News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Oct 27 2013


Baltimore-born Jesse Smith, Brooklynite Tony DeMarco and Chicago’s Liz Carroll were just three of the musicians who brought fiddles and bows to Sligo Live last bank holiday weekend. Carroll, who won TG4’s Composer of the Year Award in 2010, has breathed fresh life into old tunes and composed almost 200 of her own over the years.
[Source: Irish Times]


The socialist champagne grapes are turning sour for Labour Party, according to David Doran.

“Clr. Kenehan launched a false and bitter attack through the media [two weeks ago]. I take issue with the falsehoods bandied about by Clr. Kenehan in regard to Sinn Fein and I wish to set the record straight.

“Labour go to great lengths to portray themselves as the only political party to vote ‘No’ to the bank bailout. This is absolute rubbish! Sinn Fein voted against the Bank Guarantee Scheme brought forward by Brian Lenihan on October 17, 2008. This can easily be verified through the Dáil (Irish Parliament) records. This is the scheme by which the government is now bailing out the banks and that Labour has supported since becoming members of the government. What Sinn Fein voted for was the Financial Support Bill brought forward by Brian Lenihan on September 30, 2008. Labour did not. That bill said the minister could act when there was a threat to the stability of credit institutions in the State, a need to maintain stability of the financial system in the State and the necessity to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy of the State.”
[Source: Tipperary Star]


An expansion of Galbally Community Centre will provide a great service to people in the local area.

That is the view of Fergal O'Donnell, of the Galbally Youth and Community Association.

He was speaking following the visit of Rural Development Minister Michelle O'Neill to announce a $1 million extension to the community center.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


The political and business life of Waterford City is shocked by the sudden death last Tuesday of Gary Wyse, a Fianna Fail member of the City Council and owner of Classic Carpets, O’Connell Street.

A native of St. John’s Park, he resided at The Village, Ballygunner with his wife Michelle, three sons and a daughter. He was elected to the City Council at his first attempt in 2009 and was the only Fianna Fail member of the council.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Fianna Fáil councilor Avril Whitney last Tuesday welcomed the announcement from Westmeath County Council that $116,000 has been approved for much needed restoration works on the N4 in Rathowen and an additional €65,000 for the N4 at Ballinalack.

"I am delighted the Council has finally released this much needed funding as I have been working to ensure these vital restoration works are carried out this year," Clr. Whitney said.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


The man accused of murdering Elaine O’Hara was seen in Enniscorthy just two months ago.
Graham Dwyer (41) was identified as the main suspect in the killing of Ms. O’Hara, whose skeletal remains were discovered last month in the Dublin Mountains.

The 36-year-old, whose father Francis (Frank) O’Hara is from Parnell Street, Wexford, was reported missing in August of last year.

Dwyer was charged with her murder in Dun Laoghaire District Court on Friday, October 18.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


Local chef Paul Smith introduced children to the joys of cooking and eating healthier food last Friday, October 25, at Holy Rosary National School, in Wicklow Town. More than 300 children and a number of parents were at the demonstration, which ran from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event was part of the healthy town initiative, and Mr. Smith said the emphasis was on showing that food can be fun.

He said children were given a tray containing carrot, broccoli, celery and a tomato, and asked to try at least one. (The vegetables were cut, of course, in interesting shapes). They were shown how to make a sausage roll and a gluten-free Parmesan biscuit. But are sausage rolls healthy?
[Source: Irish Times]