News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


Mr. McGuinness said he was contacted by a senior P.S.N.I. officer on Wednesday night who informed his of a “real and active” threat against his life.

The Deputy First Minister said the threat was linked to his condemnation of the attempted mortar attack in the city on Sunday evening, March 3.

“Last night I was visited at home by the P.S.N.I. who informed me of a real and active threat against me from a dissident group in Derry. They linked the threat to my condemnation of the recent attempted mortar attack in the city and other remarks made in support of the P.S.N.I.”
[Source: Derry Journal]


The Mayor of Letterkenny, Clr. Dessie Larkin, has described the members of Donegal’s All-Ireland winning team as an inspiration to the young people of the county.

Last Wednesday night, Letterkenny Town Council afforded the Donegal G.A.A. team a civic reception in honor of last year’s success at the Ulster and All-Ireland levels.

And leading the tributes to the players, team management and backroom staff, Mayor Larkin said they were a credit to their clubs, their parishes and their towns.

“It’s important for young people to have someone like yourselves to look up to for inspiration,” he added. “What you achieved last year was incredible, and the impact you had on the county and, especially on young people, was unbelievable.”
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


A Newry man has pleaded guilty to two counts of serious sexual assault, including penetration of a minor.  The charges brought relate to incidents dating from September 19, 2010 and involve two injured parties.

Thirty-three-year-old Dennis Lancaster of Lisdrum Avenue entered the guilty pleas at his appearance before Newry Crown Court on Tuesday, February 26. The former juvenile boxing coach had previously denied all charges brought against him.

Lancaster was required to sign the sex offenders register before leaving court on bail two weeks ago.  He is scheduled to return for sentencing on March 22.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A Dublin man collapsed and died from a heart attack less than an hour after being sent home by a doctor.

A twin brother of the man, Damien Geraghty, has told a Medical Council fitness-to-practice inquiry that his 32-year-old twin Anthony said, "Ma, I'm dizzy,” before falling into his brother's arms.

It happened in their family home in Ballymun, Dublin, in the early hours of October 20, 2009.

Shortly before he died, Anthony Geraghty had attended the North-Doc out-of-hours clinic in Coolock, where he was seen by Dr. Sandor Endredi.

Dr. Endredi, who is originally from Hungary but currently has a practice in Dublin, faces seven allegations of poor professional performance in relation to his treatment of Mr. Geraghty.
[Source: Evening Herald]


The community of Enniskillen and the wider student area of Dundee have been left in complete shock after the tragic death of 25-year-old Caoimhe Gault.

Caoimhe, who was brought up in Enniskillen, was found dead at her student flat in Dundee on Friday, March 1.

She had been studying a B.Sc. in mental health at the University of Abertay, where she had previously undertaken a B.Sc. in forensic science.

Caoimhe’s heart-broken family made their way over to identify the body two weekends ago, and a postmortem was being carried out.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A Galway City councilor is calling on the E.S.B. to abolish estimated electricity bills.

Councilor Nuala Nolan says estimated electricity bills are causing many householders in the city to struggle financially.

She says St. Vincent de Paul has been inundated with calls from young families who have enormous bills.

Councilor Nolan says that monthly bills with a meter reading should be implemented for every home.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Kerry forward Brian Looney has backed his club-mate Colm “Gooch” Cooper's decision to take a break from football after Dr. Crokes' exit from the All-Ireland club championship.

Cooper, along with a number of other frontline players, remains absent, despite “the Kingdom” losing their first three league outings, and the very real threat of relegation that now hangs over Eamonn Fitzmaurice's men.

Fitzmaurice hinted recently that Cooper may not feature in this year's league at all, and Looney believes a refreshed Cooper will be of more benefit to Kerry as the season progresses.
[Source: Irish Independent]


An Athy man died tragically on Saturday evening, March 2, after suffering what was described as “a medical seizure” while driving home after playing a football match.

Timmy Kelly (31) died at Portlaoise Hospital after a collision in which the car he was driving crashed into the back of another vehicle in the Blackparks area, on the Kilkenny Road just outside the town.