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


Irish company R&R Mechanical has secured a contract to supply cooling units to power plants in Australia.

The Tullamore-based project was being officially announced by Minister of State for Public Service Reform Brian Hayes last Thursday.

R&R has finished the assembly of its cooling units after four years' work, according to the Tullamore Tribune, with the intention of transporting them to New South Wales early next year.
[Source: Irish Independent]


A major Garda (police) search for a mother and three children, who were missing from their Roscommon home overnight, has been called off after they were found safe and well.

The mother was pulled over by a P.S.N.I. patrol at the Lochside petrol station in the center of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh shortly before 9 a.m.

"She wasn't actually in here," said a member of staff at the Texaco garage on the Tempo Road.

"A police car was behind her and flashed the lights at her car and she pulled in here.”
[Source: Evening Herald]


Pat Flanagan was last Monday night appointed Sligo's new football manager, five months on from Kevin Walsh's departure.

It is expected he will be supported in the role by the county's 2013 minor manager, Glenn Young.

It is the last inter-county football management role to be filled ahead of the start of the 2014 season.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Tipperary students were awarded an All-Ireland Scholarship toward their third level education recently. The awards ceremony took place at University of Limerick where the C.E.O. of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, was guest of honor.

This is the sixth year for the scholarships. A total of 125 students from both North and South of Ireland were presented with a third level scholarship certificate. Sponsored by J.P. McManus, the scheme is set to provide financial assistance to many high-achieving students who completed their Leaving Certificate or A Levels in 2013. The awards are administered by the Department of Education & Skills and Department of Education in Northern Ireland.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


The theft of eight bull calves from a field in Caledon is the latest in a seemingly endless line of livestock thefts in the Clogher Valley area.

In the most recent incident, eight bull calves, worth more than $8,000, were taken from a field in the Killynaul Road area of the village.

The victimized farmer has described the incident as "disgraceful" and says the police don't seem to know where the cattle are going.

The theft of the eight calves, valued at about $1,00 each, occurred sometime between 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, and 3 p.m. the following day, as the farmer, who did not wish to be named, recalled.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


The gates of St. John's Priory were officially reinstated and opened on Monday, November 18, by the mayor of Waterford, Clr. John Cummins. The regeneration of St. John's Priory has been an ongoing project by Waterford Civic Trust for the past 3 years. In partnership with S.O.L.A.S. and Waterford City Council, Waterford Civic Trust has overseen the painstaking work that has unearthed this rare gem in the city.

Last Wednesday, the entrance to the old priory and, in particular, the gates stand proudly on one of the main routes into Waterford City as an attractive link to Waterford's rich heritage. The work on the priory has been carried out by participants on a S.O.L.A.S. Local Training Initiative Scheme. At the event the L.T.I. trainees also received their F.E.T.A.C. certificates.
[Source: Waterford Today]


Mullingar horse trainer Dot Love has been nominated for an Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2013 Horse Racing Ireland Awards.

Originally from Denmark, Dot moved to Ireland over 40 years ago. She was nominated after winning the Ladbrokes Irish Grand National, Ireland’s most valuable steeplechase, with her horse, Liberty Counsel.

A big field of 28 lined up to battle for the big prize on Easter Monday at Fairyhouse in April and locally-owned Liberty Counsel, the 50/1 outsider, recorded a fairy-tale success for Dot and jockey Ben Dalton.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


A man, convicted of the manslaughter of eight illegal immigrants found dead in a shipping container in Wexford in 2001, was released from custody in Belgium two weeks ago.

Bekim Zogaj (33), a Serbian national, was arrested in 2012 after 10 years evading police following his conviction. However the Belgian court of cassation released him Tuesday, November 19, when it emerged that documents relating to the case file had gone missing.

Almost two years after the discovery of the corpses at a Wexford industrial estate, Mr. Zogaj was one of a number of individuals charged with people- trafficking and manslaughter at a court in Bruges in 2003.
[Source: Irish Times]