News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



The dark shadow of paramilitary terror fell over Antrim's Steeple estate once again last week, when a major security alert drove scores of families from their homes.

Police and army bomb disposal experts made the familiar journey to Mallusk Gardens following the discovery of a suspect device.

It is understood that the length of piping had been put through the letter box of a house. No-one is presently living in the house, but sources in the estate have claimed that the incident was linked to recent unrest in the Ballycraigy area.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


A group of young entrepreneurs from St. Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen have wowed the panel of R.T.É.’s Dragon’s Den with their young enterprise business, “Splash.” As part of the school’s C.O.P.E. (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) program, 10 lower sixth students, along with their teachers, Paul Mulholland and Noreen McMahon, created the business to supply personalized reusable sports water bottles to schools, businesses and sporting clubs. The company has already secured orders from local primary schools and football clubs.

In December last year, Splash achieved the award for Best Product at the Young Enterprise Trade Fair in Banbridge. The pupils continued on their path to success, becoming the only representatives from Northern Ireland, and the only school to make it through to the final 20 entrants to present their project to a panel of judges at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin for the All-Ireland final of Junior Dragons Den.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Friday evening (April 26) at the Carlow County Council offices was set aside to honor the achievements of the All-Ireland-winning Myshall team at a civic reception, but, with so many of the players representing Carlow in the camogie National League Division Four final, it was no surprise that talk centered on the possibility of the county winning promotion to Division Three.

After losing last year’s final to Dublin, the set-back spurred them on to All-Ireland glory, but when a new season came along, it was back to the lower division where they recorded easy wins over Kildare (2-13 to 0-2), Tyrone (2-12 to 0-3) and Cavan (1-14 to 0-6). Wicklow were also in the same group but there are clearly problems as the Garden County conceded four walk-overs.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


May 1 marked the introduction of a new carbon tax, and Cavan/Monaghan Fianna Fáil T.D., Brendan Smith, has expressed serious concerns about its introduction.
The Cavan/Monaghan deputy says the new tax on solid fuels, which took effect last Wednesday, means that the price of a 88-pound bag of coal will rise by as much as $1.60, with cost of briquettes also increasing.
“This will have a severe impact on older people and families who cannot pay their basic household bills as it is. Many people across Cavan and Monaghan are having serious difficulty finding the money to pay for fuel due to the prolonged winter. This new tax will make a bad situation worse," Deputy Smith said.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


Proposed investments in the region of $69 million by Doonbeg Golf Club could be left blowing in the wind if plans for a new $131 million wind-farm are approved in West Clare.
That’s according to Doonbeg Golf Club manager, Joe Russell, when he was questioned about the impact on the west Clare economy if An Bord Pleanála approves Clare Coastal Wind Power’s plans for a 10-year planning permission for a 40-turbine wind-farm in the area.

As one of the largest tourism providers in Clare, Doonbeg Golf Club has already made considerable investments in the local economy, with an ongoing commitment of $195 million and has plans for major additional investment.
[Source: Clare Champion]


Five people, including two Cork city councilors, were arrested and three young people were cautioned and removed from a protest at Bank of Ireland, Patrick Street last Wednesday.

Clr. Ted Tynan, Clr. Mick Barry, Jim O'Connell, James Hallinan and Brian Gould were all arrested under the Public Order Act during a peaceful protest when they refused to leave the branch after instruction from the Gardaí (police).

The protest was part of a national day of civil disobedience organized by Campaign Against the Household and Water Tax against the property tax on Mayday, the international day of workers.
[Source: Cork Independent]


A 44-year-old man has died hours after being recovered from the River Foyle by Foyle Search and Rescue.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m., the P.S.N.I. received a report that a man had been fallen from the Foyle Bridge into the river. Foyle Search and Rescue were alerted and recovered the man who was then taken to hospital.