News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


The Abbeyleix Hospital Action group is giving the minister for health one more week to make a decision on the future of Abbeyleix Hospital.

“We have decided to give them one more week,” P.R.O. for the group, Gary O’Keefe, said.

“We’re leaving it until Friday, if we have no answer either way by then we will go at them all guns blazing,” Mr. O’ Keefe said.
[Source: Leinster Express]


A 21-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Carrick-on-Shannon native Andrew Dolan in Mullingar in 2011.

Twenty-year-old Andrew Dolan, a biomedical science student from Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim, died on New Year’s Day 2012 at Beaumount Hospital, Dublin following an assault at Pearse Street, Mullingar on December 23, 2011.

Three people were charged in relation to Andrew Dolan’s death.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


The 20-year-old city youth who threw a banana at Manchester City star Gael Clichy in Thomond Park says he received hate mail last week, which he has handed over to the Gardaí (police).

“We have a lot of supporters and fans of [Manchester]. United, here in Limerick and [you’re] not one of them,” the single page letter sent to the home of Kelvin Reynolds stated.

It adds: “[You’re] a thug. If you live another 20 years, you’ll still be a thug.”

Concerned over the safety of his one-year-old son and girlfriend, Mr. Reynolds, who lives in Caherdavin, has handed over the letter to the Gardaí (police) to investigate what he sees as a hate mail threat.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Sunday World reporter Geraldine Comiskey spent an afternoon recently on the farm of Eamon Egan in Kenagh.

While there, the reporter was treated to some old style farming as Mr. Egan presented his famous pair of draught horses, Gerry and Kruger. Needless to say there was also a plough in the vicinity.

Eamon (80) remembers the days when the plough was the only machine available to toil the land in Ireland and was a keen participant in the Longford Ploughing Championships in Edgeworthstown.

After Comiskey managed to get the plough stuck in Eamon’s land, he said of the draugh horses, “Sixty years ago this breed of horse would have been used to pull the Guinness carts.” “They are the perfect plough horses; most of the other traditional workhorses are just bred for shows now and they wouldn’t know what to do if you hitched a plough to them.”
[Source: Longford Leader]


Last January, crisp giant Tayto started selling their own brand of milk chocolate at their Tayto Park in Ashbourne, County Meath, but fans wanted them to go that extra step further.

After receiving thousands of e-mails, tweets and Facebook posts begging them to create the perfect chocolate crisp bar, Tayto have done just that and released a chocolate bar infused with their famous cheese and onion crisps.

They are now on sale in a lot of shots in Louth and across the country.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A man is being detained at Claremorris Garda (Police) Station in connection with the attempted raid of a post office in Hollymount last Tuesday afternoon. He was arrested near Ballinrobe.

A masked man is reported to have entered the post office at around 2:30 p.m. armed with a weapon. No money was taken.

A spokesperson at the Claremorris station said An Gardaí Síochána is looking into extending the period of the man’s detainment. Gardaí have said they have no lead in relation to another man who was involved in the raid.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Gardaí (police) believe that there may have been three men involved in an attempted raid on Tara Post Office on Tuesday afternoon.

Around 3 p.m., a lone raider entered the post office at Ross Cross, brandishing a firearm, and broke the protective glass, but failed to get through it. He also attempted to get through a doorway to the post office worker, but failed and left empty-handed.

A red car was waiting for him outside, which was later found abandoned at Baronstown, Tara.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


The A.B.P. Food Group has agreed a deal to sell the Silvercrest facility at Ballybay, County Monaghan, as part of its plan to exit the frozen burger sector in Ireland.

The company is being sold to the Kepak Group, subject to Competition Authority approval.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

A.B.P. said the sale involves the transfer of the 122 staff currently employed at Silvercrest.
[Source: RTE News]


Two science-loving students from Edenderry, County Offaly were awarded first place in the Intermediate Category at last Wednesday’s 11th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Finals.

Shauna Bannon Ward (14) and Samantha Brennan (14) from Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, Co. Offaly were judged overall winners in the Intermediate Category for “The Boom Book,” a book of science experiments aimed at 5-10 year olds. Using common household products and simple instructions, “The Boom Book” team want to encourage the practical, experimental side of science and hope to bring the fun back into the subject for young school-goers. The students also run science demonstrations in primary schools as a way of marketing “The Boom Book.”
[Source: Offaly Express]