News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


Labour Party councilor, Maurice Shortall, lived on the same estate in Castlecomer as the late Tony Barrett for 17 years. “During this period 1981 to 1998 the majority of the youngsters on Kilkenny Road, Castlecomer were in their formative years and I knew Tony Barrett as a bright, quiet and unassuming person,” Clr. Shortall said.

“My abiding memory of Tony was watching him help his late dad, Jack, and mum, Mary, prepare firewood for sale in the local hinterland. Jack Barrett went to his eternal reward in 2002. Tony has lived away from home for a number of years. The community [is] rallying around Mary on the tragic loss of her only child and all our hearts go out to her,” Clr. Shortall added.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Laois’ Alison Miller is backing a global campaign for girls’ education fronted by Development Charity Plan Ireland.

Alison and her Triple Crown-winning teammates are supporting Plan Ireland’s “Raise your Hand” campaign, which is striving to make girls’ education an international priority.

Plan is attempting to collect  four million actions (photos of hands raised, likes on our Facebook campaign page), and present them to the United Nations Secretary General and the world donor community to urge them to make girls’ education a top priority.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Leitrim captain Emlyn Mulligan has called for a lengthy ban for an Offaly player he alleges spat blood in his face during an Allianz League Division 4 clash in Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday, March 10.

Croke Park is awaiting the referee’s report after Mulligan alleged on Twitter after the crucial encounter that Offaly’s Peter Cunningham spat blood in his face.

The Leitrim captain, who declined to comment further on the incident when contacted by the Observer on Monday, March 11, tweeted after the game: “I’ve seen some dirty acts in Gaa but for a player covered in blood to spit blood on a fellow players face (mine) is disgraceful carry on,” before adding “Fair play to the ref tho, he gave him a straight red for it and only right!! surely deserves more than a one match suspension #gaa#disgusting.”

When contacted by the Observer, a spokesman for the Offaly G.A.A. County Board said that they were awaiting the referee’s report and had no comment to make on the matter.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Over the past five years, independent filmmakers have been recording the oral histories of 32 grandmothers from across Ireland.

The filmmakers have now assembled a landmark film archive which can be viewed online.

Among the grandmothers who took part in the film was Peggy Mee, from County Limerick but currently living in Mitchelstown.

Filmed in beautiful high definition, this unique people’s history shuns politicians, generals and businessmen in favor of a mother’s perspective: the farmer’s wife, the nursemaid or the seamstress.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Residents in the Longford area have been advised to be cautious if approached by collectors calling door-to-door looking for charitable donations. The call was made by P.A.W.S. Animal Rescue, who was informed of bogus collectors claiming to be collecting money on their behalf.

“It’s happened to us three times this week,” said Gina Hetherington of P.A.W.S. “We were told by a girl who got in contact with us via Facebook, who said collectors were going around selling lines.

“There are young lads with I.D. cards and hi-vis jackets with our charity’s name on them knocking on doors. We know for certain that they were calling to houses on Bannon Terrace in Longford Town.”
[Source: Longford Leader]


Harvey Norman Ireland has announced that it will close its furniture and bedding clearance outlet in Dundalk Retail Park as of Monday, June 17. The remaining staff-members at the outlet were informed of the company’s decision on Friday evening, March 8.

Up to 13 jobs may be affected by the closure, though the company claims that “some portion of the affected employees can be redeployed within the [organization] which has 12 full format stores around Ireland, employing more than 700 staff between its store network, technical and customer services and headquarters function.”
A statement from the company also stated: “Harvey Norman has already begun the statutory process of consulting with the affected Outlet team on alternatives to the redundancies and a generously enhanced ex-gratia package.”
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Despite heroic efforts by island neighbors, a 62-year old man tragically died in a house fire on Clare Island late on Sunday night, March 10.

Mr. Jim Biggs, a part-time resident of the Clew Bay outpost, is understood to have died from smoke inhalation as he slept in his bedroom in the family cottage at Lecarrow. The alarm was raised after a young islander, who was passing by, noticed flames. The Mayo News understands that he rushed to his nearby house for a fire extinguisher and then, with the help of others, broke in a bedroom window where they found Mr. Biggs in bed and removed him from the burning house.