News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Sept 22 2013


Laois County Council will cater for 50,000 public sector workers when it operates the Shared Payroll and Superannuation Services Centre in 2014.

Following a bidding process, Laois Co. Council was awarded the contract, which is to be staffed by 72 full-time workers when fully operational.

County manager Peter Carey said that the development represented a “significant achievement” for the council.
[Source: Laois Nationalist]


Two weeks ago, the angling championship was a true success, but only for two stewards could it have taken a different complexion.

The quick-thinking of two Inland Waterway stewards, who provided first aid after one of the competitors suffered a heart attack, prevented the tournament being overshadowed by tragedy.

The five-day Lakelands and Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championship saw fishermen from Ireland, Britain and further afield treated to “phenomenal” angling.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Councilors have criticized city engineering officials after plans to erect traffic lights in Thomondgate were shelved.

At the northside area meeting two weeks ago, Clr. Tom Shortt requested an update on the progress made concerning the installation of traffic and pedestrian lights at the end of Thomond Bridge.

In response, Rory McDermott told him the provision of lights is “not warranted.”

Instead, he said funding for a zebra crossing there would be sought next year.

Councilor Cormac Hurley (Fine Gael) said he has “always been an admirer of Rory’s . . . but I do not go along with this.”
[Source: Limerick Leader]


A butcher based in Drumlish competed in the R.D.S. in Dublin last week, as his products qualified for the final of the national Sausage and Pudding Competition.

Gavin Mitchell of Mitchell Meats, Drumlish, looked forward to the competition, which took place last Wednesday, September 18. A native of Gortletteragh, County Leitrim, Gavin has qualified for the competition, run by the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland, in the traditional sausage category with sausages he makes himself.

Speaking to the Leader last week, Gavin admitted that he was “delighted” to be in the competition, particularly as it was his first time to enter. Speaking about the sausages, which were awarded runner-up status in the Northern region in the regional heats of the competition, Gavin was proud to say that the meat is locally sourced and freshly prepared. Gavin explained that he gets his pork from Vincent Conefrey from Ballinalee. It is then slaughtered in Green Pasture Meats in Drumlish, and in Mitchell Meats the next day, where Gavin prepares it. As for beef and lamb, Gavin sources it from his own farm. He felt that this is very important, as the customers know exactly what they’re buying. It is this transparency and the quality of his fresh local products that entices customers to the store, as Gavin points out: “you’ll only sell a bad product once!”
[Source: Longford Leader]


Two weeks ago, motorists using parking spaces along the shop front of the Desmesne were hit with new clamping restrictions.

Yet, the clamping has been brought in privately, in a bid to stop the apparent practice of people leaving cars in the space all day.

There is now a two-hour limit to the free parking along the shop side of the street, and people who have parked there have been issued with warning notices, while some have been clamped..
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A man wanted over a plot to kill police officers in a mortar-bomb attack in Northern Ireland was arrested in the village of Cross two weeks ago. Ryan McKenna, originally from Northern Ireland, had been living in the area for the past number of years. He had been under surveillance by a covert military unit for six months.

Northern Ireland authorities have requested the extradition of Mr. McKenna from the Republic. He is said to have been arrested in relation to the April 5, 2007 discovery of a live mortar, complete with launching tube near the Cornakinnegar Road outside Lurgan, County Armagh.

Known locally as “Spider,” the 24-year-old was living in Cross village and was working with a local food-delivery business.
[Source: The Mayo News]


After a nationwide vote, Ashbourne-based Tayto, one of Ireland’s most popular Irish brands, has launched two new limited edition flavors, bringing a total of six mouth-watering choices to its offering.

A shout out was made by Mr. Tayto on Facebook, for people to volunteer to become a “Tayto Top Secret Taste Tester,” and over 6,000 people applied to take part. An elite group of 500 were chosen and sent out a Tayto Tester parcel and when the votes came in, the result was crisp and clear.

Two new flavor-filled packets of Tayto are about to burst onto the market. Bringing home the bacon is the sizzling Tayto Bacon Melt and a real rib-tickler is the sensational Tayto Spare Rib. Citing films such as Babe, The Quiet Ham and Lord of the Ribs as favorite movies, and Michael “Saucebender,” “Rack” Nicholson and Kevin Bacon as favorite actors, the two new flavors look set to add some sizzle to the Irish crisp market!
[Source: Meath Chronicle]