News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Oct 13 2013


A German professor, Dr. Wilhelm Doegen, came to Ireland 85 years ago and recorded the Irish language wherever it was still spoken.

In all, 136 speakers in 17 counties recorded 400 stories, songs, prayers, charms and parables between 1928 and 1931.

One of the main centers for recording was the courthouse in Letterkenny, and men from all parts of Donegal traveled there to take part in the project.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


The families of County Down women, Marion Graham and Cathy Dinsmore, have finally attained a “degree of closure” after 24-year-old Recep Cetin was found guilty of their murders two weeks ago.

The two women were stabbed to death in a frenzied attack while on holiday in Turkey in August 2011.  Their bodies were found in a wood on the outskirts of the city of Izmir.

Ms. Graham was stabbed 17 times in the attack, and Ms. Dinsmore suffered 35 stab wounds.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


The name “Priory Hall” is to be dropped from the infamous firetrap development once Dublin City Council assumes control of the complex and makes it safe under a proposed government deal to resolve the debacle.

As former residents met to discuss the terms of the deal, which was the result of intense negotiations led by top civil servant, Martin Fraser, new details of what will become of the development emerged last Tuesday night.

A source familiar with the talks told the Herald that the $13.5 million plans for Dublin City Council to refurbish the complex will include the following: "The development will remain a mix of private and social housing, as per the original planning permission.”
[Source: Evening Herald]


A self-styled community man and champion of local football with a total of 235 previous convictions has been jailed for four months for disorderly behavior and lunging at a police officer. Enniskillen Magistrates Court heard that 43-year-old Thomas Henry McCaffery – widely known by his nickname “Tucker” – had 44 previous convictions for disorderly behavior and, despite three character references and a claim from the defense that his detention would be of “great detriment to the local community,” the district judge imposed a custodial sentence.

The prosecutor told the court that on May 3, 2013, police were called to the Lakeside Service Station, Queen Street, Enniskillen, at 1 a.m. where the defendant was causing a disturbance.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A man and a woman were in Garda (police) custody following a stabbing at an estate on the Headford road in the early hours of last Wednesday.

A woman in her 30s received a stab wound to her abdomen at Ard an Coiste sometime between 12:30-1 a.m.

The woman, believed to be a native of County Clare, was taken to University Hospital Galway, where her condition was described as critical but stable that morning.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


The Kerry County Board has revealed their plans to build a G.A.A. Centre of Excellence and associated facilities, with sponsors Kerry Group contributing $1.4 million to the project.

The “Kingdom,” winners of a record 36 All-Ireland S.F.C. titles, want to keep at the top of the football tree and, fresh from installing Jack O'Connor as their new minor manager, the establishment of this new center could play a vital role in annexing more silverware for Kerry teams in the future.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Jason Ryan is the new manager of the Kildare senior footballers after his nomination was ratified at a meeting of the county board last Tuesday night.

Ryan, who has been handed an initial one-year deal, worked as an assistant to former Lilywhites manager Kieran McGeeney this year before club delegates decided to axe McGeeney.

The Waterford native managed Wexford for five seasons, guiding them to two Leinster final appearances and an All-Ireland semifinal, where they lost out to eventual champions Tyrone in 2008.
[Source: RTE News]


Gardaí (police) are seeking the public’s help in tracing the whereabouts of a five-year-old boy missing from the Callan area.

Michael Harty has been missing since July 30. He has blond hair, and is described as 2’8” (81 cm.) and weighing 42 lbs. (19 kg.).
[Source: Kilkenny People]


New jobs are on the way following the announcement by Topaz of a new motorway service stop, one of which will be located off the motorway between Abbeyleix and Rathdowney

The company two weeks ago announced that it is to open two new motorway sites. One of the stations will be located at Junction 3 on the Dublin Cork motorway (M8) near Ballacolla. The other will be situated at Junction 5 on the Dublin Waterford motorway (M9).

Topaz says both sites, which will be among the most modern and best equipped in the country, will provide much needed services and facilities to motorists using the M8 and M9.
[Source: Leinster Express]