News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Nine members from Carrick on Shannon based Trident Swim Club took part in the Community Games County Final on Sunday, April 7, in Roscommon Town.

Representing Douglas Hyde in the U-12 Girls’ Backstroke category was Izzy Butler, who put in a fantastic effort in her first ever swimming competition. Also taking part in the U-12 Girls’ Backstroke were Trident members Carina Hughes, representing Croghan, and Aoife McCormack, representing Elphin. Both girls swam a strong race with Aoife coming home in fourth place overall.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Soccer legend Roy Keane is asking the people of Tipperary to join his favorite team during May: not Sunderland or Manchester United, but the team who will make this the 11th Annual Shades fundraiser for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind a big success.

Roy’s favorite charity desperately needs funds to meet increased demand for their guide dogs for vision-impaired persons and their assistance dogs for families of children with autism. The organization has waiting lists of up to three years and is seeking to raise over $5 million this year to provide services that really do change lives.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Claims that cobbles at the Hill of the O'Neill visitor attraction in Dungannon were removed because they were "too uncomfortable" for walkers' feet have been angrily denied.

The picturesque cobbles at the $7.6 million facility in the heart of the town are to be ripped up as part of work, which will cost almost $1.1 million, still needing completion.

A source at the council told the Courier that the cobbles were to be dug up as they were "too round at the top" and were therefore hurting people's feet as they climbed the hill.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


The Mayor’s Ball was a particularly poignant event for City Mayor, Clr. Jim D’Arcy this year, with one of the three beneficiaries sharing in the $47,000 raised on the night holding a very special place in his and his family’s heart.

In October of last year, Clr. Darcy’s wife Helen suffered a stroke shortly after the birth of their daughter, Rachel. She is currently on the road to recovery and it was for this reason in particular that The Stroke Foundation was chosen as one of the three beneficiaries of the ball, with Waterford Alzheimer Society and The Family and Friends of the Sacred Heart Centre also chosen.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


A huge crowd of Manchester United supporters turned out at the Annebrook House Hotel, Mullingar on Saturday night, April 13,as two members of the club's legendary treble-winning generation stopped by for a meet-and-greet.

Former Republic of Ireland full back Denis Irwin and center-half David May signed autographs, chatted with fans and reminisced about their time at the club in a no-holds-barred interview with Mullingar Midlands 103 personality, Willie Geraghty.

The night, organized by Mullingar Town clubman and sports events promoter Gareth Hayes, drew United fans of all ages, including many young Reds – some of whom weren't even born before United's dramatic European Cup win over Bayern Munich in 1999.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


Gardaí (police) are appealing for witnesses after a woman was killed in a car crash in County Wexford.

The 48-year-old was airlifted to Tallaght Hospital after her car collided with a jeep on the R772 between Gorey and Clough.

It happened at around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, April 11, but the woman lost her fight for life later that night.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Dublin Bay could soon be home to 145 wind turbines as part of a $2.6 billion plan.

The proposal would see 100m turbines being built 10km from the coastline.

If given the go-ahead, renewable power firm Saorgus Energy would begin construction on the Kish and Bray Banks within five years.

The wind farm would generate enough electricity to meet the demands of 450,000 homes, as well as creating 850 jobs.
[Source: Evening Herald]