News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


But anyone hoping to dip their toe without leaving home will have to come up with a new plan, as paddling pools are now a rare and elusive commodity. Argos on High Street has also confirmed it is sold out of pools of all sizes.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


A Portarlington beauty spot has been targeted by illegal dumping in recent weeks.

A vast quantity of P.V.C. casings for copper wire was found dumped in Corrig, much to the disappointment of the local Tidy Towns Committee, Dirty Old Towns, local residents and businesses.

Chairperson of the local Lions Club, Willie Murphy expressed his disgust at the dumping.

“The picturesque beauty spot and jewel of Corrig, Portarlington has recently been the target of dumpers. The beautiful hill with its vast array of different trees overlooking Portarlington Town which has the Carrick Tower dating back to the 1700s has not been spared from these mindless selfish littering menaces,” Willie Murphy said.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Dublin dad Patrick Lynch says “someone could have died” at Butler’s Marina, Carrick following a life jacket fiasco with an ambulance crew.

Patrick and family were on their boat travelling to Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday morning, July 6, when his son had a seizure.

They docked at Butler’s Marina and called 999, Patrick told the operator he was on a boat, they told him to place his son into the recovery position and wait for the ambulance.

But the ambulance crew said they could not go on the boat without life jackets due to “health and safety regulations.” Mr. Lynch offered to them life jackets, but they refused.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Limerick jockey Brian Toomey remains in an induced coma following surgery on Sunday, July 7, to reduce swelling and resultant pressure on his brain.

The Croom man was admitted to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee on Thursday, July 4, with serious head injuries following a fall from the Lisa Harrison-trained Solway Dandy at Perth.

Lisa Hancock, C.E.O. of the Injured Jockeys Fund, issued an update on Monday that read: “Brian Toomey underwent surgery yesterday to reduce swelling and resultant pressure on his brain.

“The surgery went well and Brian remains in a stable condition in an induced coma. It is anticipated he will be kept sedated for the next few days as his progress continues to be monitored.”
[Source: Limerick Leader]


An Ardagh family had a lucky escape on Sunday morning, July 7, after a car crashed into their house.

A well-known Ardagh couple, Mary and Peter Whitney of Croshea, was asleep in the early hours of Sunday morning when a car careered off the main Ballymahon/Athlone Road and struck their home causing severe damage to both car and house.

Miraculously no one was hurt in the crash and the driver walked away from the vehicle.
[Source: Longford Leader]


A man accused of a rape over 30 years ago, appeared before Dundalk District Court two weeks ago.

The 49-year-old – who cannot be named due to reporting restrictions – is also charged with indecent assault.

The offenses, which relate to a female, are alleged to have occurred at a location in County Louth on a date unknown between June 1 and August 31, 1982.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny has described the killing of two elderly brothers in Castlebar as an “act of savagery.”

The bodies of the two men, aged 70 and 68, were discovered at their home on New Antrim Street in the town shortly after 7 a.m. last Wednesday morning. The men have been named locally as Tom and Jack Blaine.

While their deaths have been described as “suspicious,” Gardaí (police) are awaiting the results of a postmortem and an examination at the scene by State Pathologist Marie Cassidy before deciding whether it will be a murder inquiry.

However, it has been reported locally that the brothers were beaten to death, and Enda Kenny’s statement describing a “brutal and savage murder of two men that I knew well” also points in this direction.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Trim man Tony Rochford is vowing to continue his hunger strike protest against the Local Property Tax and is now on his 25th day without food.

Mr. Rochford, from Steeple Manor, said he is not feeling too bad but is “getting weaker by the day” and is suffering from low blood pressure. He began his protest on June 17, and spent from Monday, July 1, to Sunday, July 7, in Dublin protesting outside the Dail (Irish Assembly) and at O’Connell Street; but returned to his Trim home on Sunday evening as he had become very weak, He declared outside the Garden of Remembrance that he does not want medical intervention if he should go into a coma.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]