News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


A fierce storm hit the south of the county at around 6 a.m., with thunder, lightning and hail storms reported in most areas. Power went out in parts of Tullaghan, County Leitrim, just south of Bundoran.

A Garda (police) spokesperson said that lightning struck a house at Bridgetown, at approximately 6 a.m.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Five prominent Hill Street traders were feeling triumphant on Friday, January 25, when their campaign to highlight their anger at being taken to court by the Planning Service prompted the intervention of Environment Minister Alex Attwood, who overturned the “ridiculous” action.

The Newry businessmen had been threatened with legal action by the Planning Service who issued the men with a summons to appear in court next month in connection with a “Welcome back to Hill Street” banner, which the traders had erected after the disruption caused by the Public Realm Scheme, which took place on Hill Street and Monaghan Street last year.

So incensed were the retailers by the action of the Planning Department that they took to Facebook to vent their anger. Declan McChesney, owner of Cahill Brothers shoes, who had been issued the summons along with Jack Murphy, Gerard Rice and Mick and David Downey, posted a plea on the social media site last Thursday urging local people to spread the word about what he described as a “mad” decision by planners.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A Dublin footballer is to stand trial accused of attacking another player during a club match last March.

Gaelic footballer Enda Ledwith (33), a Garda (police officer) who plays for north Dublin team Na Fianna, suffered a broken jaw during a home fixture against south-side rivals St. Jude's on March 31 of last year.

Brendan McManamon (30), who has represented Dublin and plays for St. Jude's G.A.A. Club, has been charged under Section Three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act with assault causing harm to Enda Ledwith, a defender who has also played inter-county football for Longford.
[Source: Evening Herald]


After a local tragedy was averted, thanks to the use of a defibrillator that restarted a woman’s heart, the people of Derrygonnelly and the surrounding communities have sprung into action and are now the proud owners of five Zoll defibrillators to call upon “24/7” in the event of cardiac arrest.

The move was motivated after a woman collapsed on December 23 at a concert in the Derrygonnelly Community Centre. But, thanks to a defibrillator kept at the local G.A.A. club premises, her life was saved.

This inspired the chairman of Derrygonnelly Community Centre, Liam Jones, to look at acquiring a defibrillator for the village.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Mystery surrounds the discovery of an 18th-century sword in a North Galway secondary school – and now an appeal has been made for information about the weapon.

The unusual discovery was made while clearing out a room in the old Colaiste Sheosaimh School in Glenamaddy. Nobody seems to know where it originated.

It was found in a drawer in the old vice-principal’s office, and could have been there for several decades.

Information is now being sought about where the sword came from and who might have given it to the school all those years ago.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


The principal of one of Kerry's biggest secondary schools, Coláiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen, has rejected claims by an Israeli journalist of anti-Semitism and pro-Palestinian bias in the school.

Principal John O'Connor said students and teachers always acted on "humanitarian basis” and, far from indoctrination, the school instilled critical thinking.

In a column published in the English language daily, Jerusalem Post, on January 25th, journalist Sarah Honig tells of encountering anti-Semitic remarks and overwhelming bias towards Palestine during a school-backed fundraising event to help Palestinians buy olive trees, a Trócaire project, on the streets of Cahersiveen.

The claims are provoking strong reaction among readers in Israel and the U.S., including calls for a boycott of Ireland as a tourist destination. One letter writer to the newspaper, who grew up in New York, has called on Israelis to choose their holiday destinations more carefully.
[Source: Irish Times]


Road accidents and appalling weather conditions created havoc on some local roads on Sunday, January 27, with diversions in place as a result of the fatal collision on the Naas/Newbridge road, and a three-car pile-up on the M9 near Crookstown on Sunday afternoon.

The accident in the early hours of Sunday morning, which resulted in the death of Laois man Keith McMahon (27), is being investigated by the Garda (police) ombudsman as Mr. McMahon was being pursued by Gardaí when his car struck a lamppost.