News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Portlaoise’s Alison Miller was the hero for the Ireland Women’s Rugby team as they recorded an historic 25-0 win over reigning Grand Slam Champions England in Ashbourne on Saturday, February 9.

The flying winger got in for a hat-trick of tries as Ireland put 17 previous defeats at the hands of England behind them to record an emphatic win that puts them in a very strong position in this year’s Six Nations Championship.

After their opening win over Wales, Ireland faced a much tougher task against one of the strongest women’s teams in the world but on the day Ireland, and Miller in particular, was unstoppable.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Gardaí (police) in Carrick-on-Shannon have issued a reminder to the public to take steps where possible to be vigilant with regard to ensuring their home heating oil is secure.

The reminder follows the theft of oil from a premise on the Leitrim Road recently, and Gardaí confirmed there are a number of such incidents every week in the Carrick-on-Shannon district saying, “It is quite a common occurrence.”

It is understood the majority of these incidents occur during the day time, mainly when homes are vacant and members of the public are urged to contact their local Garda Station if they see anything suspicious at a neighbor’s house.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A taxi driver has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a student in his taxi as he was bringing her home from a night out in the city center.

Abdul Mannan (39) of Rhebogue Meadows, Dublin Road had pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the then 19-year-old in the Castletroy area of the city on February 7, 2011.

It had been the prosecution case that the married father-of-two, who is originally from Bangladesh, assaulted the Mary Immaculate College student after she fell asleep in his taxi.

She had been socializing in the city center earlier in the night as part of the college’s Rag-week celebrations.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


The removal of Longford rugby star Derek Bannon took place last Thursday evening as tributes continued to flood in for the popular 28-year-old sportsman.

Dozens of mourners from Longford Rugby Club were expected to attend to travel to St. Peter’s Church, Rhode, County Offaly later that day after the talented center was killed in a car crash in Sligo on Monday evening, February 11.

The two-car collision, which Gardaí (police) are continuing to investigate, occurred along a stretch of the N4, near Drumfin, shortly before 9 p.m.

A second man, from the Killoe area of Co. Longford, was taken to hospital for minor injuries.
[Source: Longford Leader]


It is a great day for Dundalk as online marketplace eBay announces it is to create 450 jobs at a new operations center in Dundalk.

Fine Gael T.D. for Louth, Peter Fitzpatrick, has welcomed the announcement, which was made last Thursday by An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mr. Richard Bruton.

“This is a great day for Dundalk. Not only will the creation of 450 jobs at eBay give the town and county a great boost, it once again demonstrates how highly foreign investors view the skilled workforce Louth has to offer.”
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A Canadian sculptor is currently working on a proposal to erect a 100-foot bronze statue of St. Patrick on the summit of Croagh Patrick. Sponsorship for the project has been secured, and the idea is that the people of the U.S.A. will bequeath it to the people of Ireland. However, Mayo County Council and local groups who have vested interests in Croagh Patrick were unaware of the plans when contacted by The Mayo News, and the idea looks certain to attract criticism and controversy, given the nature of the proposal and the precedent set in the past by other plans that involved development on the holy mountain.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Trim town councilor Willie Fay has announced his resignation from the council. The Fine Gael member cited work commitments that were preventing him attending meetings as the main reason for his decision.

A cattle lorry driver, he had been absent from many recent meetings due to his traveling around the country and internationally. He had been elected on the final count without reaching the quota in the 2009 local elections, filling the last vacant seat.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


A man accused of dangerous driving causing the death of a Monaghan cyclist told his wife he had knocked someone down when he got home, his trial has heard.

Shane O’Farrell (23) died after he was struck by a car between Carrickmacross and Castleblayney in 2011.

Zigimantas Gridzuiska (39), of Ardross Avenue, Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing death. He has pleaded guilty to three related charges.
[Source: Irish Times]


If you were looking for romance, then why didn’t you visit Edenderry on Valentine’s Day – the town has just been named as one of the top 10 most romantic towns in Ireland.