News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


McLaughlin won the Best Press and P.R. Image; the Best Open Art and Creativity Image; and the Best Open Art and Creativity Portfolio in the Wood Quay Venue on Thursday.

He told The Mayo News he was especially delighted to scoop the Best Press and P.R. Image, which he won for his iconic image of Joe McNamara’s controversial Achill-henge development on Achill Island.

His image of the huge Stonehenge-esque development juxtaposed with sunlight and dark clouds accompanied coverage of the story nationally and internationally.
[Source: The Mayo News]


The roundabout at the junction of Railway Street and Circular Road in Navan is to be named after the late Darren Sutherland following a motion put forward by Clr. Anton McCabe at the local town council meeting.

Clr. McCabe said Darren was a great ambassador for the country and the town and proposed that they name the roundabout in recognition of his contribution to the community.

He told councilors that he had spoken to Darren’s parents, Tony and Linda, over the past weeks and they had discussed September 14 as a possible date, which is the anniversary of his death.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


A Lithuanian man who was involved in a fatal crash near Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, which resulted in the death of cyclist Shane O’Farrell (23) in August 2011, has been given a five-month jail sentence by Judge Seán MacBride at Carrickmacross District Court. He was convicted on a number of insurance offences.

Zigimantas Gridzuiska (39), Ardross Avenue, Carrickmacross, was given an eight-month suspended sentence two weeks ago in the Circuit Criminal Court in Dublin when he pleaded guilty to charges of failing to stop, to report or to remain at the scene of the fatal crash.

The sentence was suspended on condition he left Ireland within 21 days.
[Source: Irish Times]


The school bus involved in a fatal crash in Offaly was fitted with a modified suspension system, which was later recalled because of safety issues, a court heard last Wednesday.

The safety recall was made in the U.K. in 1996 after a high number of incidents of the rear springs failing; in one incident, both springs failed and the axle came off the bus.

School boy Michael White (15) died on April 4, 2006 when the rear axle came off the bus and the bus crashed on a bog road just outside Clara, County Offaly.

David O’Reilly, acting on behalf of vehicle testing firm O’Reilly Commercials, Ltd. of Ballinalach, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath has pleaded not guilty to four charges relating to failing to note or verify defects from August 5-6, 2005.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Works from the Boyle Civic Arts Collection will travel to Spain this month to feature in a unique Irish-Catalan arts and cultural festival in Sitges on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. This unique event will be delivered by internationally recognized Irish and Catalan writers, poets, artists, composers and performers through exhibitions, readings, lectures, workshops, film and performances.

The visual arts exhibition will feature works by Trevor Geoghegan, Barbara Warren, Sean McSweeney, William Crozier, Gerald Bruen, Sally Maidment, T.P. Flanagan, Nick Miller, Patsi Dan, Vera Gaffney, Fergus Lyons, Malachy Costello, Naomi Draper and Mark Redden.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Declan McCormack (22) and Eoin Kelly (20) were pronounced dead at the scene of the tragedy on the Ballyfarnan to Sligo Road at Sooey, County Sligo, on Saturday night, March 2.

A toddler and a teenager were also killed in two separate car accidents two weekends ago.

Gardaí (police) in Sligo said Mr. McCormack, from Riverstown, and his front seat passenger from nearby Greaghnafarna on the Leitrim/Sligo border died instantly, while a 21-year-old rear seat passenger remains in a stable condition in Sligo General Hospital.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


The Coalisland community has been shocked and saddened by the sudden death of one of its most highly-respected and well-known figures while on holiday.

Dr. Joe Hackett, a popular G.P. who was born and raised in the area, was on holiday in Portugal when he died suddenly last Thursday night, February 28, in the busy tourist destination of Albufeira.

Dr. Hackett had been a G.P. at the Barrack Street Health Centre in the town for many years, and his death has come as a great shock to his colleagues Dr. Damian O'Donnell and Dr. Ronan Brannigan, as well as the practice's nurses and other staff members.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


One of Ireland’s largest trade unions has filed a legal challenge against plans by K.P.S. Capital Partners to manufacture Waterford Crystal in Slovenia.

In a lawsuit filed at the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market – Europe’s trademark registry – Unite said “Waterford Crystal” contains an implied geographical indication preventing the company from selling any goods it has produced outside Waterford.