News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


The pair became the unmitigated stars of the show, earning a standing ovation from the audience and all four coaches.  Indeed, Danny O’Donoghue, Jessie J, Tom Jones and, were simply in awe of the singers’ abilities, with The Script front-man describing their performance as “like angels singing.”
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A Dublin man has appeared in court charged with raping and sexually assaulting two sisters over a six-year period.

The man, who is in his 40s, has been ordered to stay away from the alleged victims and not to contact them for the duration of the trial.

He appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with 12 counts of sexual assault and 12 counts of rape of a female over a six-year period in the 1990s.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Speaking to the Fermanagh Herald last week, Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay gave an update on how the P.S.N.I.’s work is progressing.

“Planning is well advanced now,” he reported. “One of the major challenges we had was around the logistics and infrastructure, but all of that is coming together.”

There has been a marked increase in the number of police officers in Enniskillen and the surrounding area, and A.C.C. Finlay acknowledged that as an “obvious” progression.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Minister of State for Tourism, Michael Ring has unveiled the final route for the Wild Atlantic Way, which will run from Donegal to Cork, via Galway.

It'll be Ireland's first long-distance driving route, stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in Cork.

The 1,550-mile route was unveiled following a public consultation process.

It includes 156 strategically placed discover points for tourists, many of which are in Galway.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


A fire broke out at a building in Killorglin, County Kerry.

The alarm was raised at around 4 a.m. at a commercial unit with apartments overhead on Langford Street.

There are no reports of injuries and those living in the building managed to escape before emergency services arrived.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Gardaí (police) in Newbridge have been recording some successes in the past two weeks, with arrests made following burglaries in the area.

Two men spotted running from a house at Standhouse Lawns last Monday morning found themselves taken into custody after a local resident notified the Gardaí about suspicious activity in the area.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


A man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of the manslaughter of a married couple in a Kilkenny road crash.

Sean Dillon, of Killerig, County Carlow, told Dr. Paul O’Connell (Consultant Psychiatrist at the Central Mental Hospital) after the crash that it was a suicide attempt and that he wanted to die.

Kilkenny Circuit Court heard last Monday that on the evening of August 24, 2011 at 6:20 p.m., Dillon grabbed the steering wheel of the car driven by his sister and forced it across the road, hitting an oncoming car and killing two of the occupants, a retired couple, and leaving the driver of the car, their daughter, with very serious injuries. It also left Dillon’s sister badly injured.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


The wait is finally over for Picnic fans as the lineup has just been announced. So fans will be merrily dancing to a wide range of musical delights, including: Bjork, Fatboy Slim, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Eels, Noah and the Whale, Johnny Marr, Ocean Colour Scene, Hurts, Mick Flannery, Warpaint, The Walkmen, Tiga, Baauer, Savages, The Strypes, Policia, Chvches, Parquet Courts, Clinic, Deep Valley, Disclosure and Soak.

What began as a one-day outing to Stradbally in the late summer of 2004 10 years ago is now an annual national treasure – the nation’s favorite festival of music, art, fine food, spoken word and the wonderfully unexpected. To celebrate 10 years of turning heads and making magic in the fields, this year’s Picnic tickets are coming at a discounted price, starting from $194.57 for a weekend ticket for those who can prove they have been to three previous Picnics.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Aughawillan’s glamorous Rose, Niamh Flanagan, ditched the high heels, party dress and celebrations to spend her 21st birthday as a volunteer in a Children’s Mental Institution in Chernobyl.

In what was one of the most challenging humanitarian missions they have undertaken, 19 roses and escorts from the 2012 Rose of Tralee traveled with Adi Roche to Belarus on Sunday, March 24, to work as volunteers in Vesnova Children’s Institution. The orphanage is situated 108 miles from Chernobyl, the scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident that caused thousands of deaths and forced more than half a million to flee from their homes in 1986.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]