News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Local filmmaker Gabriel Murray will showcase his documentary George Clooney’s Irish Roots at Dunamaise Arts Centre on Friday, February 1.

The documentary was shot on location in Counties Kilkenny, Laois and Waterford.

It traces the emigration of George Clooney’s, Irish ancestor, Nicholas Clooney, from Kilkenny to Kentucky, during the Great Famine of 1847.

It also involved an intensive search for his Irish links, as well as the discovery of George’s ancestral home.

The film features Fiona Clooney, who historically made the initial contact with George’s father in 2008, when he came to Ireland in search of his Irish roots.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


A Chinese national convicted of cultivating cannabis plants has been ordered to leave the country in return for a suspended sentence.

Zhe Lin, of no fixed abode, committed the offense at Boherard, Ballacolla, on June 19.

Garda (Police Officer) Robert Foran gave evidence that, acting on a search warrant, he and a number of Gardaí attended the defendant’s rented accommodation on that date. The premises were empty, so the Gardaí gained access via an open window at the rear, where they discovered what Garda Foran described as “a grow-house.” The Garda said that 180 cannabis plants were discovered in the upstairs bedroom of the house, while a bag of cannabis leaves and a box of cuttings to be used for propagation were also found.
[Source: Leinster Express]


The communities of Aughavas and Carrigallen are mourning the death of Eugene Charles, known locally as “Gino,” who was buried two weekends ago.

Mr. Charles was last seen leaving Carrigallen at 12:40 a.m. on Friday, January 11. He was missing for five days, before his body was discovered at Kilahurk, Carrigallen on Wednesday, January 16.

A large number of locals from Aughavas and Carrigallen searched the area around the town with the Gardaí (police), before the body was discovered opposite Carrigallen Church that afternoon.

The Moyne road out of Carrigallen was closed from the afternoon of January 16 until after the body was removed from the scene on Thursday afternoon, January 17.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Judge Eugene O’Kelly last Tuesday asked – in respect of a man with 213 previous convictions – whether his reoffending was rooted in his desire to get dental treatment behind bars.

Michael Whelan (34) of Kylefea, Croom, pleaded guilty at Limerick District Court to the theft of a packet of razors valued at $20 from Ballinacurra Pharmacy on January 4.

Before sentencing the accused, Judge O’Kelly asked Whelan’s solicitor, Ted McCarthy, if his client was the same person who had previously abused him because a sentence he imposed “was not of sufficient length.”

Mr. McCarthy said his client had on that occasion sought a longer sentence so he could qualify for dental treatment while in jail.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


He may be renowned for his unique poetry, but Longford man Enda Murray created a stir of a different kind – this time as he tied the knot to fiancée Ann Marie Kerin in the first-ever civil ceremony at Ardee Castle in County Louth.

Now dubbed the “Bard of Ardee,” Enda wed Ann Marie last Thursday. For his fiancée, it is the perfect fairytale wedding. She grew up in the shadow of the historic castle just across the street.

After being made redundant from his job in Sligo about five years ago, Enda set decided to take a new path in life and he started writing poetry. He went on to compile his now famous books including “Back to the Craic” and “Doom and Gloom me Arse.” Then, he took to the roads of Ireland selling his poems.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Dr. Peter Geraghty, who is from Ardee, has been made president of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

The Institute has over 23,000 members and represents professional town planners in the U.K. and Ireland and also has members in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China.

Peter is the eldest son of P.J. and Breda Geraghty, Ardee. He is married to Caroline Colon, daughter of the late well-known historian Larry Colon.

Peter attended the Monastery National School and Arden Community School before studying at Dundee Institute of Technology and the University of Ulster.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A county councilor described a spate of burglaries two weekends ago in his electoral area as “devastating.”

Speaking to The Mayo News last Monday, Clr. Damien Ryan said he did not want to strike fear into communities in South Mayo, but said he believed it was only a matter of time until there was a fatality as people take extra measures in protecting their homes.