to high levels of the lethal gas in their home at Kilcarn Court.

John Carey said he and his wife, Mary, are lucky to be alive and stressed the importance of having a carbon monoxide alarm in the house as well as using fully competent plumbers to install heating systems.

“Thank God for the alarm. Only for it, we wouldn’t be here,” he said.

The couple was asleep in their home in the early hours of Monday, November 18, when the voice alarm was activated.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Deputy Heather Humphreys has welcomed the decision by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan T.D., not to introduce any changes to the pay and file tax regime for 2014.

The Fine Gael T.D. for Cavan/Monaghan is a member of the Oireachtas (Parliament) Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform. Speaking on the matter, Deputy Humphreys said the decision will be welcomed by small businesses in Cavan and Monaghan, and around Ireland.

"These businesses do not have the means to pay earlier and had the pay and file deadline been brought forward, as had been suggested, it would have created cash flow difficulties for businesses.”
[Source: The Anglo Celt]