News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


The youngest rose, Charlene Duff, had the audience up and moving with her “repeat after me routine.”’

But it was the last rose of the night who left a lasting impression, as Sarah Conlon was crowned Laois Rose for 2013.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Leitrim’s filmmakers of the future received a huge boost two weeks ago at the Fresh Film Festival. Students of Action School of Film from Leitrim and Roscommon traveled to the national finals of Ireland’s most prestigious youth film event in Limerick on Thursday, April 4, and did not leave empty-handed.

The filmmakers were awarded the R.T.É. award for their short film “Repulsive.” The award is given annually to a group or individual filmmaker who impresses R.T.É. programmers with a film lasting just 60 seconds. “Repulsive” was made by students on the Action School of Film summer course which took place in Carrick-on-Shannon last July.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


The State pathologist, Professor Marie Cassidy, said Limerick’s former reputation as “Stab City” is now wholly undeserved, as the murder rate in Limerick has dropped dramatically in recent years.

Professor Cassidy was speaking at the University of Limerick last week, where she discussed her career in science, and the promotion of women in the field in general.

“Limerick has been very, very quiet thankfully, and hopefully it will remain so. Glasgow can take back its title again, and resume being ‘Stab City’,” said Prof. Cassidy, who is from the Scottish city and began her career there.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Last weekend saw Livin Dred Theatre Company bring their production of “The Bridge Below the Town” to Longford’s Backstage Theatre. It’s the latest collaboration between Pat McCabe and Padraic McIntyre, and is based on McCabe’s novel “The Stray Sod Country.”

The play featured local actress Lorna Quinn, who became a household name when she played the part of Lucy in one of the most dramatic plotlines in R.T.É.’s Fair City last year. “At the moment I’m enjoying my return to theatre with ‘Bedroom Farce’ at the Gate Theatre, and now with ‘The Bridge Below the Town,’” she says. “I would love to do more TV – we’ll just have to wait and see.”
[Source: Longford Leader]


Louth County Councilor Tomás Sharkey has reacted angrily to news that the x-ray service at Louth County Hospital is to be cut at weekends.

“The H.S.E. has informed me that they will be cutting x-ray cover at Louth County Hospital by 16 hours every weekend. The say that from now on the 9 a.m. -  9 p.m. service is to be cut to 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

“This is bad news for our hospital. It indicates that the Department of Health is willing to cut back on the services available to the public. The H.S.E. admits that no money will be saved with this latest move.”
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A new initiative that promises to bestow Ireland’s “warmest welcome” upon visitors to Castlebar in the year of The Gathering was launched by An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny on Saturday morning, April 6.

The unique initiative sees visitors given their very own local “welcome ambassador” to Castlebar by simply registering their details on The welcome ambassador will greet visitors on arrival, bring them on a tour of Castlebar and help them discover all the local hidden gems the town has to offer. As an added bonus and where possible, ambassadors will be equipped to assist visitors in tracing their Mayo roots. To date, over 100 Mayo natives have volunteered to act as ambassadors for the town.
[Source: The Mayo News]


The tradition of burying people in their own parish or village may soon disappear with the introduction of a major restructuring of the cemeteries service by Meath County Council.

As cemeteries in local towns and villages continue to fill up, officials have warned that it will not be possible in future for the council to provide replacement burial grounds throughout the county.

Cemeteries may in future have to be provided on a “regional” basis. However, although up to 10 percent of deceased people are cremated, the council has firmly ruled out the building of a crematorium in the county.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


A parish priest was involved in the sexual abuse of some children in Donagh in the 1970s and 1980s, the B.B.C. can reveal.

Canon Peter Duffy, from County Monaghan, was an uncle of former Bishop of Clogher Joseph Duffy.