News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Two men, who left a helpless defenseless teenager unconscious after an unprovoked sectarian attack, heard last Wednesday how long they will have to serve in jail.

Judge Alastair Devlin told Colin Kingsbury (23), formerly of Carntall Gardens in Antrim, and Nathan Wilson (21), formerly of Birch Hill Meadows in Antrim, that he wanted to consider and review the case before passing sentence.

The pair, who admitted causing their then 17-year-old victim Jordon Duffy grievous bodily harm in the attack at Station Road, Antrim, in the early hours of August 5, 2011, was convicted of his attempted murder last month following a trial at Antrim Crown Court.

[Source: Antrim Guardian]


The public inquiry into the murders of the two most senior Royal Ulster Constabulary officers killed during the Troubles heard closing statements two Fridays ago.

The Smithwick Tribunal was set up to investigate allegations of Garda (police) collusion in the 1989 I.R.A. murders of R.U.C. Chief Supt. Harry Breen and Supt. Bob Buchanan.

They were shot dead in an I.R.A. ambush on the Edenappa Road, near Jonesborough while returning from a meeting in Dundalk Garda station.

[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Mystery surrounds a borrowed book that has been returned to Carlow County Library after 58 years. Flabbergasted staff-members in the library on Tullow Street, Carlow, were left open-mouthed when the book was dropped onto their front desk by an unknown lady.

The book, “Fra Angelico: The Master Painter” by Aengus Buckley, was lent out on April 20, 1955. It was returned to a shocked staff-member, Lionel De Froy, who is on work experience from Belgium, on May 28. The book in question features black-and-white illustrations of the early Renaissance Italian painter’s work. Fra Angelico lived to be 60, which is two years longer than the book was lent out for.

[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


A 26-year-old Polish man has died after he got into difficulty at a lake in east Cavan on Monday night, June 24.

The man is understood to have been living in the Drogheda area in recent years. Gardaí (police) were last Tuesday in the process of informing his family and friends, both in Poland and Ireland, of the tragic accident. The man was with friends at a lake in the Knocknagarton area, Munterconnaught, near Virginia, at about 10 p.m. on Monday night when he got into trouble.

It is reported that his friends brought him ashore, emergency services were alerted and his body was taken by ambulance to Cavan General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead later.

[Source: The Anglo Celt]


An “impending crisis” looms for elderly people with complex medical conditions that require long-term residential care in facilities over the coming years

Nursing Homes Ireland (N.H.I.) announced last week it will lobby Clare politicians to highlight the chronic shortage of new long-stay accommodation facilities to deal with the dramatic projected increase in the county’s elderly population.

The Clare Champion has learned only two new nursing homes were built in Limerick and Clare over the last five years – Athlunkard Nursing Home, Westbury, which has 43 beds in total, and St. Michael’s Nursing Home, Limerick, which has 35 beds.

[Source: Clare Champion]


Last Monday marked the 20-year anniversary of the passing of the legislation that decriminalized homosexuality in Ireland, and Cork's first openly gay T.D. has called on community organizations to reach out more to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L.G.B.T.) community.

The legislation followed a 16-year legal battle by Senator David Norris, the former presidential candidate, in the European Court of Human Rights. The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) 1993 Bill was proposed by Fianna Fáil Justice Minister Máire Geoghan-Quinn and removed Victorian laws from Ireland's statute books.

[Source: Cork Independent]


Thieves have stolen catalytic converters valued at $38,000 from vans parked in an industrial park in Derry.

Police say the theft occurred two weekends ago at Campsie.

“Sometime between 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21, and 8 a.m. on Monday, June 24, thieves cut through a fence to gain entry to the yard and removed catalytic converters from 10 Mercedes vans parked there. Each catalytic converter will cost [$3,800] to replace making the total amount of replacement to the owner [$38,000],” a P.S.N.I. spokeswoman says.

[Source: Derry Journal]


A building which was a landmark to travelers making their way to West Donegal is soon to be commemorated in a night of music and dance.

The Tannery, which was located just outside Mountcharles, was originally built as a tannery in the 1600s to serve the fishing ports of Burtonport and Arranmore.

Strange as it may seem to the present day-reader, Killybegs was not even on the radar in fishing circles in those days. The port as we know it today had not been developed and the main fishing areas tended to be in the west of the county and off the islands.