News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


His Holiness was visiting the city for local charity Children in Crossfire’s “Culture of Compassion” event, which took place last Thursday when he spoke to 2,500 people at The Venue in Ebrington and walked the city’s Peace Bridge with 300 school children from the area.
[Source: Derry Journal]


Lochlainn Kelly from Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana, has won the third, fourth, fifth and sixth class category of Google’s fifth annual Doodle 4 Google competition. Lochlainn competed against the competition’s other finalists and won the most public votes of any entry in his age category.

Google doodler Kevin Laughlin, who is part of the official doodle team based in Google Headquarters in Mountain View California, presented Lochlainn with his award at a special ceremony in Dublin.

The overall winner, who was selected by Kevin, was Annie Coyle, a 15-year old Letterkenny student who is a pupil at St. Bernadette’s Special School in Letterkenny. Annie’s doodle will be seen by millions of people when it appears on the Google Ireland homepage. Annie’s school will be awarded a $13,000 technology grant while Lochlainn and his fellow group winners and their teachers will receive a personal laptop computer each.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Health Minister Edwin Poots has announced the creation of a new multi-million health center for Newry. The minister unveiled the plans for the new state-of-the-art facilities in an official press conference on Thursday, April 11.  Two $60 million health centers are set to be built in both Newry and Lisburn, which will house G.P.s and a number of community services currently provided by Trusts, including diagnostic services, imaging and children’s services.

The centers will be staffed and equipped by the N.H.S. while the buildings will be financed by the private sector, via an arrangement known as Third Party Development (3.P.D.), which involves a partnership with a private sector company.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Two Dublin girls have come up with a solution on how to get that dress zipped up when there's no one around to help.

Jessie Hennessy (16) and Niamh Foran (16), both from Palmerstown, have devised the Zip Eeze, an attachment that allows for easy opening and closing without help.

They were among 300 student entrepreneurs who descended on Croke Park last Thursday to compete in the 11th annual Student Enterprise Awards national finals.
[Source: Evening Herald]


A recent study that states that fracking is not a significant cause of earthquakes has been questioned by the two local groups who oppose its implementation in Fermanagh.

The report from Durham University found that tremors were barely noticeable from fracking after looking at operations in America.

Dr Caroll O’Dolan, of Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network (F.F.A.N.) expressed his concerns at the findings.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Ireland is to host its seventh annual interfaith peace conference in the city later this month.

The focus of the event is the role of spiritual leaders in contemporary society.

It's to be addressed by Galway West Fianna Fail T.D. Eamon O'Cuiv along with religious leaders from major faiths including Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


The Richard family, who have been left distraught following the Boston Marathon bombings, have Irish roots and are regular visitors to County Kerry.

Martin Richard died in the second blast at the finish line, while his mother, Denise, is seriously ill in hospital and his sister, Jane (5), lost a leg.

Denise's family, the O’Briens, is originally from Co. Kerry, while Jane was growing up to be a talented Irish dancer.
[Source: Irish Independent]


A 30-year-old motorcyclist has died following a road crash in County Kildare.

The man was fatally injured in a collision with a car at Dagwelds Cross, Blackwood in Naas at around 7.30 p.m. Tuesday evening.

He was taken to Naas General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the car received minor injuries in the collision.
[Source: RTE News]


Following weeks of speculation as to whether or not Kilkenny would have a contestant for this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival, it has now been confirmed that one lucky lady will indeed be taking part.

With the resignation last month of former organizers Kate Markey and Paul Dargan, there was uncertainty over whether or not a selection process would happen. But a new committee has since been formed, comprising production manager Steven Connolly and several former Kilkenny Roses, including Orla O’Shea, who won the competition in 2004.
[Source: Kilkenny People]