News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


He died in 1994 and is buried in Donagh. The police have investigated cases involving three victims.
[Source: BBC News]


Offaly has recorded the biggest percentage drop in planning applications in the country in the first quarter of the year in comparison with the same period in 2012.

That’s according to the latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index compiled and issued by Link2Plans (

The figures show that Offaly suffered another 48 percent drop in applications in the first quarter of 2013 with just 14 applications received compared to 27 for the same period in 2012. After Offaly, Limerick (39 percent), Wexford (36 percent), Laois (32 percent) and Carlow (32 percent) recorded the sharpest falls.
[Source: Offaly Express]


[Sinn Féin’s] strength has traditionally been concentrated in Dublin and it admits that its biggest challenge ahead of the next general election will be to develop the organization in rural areas across the country.

“You have such a strong tradition of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in most rural areas — very little of the Labour Party in rural areas — that to come in and build up a structure in those areas takes time,” said Connemara- based Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

“But we’re finding that doing something like an ard fheis (party conference) in a place like Castlebar, [mobilizes] not just County Mayo — but it means that the people in Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and Galway have to step up to the plate as well.”
[Source: Irish Examiner]


A statement issued by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government two weeks ago has stated that Minister Phil Hogan has no plans to amalgamate Leitrim and Sligo County Councils despite the fact that both local authorities will be losing their county managers over the next few months.

Late last month it emerged that Leitrim’s county manager, Jackie Maguire, is taking up the position of Meath county manager – subject to ratification. Sligo’s County Manager Hubert Kearns is expected to retire shortly from his position.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A two-year-old Thurles child has been seriously injured by a horse having been kicked in the head by the animal.

Neighbors, family members and friends have been left shocked by the incident that is being investigated by Gardaí (police). Emergency services attended the scene and the hospital helicopter arrived to convey the injured boy to hospital as a matter of immediate urgency. His condition is described as serious.

The Rosemount estate on the outskirts of Thurles town contains over 200 houses of varying styles, most of which are owner occupied, although quite a few are rented also.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


A Brackaville lady is hoping to be the second-ever Tyrone Rose to make it to the final of the International Rose of Tralee Festival, which is in its 54th year and will see 32 roses converge on Tralee in August.

Joanne O'Neill (22) was crowned the Tyrone Rose for 2013 at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown in front of a packed house on Wednesday night, April 3, as well as many online followers as the event was streamed live on the Internet courtesy of Silvermist Media based in Fintona.

Joanne O'Neill along with the 14 other roses did their friends, families and communities extremely proud, giving the audience a fantastic night's entertainment with all their talents on display.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Local fast food diner Eddie Rocket’s was destroyed in a massive blaze, which gutted the premises during the early hours of Saturday, April 9.

Little is left of the Cork Road diner but charred black remains of the once vibrant décor. Two weekends ago Gardaí (police) carried out a technical examination of the scene, but it is believed that the fire is not suspicious in nature.

Emergency services were alerted to the fire at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday and seven units of the fire service attended, four from Waterford City and others from Tramore and Dunmore East.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


The Mullingar Park Hotel will be host to a visitor who has the potential to vastly improve trade relations between Mullingar and some of the most important countries in the world – those in Asia, writes Morgan Beausang.

Dr. Harry Tseng, Taiwanese ambassador to Ireland, is making a visit to Mullingar in order to investigate into just how connections and communications can be improved between the Westmeath area and Taiwan.

He will be speaking with representatives of the I.D.A. and Enterprise Ireland, along with the Westmeath county manager, and groups.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]