News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Politicians and the local residents' group have condemned a sectarian attack outside a hotel in Templepatrick village.

A 16-year-old was assaulted in the car park of premises on the Antrim Road at around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, after being attacked by a gang of four men.

The teenager sustained a fractured cheekbone and had two teeth knocked out.

Alliance councilor for the area, Alan Lawther, said that there was “no place in our society” for such attacks.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


Talented dancers Shane McKeever, from Crossmaglen, and Laura Carville, from Middletown, will be traveling to the Kaohsiung in China this September to represent Ireland in the World DanceSport Games.

Shane and Laura will be carrying the Irish flag alongside the top ballroom and Latin dancers from all over the world. The pair, who will compete separately in the line dance section, are the only dancers from Ireland competing in the World DanceSport Games.

Both dancers scooped medals in the qualifying World Country and Line DanceSport Federation (W.C.L.D.S.F.) Games in Nashville in January this year, with Shane winning gold and Laura winning a silver medal.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Carlow’s local representatives have voted in favor of gay marriage, even though eight councilors abstained from the vote and one councilor actively voted against it.

Clr. William Paton proposed a notice of motion at the last meeting of Carlow County Council, calling for his fellow councilors to support “full marriage equality for all citizens, regardless of race, religion or sexuality”, on behalf of the Labour Party.

“We had a full, open and honest debate about it and I’m particularly pleased that the motion received support from across the parties. They didn’t vote according to party lines,” Clr. William Paton told the Nationalist.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


The Office of Public Works has indicated that five former Garda (police) stations, now vacant properties under its control will be considered for sale on the open market if no other purpose is found for them.

The O.P.W. currently has five vacant properties listed for Cavan. These are all former Garda stations in Bawnboy, Finea, Stradone, Tullyvin and Redhills, the latter of which is not yet closed but is due to be fully decommissioned later this year.

Some of the vacant state-owned properties comprise of the recently closed Garda stations the O.P.W. say “are no longer required for operational reasons.”
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


Clare County Council has had to fork out almost $9 million in insurance claims taken against the local authority during the past five years. This equates to an average weekly payout of $34,091.

The figures were revealed at this month’s county council meeting following a request from Councilor Michael Hillery concerning the number of insurance claims made against the council over the last five years.

Anne Haugh, director of Services for Transportation, Environment and Water, in a written report, stated in 2008 there were 73 claims resulting in $1.2 million being paid out. The following year 76 claims were made and the payout came to $1.7 million.

In 2010, $3 million was paid after 96 claims were processed while in 2011, $1.7 million was paid on 119 claims. Last year there were 89 claims and $1.2 million handed over.
[Source: Clare Champion]


For one Cork man, the incentive of getting to see his team Manchester United play was all he needed to help him overcome cancer. Tom Ryan, who was diagnosed with having Hodgkin's Lymphoma five years ago, was given just six months to live when he was 22. He was then offered the chance to go watch his boyhood heroes Manchester United play, and that was the key encouragement he needed, says Tom.

"I was introduced to Dave O'Connor, who owns Suit Distributors in Cork, through family about a year ago. He had heard about my battle with cancer and that I was a huge [Manchester United] fan and he said he wanted to do something for me.

"I got a soccer ball which had been signed by the team, a letter from Sir Alex Ferguson and a program which had been signed by various former players such as Bryan Robson also."
He then got to see them play and meet some of the team which made his year.
 [Source: Cork Independent]


Campaigner and member of Ireland’s Council of State, Ruairí McKiernan, is gathering information from people he meets on his tour before speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties on July 29 and 30.

Having traveled up the west coast since July 1, taking in Connemara, Inishbofin Island, Westport, Croagh Patrick, Achill Island, Belmullet, Sligo, Ballyshannon, Letterkenny, Ruairi arrived in Derry last Thursday morning.