News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Over $1.3 million was paid out to Kildare’s eight Oireachtas (Parliamentary) representatives in wages and expenses during 2012 – an average of over $181,743 per person.

On top of the standard salary of $124,004 for deputies, Oireachtas figures just published show a total of €458,406 was paid in expenses to Kildare’s T.D.s and one senator in 2012.

The figures reveal that Fine Fáil’s Seán Ó Feargháil was the highest paid politician in the county over the 12-month period, receiving over $206,000 including expenses. Deputy Ó Feargháil’s pre-tax haul also included a $25,000 payment for being the Fianna Fail Party whip.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


At 5:30 a.m. last Thursday morning there were 170 people queuing up in the center of Kilkenny City to buy Bruce Springsteen tickets for the upcoming concerts in Nowlan Park on July 27 and 28. That figure hit 220 by 6 a.m. The queue stretched from the ticket outlet, RollerCoaster, run by the unflappable Willie Meighan, down as far as Crotty’s Cafe at the end of the street.

Gillian Kavanagh from Michael Street, Kilkenny was first in the queue. With the temperature at 28 degrees, she was well wrapped up for the Bruce Vigil at around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening. She and her brother Tommy had two chairs out on the street. Next in line was Johnny Ryan of O’Loughlin Gaels G.A.A. club and he was there since 6 p.m., but had got a break when his sister-in-law sat in his fold-up chair for an hour.

The Boss fans received tea, coffee and sandwiches from Ray Langton in the Marble City Bar at around 10:30 p.m. while at 2 a.m., Supermac’s sent down chips and boxes of chicken and promised to send breakfast stuff down at 8 a.m.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Growing up in the country side you can remember walking, cycling or getting a lift from a neighbor to your local G.A.A. pitch. Here in Seoul, where the G.A.A. still is an integral part of the Irish expatriate community, we take a taxi, bus or subway to training.

Seoul Gaels was set up in 2002 after some Irish guys went to watch our national soccer team in the Korea-Japan World Cup. These men decided to stay, some of whom are still here, and they loved the Korean way of life, but craved some G.A.A. They set up the club, won the All-Asian Finals that year, and the club has grown from strength to strength.

Fast forward to 2013 and the club is looking forward to its 11th season. There were over 80 members last year, the majority being English teachers living in the Seoul Metropolitan area. The club is comprised of people from Ireland, England, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Malaysia and, of course, some Korean locals.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Two Vietnamese nationals appeared before a sitting of Donegal District Court last Wednesday morning in relation to the seizure of almost $670,000 worth of cannabis in two separate locations in the county on Monday, February 4.

Dang Hai Nguyen, of Lisconnor, Kilclare, Carrick-on-Shannon, was found with plants valued at $320,000 at this address. The 44-year-old was arrested at the scene and detained at Manorhamilton Garda (Police) Station. The court heard from defense solicitor Conor Maguire that the defendant had only been in the country for two weeks and did not hold a passport.

As part of a separate investigation, 41-year-old Dinh Trung Trinh, of no fixed abode, was found with $335,000 worth of cannabis at Corrick, Aughamore and taken to Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Ireland’s oldest person, Annie Kett, has died at a nursing home in County Limerick at the age of 107.

The country didn’t have a president – King Edward VII was head of state – when Annie Hayes was born in The Glen, Killaloe, in 1905.

One of six children, she attended the local school and immigrated to England in the 1920s to train as a nurse.

She returned to her native County Clare in the mid-1930s and married Kilkishen farmer John Kett in 1937 – the year of De Valera’s constitution.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


The result of a major investigation into how a nine-meter high wall collapsed, killing two men and leaving four others injured at a Longford Town D.I.Y. store and garden center two weeks ago, may not be known for some time.

Health and Safety officials revealed last Monday that the extensive analysis carried out at the town’s Connacht Gold store has now come to a close.

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Authority, however, could not confirm when the details of the investigation would be known.

“It’s ongoing,” said the spokesman.

“Fatal site investigations aren’t wrapped up in days. These things take time.”
[Source: Longford Leader]