News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Around 40 people staged a protest outside the regeneration offices in Moyross last Wednesday to highlight their frustration and anger over Limerick City Council’s policy of seizing horses in the area.

A letter was handed in by the protesters, who have offered to sit down with the local authority in the hope of reaching an agreement.

Under current bylaws, the keeping of horses is not permitted in the city boundary without a license.

However, no licenses have ever been issued.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


He may have become a media sensation overnight but for Longford’s newest lottery millionaire, it was business as usual when he returned to his day job with Bord Na Mona last Monday.

Ger Hand was already a local celebrity when he featured on R.T.É.’s Six One News two weeks ago in an interview with Lanesboro man and correspondent Ciaran Mullooly. The resultant interview catapulted Ger to national fame and media outlets clamored to get a few words from Ireland’s newest millionaire for the ultimate feel-good story.
[Source: Longford Leader]


There was widespread shock and sadness in Castlebellingham, Kilsaran and surrounding areas last Monday morning, as it became clear that a mother of young children from Castlebellingham was the victim of the fatal accident between Dunleer and Monasterboice on Sunday night, April 21.

Linda Bray from Gort Nua estate at the edge of Castlebellingham lost her life when she was in two-car collision.

The fatal crash happened shortly after 10 p.m. at Castletown near a very dangerous bend that was also the scene of a fatal crash a few years ago.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A Castlebar Town Councilor has suggested the introduction of a bylaw to ban the use of hoodies in the town as a crime prevention measure.

The suggestion was made by Independent Councilor Michael Kilcoyne, who raised the issue following the recent high-profile theft of a Brennan’s Bread van from outside Mulroy’s shop in Castlebar.

The C.C.T.V. footage of the incident showed two youths stealing the van but the footage was inconclusive in identifying the culprits because their faces were hidden by their hoodies. At the Joint Policing Committee meeting two weeks ago, Clr. Kilcoyne suggested that a bylaw banning hoodies should be introduced.
[Source: The Mayo News]


On Saturday, April 20, Kells Local Heroes kicked off their first painting and cleaning day for 2013 when volunteers turned out in force to give Kenlis Place or Back Street, as it’s known locally, a colorful makeover.

Eight buildings were each given fresh coats of green, blue, terracotta, yellow, pink and beige paint in an operation that has given a colorful transformation to the busy street.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Part of the cross-border Ulster Canal, which has not been used for 80 years, is to reopen, it has been revealed.

The nine-mile route runs from Lough Erne in County Fermanagh to Clones in Co. Monaghan.

New towpaths and bridges will also be created as part of the $46 million work, which is expected to take three years.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, and Dublin G.A.A. star Bryan Cullen recently announced the winners of Aviva Health’s Schools Fitness Challenge 2013. Ireland’s fittest School is Oaklands Community College, Edenderry, County Offaly. The fittest school and most improved school, Abbey C.B.S, Co. Tipperary, attended a special awards ceremony at Aviva Stadium.

The national challenge, developed by Professor Niall Moyna in Dublin City University and the Wellness Economic Initiative Alliance, invited all secondary schools throughout the country to join in making physical fitness a national priority, by assessing the fitness levels of first- and second-year school children over a six-week period and advocating for improvements in their overall health.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Struggling farmers in Roscommon are being advised to seek assistance from the Department of Agriculture and banks as the fodder crisis throughout the county continues to worsen.

Roscommon I.F.A. Chairman John O’Beirne said last week that the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must come forward with more measures to alleviate the real hardship and financial stress on the worst affected farms.

“This is now a crisis situation and the minister needs to put a fund in place and make it available immediately to anybody who is under severe pressure.”
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Sligo Regional Hospital (S.R.H.) will be introducing a smoke-free campus policy on May 31.

From this date, it will no longer be permissible to smoke anywhere on the hospital grounds (i.e. entrances, doorways, walkways, internal roads, car parks, bicycle shelters).