News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


Based on sales at Tesco, Edenderry sees some of the highest sales in Valentine’s cards, flowers and novelty gifts nationwide.

Celebrating Edenderry’s romantic status were Maurice and Eileen Murrin, winners of the Tesco Endless Love Competition, who collected a Valentine’s Hamper in store after being chosen as the longest married couple locally. The couple, who have been married for 58 years said, “We were both shocked and absolutely delighted to win the Endless Love competition in our local Tesco in Edenderry. This Valentine’s will be very special and we can’t wait to enjoy our day with this fantastic gift.”
[Source: Offaly Express]


There was anger in a County Roscommon parish last Wednesday after the ransacking of the home of a pensioner who died in crash just hours earlier.

Mary Carroll from Glanduff, Kiltoom was seriously injured when the car she was driving struck a wall, just before 5 p.m.

She died later at Portiuncula Hospital at around 9 p.m.

Mrs. Carroll was a widow and had no children.

Councilor and distant relative Paddy Kilduff told Midlands Radio that locals are disgusted.

"Her house was, I have to say, defiled last night, where people, someone, broke into it while her body wasn't cold," he said.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


South Sligo Macra member, Ann Marie O'Neill, has been crowned “Queen of the North West.”

The annual Kings and Queens night has become a favorite night out in the Macra calendar.

The event in The Sligo Park Hotel attracted a king and queen from counties Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Galway, Donegal, Longford and Monaghan.

Ann Marie, from Bellaghy, and Eamon Sweeney from Leitrim were the choice of the judges, Marian Harkin M.E.P., last year's Queen Mary Guihan from Leitrim and King Brian Casey from Longford.
[Source: Sligo Champion]


Templemore Library was the crowded setting as local artist Garry Sheppard launched his first ceramic exhibition on Thursday February 7. As the “Cois Farraige” title suggests, the theme of the display focused on ceramic vessels capturing the natural beauty of the seashore.

After a career in the upholstery business it was at the local Templemore College of Further Education (formerly St. Sheelan’s College) that Garry grasped the opportunity to return to education.

Initially studying Interior Design under Nicola Welford, who gave Garry enormous help and her encouragement developed an interest in design and this led to the Art College in Limerick. The exhibition will run in the library in Templemore for the month of February and all are welcome to drop in and view the unique ceramic display.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


An elderly Coagh woman is recuperating after a nasty fall that resulted in her spending nine hours lying in the sleet and snow with only her beloved pet dog to keep her warm.

Annabel Gibson, who runs a popular sweet shop in the village, was only saved from her ordeal after a vigilant neighbor came to her rescue.

Speaking to the Tyrone Courier, Gary Harkness described Ms. Gibson as "the life of the village" and said the unfortunate incident highlighted the importance of checking in on elderly neighbors.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


A raid on a converted two-story factory unit on the Waterford Airport Business Park uncovered one of the biggest cannabis cultivation seizures in the country and resulted in the arrest of two Polish nationals — one of whom had only been in Ireland a matter of hours before his arrest.

The story of how over 1,700 cannabis plants ready for harvesting, and which would have produced cannabis worth in the region of $1.7 million were seized as part of a Garda (police) operation on October 24, 2012, unfolded at Waterford Criminal Circuit Court two weeks ago.

Wieslaw Zawawzki (50), a former truck driver and who was described as the horticulturalist for the operation, pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis plants with a street value of $1.7 million at Waterford Airport Business Park on October 24, 2012 and with possessing cannabis resin with a market value of $17,340 or more for sale and supply to another.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Students are innovative and think outside the box; they are naturally good at inventions and spotting solutions to problems – but adults tend to think mainstream and stick to what they know.

That is the assessment of Westmeath County Enterprise Board as its people prepare for the county final of the Student Enterprise Awards, at Golden Island Shopping Centre in Athlone on Friday, February 22.

Among the ideas this year are a flashing dog collar, medical application for smart phones, a calf coat, an animal feed holder, a book for children with special needs and a handbook for those living independently for the first time, as well as a natural solution that stops dogs chewing things you don't want them to chew.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]