News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


“Derry is looking amazing at the moment and there’s such a great atmosphere around the city. The people are so friendly and welcoming and it is great to see such pride in what is truly a wonderful and special city,” he said.

He said the city had “transformed” since he last visited five years ago. “The mood is really fantastic, it look to have really turned a corner. From talking to the people, the City of Culture has given an injection of hope to Derry at the right time.”
[Source: Derry Journal]


Armed raiders targeted An Grianan Hotel in Burt in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Three men entered the premises at approximately 2:45 a.m.

One of the gang was armed with a shotgun, which they used to threaten a night porter who was on duty at the hotel.

The assailants targeted a safe and also took money from the hotel bar before leaving the scene with a significant sum of cash.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


The recently opened Tesco Extra store on the edge of Newry City has been placed on the market for a whopping $41.3 million. The store, which opened in June, is described by the property selling agents, C.B.R.E., as the dominant supermarket in the area.

Site developer Turkington Holdings has put the property on the market with institutional buyers such as pension funds expected to snap it up.

The 93,000 sq. ft. building, which includes a car park with 531 spaces, is let to Tesco for 25 years at an income of around $2.4 million per year.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


The father of tragic Lynsey O'Brien, who fell to her death from a cruise ship, has died suddenly.

Paul O'Brien (42) was found dead, reportedly at his business premises in Ballymount.

It is understood that he contacted a family member two weekends ago who alerted the emergency services.

The father-of-four had been struggling to cope with the trauma of losing Lynsey (15) on a dream holiday trip onboard a cruise.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Flagship store Dowlers, of East Bridge Street, is to cease their operations in Enniskillen, while clothing shop, Too, is another to fall victim to the economic downturn. The losses to the High Street follow hot on the heels of Wesley Elliott, which will cease its clothing retail business and specialize now solely in curtains and soft furnishings.

Drew Wigham, manager of Dowlers, explained that the Enniskillen business had become financially unviable and unfortunately the store had to close.

“It was just becoming more and more difficult to keep the business alive and we eventually reached the point when we had to close. The rates and everything else just became a phenomenal burden in the present economic climate.”
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A young Galway man has collected the winnings on a lottery ticket bought in May

The man, who wishes to remain private, popped into the National Lottery office last Thursday to collect his $652,000 top prize winnings, which he won on the Daily Million Plus draw on Monday, May 13.

He purchased the $9.80 Quick Pick plus ticket in Peter Kelly’s, Ballinasloe.

It was his first time to play Daily Million Plus, and he plans to share his winnings with his family and possibly purchase a new car.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Kerry Group has broken ground on its $130 million Global Technology and Innovation Centre, which will employ 900 people when fully commissioned in 2016.

Located on a 28-acre site in the Millennium Business Park, Naas, County Kildare, the new Europe Middle East and Asia center will give customers access to Kerry’s technologies, scientific research, innovation and applications expertise across food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets.

There are 200 people already working in the interim facilities adjacent to the site. The campus will accommodate 800 people by year-end 2014, plus a further 100 in 2016. Some 600 construction workers are currently on-site.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


A man has been released and a file is being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions following a drugs seizure in County Kildare.

The 19-year-old man was arrested after heroin and cannabis herb were seized at a house in St. Patrick's Park, Celbridge.

The seizure has an estimated street value of up to $157,000.
[Source: RTE News]


Rumors are rife that Kilkenny officially sold out of paddling pools last Thursday afternoon, on foot of a record increase in demand in recent days.

The stunning weather has seen overheated punters flocking to shops in search of something in which to have a splash and cool off, but leaving empty-handed. Temperatures soared last week, with last Wednesday the hottest, and popular water amenities such as the Weir, Bishop’s Meadows and Graignamanagh have seen huge numbers turning up for a swim.