News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


The Monaghan mimic returned to Dundalk after appearing as grand marshal in the town’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this year.

The show follows a hit YouTube video “Just Saying,” which parodied just about every nuance of the Dundalk accent and its landmarks.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Offaly is gearing itself up for a return visit from the Obama family next month.

Reports two weeks ago suggest that First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha could visit the family’s ancestral home in Moneygall while the President attends the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in County Fermanagh.

Although there is no official confirmation of a visit, Mrs. Obama is understood to be keen on having her daughters visit the President’s ancestral home.
[Source: Offaly Express]


A Garda (police officer) was injured in a mêlée involving up to 10 people at a housing estate in Cloonfad on Friday night, May 3. A Garda spokesperson described the assault as a “very serious public order incident” at the Westview housing estate in the West Roscommon village.

A number of children who were present at the time made their way to the entrance of the estate and flagged down a passing patrol car to raise the alarm, shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday. The Garda was assaulted when he tried to break up the row involving up to 10 people at the estate. He was hit over the head with a child’s metal scooter and was forced to retreat and call for back up. He subsequently received medical treatment for a deep cut to the back of his head.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


A Sligo man has been sentenced to five years in jail for assault causing serious harm to a man he claimed had made a pass at him.

Daniel McLoughlin of Joe McDonnell Drive in Cranmore, Sligo, pleaded guilty to assaulting 60-year-old Cyril Moran at Mr. Moran's home in Cartron in Sligo in August 2010.

Mr. Moran died four days later in hospital.

Sligo Circuit Court heard that a contributory factor to his death was the fact that Mr. Moran had had heart surgery and was on warfarin.
[Source: RTE News]


The tightly-knit community of Gortnahoe was struggling to come to terms last week with the tragic death of Emily Wilson (10), who died just moments before she was due to take part in a local camogie game on Saturday last week.

Professionally trained counselors from the National Educational Psychological Service were being arranged to talk with Emily’s friends and classmates in Gortnahoe National School last Thursday, while a special Prayer Service is planned for 11:15 a.m. in the school’s main hall on Friday, May 10.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Health Minister Edwin Poots has been forced to do a U-turn on the policy of closing residential care homes after visiting a facility in Cookstown to hear the views of residents.

However, local politicians are not convinced and say the comments from the D.U.P. minister don't go far enough.

Mr. Poots dramatically told representatives of all the Northern Ireland Health Trusts on Friday evening, May 3, to drop their current closure policy and said it was "unacceptable" older people were suffering distress over the proposals to close homes. The minister said he had serious concerns about engagement with individuals and families over the proposed closures.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Cycling around on his red go-cart you could be mistaken for thinking that seven-year-old Ryan Caulfield McCormack had not just returned from hospital in the U.S. having undergone months of chemotherapy and a lifesaving bone marrow transplant.

Late last year, Ryan and his four-year-old brother Ethan were diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy or ALD, a rare, serious, progressive, neurological and metabolic genetic disorder, which was made famous through the 1992 film “Lorenzo’s Oil.”

After spending nearly five months in a Minnesota hospital bravely fighting hereditary ALD, the Tramore native and son of Caroline and Jimmy made the return journey home with his family for the first time two weeks ago.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Hundreds of pupils at Presentation Senior School in Mullingar celebrated Europe Day.

The hall in Presentation Senior School was buzzing with excitement as fifth and sixth class students rallied around the various different stands, each representing a country in Europe, filling out a quiz sheet as they went.

It was a day to get to know each of the countries intimately, and each of the students invited their parents to join on the fun.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


A teenage girl has spoken exclusively to The Echo about the events that led to her attempting to take her own life earlier this year.