News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Customs officers and armed Gardaí (police) have raided an illegal diesel-laundering operation near Castleblayney, Monaghan.

A large scale operation capable of "washing" the dye from 15 million liters of diesel every year was discovered during the dawn raid at a premise at Drumacon.

Revenue estimates it would have cost the State $10 million a year in lost revenue.
[Source: RTE News]


Four Offaly players have been selected on the 2013 Tesco Homegrown N.F.L. Team of the League for Division 4.

Emma Corcoran has been chosen at right-half back, captain Siobhan Flannery has been selected in midfield while Mairead Daly and Lorraine Keena have been chosen at right-corner forward and full-forward, respectively.

The players will receive their awards on Thursday, May 30 in Croke Park.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Fears have been heightened that criminals will be allowed to “roam freely” through Castlerea
when an open prison facility opens at Harristown House.

The minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, along with the head of the Irish Prison Services, Michael Donnellan, met with councilors, John Murphy and Paschal Fitzmaurice, in the Dail (Irish Parliament) two weeks ago.

However, both councilors have expressed concerns at comments made by Mr. Donnellan regarding the “freedom” that the prisoners on temporary release will have when they are moved to the open facility.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Kevin Walsh has admitted that playing "lower-ranked" teams in Connacht has been a "problem" for Sligo on his five-year watch.

As they prepared to go to London last weekend for the last of the three Connacht quarterfinals, Walsh has acknowledged that their mindset against the historical “big two” in the province, Galway and Mayo, has always been better.

So the delay in confirming that he would remain on for a fifth successive year as manager had nothing to do, he insisted, with Sligo's presence on the “softer” side of the Connacht championship draw.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Following a strategic business review, Britvic has announced a range of restructuring proposals aimed at achieving greater operating efficiency. The measures include a proposal to separate the Britvic Ireland wholesaling business into a stand-alone entity and relocate the supporting customer care activities for this business from Thurles to Britvic’s facilities in Dublin.

This proposal will mean that it is no longer commercially viable for Britvic to retain a dedicated customer call center in Thurles, and all remaining customer care activities will also transfer to Dublin with associated redeployment opportunities, a company statement said last Thursday.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Two Dungannon men have been jailed for five years for terrorist offenses connected to the seizure of seven grenades filled with nails, nuts and bolts.

Martin McGilloway (41) from the Springdale estate in Dungannon was sentenced to five years in prison at Belfast Crown Court on Friday, May 17, and ordered to serve a further five years on supervised license.
Judge David McFarland earlier handed down the same sentence to his co-accused, Thomas Hamill (41), also of the Springdale estate.

Both men were arrested following the discovery of improvised explosives in a car that had been stopped on the Mineveigh Road, Dungannon on May 28, 2012.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


When Kay Forristal lost her husband of 36 years to cancer, her life was turned upside down. While acknowledging the fantastic support of her children and friends, she said those who are widowed are left with a lasting sense of loneliness, one that she is now setting about filling.

The Ferrybank resident is starting up a group, “The Company Club,” for those who are widowed, divorced, separated or single, and hopes that through this, that terrible loneliness can be combated.

Kay’s husband John Forristal, a well-known local musician, passed away in 2010, two-and-a-half years after he was diagnosed with medullary thyroid cancer, one of the rarest forms of cancer in the world.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


A Mullingar pop star is hosting a 90s disco reunion in his hometown on Saturday June 8, in aid of cancer care charity L.A.R.C.C.

Bressie, together with band Smash Hits, decided on the idea as the Bloomfield Disco in Mullingar held so many good memories for him and his friends growing up.

The reunion invites all of Bressie’s close friends and those from Mullingar and around the country who want to have a night of fun, color and amazing music.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


A local couple had spoken last week to the Echo about their despair at having to put their intellectually-disabled daughter into a nursing home because of ongoing government cuts.