News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


This year’s conference was entitled “Plenty to Shout About,” and Thomas Heraghty, of Heraghty’s Bar, Manorhamilton, has highlighted that Leitrim alone has seen more than 30 pubs shut their doors since 2005. He outlines what he believes needs to be done by both publicans and government to ensure the future of the Irish pub.

“The pub as we know it is in a bad place,” writes Thomas Heraghty, chairman of the Leitrim branch of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, ahead of their A.G.M. in Meath last week.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


An underage hurling match had to be canceled after a member of the Traveling community threatened players and their coaches with a slash hook.

The Limerick Leader has learned that a representative of St. Patrick’s G.A.A. club has made a complaint to Gardaí (police) that he was struck with a stick and punched after he confronted the young man.

The incident happened over the May Bank Holiday weekend at the St Patrick’s G.A.A. complex in Rhebogue, located next to a halting site.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Two men and a woman arrested over an armed robbery at a bookmaker in Edgeworthstown two weekends ago have been released without charge.

The trio, all of whom are aged in their early 20s, was questioned by detectives after a man walked into the town’s Connolly Bookmakers establishment brandishing a handgun at around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.

In a raid lasting a matter of seconds, staff-members were forced to hand over an undisclosed sum of cash to the masked robber who then set off on foot.

A series of extensive follow-up searches later in the day in Longford and north Dublin led to the arrest of three suspects, two of whom were brought to Longford Garda (Police( Station for questioning while a third individual was transferred to Granard Garda Station.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Legendary singer/song-writer Christy Moore came to Dundalk and gave a rare public performance in The Fairways Hotel last Friday, along with special guest Declan Sinnott.

Fans were urged to buy tickets quickly as the singer has recently cut back on the number of concerts he plays each year, and tickets were bound to sell-out fast.

Christy is an Irish folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist and is well-known as one of the founding members of Planxty and Moving Hearts.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A 24-year-old Murrisk man has been given a suspended prison sentence on a charge of dangerous driving causing the death of his uncle.

In a case which the judge described as “very tragic,” Noel Gavin of Carrowkeel, Murrisk, Westport, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and drink driving.

Castlebar Circuit Court heard that on the night of January 2, 2012, Noel Gavin was driving a van, with his uncle Michael Joe Gavin in the passenger seat and another man in the back of the van.

In a statement read out in court, Mr. Gavin said he was passing a cigarette to his uncle while taking a corner, and while attempting to retrieve the cigarette after it had fallen between his legs, he drove up on a bank and lost control of the van.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Two local schoolboys stole the show two weekends ago on “Britain’s Got Talent” television show as their performance of “Little Talks” earned them a standing ovation from the audience.

Jack Duff (13) and Cormac Connell (14) are both second-year students in St. Patrick’s Classical School in Navan and wowed the audience, and also the judges, with their rendition of the Of Monsters and Men hit at the televised Cardiff auditions.

With four “yes” votes from judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon, the boys make it through to the reveal stage when they will find out if they make it to the semi-finals.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Monaghan have launched an investigation into allegations that one of their county players was the victim of verbal abuse of a sectarian nature during a league match on Sunday, May 12.

Drew Wylie was sent off early in the second-half of the match while playing for county champions Ballybay Pearse Brothers against Magheracloone in Inniskeen.

After consultation with team management and his playing colleagues, they decided to walk off and refuse to finish the match.
[Source: Irish Independent]


The last two weeks have brought unprecedented success to The Tullamore Academy Chamber Choir.

As winners of last year’s National Choir of the Year, the 21 choral scholars from The Academy of Music - Tullamore were this year under pressure to present an even more prolific and challenging repertoire of choral music to maintain and achieve an even more advanced standard of choral excellence.