News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



A twister that ripped through the town of Hattiesburg in Mississippi on Sunday evening, February 10, completely destroyed the home of a Letterkenny woman who last Wednesday was trying her best to salvage what she could from her residence as rain continued to drench the storm-torn region.

Bronagh Gallagher from Sallaghrane was audibly in shock on Monday morning as she described the roof of her house being “snapped like a toothpick” by a pine tree that smashed on top of it during the Sunday storm.

The Mississippi University lecturer had not been in her home when the tornado struck on Sunday but received a call to tell her that her home had been destroyed in the tornado.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


A Newry man has been given a suspended jail sentence for the manslaughter of a six-year-old Rathfriland boy.

Stuart Wilson was stuck by a speedboat off Cranfield Beach in south County Down over two-and-a-half years ago.

Scaffolding contractor Damien McCann, from Sandyhill in Newry, was steering his speedboat just off the beach when he struck the child.

Stuart suffered severe head injuries in the collision and died later in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.
[Source: BBC News]


A criminal arrested by Gardaí (police) investigating the murder of Real I.R.A. boss Alan Ryan was previously pepper-sprayed by officers in a bizarre driving incident.

During the incident in the Coolock area in October 2011, the 26-year-old man was travelling in a car with crime boss “Mr. Big,” who is suspected of organizing Ryan's murder in Clongriffin, north Dublin.

The pair was pulled over by officers before the man in Garda custody today started to act in a threatening and aggressive way and had to be pepper sprayed.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Invest N.I., the investment arm within the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, has rebutted a claim by a Fermanagh Sinn Fein councilor that it did not bring enough investors into the county.

It said assistance from Invest N.I. to Fermanagh of almost $15 million in the last 5 years had contributed towards a total planned investment of over $141 million, promoting 548 new jobs and safeguarding 270.

From 2002/3 to 2011/12, Fermanagh received $37 million of a total $1.8 billion investment.

Sheamus Greene told the Herald he was not surprised at the figures he received from D.E.T.I. in relation to Invest N.I.’s success in creating jobs and encouraging foreign and inward investment to Fermanagh, compared with the other five counties.

He commented: “Over a ten year period, from 2002-3 to 2011-12, Antrim received [$997 million], Tyrone [$148 million], Derry [$236 million], Armagh [$193 million], Down [$183 million] and Fermanagh received [$37 million].”
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


More than 14 new jobs are on the way for Galway City.

Mixgreens, a healthy fast food restaurant franchise, is to open their third restaurant at Liosbaun Industrial estate on Monday, February 18.

The new premises will create 14 jobs.

The company already has two restaurants at Newscastle road and the Grainstore in the city center, employing 20 people.

The eco-gourmet restaurants were launched by chef, business man and Galway native Kieran Nolan in 2012.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Danny Healy-Rae last Wednesday confirmed he will vote against such a motion at Monday’s meeting of Kerry County Council because he has “serious concerns’’ about same-sex couples adopting children.

“I’m not against gay people or anything like that. That’s their business, but I would be very worried in regard to adoption. If adoption was out of it, it would be a different story altogether,’’ he said.

The independent councilor said he had not been lobbied by any side on the gay marriage issue and could not understand the urgency of putting a motion before the council.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Quick action by a terrified boy resulted in the capture of an intruder after the boy found the man in his bedroom.

The five-year-old boy raised the alarm by running down the stairs on his home in Drogheda Street screaming about a stranger in his bedroom.

The incident happened on Tuesday, February 5, at about 7 p.m.

One of the boy’s family members then chased the intruder from the scene, and a struggle ensued but the intruder got away. But, not for long as a man was later arrested in the vicinity of the property.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


At a special function in Nolan Park, Kilkenny, Glanbia announced a new three-year sponsorship deal for Kilkenny hurlers for 2013-2015.

As in the past, the sponsorship will include Kilkenny’s Senior, Intermediate, Under-21 and Minor county hurling teams and continues to be performance-bonus related.
[Source: Kilkenny People]