News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



As the Gardaí (police) issued a fresh appeal for information, the focus of investigations in the Det. Garda Donohoe murder continues to be firmly focused on the activities of a known criminal gang operating in the Crossmaglen/Keady /North Louth area.

The gang at the center of the investigation are thought to been behind a number of armed robberies across the South Armagh/North Louth area, and it is thought that they have been acting with impunity in the area for some time.

It has also been revealed two weekends ago that the P.S.N.I. have formally warned one of the prime suspects in the case, as they have learned of a credible threat to his life by dissidents in the area.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


At least a dozen dead dolphins were found on a number of beaches along the Achill and Erris coastline.

Mystery surrounds the dolphins’ deaths, but the National Parks and Wildlife Service is to carry out postmortems on a sample of the carcasses to try to determine what could have happened.

Local observers say three different species of dolphin – common, bottlenose and euphrosyne – were found ashore over two days on Achill beaches two weeks ago, with the majority being the common dolphin.

Sightings of the dead dolphins were confirmed at Keem Beach, Keel Beach, Dooagh and at Dookinella, and there were also two dead dolphins found on Cross Beach near Binghamstown. A statement released from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht confirmed that arrangements are being made to carry out postmortems on some of the dolphins.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Gardaí (police) are investigating a serious assault, which occurred in Gormanston last Wednesday night.

Around 7:30 .p.m, two males sustained stab wounds during an incident at a hotel car park. The men, both aged in their 20s, were removed by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

The scene was preserved for a technical examination. Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


The production of burgers at a processing factory in County Monaghan is expected to resume shortly.

Rangeland Foods, near Castleblayney, suspended production after horse meat was found on the premises.

An audit by Department of Agriculture officials now has cleared it to resume producing burgers for the domestic and international markets.

Meanwhile, Poland's chief veterinary officer has written to Irish authorities on the issue.

Dr. Janusz Zwiazek has requested access to documents, product labeling and test sample results after Irish authorities concluded beef products imported from Poland were contaminated with horsemeat.
[Source: BBC News]


The new Offaly County Library, Tullamore was officially opened by Minister Phil Hogan, T.D. on Monday, February 4.

The spacious new library opened last August 2012 and already there have been 72,000 visits made by children and adults in the past six months. Sixty thousand books and DVDs/games have already been issued on loan, and 4,500 new members have joined.

The library carries a collection of 39,000 items with improved collections for teens, children and adults. New digital collections include online searchable local newspapers, e-books and e audiobooks.

New opening hours are in place, and the library now opens 48 hours a week with Monday to Saturday openings. including lunch times and evening openings.
[Source: Offaly Express]


The number of reports concerning the welfare and protection of children in County Roscommon continues to be higher than the national average, according to the latest report available from the H.S.E.

A report into the Adequacy of Services for Children and Families for 2010 reveals the extent of welfare, neglect, and abuse concerns involving children in the county that year.

The report revealed that the social work department of the H.S.E. in the county dealt with 754 reports concerning the welfare, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect of children in 2010.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Once upon a time, a fine, spirited wee girl was born to her Irish mother and Scottish father in 1821 in Grange, County Sligo. Or so the story goes, because little Eliza Rosanna Gilbert grew up to change her name and nationality several times and travel the four corners of the world in search of excitement and adventure.

When she died at the age of 40, the world knew her better as Lola Montez, the Spanish dancer. As such, apart from gaining notoriety in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, she became a countess in the central European country of Bavaria, started a revolution there and toppled its government three times.

“Next to Queen Victoria, Lola was the most famous woman in the world,” says German director Jürgen Kuttner, whose new production, with co-director Tom Kühnel, of the musical Lola Montez, by Peter Kreuder and Maurus Pacher, has just premiered at the Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich, Germany. “She was a superstar not even someone like Madonna could reach.”
[Source: Irish Times]