News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Warm tributes have been paid to Constable Philippa Reynolds, the local woman who died on duty when the police vehicle she was traveling in was battered by a stolen jeep in the early hours of Saturday morning, February 9.

The 27-year-old was laid to rest last Wednesday following an emotional service at New Mossley Methodist Church.

Few can believe that the fun-loving former Antrim Grammar student is gone – or that her dream to become a police officer has come to such a nightmarish end.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


A teenager seriously injured in a two-car collision close to Culloville on Thursday evening, February 7, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Seventeen-year-old Michael Bellew from Crossmaglen was driving a car that collided with a van on the main Castleblayney to Dundalk Road around 6:30 p.m.  He sustained serious injuries and was taken to our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

The driver of the van sustained minor injuries.  Gardaí (police) have appealed for witnesses or anyone with information on the crash to contact them.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Vehicle data expert reported last week that vehicles in counties Leitrim, Longford, Carlow, Mayo and Kerry are, on average, over nine-years-old and vehicle owners are holding their cars longer in those counties. The findings are contained in new research, compiled for the first time, which gives an accurate county specific breakdown of the age of the fleet in Ireland.

The total number of private vehicles in the Republic of Ireland fleet stands at 2.21 million.
[Source: Galway Independent]


The largest canine rescue in the history of the State has taken place at rural farm location on the Leitrim-Cavan border where more than 140 dogs were recovered.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (I.S.P.C.A.) has said the animals were discovered living in "deplorable conditions" at the property in near Ballinaglera almost a month ago.

The recent rescue of the dogs required the co-operation of three other organizations – Leitrim Animal Welfare, Dogs Trust and County Veterinary Offices, and among the breeds found were Bichon Frise crosses, King Charles Cavaliers and Shih Tzus, ranging in age from puppies right through to mature dogs.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


A heartbroken Mayo woman was making a special St. Valentine’s Day appeal to the people of Clare after losing her precious engagement ring on a romantic weekend in the county last month.

Mary travelled to Ennis on Friday, January 12 for a getaway with her husband and to visit friends here. Unfortunately, she found after walking from The Temple Gate Hotel to Brogan’s Bar to the Old Ground Hotel that her engagement ring, an eternity ring and a ring she had received as a birthday present, were missing.

“I am very upset about it,” she told the Clare Champion.  “Since I lost them I have literally cried every evening when I come home from work.”

“We went to Clare for a long weekend and we stayed in the Temple Gate. We always go to Ennis, we love it there. The night was very cold so I think that the ring just slipped off my finger,” she explained.
[Source: Clare Champion]


In a tale that sounds like something from a film, a lost relative and a family reunion has resulted in a Hollywood actor coming to the Everyman Theatre this May to perform for Cork audiences.

Four years ago, Cork native Josephine O'Sullivan used the internet to contact a cousin she had never met.

"I had always known I had a cousin, Patrick J. Cronin. His father, my uncle, used to visit us every year and he would talk about his son who was involved in singing and acting. Later in life, I would always watch for his name in credits and tell my three daughters all about him.

"He was a wide range of show and films such as 'Seinfeld,' 'Dallas,' 'The Wonder Years,' 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' and 'Star Trek.' One day I just decided to Google him and I found contact details for a professor of drama in East Tennessee State University, which seemed to be Paddy so I e-mailed him and asked."
[Source: Cork Independent]


Beef burgers will continue to be served in Derry schools despite the ongoing horse meat scandal.

A Western Education and Library Board spokeswoman said the education authority has “no plans to withdraw beef burgers from their menus.”

Two of the North’s five education and library boards have withdrawn beef burgers from school menus.

The W.E.L.B. spokeswoman said, “Based on current information and assurances provided by their suppliers the board has no plans to withdraw beef burgers from their menus. The situation is being closely monitored and if circumstances change further action may be taken.”