News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


Gardaí (police) in Tullamore are investigating an incident in Edenderry where shots were fired at former Offaly County Council Chairman Ger Killally as he and three other people were leaving his house in a car at the townland of Shaen.

The incident occurred at 10:40 a.m. last Thursday. Nobody was injured during the incident; however, the former Fianna Fail councilor and his three passengers sustained minor injuries after the car collided with a ditch and overturned. A number of shots were fired at the silver Volkswagen Passat. It is believed that Killally had a five figure sum of cash in the boot of his car.
[Source: Offaly Express]


A 56-year-old parish priest in Roscommon is to be the new bishop of Kerry.

Raymond A. Browne, a graduate of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth and the Gregorian University in Rome, where he studied canon law, has been appointed by Pope Francis to succeed the serving Bishop of Kerry Dr. Bill Murphy, who has served almost two years beyond his retirement.

The announcement was made after 10 a.m. mass in Killarney’s St. Mary’s Cathedral.
[Source: Irish Times]


A Health Information and Quality Authority (H.I.Q.A.) report into an unannounced assessment at Sligo Regional Hospital has exposed a litany of hygiene issues from unclean resuscitation trolleys to failures of staff members to observe proper hand hygiene practices.

The assessment was carried out at the hospital on February 28 and included checks on the emergency department; surgical gynecology ward and the medical south ward.

The 16-page report said there were a number of risks identified by H.I.Q.A. staff including three patients with transmissible infection being cared for in a room were doors were open, near other patients; failures in the disposal of contaminated personal protective equipment and overflowing bins for health care risk waste.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Gardaí (police) are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body in Tipperary last Tuesday, April 30.

It is believed the body is that of Bobby Ryan (52), who went missing nearly two years ago. His family is being kept informed about the Garda investigation.

A postmortem examination is to be carried out on the body which was found in a slurry tank in the Fawnagowan area, between Tipperary and Bansha, at about 2 p.m.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


A former Catholic Bishop of Clogher has said he accepts the criticisms of a report that said opportunities to deal with cases of child abuse in parishes across the diocese were "consistently missed."

Dr. Joseph Duffy, who served as Bishop of Clogher for much of the period the child abuse report focuses on, said he regretted the management of some cases.

On Wednesday, April 24, the church's National Board for Safeguarding Children (N.B.S.C.C.C.I.) published the findings of seven reports it conducted on the child abuse scandal, including one centered solely on the Diocese of Clogher.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


New Street, in the city center, was closed to traffic for nearly four hours of last Sunday morning as four units of the Waterford City Fire Service fought a blaze at the former Kiely’s Bottling Store.

The alarm was raised at 9.01 a.m. by a passerby. When the fire service arrived the blaze had caught hold at the 3,000 sq. ft. unoccupied building. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were committed to the site and, with assistance from a hydraulic platform used to pump water in the fire, were finally brought under control at 12:30 p.m. and no damage was caused to any adjoining properties.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Former Mullingar player coach Joe Schmidt has been officially announced as Ireland's new head coach by the I.R.F.U., stepping up from his Leinster position after beating competition from Les Kiss and Ewen McKenzie for the Ireland post.

He succeeds Declan Kidney who was removed on April 2 after presiding over a dismal fifth-place finish in the R.B.S. 6 Nations.

The New Zealander spent a couple of seasons in Mullingar during the early 1990s as a player/coach.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


Wexford is set to embrace the spirit of one of its most famous sons, with a Mexican-themed, action packed festival in honor of William Lamport – arguably the inspiration for Mexican hero, Zorro.

“Zorrofest Wexford,” last Saturday, saw the town turn “Wexican” with a celebration of the life and legend of a real-life “Irish Zorro” – 17th-century Wexford-man Lamport, born in Wexford Town in 1611.
[Source: Irish Independent]


One of Wicklow's landmark pubs, McDaniel's of Brittas Bay, will go under the hammer at the next Allsop's Auction to be held in the Shelbourne Hotel.