News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Nov 25 2013



The new library in Portlaoise will represent a major improvement on the services being offered by the existing library, which was constructed in 1994 to serve a population of less than 10,000, according to Laois County Council.

Cathaoirleach (chairman) of Laois County Council, Mary Sweeney, who also works in Portlaoise Library, said the staff were delighted they would finally have the space to do the things they wanted to do.

“The library services has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, and space has been a big problem for us. We always saw it as a temporary measure,” said Clr. Sweeney, who also works for the Library Services.
[Source: Leinster Express]


The funeral of Breege O’Carolan, who died tragically following a road traffic accident two weekends ago, took place in Mohill last Wednesday, November 20.

Breege O’Carolan, of O’Carolan’s Bar, Glebe Street, Mohill, and formerly of Castleblaney, County Monaghan, died shortly after she was struck by a car after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.

The collision occurred on the R201 on the outskirts of Mohill on the Carrick-on-Shannon side of the town. Mrs. O’Carolan, who was in her 60s, was known to regularly walk out this particular stretch of road to visit family.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Disgust has been expressed at a photograph on Facebook of a teenager after defecating in a County Limerick ball alley.

A photo was posted of the male with his trousers down and what appears to be excrement in the viewing area at Caherline ball alley.

It is understood the incident, which has caused shock and revulsion, occurred on Monday. There were over 20 comments on Facebook before it was taken down.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Yvonne Gregory from Granard has been shortlisted as one of the leaders for R.T.É.’s hit show “Operation Transformation.” On Wednesday, November 20, Yvonne was one of 20 contestants put through their paces both physically and emotionally to assess their abilities as leaders.

As part of a live R.T.É. Radio One broadcast, John Murray and his team asked participants to share their personal stories, outline why they think they have what it takes to become a leader for “Operation Transformation,” and how their weight has affected their confidence, lifestyle and wardrobe to date.
[Source: Longford Leader]


A Dundalk man has been fined $1,200 and disqualified from driving after being convicted of driving without insurance on two occasions.

Aidan Byrne, Loughantarve, Knockbridge was fined $472 and disqualified from driving for two years on one insurance charge and a further $337 with a similar disqualification for a second offense.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


The owner of a crèche in Manulla, outside Castlebar, has been ordered by a judge to remove herself from the day-to-day running of her crèche as a result of a series of breaches of childcare regulations.

Marie McGrath of the Sunny Days crèche in Manulla, Castlebar, appeared before Castlebar District Court last Wednesday, charged with 10 breaches of the 2006 Pre-school Child Care Regulations after a series of inspections earlier this year. Eleven other charges were withdrawn by the H.S.E. when Ms. McGrath pleaded guilty to 10 charges.

The case was heard on October 4 and was adjourned to last Wednesday for a decision.

M.s McGrath sat at the back of the courtroom alone, wearing a grey suit. She appeared nervous and tense throughout the court sitting.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Agreement has been reached with Boliden Tara Mines Limited on state mining lease terms that will facilitate mining operations in Navan to continue for another decade with current staffing levels of 650 employees to be retained under the new deal.

During a visit last Thursday to the lead and zinc mine, Minister of State for Natural Resources Fergus O’Dowd, T.D., announced agreement on terms for leases.
The Navan mine is the largest of its kind in Europe and the minister’s visit included an underground tour of mining operations where he was shown the location of the major underground extension.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Fianna Fail forced former Fianna Fail Senator Francie O'Brien to resign from the party before he was convicted of attempted extortion.

The Monaghan-born politician (70) was jailed last week for three years for his role in attempting to extort $135,000 from a Department of Agriculture veterinary inspector in what was described by a judge as "an abominable scheme."

Fianna Fail has confirmed that O'Brien resigned as a member of the party – which he had joined at the age of 12 – around a year ago.
[Source: Irish Independent]