News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


Waterford Crystal’s parent company Waterford Wedgwood went into receivership in 2009 following a long struggle with falling sales and rising costs. The company’s business was sold to U.S. investment firm K.P.S. Capital Partners, which moved production to Germany and eastern Europe. K.P.S. says it is committed to manufacturing in Waterford.
[Source: Irish Times]


Westmeath County Board is investigating claims that stones were thrown at a linesman during last Wednesday night’s Leinster U-21 football championship quarter-final between Westmeath and Wexford.

It has been alleged that top Longford referee Derek Fahy, who was on the line for the match at Mullingar's Lakepoint Park, was hit by stones as he consulted with referee Fergal Barry prior to the sending off of Westmeath's Kelvin Reilly in extra time.

Westmeath lost the quarter-final by virtue of a late goal by Wexford's Robert Dempsey.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


A Garda (police officer) from County Wexford has been arrested and questioned about an alleged bogus collection for his “seriously ill wife.”

It is understood that the Garda, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had told his local community that his wife was suffering from cancer and urgently needed medical treatment in the United States.

He is alleged to have organized a collection in his area, which raised funds to cover the costs of the trip.
[Source: Wexford Echo}


A survey by USA Today describes the Bray [McDonald’s] branch as picturesque and historic, naming it number five on the worldwide list.

The building also houses the town hall and dates from the 19th century.

The newspaper said: “McDonald’s has once again found a home in a historic building. The walk-up restaurant looks a tad out of place in such a pastoral location, but with a location right inside the town hall, they’ve certainly figured out the most central location in the city.”
 [Source: Irish Examiner]