News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



London Mayor Boris Johnson has paid a lightning visit to Antrim to show he is “on board” with plans to produce parts in the borough for new London buses.

Chassis for 600 double-decker diesel hybrid vehicles will be manufactured at the new Wrightbus plant in the Newpark Industrial Estate in a three-year contract worth more than $300 million.

The extrovert Tory politician met workers and management at the state-of-the-art E.N.-Drive facility Friday, May 10, to officially open the site where 50 new jobs will be created when production is fully under way.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


Parishioners in Whitecross have been left saddened and stunned by the sudden death of their beloved parish priest, Fr. Michael Rogers.

The gregarious 63-year-old cleric, who was described as “a friend to everyone” by members of the loyal congregation he had served over the last 11 years, is understood to have been found dead in bed at his mother’s home in Banbridge Monday morning, May 6.

According to parishioners, Fr. Rogers devoted all his time to the four churches of Loughgilly parish for which he was solely responsible, often celebrating morning mass in one church and evening mass at another. The extremely active parish priest was also chairman of the Board of Governors at all four schools in in the area and was a part-time caretaker to his elderly mother, Patricia.  Fr. Rogers was also in great demand to carry out weddings and christenings throughout the parish.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Recent rule changes that have increased the amount of sponsorship and logos that inter-county teams can carry on their jerseys saw Carlow's senior teams sporting an anti-suicide message when they opened their championship campaigns last weekend.

Both the county footballers and hurlers had the slogan – 'Suicide Aware: Living is Winning' – on the back of their shirts.

"Like a lot of counties Carlow has been affected by this issue and, with so many young men involved in the G.A.A., our county chairman felt that the change of rules about logos gave us a great opportunity to send out a positive message to them," football selector Adrian Corcoran explained.
[Source: Irish Independent]


The minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has announced he is inviting patron-bodies to apply for the patronage of eight new post-primary schools nationwide, due to be established from 2015 and 2016, one of which is to be placed in the town of Kingscourt.

It comes almost two years after Minister Quinn announced back in 2011 that a new second-level school in Kingscourt was part of the new School Building Program.

A new $9 million school for Kingscourt was first confirmed for the east Cavan Town by Cavan V.E.C. in April 2009, which said once built it could accommodate some 500 pupils.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


Clare Labour Party T.D. Michael McNamara has called on Bord Iascaigh Mhara (B.I.M.) to withdraw its application for a large-scale salmon farm off the north Clare coast because of “a significant difference of opinion” between B.I.M. and Inland Fisheries Ireland (I.F.I.), both State bodies.

The final decision on the future of the 456-hectare organic fish farm falls to the minister for Agriculture.
The proposed site is just over one mile from Inis Oírr and about four miles from the Clare coast and would accommodate 15,000 tons of salmon each year.

Deputy Michael McNamara is now calling on B.I.M. to withdraw its application for an aquaculture license for the salmon farm. He said, “A significant difference of opinion has emerged between B.I.M. and I.F.I., whose statutory function is the protection, management and conservation of the island’s fisheries resource.”
[Source: Clare Champion]


The inspiration of intoxication is the likely reason one young Corkonian found himself stuck in a McDonald’s baby-chair when indulging on a late night snack Tuesday morning.

Gardaí (police) were called to McDonald’s, Winthrop Street, at 1 a.m. to assist a young man who had gotten stuck in a child’s high-chair.

An ingenious impulse to rediscover his childhood years left this cheeky chap red-faced and awkwardly perched in a sturdy, gray, plastic baby-chair, while two members of the Gardaí surveyed the situation.
[Source: Cork Independent]


Derry man Sean McCauley is heading to the Homeless World Cup following his selection for the Northern Ireland squad.

The Strand Foyer and Derry Bytes footballer is the only person from the city to be selected for participation in the U.E.F.A.-backed event in the first ever Northern Ireland homeless squad.

Sean was selected after being spotted by scouts while playing for his side in the N.I. Street League for homeless people.
[Source: Derry Journal]