News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A woman was rescued from the river Shannon last Monday morning.

The alarm was raised at around 1:30 a.m. when the woman was seen in the water near Sarsfield Bridge in the city center.

Emergency services, including three units of the Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service, were deployed at the scene and the woman was taken from the water a short time later.

Afterwards, the woman, who is believed to be aged in her 20s, was taken to University Hospital Limerick as a precaution.

[Source: Limerick Leader]


A young mother residing in a Longford estate says she is living in terror and claims they are forgotten people.

Following the incident on Wednesday, June 19, at Palace Crescent where three young friends, aged between eight and 10, found a sawn-off shot gun in a disused shed and discharged it, she alleged that major crimes were being ignored and drugs were readily available “like packets of sweets.”

“When I moved here first, Palace Crescent was a very normal area but it is getting worse, so bad you’ve to keep your children indoors and it isn’t even safe to allow them out into the back garden to play.”

[Source: Longford Leader]


What has been described as a “crater” on the Avenue Road gave one Democrat reader a serious scare and he is now warning his fellow drivers. Joe McMahon, from Carrickmacross, was driving up the Avenue Road on a visit to Dundalk when he hit the pot hole, which he says damaged his car.

“I was driving up the Avenue Road towards Blackrock on June 5, when suddenly the left front [tire] burst. It was surprising at the time, as there is only 3,000 miles on the car.”

Mr. McMahon was forced to pull onto the side of the road and eventually parked up in front of Sloanes, across the road from the pothole.

[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A Westport couple, whose 14-year-old son was the victim of a high-profile and sustained campaign of bullying by text message last year, has taken their quest to change the law to the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Brian and Gemma Langan visited Dáil Eireann (Irish Parliament) two weeks ago, where they made a representation on what they see as the anomaly in Irish telecommunications law that allows anybody to own a S.I.M. card and therefore an unregistered mobile telephone. They are calling for the law to change to ensure that those looking for a S.I.M. card for a mobile phone must produce identification and a record be kept of who owns the number attached to the S.I.M. card. This is already standard practice in many countries.

[Source: The Mayo News]


Some of the world’s literary giants were among the thousands who descended on Kells last weekend for the Hay Festival, which is expected to generate more than a million dollars’ worth of business for the town.

More than 7,000 visitors were expected to attend the festival which has been described by former U.S. President Bill Clinton as a “Woodstock for the Mind.”

The festival brought together the best of Irish, English-speaking and international authors and thinkers to celebrate the sharing of stories and ideas.

[Source: Meath Chronicle]


In County Monaghan emergency services were called in last Thursday afternoon to deal with a huge environmental threat on a cross-border road.

A large container full of diesel sludge –  the byproduct of laundered fuel –  was found abandoned on the main Castleblayney-Armagh Road at Killygola, about two miles from Castleblayney.

An environment crew from Monaghan County Council was called to deal with the trailer and Gardaí (police) diverted traffic while the operation was under way.

[Source: Irish Examiner]


National Music Day was celebrated in great traditional style recently at Áras an Mhuilinn with a preview of the Summer Seisiún Show.

The first Seisiún Show of the 2013 summer season will start on Wednesday night, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. and continues every Wednesday night in July, as well as on August 7 and 21.

Offaly musicians Ruth and Sarah Hennessy from Doon are part of the group.

[Source: Offaly Express]


Gardaí (police) in Boyle are investigating the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl in the early hours of Sunday morning, June 23. The girl, who is understood to be 16-years-of age, was allegedly sexually assaulted in Boyle town sometime between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Saturday night into Sunday morning.

The incident was reported to a Garda who was on duty on the street that night. The exact location of the attack is unclear, but it is understood the teenager was attacked in a laneway off the town’s main thoroughfare. The girl was brought to the sexual assault treatment unit at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar Sunday morning and was later discharged.