News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


Now, Clr. McCallion has made a fresh call to have the council-owned facility renamed following the renewed interest generated as a result of last month’s anniversary of Ms. Earhart’s record-breaking transatlantic flight.
[Source: Derry Journal]


A 66-year-old father-of-three has been jailed for over two years after he pleaded guilty to a series of sexual offenses on three sisters.

Last Wednesday’s sitting of Donegal Circuit Court heard how the offenses took place over an eight-year period.

Frank McHugh, Narin, Portnoo, a former employee with Bord na Móna, who was described as “retired,” pleaded guilty to a total of 17 counts of sexual assault on the three sisters between October 1977 and November 1985.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Local florist, Siobhan Hughes, has notched up another terrific result, scooping a silver medal in the Junior Florist of the Year category at the Chelsea Flower Show two weeks ago.

No stranger to the prestigious competition, having claimed a bronze medal last year in the Young Florist of the Year awards, Siobhan is thrilled to have gone one step further this year to come home with a coveted silver award.

On Tuesday, May 21, the 25-year-old from Lisseraw impressed the Chelsea judges with her beautiful arrangement based on the theme of a never-ending circle.

Speaking to the Examiner on her return from Chelsea, a jubilant Siobhan, who works in George Preston Flowers in Newry, explained how entrants were instructed to take inspiration from previous winners over the years.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A barefoot woman who waved two large kitchen knives at Gardaí (police) believes she was suffering from acute paranoia at the time after her drink was spiked at a party, a court heard.

Sky Elgar (35) was involved in a 30-minute stand-off with armed Gardaí after she refused to drop the knives.

Elgar, of Willow Wood Green, in Hartstown, believes her drink must have been spiked at a party and she was suffering from acute paranoia at the time of the incident.

Judge David McHugh convicted and fined Elgar $130.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Shouting “Up the ‘Ra” at police has cost an Enniskillen man $300.

Around 8:45 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, police were on foot patrol in the Diamond in Enniskillen when Lee Carty (25) from Drumbawn Close, Drumclay, walked past them and shouted “Up the ‘Ra.”

There were about 40 people in the area at the time. The defendant was cautioned for disorderly behavior and made no reply.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Up to 50 percent of students at Galway schools are going without breakfast or lunch as a result of widespread poverty in the city and county, it has been claimed.

A recent meeting of County Galway V.E.C. heard that teachers had reported regular instances of students turning up to school without having eaten breakfast, while others did not have a packed lunch.

Clr. Liam Carroll said that the issue had risen in discussions with a number of schools in the Galway area and he felt it was a problem facing families across the country.
[Source: Galway Independent]


Kerry legends Eoin “Bomber” Liston, Mikey Sheehy, Ogie Moran and Darragh Ó Sé, who share a haul of 29 All-Ireland medals, led a county board delegation to New York that netted $210,000 in four days.

The money will go towards the G.A.A.'s new Centre of Excellence, which it hopes to develop at Currans near Castleisland, part of a $3.5 million project in conjunction with I.T. Tralee.

The former Kerry greats were part of a seven-man delegation led by County Board Chairman Patrick O'Sullivan, Michael McCarthy and John O'Dwyer.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Members of a Kildare golf club were shocked Wednesday night, May 22, to receive a text informing them that the club had gone into receivership.

However, the management of Woodlands Golf Club at Coill Dubh, Naas, has since stressed that while the receiver has a charge over the property and land, the club as such will remain operational.

“We are in negotiation with the receiver in order to continue operating the club,” Secretary Orla Winder told the Kildare Nationalist last Monday. She added that the club was still open to members and for green fees, while competitions would go ahead as planned.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


A few famous faces have already been spotted around town, and tickets were selling like hotcakes for the shows and gigs at this year’s Cat Laughs comedy festival, which began last Thursday night and runs until Monday.

The craic and merriment that always accompany the annual June bank holiday weekend event were already very much in evidence, and the little bit of good weather hasn’t done any harm. Festival C.E.O. Jane Russell says the buzz is as good as ever.