News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


The Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognized eco-labels, and only beaches that meet specific criteria relating to water quality, beach management, environmental information and safety services achieve this accolade. As a pre-requisite, the bathing water at Blue Flag beaches must meet the highest standards of bathing water quality.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


More than 80 firefighters tackled a blaze which raged through Mourne Park House in Kilkeel Saturday night, May 18.

Shortly before 10 p.m., fire crews were called to the scene at the large stately house, which is the ancestral home of the earls of Kilmorey and one of Northern Ireland’s grandest homes. The roof of the main part of the house had collapsed, and firefighters fought to stop the flames spreading to adjoining wings of the building.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service are investigating the cause of fire, which is believed to have started in the roof.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Justice Minister Alan Shatter attempted to avoid a roadside breath test it was suggested in the Dail (Irish Parliament) last Thursday.

Independent T.D. Mattie McGrath questioned whether the minister had tried to escape taking a breathalyzer test when stopped by Gardaí (police).

Mr. McGrath asked Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister] Eamon Gilmore if he was aware that Mr. Shatter had been stopped at a Garda checkpoint, had been asked to produce a specimen of breath and whether "his [behavior] and reaction to this request was appropriate and indeed cordial."
[Source: Evening Herald]


Two bomb alerts in two days, a “likely” dissident attack and the influx of thousands of G.A.A. fans from across the border are providing a serious headache for police ahead of the G8 Summit.

Last Tuesday, the Stragowna and Drumroosk Roads in Kinawley were closed after a suspect device was discovered in the area and, due to the seriousness of the threat, army bomb disposal experts were called.

This followed on from Monday when Enniskillen Magistrates Court had to be evacuated after a security alert around 11 a.m. After a two-hour evacuation of nearby premises on East Bridge Street though, the alert was declared a hoax.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Galway doctors have issued a warning over the risk of using lawn mowers after a spike in the number of people presenting at U.H.G. with injuries.

As the weather improves a little, more people are out mowing lawns but may not be using protective gear, such as goggles, footwear or long trousers.

It's understood that in the last 2 days at least 4 people have presented at A and E with hand injuries sustained from lawn mowers.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Two men have been found guilty of murdering a Brazilian man and dumping his body in a north Kerry bog.

The body of Bruno Lemes De Sousa was discovered in Shronowen Bog outside Listowel on March 11, 2012.

John Paul Cawley (20) and Wenio Rodriguez Da Silva (29) – both with an address at 2 Ardoughter Ballyduff – were accused of murdering 28-year-old Bruno Lemes De Sousa, between February 16 and 17, 2012.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Dermot Earley has been forced to retire from inter-county football because of injury.

The Kildare midfielder had planned to compete in this season's championship, but has been forced to call it quits earlier than hoped due to a back injury.

The two-time all-star confirmed his retirement on Newstalk's Sports Sunday show saying: “Unfortunately, I hurt the back in the warm-up against Dublin on the [May 10] and what I thought was a spasm was a disc that was bulging and hitting a nerve, and over the next two weeks it got progressively worse.

“I was really struggling with it and ended up having to have surgery. I had one operation that didn’t work and I had to go back in the following week to have a second one so that was five weeks.”
[Source: RTE News]


A full 49 hours before tickets go on sale, a teenage fan of pop group, One Direction, has started queuing for her tickets for the show in Croke Park next year. Megan Casey-McGuirk, a 15-year-old Presentation Secondary School student, had camped outside RollerCoaster Records, Kieran Street, Kilkenny, because she did not want to lose out.

“The last few times, I ran out of luck because when I got to the counter they were all sold out,” she said.

She really admitted loving all the band-members but especially, Niall.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


A young Portlaoise man was treated in hospital for face and shoulder injuries following a violent assault on the Mountmellick road and later in his home.

The man was walking with two other men along the Mountmellick Road, heading towards Portlaoise Town, at 4:50 a.m. on Sunday morning, when a dark-colored car stopped with them.