News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Oct 20 2013



October is our big month of cheese! Over the month of October, a variety of events will take place in Leitrim that will allow farmhouse cheese consumers engage directly with the product and discover and taste farmhouse cheese, try new varieties, discover usage occasion, and pick up a host of top tips from seasonality to storage.

Last Thursday, October 17, at the Market Yard, Carrick-on-Shannon you could see and taste over 20 farmhouse cheeses. At The Bee Park Resource Centre Farmers Market, Manorhamilton last Friday, October 18, you could hear a talk on cheese including a little history and tasting.

The Discover Farmhouse Cheese program, a new E.U. co-funded campaign organized by Bord Bia, is a celebration of farmhouse cheese in Ireland. Bord Bia is encouraging the public to discover the unique character of the individual cheeses and how products are produced on the farm, the transparency of the supply chain, and the story of the makers behind the products.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Verdicts of death by multiple stab wounds have been recorded at an inquest into the deaths of two women and two children in Newcastle West in 2010.

A local jury made the findings at the inquest last Monday into the deaths of Sarah Hines (25), her children, Reece (3) and Amy (five months), and 20-year-old Alicia Brough on November 15, 2010.

All four were murdered at a house at 18 Hazelgrove, Newcastle West by 34-year-old John Geary, Ms. Hines’ ex-partner, in what was described by West Limerick coroner Brendan Nix as a “mindless, mind-numbing, inexplicable, vicious” crime.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


A creative Granard farmer has launched his new invention that takes the danger out of dosing cattle.

The KO Doser, which was warmly received at the recently held All-Ireland Ploughing Championships, came onto the market in recent weeks after its creator Vincent Kiernan became inundated with orders.

“This all started a few years ago when I sustained a hand injury during cattle dosing,” Mr. Kiernan explained, adding that it was his belief that there was a safer way to carry out the task.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Dundalk native Gavin McCumiskey decided to create his first comic book.

Two weeks ago, his masterpiece, “Innocent Tales,” hit book shelves around Dundalk.

Gavin moved to Tullamore nine years ago, but last week, he returned to his hometown to participate in workshops with the transition year students in the Marist.

“The workshops went great and I got great feedback off the students,” said Gavin in an interview with the Democrat last week.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Gardaí (police) are urging van owners and drivers to ensure their vehicles are securely locked after a total of seven vans were stolen in the county over the past three weeks.

On Wednesday, October 9, keys were taken from a building at Cedar Park on the Newport Road in Westport. A van was subsequently taken and Gardaí later stopped the van on the Castlebar Rd. The two occupants were arrested and brought to Westport Garda Station. One of the occupants was charged with burglary and the unlawful taking of the van. The man appeared at Westport District Court on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Three vans were stolen in the Ballinrobe area in the last three weeks. One van was recovered while a second was found burnt out.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Slane Castle was seen by over two million Italians when it features on reality T.V. show “X Factor Italia” last Thursday night for one of the judge’s “home visits.”

During the summer, one of the show’s judges, British singer-songwriter Mika, brought his group of singing hopefuls to Slane Castle for the “home visits” round of the popular reality T.V. show.

X Factor Italia’s Irish experience was broadcast that evening to an anticipated two million viewers across Italy.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


A retired Fianna Fail senator has pleaded guilty to a charge of demanding $136,000 with menaces in County Monaghan. Francis O’Brien (70), a father-of-four, of Corwillan, Latton, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan has been remanded on continuing bail to the November 12 sitting of Carrick-on Shannon Circuit Court.

Mr. O’Brien was an Oireachtas Senator from 1989 to 2011.

He is charged with attempting to make gain for himself or others, by making an unwarranted demand for $136,000 from Michael Heelan, with menaces, at Tullyvaragh Lower, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan on April 13, 2012.
[Source: Irish Times]


Offaly Deputy Barry Cowen has accused the government of betraying older people in budget 2014.

According to Deputy Cowen, the government have singled out pensioners for the worst of the cuts next year, with a dramatic reduction in medical cards, a hike in prescription charges, the abolition of the telephone allowance, increased tax on savings and the scrapping of the bereavement grant.