News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of August 18 2013



Antrim is officially the most violent place in the United Kingdom, according to shocking new statistics unveiled last week by the Home Office.

Working in tandem with police forces across the country, the authors of the report set out to draw a vivid picture of criminal trends from coast to coast.

Inner cities wastelands feature prominently on the “hall of shame,” but when it came to violence one quiet corner of the country was punching well above its weight.

Antrim, and more specifically the BT41 4SF postcode, has the grim distinction of being by far the most dangerous place in the U.K. with a staggering 677 violent offenses logged by police from January 2012 to June 2013.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


The Cross Square Hotel was the venue for a very special occasion on Saturday night, August 10, when it hosted the reunion of one of Crossmaglen’s largest and most well-known families.

All 14 siblings of the Murray family – six of whom traveled from America – were joined by extended family and friends to celebrate the occasion, just the second time in 17 years that they have all been together in their hometown.

From the eldest to the youngest – Jim, Margaret (Finn), Alice (Campbell), John, Eileen (O’Brien), Michael, Kathleen (Murphy), Frank, Gerry, Bessie (Gribben), Joan (Boylan), Mary (McGurk), Claire (Finnegan) and Joe – traveled down memory lane, recalling memorable times spent in their Blayney Road home.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


More than 1,000 people turned out on Sunday, August 4, for the ordination of our new bishop.

Parishioners packed into the cathedral in Carlow, as well as the nearby George Bernard Shaw Theatre and Carlow College, where the episcopal ordination was being streamed live.

Very Reverend Denis Nulty, a former parish priest in Saint Mary’s Church in Drogheda, Louth, is now the youngest bishop in the country, following his ordination at the special ceremony. Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, archbishop of Dublin, celebrated the ordination, assisted by Most Rev. Charles Brown, papal nuncio to Ireland and Most Rev. Michael Smith, bishop of Meath.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


A young Cavan footballer has joined a Dublin based team, but will still be eligible to play for his native county.

Alan O'Mara, of Bailieborough Shamrocks, has transferred to Dublin club, St. Oliver Plunketts. The young net-minder's main competition for the blues' number one jersey was Conor Gilsenan, who incidentally was O'Mara's rival goalkeeper at club level.

The move means that O'Mara will not play championship football this summer, as his new Navan Road club has already been knocked out of the Dublin club championship.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


A Clarecastle mother says she is on the verge of a breakdown after her 13-year-old son was subjected to three suspicious advances from a male “stalker” within the last month.

The boy has described the man as someone in his 20s or 30s, with brown hair, brown eyes, an Irish accent, stubble on his face and “dirty looking.” The man was driving a gold 2003 car with a Dublin registration

The first incident took place on Sunday, July 21, at 10:20 p.m., when the boy was returning home from a friend’s house. The most recent incident was on Sunday, August 11, at 8:30 p.m.

“I am terrified. My worry is this man is ‘stalking’ my son; is he watching him?” the mother of four said.
[Source: Clare Champion]


The end of an era dawned in Cork last week when Crowley’s Music Shop closed its doors for the last time on Saturday, August 10, leading to a wave of sadness from musicians and music lovers in Cork.

The store was 87 years in business and was the most famous music shop in Cork, perhaps because it was the shop that sold Rory Gallagher his famous sunburst Fender Stratocaster.

Owner Sheena Crowley made the decision last Thursday and the shop has gone into liquidation. She blamed the closure on changes in the nature of the business, with many musicians now buying instruments online.
[Source: Cork Independent]


A Derry firm which specializes in 3D visualization technologies is helping to restore a classic movie featuring The Beatles.

Urban 3D, which is based at Artillery Street in Derry City Center, is assisting Apple Corps in the United States to transform “Help!,”  the 1965 movie featuring the Fab Four, into formats for high-definition Blu-ray and iTunes Extra.

Currently employing nine people, Urban 3D has accessed advice and support from Invest N.I. to grow its business, particularly in markets outside Northern Ireland.
[Source: Derry Journal]


The Ballyshannon-based company, Cara Health and Beauty, have announced the creation of 35 new jobs as a result of their expansion announced last Tuesday.