News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


And so with the eyes of all choirs in the National Choral scene pinned on The Academy Chamber Choir, they have taken the choral world by storm with an even more innovative and eclectic collection of choral music, specially chosen for their competitive show-stopping nature; including the very complicated and intricate piece “Rytmus” by Slovakian composer Ivan Hrusovsky. This has yielded them even further success with major wins in the Cork International Choral Festival and the Navan Choral Festival.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Over 10,000 people have been advised to boil their domestic water supply in County Roscommon in the latest outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis.

It is the second outbreak of the parasitic disease in under a month.

The source of one of the outbreaks has been identified in the agricultural community.

However, Roscommon County Council has asked the Department of the Environment to help fund an urgent temporary treatment plant as the outbreaks continue to cause widespread problems in two large towns.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


A 28-year-old mother-of-one has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for killing a woman in a two-car crash in County Sligo.

Aisling Cummins, who has a nine-year-old son, was also given a suspended sentence of two-and-a-half years and banned from driving for 20 years.

Sligo Circuit Court heard Cummins’ license was returned following a drink-driving conviction just a year before the accident in which 56-year-old Karen Mounsey died.
[Source: RTE News]


Wheelchair users around Nenagh are facing a health hazard because of the amount of dog dirt on the town’s footpaths, councilors were told at their monthly meeting.

And the council may have to consider banning dogs from certain streets in an effort to tackle the problem.

Clr. Seamus Morris was commenting on a call from Clr. Conor Delaney for a campaign to get dog owners to clean up their pet’s mess from the streets.

Clr. Morris said he had been contacted by one wheelchair user about the issue, saying: “It is one thing to pick up something on your shoe, but another getting it on something you push with your hand.”
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Police have uncovered a massive drugs haul near the village of Castlecaulfield.

The seizure took place Monday morning in a barn at the rear of property at Reaskmore Road.
The Courier believes the drugs uncovered consisted of a significant quantity of Cannabis and it appeared to be a Cannabis factory.

The area around the property was cordoned off for most of Tuesday as police carried out an investigation. It is believed further searches were being conducted.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


I.D.A. Ireland should put global bank Citi under pressure to ensure all 50 of its Waterford employees are redeployed to Dublin, Fine Gael T.D. John Deasy has said.

Citi confirmed last Wednesday morning it was closing its hedge fund base at the I.D.A. business in Waterford, which employs 50 staff-members, due to “restructuring.” The 2,200 people employed by Citi in Dublin won’t be affected.

It was being reported locally that half of the 50 bank staff-members currently employed by Citi in Waterford will be offered redeployment to Dublin, but Mr. Deasy called on I.D.A. Ireland to put pressure on the company to extend this option to all the Waterford employees.
[Source: Irish Times]


For the last 67 years, Castlepollard’s firefighters have been risking life and limb for the people of north Westmeath, but most locals would probably be surprised to hear that their remit now extends into healthcare.

As well as their renowned 24-hour fire-and-rescue service, the station’s nine firefighters (station officer Steve Owens, substation officer Dave Cooney, Pat Nea, Alfie Devine, Noel Morgan, Derek Cheevers, Anthony Nea, Martin Farrell and John Devine) also provide emergency medical assistance.

Fully-trained as Cardiac First Responders (C.F.R.) and Emergency First Responders (E.F.R.), Castlepollard’s Fire Service works in cooperation with the National Ambulance Service and local G.P.s, such as Dr. Noel Cogan.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


A major addition to this year’s Wexford Opera Festival, which will see an early 1900s carnival coming to Wexford quays, complete with giant Ferris wheel and carousel, is expected to attract 80,000 people into Wexford.

The organizers of the 1900s Carnivàle event, Lantern Events, based in Wexford, have said it will complement the Spiegeltent Festival perfectly. Brian Byrne of Lantern Events said an expanded Spiegeltent program will see a much bigger “Paradiso” Spiegeltent, with a capacity for 12,000 people over three weeks, coming to town. He said there will be a similar program of events to last year, but on a much larger scale.
[Source: Wexford Echo]