News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


“One man got into the car and he was assaulted,” Inspector Martin Harrington said.

The man was also assaulted in his home, along with his mother.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Two cars were broken into during a training session for the county team at Pairc Sean MacDiarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Thieves smashed in the windows of the vehicles on Tuesday evening, May 14.

Nothing was taken from the first vehicle but a sum of cash was stolen from the second car.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Top British historian Dan Cruickshank has drawn a link between Limerick’s magnificent Georgian architecture and the way the period inspired much of America.

Author and historian, Mr. Cruickshank, who has fronted a variety of shows focusing on historical buildings worldwide, was in Limerick to study the city’s iconic Georgian heritage.

He delivered a lecture to the Hunt Museum focusing on the need to revitalize the buildings, some of which have fallen into decay, after being invited by Elizabeth Hatz, a professor of architecture based at U.L. and in Stockholm.

Mr. Cruickshank, a European specialist on Georgian architecture, said he is amazed at how well preserved the area is.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Increasing fodder shortages, bad weather and poor ground conditions have left many local farmers struggling to feed cattle and unable to make plans for cutting silage and hay for next winter.

On Friday, May 17, tons of haylage from France arrived at Lakeland Dairies and Connacht Gold co-ops in Longford Town. Hundreds of farmers from across the county queued in the rain to avail of the cattle feed, which I.F.A. has warned is a short-term measure to help farmers who have run out of fodder altogether.

North Longford farmer, Séan Conefrey, spoke to the Leader about the difficulties facing farmers, and he also pointed to the increasing levels of depression and suicide that has now become evident in the farming community. Although Mr. Conefrey has fodder, many of his neighbors and friends do not, and he said that those that had feed were doing their best to share supplies with struggling counterparts.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Dundalk musician Jim Corr has told a court that he was in “dire straits” and that his actions were designed to “protect” his son.

Corr is facing a court examination over his means in an effort by A.C.C. Bank to secure payment of some $1 million still outstanding from a $1.8 million judgment obtained over an unpaid loan advanced to him and others in 2004 to buy lands at Goresbridge, Kilkenny.

Bernard Dunleavy, barrister for A.C.C., questioned Corr about the circumstances regarding the sale of a property he owned in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, and accused the songwriter of coming up with a “scheme to divest of the property” and keep it from the bank.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Rumors surrounding the sale of the five-star Ashford Castle in Cong can now be put to rest. The 365-acre estate has been purchased by South African hotel group Red Carnation Hotels for $26 million. The hotel was placed in receivership 18 months ago by its owner Gerry Barrett, who purchased the property in 2008 for $64 million. Contracts were exchanged for the iconic castle last Tuesday. Since going on the international market in October 2012, the iconic estate received more than 200 inquiries from potential bidders across the U.K., Europe, Far East, U.S. and Australia.

Commenting on the purchase, Ashford Castle’s new owner Beatrice Tollman, president and founder of Red Carnation Hotels, said: “We are thrilled to have Ashford Castle as part of our collection and welcome the whole team to the Red Carnation family. Like the rest of our hotels, Ashford Castle is an iconic property, in a unique location and with a reputation for luxury and excellence, and we are delighted that we will be bringing some of Red Carnation’s signature touches to it.”
[Source: The Mayo News]


Filming for the R.T.É. Television series “Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked!” with chef Donal Skehan took place in Trim Castle last Saturday, and readers were invited along to meet Donal and watch the recording. Donal is taking to the road in a vintage Citroen H van and laying out his stall at festivals and gatherings to show people how easy it is to prepare delicious, home-cooked food. It’s his HomeCooked Roadshow.

Donal will be travelling the country to promote the HomeCooked message and will be visiting Waterford for the Food Festival, Kerry for the Set Dancing Festival, Ballymaloe for the Lit Fest, Howth for the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival and Limerick for the River Fest. He will be taking inspiration from home and abroad and introducing us to mouthwatering recipes like, Chilli and Lemongrass Chicken, Howth Seafood Chowder, Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa, Blue Cheese Beef Sliders and Butterflied BBQ Yoghurt and Mint Lamb.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]