News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


The area had long been proposed as the location of a skate-park for the city. But residents had protested the development on numerous occasions and collected over 170 signatures in a petition against it.

Most of the elected members of the borough council, with the exception of the Fianna Fail group, remained adamant that the Closh was the most suitable area. But at the June council meeting, Clr. Joe Reidy proposed a motion to revoke the resolution referring to the Part 8 development – and Clr. Martin Brett (F.G.) seconded it.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Residents of a Portlaoise estate are “at the end of their tether” because of troublesome neighbors.

Homeowners in Abbey Court on the Abbeyleix Road say they experienced assault, street brawls, loud parties, dangerous driving, illegal dumping, pet cruelty and damage to their properties, by tenants of three rented houses.

A pet kitten was killed by unleashed dogs as horrified children watched, and rabbit skins were thrown in a neighbor’s trees after hunting sessions. One tenant even built a shebeen in their back garden.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Brazen thieves are targeting jeeps parked at family homes in south County Leitrim in the latest car parts scam sweeping the North West.

Carrick-on-Shannon Gardaí (police) are investigating the theft of catalytic converters from two jeeps parked at a home in the Cloone area two weeks ago.

Criminals are mainly targeting vehicles with a high ground clearance such as jeeps or M.P.V.s.

The extra clearance means that thieves can quickly climb under the vehicle without having to utilize a jack, cutting the pipes and removing the exhaust parts in a matter of minutes.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


The stars and stripes were fluttering proudly above the town of Bruff last week as the local community prepares to welcome home one of their own, the daughter of J.F.K., Caroline Kennedy.

Ms. Kennedy, along with her husband Edwin Schlossberg, their three children and other members of the extended Kennedy family – including her cousin Sydney Lawford, visited the historic town last Friday. Painters were perched on two cherry pickers for most of the week, diligently working away on freshening up the appearance of the houses and shop fronts along the town’s main street.

The paint was barely dry on Glynn’s Traditional Fish and Chips, the Old Bank B&B and Margaret Howard’s Pub by the time Caroline arrived in the town at lunchtime on Friday.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Business people were up in arms in Ballymahon last week over the increase in casual traders descending upon the town.

Locals claim that businesses in the south Longford town are feeling the pinch as a direct result of the trading, and members of the Ballymahon Traders’ Association claim that casual traders are using valuable car parking spaces from which to sell their wares.

“The major problem is that they are taking approximately 15-17 car spaces away from shoppers with their stalls,” Paddy Diffley of Ballymahon Traders’ Association fumed. “Then they park the vans on the opposite side of the road and take up more space.”
[Source: Longford Leader]


After selling their first bag of chips 50 years ago, O’Hanlons Takeaway sold their final bag on Friday, June 14, having fed the people of the Quay and surrounding area for over five decades. Three generations of O’Hanlons have worked in the chipper, which was first started by Joe and Bernadette. The tradition was continued by sons, Liam and Sean, and daughters, Geraldine and Rita. Their children have also worked in the chipper.

“It’s time for change,” said Sean O’Hanlon on the final day of business for the Dundalk landmark.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A Castlebar youth, whom a judge couldn’t jail last month due to a lack of beds at detention centers, has been described as making “considerable progress,” a court has heard.

The youth appeared before Westport Children’s Court sitting in Castlebar on Thursday, June 13, in relation to charges of assault and public order.

He had appeared before Judge Mary Devins in Ballina Children’s Court on Friday, May 3, last for breach of bail conditions. One of the assault charges he was on bail for was assaulting a retired Garda (police officer) at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Pistols and ammunition were found in a business premise in Navan on Sunday, June 16, following a search by Gardaí (police) from the Special Detective Unit based at Harcourt Square.

The Gardaí were investigating the activities of dissident republicans. During the course of the search three pistols and assorted ammunition were recovered along with other paraphernalia.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]