News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Westmeath and Mullingar Town Councils will officially invite Bruce Springsteen to visit his ancestral home of Mullingar and Westmeath, when he comes to play a series of concerts in Ireland this July.

The invitation is due to be sent out next week as part of The Gathering Ireland 2013.

The Wrecking Ball tour will see Bruce travel for concerts across Ireland including Limerick, Cork, Belfast and Kilkenny, all of which have sold-out, but the local authorities are hoping he will take the chance to visit his ancestral home for a well-earned break.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


Irish national Vincent Martin Crowe (32) has been charged in Perth, Western Australia, with murdering Wexford man Kenny Meyler.

Mr. Meyler (21) suffered a stab wound to the neck in the Perth suburb of Scarborough on February 10. He died a week later.

Before Mr. Meyler’s death Mr. Crowe was initially charged with intent to do grievous bodily harm. Following a postmortem this was upgraded to a charge of murder last Monday at Perth magistrate’s court. Mr. Crowe has been remanded in custody to appear before Stirling Gardens magistrate’s court on March 27.
[Source: Irish Times]


On a bitterly cold day on Saturday, February 23, a small gathering of invited people came together at Slaney Park House, Baltinglass to watch the inflation of two massive hot air balloons.

The significance of the event was not lost on anyone present as the balloonists aimed and fired hydrogen gas into the envelope. On this very site lived the man, Richard Crosbie, who succeeded in manning the first Irish hot air balloon flight in January 1785, not long after the first ever balloon flight in France.
[Source: Wicklow People]