News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


Police are not yet investigating claims that a Swatragh man is at the center of a cock fighting scandal spanning both sides of the Irish border.

The man, whose name was not revealed, was identified by the B.B.C. after a two-year investigation by animal cruelty charity U.S.P.C.A.

He was filmed taking part in the blood thirsty sport, which has been banned for the last 200 years, as early as this month on a site in County Monaghan.
[Source: Tyrone Times]


A vehicle testing firm found guilty of breaching health and safety law in relation to the testing of a school bus, which was involved in a fatal crash, will be sentenced next month.

At a sentence hearing on Monday, June 17, the prosecution requested that the matter be put back to give them time to look into the accounts of the company.

The bus went out of control on a bog road just outside Clara, County Offaly on April 4, 2006 after the rear drive axle came off. Schoolboy Michael White (15) died as a result of “catastrophic injuries” suffered during the crash.
[Source: Offaly Express]


A “suicidal” Strokestown man was turned away from the psychiatric unit at Roscommon County Hospital two weekends ago as the unit was closed to admissions. The man and his wife contacted the Roscommon Herald to tell their story and express their fury. The man, who has been engaging with the services at the unit since January and took an overdose just three weeks ago, begged to be admitted to the unit, but was turned away.

“I am suicidal, I feel I cannot cope with life and I badly need help, but nobody is willing to help me. I can’t explain how upset I was to be told that I couldn’t get a bed in the psychiatric unit. There are spare beds in that unit. I saw that for myself but because there isn’t enough staff I was told to go away,” he said.

 Just two weeks ago the man was rushed by ambulance from his home to the A&E Department in Sligo after taking an overdose.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Minister for State at the Department of Transport Alan Kelly has announced details of $40,000 seed-funding for the development of a County Leitrim Greenway.

Leitrim County Council has plans to develop a world-class greenway along the length of what were the Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railways. While it stands alone, this project compliments a similar proposal submitted by Sligo County Council. The joint proposal would see the proposed route being developed from Collooney to Ballintogher in Co. Sligo travelling through Co. Leitrim, adjacent to Dromahair, Manorhamilton and Lough MacNean.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Templemore’s Clr. Michael C. Ryan is appealing to people throughout Tipperary to join with him in fighting the cuts to support hours for children with special education needs.

The cuts were announced last Monday, at a time when figures show there has been in increase in the number of children needing such support.

Clr. Ryan, whose son, Edward (6), has Asperger’s Syndrome, told the Tipperary Star he was appealing to parents and teachers to contact him to see if a meeting can be arranged to formulate a campaign to have the cuts reversed.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


The Courier has learned that the former Tyrone Crystal site has been sold.

It is understood that the site has been purchased by nearby-based Mallaghan Engineering.

The former Tyrone Crystal site was taken over by the National Asset Management Agency (N.A.M.A.), the Republic of Ireland's so called “bad debt bank,” following its closure three years ago.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Grief and sorrow was evident on each parishioner’s face as close to 1,000 people attended the funeral of Kenny (47), Shane (44) and Paul Bolger (49) at the church of St. John the Baptist in the seaside village of Crooke, Passage East on Saturday afternoon, June 15.

They gathered on the street and inside the grounds of the church to bid a final farewell to their beloved friends.

Hundreds of people, led by members of the Bolger family – including Michael, Anthony and Lynda on foot, and Paula, her partner Colm and the men’s mother Margaret by car – followed the three black hearses as they made their way from Passage East to the church for requiem mass.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


An unhappy Clr. Mick Dollard made clear his displeasure at the lack of funds to landscape a green space at the bottom of Dalton Park, during the June meeting of Mullingar Town Council.

“This matter was referred to Westmeath County Council’s Housing Section and unfortunately there is no funding available at the present time to carry out this work,” noted a written reply from the council.

However, a solution may come in the form of the development of the Robinstown Sports and Education Campus, the Labour Party councilor was told.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]