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



A man from Northern Ireland has appeared in court in the Republic of Ireland on charges related to fuel laundering.

Columba Mackle (27), from County Armagh, was arrested last Monday after an Irish Customs raid in County Monaghan.

He was charged with attempting to remove a marker dye from fuel.

Two fuel laundering plants were uncovered during a raid at a private yard and a commercial premise.
[Source: BBC News]


The driver of the car involved in a collision outside Tullamore that killed both him and three young brothers from Portarlington, had a blood alcohol level more than six times the legal limit.

Three brothers, Darren Doyle (27), David Doyle (24) and Ryan Doyle (17), and their friend and driver, Lee Bryan (24), were killed instantly when their Honda Civic crashed into a town-link bus on the Tullamore to Geashill road on the evening of Friday, August 10, 2012.

At Monday’s (September 16) inquest, the pathologist in Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore, Dr. Margaret Lynch, warned family members that the evidence was “quite upsetting.”
[Source: Offaly Express]


Actor Chris O'Dowd broke his leg in a "very Irish accident," according to his wife.

Writer Dawn O'Porter mischievously revealed how O'Dowd was injured while out partying in Dublin two weekends ago.

T.V. presenter Dawn revealed how the Moone Boy star, who is currently filming his home-grown sitcom with Hollywood actor Paul Rudd in Dublin, got injured in a "very Irish accident."

And Dawn told I.T.V.'s Lorraine Kelly that the Bridesmaids star is unable to walk their dog due to the injury.

She said: "He broke his foot in a bit of an Irish accident on Friday night in Dublin. He can't walk the dog."

When Lorraine inquired if "drink had been taken," his wife giggled and said: "Well, that's the Irish part of it. Yes."
[Source: Irish Independent]


A headland on the west coast of Ireland has been named by a travel bible as one of the best surfing spots in the world.

Mullaghmore Head in County Sligo has been listed by the Lonely Planet in a new book of top 10s for adventurers, while walking across the country is also said to be one of the best coast-to-coast missions.

The two holiday ideas are among four locations named by the guide book which also said climbing Croagh Patrick is an ultimate pilgrimage and the Castle Leslie estate a top 10 for horse-riding enthusiasts.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Deputy Noel Coonan has received further information from his colleague and Justice Minister Alan Shatter that the formal commencement of the recruitment process is expected to get underway in September, with the first students entering the Garda (Police) College in Templemore in mid-2014.

“This announcement has been widely welcomed by the people of Templemore and we hope it is the start of an upturn in the economy for the town and its environs. I want to compliment the entire management and staff of the Garda College and Superintendent Pat McCabe for their enterprise and for keeping the college alive during the lean periods in the last number of years. I hope it is the first of a number of positive developments for the Garda College as it prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its opening on February 14, 1964,” said Deputy Coonan.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Police are to tackle the impact of the "excessive drink problem" in both Dungannon and Cookstown as part of a U.K.-wide Alcohol Harm Initiative looking at violent crime.

The P.S.N.I. will be working with partner agencies to highlight and tackle the growing drink culture in both towns.

Commenting on the plans, Superintendent Simon Walls told the Courier: "Nearly 50 percent of all violent crime is alcohol related. Statistics also indicate that in incidents of domestic abuse, offenders are thought to be under the influence of alcohol in nearly half of all incidents.

“Clearly, this is a cause for concern."
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Congratulations to Ardkeen Superstores on the Dunmore Road in Waterford City. The lucky store sold the $17.3 million EuroMillions jackpot winning ticket for Friday's (September 13) draw. The winner, a young Southeast man who shared the $34.6 million jackpot with a player in Spain, claimed his prize last Monday in National Lottery H.Q.

The winning ticket was an $8 play and the winner picked his own numbers. It almost didn't happen as a slip of his pen ticked number 32 on his play-slip by mistake. But that mistake scooped him the multi million Euros jackpot.
[Source: Waterford Today]


An elderly pedestrian has died in a road traffic collision in Mullingar last Thursday afternoon.

It is understood he was struck at a pedestrian crossing on the Castlepollard Road near the Midland Regional Hospital.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]