News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


The company behind Greenwire began meeting fence-line neighbors in January. They have already agreed land lease options with hundreds of landowners, some in areas outside those designated as suitable for wind-farms by Laois County Council, leading to anger and public protest.

The company will hold public information days before going for planning permission in early 2014, claiming potential for 10,000 new jobs over three years.

Greenwire plan to build 450 turbines across five midland counties, to supply the British grid.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Two weekends ago to correspond with the Leitrim-New York championship game in America, Leitrim Tourism launched a recruitment drive to increase the number of Leitrim Ambassadors in the U.S.

The initiative encourages people in the U.S. to think of Leitrim as a holiday destination, not only during the year of the Gathering, but in 2014 and beyond.

The campaign is targeting people who come from Leitrim and are now living in New York, and the U.S., and is encouraging them to become advocates of their native county by creating awareness of what’s on offer and encouraging others to consider the county for future holidays.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


It has been a good week for staff in Limerick’s retail sector, with more than 130 jobs saved from the axe.

D.I.Y. chain  B&Q and fashion retailer Pamela Scott have emerged from examinership, in a move which will see more than 100 local workers hold onto their jobs.

And there was more good news last Wednesday after video rental chain Xtra-Vision – which went into receivership two weeks ago – confirmed it would not be closing any of its three Limerick outlets.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Aughnacliffe native Jim Curran was a key figure in the protests surrounding the recent death of Margaret Thatcher.

Within hours of Ms. Thatcher’s death, Mr. Curran, who was a neighbor of Ms. Thatcher’s, made his way to her house with two posters. The first alleged that Ms. Thatcher supported state terrorism; the other claimed that Ms. Thatcher was an anti-Irish racist.

“I decided to revenge Thatcher’s policy towards our patriots the Hunger Strikers, which was described by former German Chancellor Helmut Khol as ‘amazing, so cold so callous’.”

Mr. Curran, who is chairman of the Irish Civil Rights Association, also played a key role in “the Wake,” which was carried out on the Saturday after Ms. Thatcher’s death. “The Wake,” which took place in Trafalgar Square, London lasted from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Dundalk bodybuilder Darren Donnelly was lucky enough to meet W.W.E. wrestler Kane two weeks ago.

Kane, who is a Spanish-born American professional wrestler currently signed with W.W.E., where he is a co-holder of the W.W.E. Tag Team Championship.

Darren, who competed in the National Irish Bodybuilding Championship, met Kane in Dublin on his W.W.E. tour.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure on Thursday, May 2, at the inquest into the death of Patrick (Paraic) O’Donnell (39) with an address of 3, St. Fionnan’s Close, Achill Sound, Achill Island.

Mr. O’Donnell, a carpenter by trade and a single father with one daughter, was involved in an altercation with security staff at Cox’s Bar in Castlebar after he was asked to leave the premises in the early hours of June 7.

C.C.T.V. footage at the inquest showed a dispute between Mr. O’Donnell and one of the bouncers, during which Mr. O’Donnell attacked the bouncer and was then wrestled to the ground by two security men until Gardaí (police) arrived, arrested him and he was taken in a patrol car to Castlebar Garda Station. He was unresponsive when the car reached the Garda station, had no pulse and was pronounced dead less than an hour later at Mayo General Hospital. The inquest heard conflicting evidence as to whether or not Mr. O’Donnell was responsive when arrested by Gardaí outside Cox’s.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Students from Eureka Secondary School, Kells, have been named the Young Social Innovators of the Year 2013.

Their project “Bring Organ Donation into Education,” aims to educate teenagers about the option of organ donation before they leave secondary school.

Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, chairperson and co-founder, Young Social Innovators and Anne O’Leary, C.E.O. of Vodafone Ireland, presented the winning students with their awards at a special ceremony following the 12th Young Social Innovators Annual Showcase, which was supported by the Vodafone Ireland Foundation.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


The people of Dundalk were treated by award-winning comedy impressionist Oliver Callan during the Bank Holiday weekend in the Fairways Hotel, as the star kicked off his live tour.