News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



South Tipperary County Museum was last Monday recognized for high standards in the management of the museum, care of collections and visitor services by the Heritage Council under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.

The museum was recommended for full accreditation by assessors because it is an exceptionally innovative, active and outgoing institution with excellent modern permanent display galleries and an ambitious and high-achieving educational program. The museum also operates an excellent conservation program. The museum is well-regarded in its county and region, and is noteworthy for its cooperative strategy with other arts and heritage groups or local authority officers
[Source: Tipperary Star]


The third road accident in eight days in Dungannon to result in a fatality occurred last Wednesday morning near Castlecaulfield.

The latest road victim has been named as 32-year-old George Pinto from Dungannon. Mr. Pinto was driving a motorcycle when he crashed on the Old Caulfield Road at around 3:30 a.m. His was the only vehicle involved.

The road was closed between the village side of the Lisnamonaghan Road and St. Bernard O'Loughran Primary School for several hours.

Mr. Pinto was the 25th person to die on Northern Ireland's roads this year.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Motorsport Ireland has said it "deeply regrets" that a competitor passed away following injuries received in a tragic accident during the Carrick-on-Suir stages rally that took place on Sunday, June 30.

Paul Mulcahy, from Dungarvan, County Waterford, was the driver of one of the cars involved in the race.

He died following injuries he received during stage four of the event.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


She immigrated to America more than 60 years ago, but Westmeath’s latest centenarian, Sr. Olivia Murray, still keeps up with goings-on in her native county.

The Emper native celebrated her landmark birthday with a mass and party on June 1 at the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent in Hartford, Connecticut, where she is the most senior resident.

More than 100 guests attended the event, including Ballynacargy native John Deane, who traveled from Ireland, and took a number of cards from local well-wishers, including her cousin John Seery from Milltown.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


Clr. Kathleen Codd-Nolan, outgoing cathaoirlech (chairman) of Wexford County Council, has handed over the chains of office to Clr. Ted Howlin, brother of the minister for Reform and Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin, T.D.

Clr. Howlin becomes the first Labour Party member since Enniscorthy’s Clr. Andy Doyle took the chair in 1974.

Clr. Howlin was elected without a contest at the annual general meeting of the county council held at Carricklawn, Wexford on Friday, June 28.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


When Michelle Obama and her daughters visited Glendalough in County Wicklow three weeks ago their convoy whizzed past the smart entrance to Derrybawn House outside the nearby village of Laragh. Behind an electric gate, and up a graveled avenue bordering a deer park, is one of the Garden County’s most stunning houses – a wisteria-clad Georgian mansion built in the Italian style that could have been transplanted from a rolling Tuscan hillside.

The splendid pile may not be as well-known as St. Kevin’s monastic settlement, but Derrybawn House, on 93 acres and for sale by private treaty through Lisney for $2.6 million, is just as emblematic a historical monument – albeit illustrating a more recent chapter in Irish history. The house epitomizes the folly and excesses of the first decade of the 21st century in Ireland.
[Source: Irish Times]