News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


“Ticket sales are going extremely well,” she said.

“There have been a lot of positive vibes around the festival this year and it has definitely contributed. There’s a lot sold-out already – Dylan Moran, Neil Delamere, some of Kevin Bridges’ ‘A Touch of Cloth.’”
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Elderly residents of Droimnín retirement village in Stradbally are calling on the developer and Laois County Council to tackle health and safety issues, backed by Clr. Tom Mulhall.

Designed for retired people with a “high standard of finish and low maintenance,” most of Droimnín’s 36 houses and a large apartment block were left incomplete since the economic downturn, with just the retirement home and 10 houses now occupied.

“The priority is to get the lights on, it gets very dark here in winter,” said one lady, who is worried about a deep hole near her house, partly covered by a concrete block.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Leitrim G.A.A. County Board have confirmed in a statement that four members of the Leitrim Senior Football panel have been dropped from the squad following what they have termed “breaches of discipline that have fallen below the strict code of standards as agreed by team management and players.”

The statement declined to name the four panel members who have been excluded from the squad due to take on London in the Connacht Senior Championship Semi-Final on Sunday, June 23.

However, the Observer understands that the four players dropped are Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s duo Wayne McKeon and Shane Moran, and Eslin brothers Tomas and Conor Beirne. Both McKeon and Tomas Beirne started for Leitrim in the recent victory over New York in Gaelic Park with Beirne winning the Man of the Match award.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A motorist who was caught driving without insurance on six separate occasions was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 15 years.

At Limerick Court, Michael Quilligan (25) of Altimira Court, Thomondgate, pleaded guilty to each of the offenses, which happened on dates between February 21, 2011 and February 14, 2011.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told all of the offenses happened at locations in the city and that, on each occasion, the father-of-four was driving a different car when stopped.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


A County Longford businessman last week embarked on a journey with somewhat of a difference as he and five others set off on a grueling 2,780-mile trek to disaster-hit Chernobyl.

Eoin McGinnity commenced his “maiden voyage” to the Ukrainian province on Friday, May 24, in a bid to provide valuable essentials to local children still affected by a disaster more than 27 years ago.

The talkative 38-year-old and director with Longford town D.I.Y. firm Providers said for all his inexperience when it comes to long-distance charitable jaunts, the cross-European adventure is one that excites him greatly.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Dundalk hire company Dromad has won it’s second European award at an awards ceremony in Paris.

Dromad won the overall award for ‘Small Rental Company of the Year’ at the awards, which were organized by the European Rental Association and held at the Hyatt Paris Etoile Hotel, in front of an audience of 300 rental managers and representatives from equipment manufacturers to recognize the tool hire industries elite.

The international judges stated Dromad Hire “was not a ‘wait and see’ kind of company.
“In an extremely difficult market they remained positive and looked for solutions.

“They found new markets outside of construction, including a departure into renting fitness equipment, and were successful in completely transforming the company.”
 [Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A Ballintubber native has become the first Mayo man to reach the top of Mount Everest.

Kieran Lally reached the summit at about 4 a.m. Irish time on Thursday, May 23, raising over $33,100 for the Irish Cancer Society. Mr. Lally, who left Ireland eight weeks ago to begin his journey to the world’s highest peak, was part of an exhibition team known as “Summit Climb.” The team encourages men and women from around the world, of all ages, to join up in groups to tackle some of the world’s highest mountains.

A close friend of Lally’s, Gerard Lohan, told The Mayo News that the Ballintubber man is in good form, despite being very tired with a little altitude sickness.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Early-morning traffic in Navan last Wednesday was disrupted for a short period between 7:15 and 8:00 following a two-car collision at the Meath Chronicle junction.

It is not abundantly clear what caused the collision between the two vehicles at this stage and no information is available at this time.