News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Gardaí (police) in Letterkenny are treating the death of a foreign national man as suspicious after his body was found at 11 a.m. last Wednesday at the Westside Apartments on Lower Main Street.

The scene was preserved for a technical examination. Detectives arrived at the scene throughout the day.

The arrival of the State pathologist was expected to confirm the cause of death, which would determine whether or not a murder investigation would be launched.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


The iconic corridor of cherry blossom trees that line Newry Canal is under threat from the planned public realm scheme, the Examiner has learned.

The trees are a significant feature of Newry city center and line the canal bank from Albert Basin to Sugar Island. Their spring blossom is admired by both residents and visitors alike and at Christmas – branches decorated with twinkling fairy lights – the trees are a sight to behold.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Gardaí (police) are examining if the shooting of Dublin gym owner Sean Enright and the attempted murder of criminal Derek McLoughlin are connected.

Both men were targeted in broad daylight before noon near gyms they use or work in on a regular basis, and the attempted hits happened within 24 hours of each other.

Both Enright and McLoughlin have friends in the Dublin crime scene, with Cabra native Enright known to associate with Alan and Wayne Bradley, who are currently serving time for conspiracy to rob a cash-in-transit van.
[Source: Evening Herald]


The local group, who organized an Enniskillen protest march on the June 17, the first day of the G8 Summit, issued a rallying call to local people.

Chairman of “Fermanagh G8 Not Welcome,” Frank Duffy, said that there are “many reasons why protesters and campaigners will join with local people on our G8 march.

“Last year, in pushing the interests of the oil and gas sector, the G8 leaders endorsed fracking.  Indeed, many question whether it was a coincidence that this event has come to our county at this time,” he added.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Last Thursday, supporters of the Occupy movement gathered in Eyre Square at lunchtime to mark the one-year anniversary of the camp's eviction.

Occupy Galway had maintained a presence in Eyre Square from October 2011 until their eventual eviction last May.

The commemoration event got underway at noon where a group of 20 people formed a circle and discussed various issues.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Students in their school uniforms braved hail, wind and driving rain in the seaside village of Blennerville to pay their respects to Donal Walsh, who lay in repose at his home last Tuesday.

Donal (16), who had terminal cancer, had appealed to young people to appreciate life. He died on Sunday, May 12, surrounded by his family.

Among the mourners at his home looking on to Tralee Bay and the Slievemish Mountains were Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and the south Kerry coroner, Terence Casey.
[Source: Irish Times]


Kildare Town is aiming to set a world record for the most people creating St. Brigid’s Crosses in one place at the one time. The attempt, on Saturday, September 21, will be part of the Solas Bhríde St. Brigid of Kildare Gathering Festival

“We are thrilled to be hosting such a significant international event here in Kildare Town” said Sr. Mary Minehan, speaking on receiving the good news from Kimberly Partrick of the Guinness Book of Records head office in London.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


There was good and bad news for Kilkenny hurling last week.

Star attacker T.J. Reid returned to action after nearly eight months of inactivity.

However, nine-time All-Ireland medal winner Henry Shefflin injured himself after initially saying he was ready to make a return.

“I am back doing work,” Shefflin told the ’People. “It is early days yet, but I am hoping to stay moving forward.”
[Source: Kilkenny People]


The H.S.E. is denying claims that changes to the roster of the ambulance service will leave only one ambulance on duty in Portlaoise two days every week.

A source close to the ambulance service said that a shift was being removed in Portlaoise, leaving just one ambulance on duty in the base in Portlaoise between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

“This is to make up hours for Edenderry, they will now have cover seven days of the week. There is always a backlog of calls for the night shift and it is common for the hospital to be left wondering where the ambulance is,” he said.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Last week, the annual conference of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (V.F.I.) began in Meath.