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


The company has a total of four stores in Donegal, with their corporate headquarters and distribution center based in Ballyshannon.

Last Monday, Ramona Nicholas and her husband, Canice, announced that they will be opening in Galway in September in the premises formerly occupied by H.M.V.

Canice Nicholas told the Donegal Democrat, “This is yet a step further in our strategy to become a national brand and will create a further 35 jobs throughout the group including distribution, retail and pharmaceutical. This will bring the total employment within the group of a total of 150 employees.”
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Work on the long-awaited extension to Daisy Hill Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Unit came to an abrupt standstill on Wednesday afternoon, August 7, after workers downed tools before walking off the site.

The $2.4 million project is in the latter stages of completion, so the news that all work had ceased completely and that staff were not informed of any imminent stoppages was described by Sinn Fein M.L.A. Mickey Brady as a “worrying development.”

The Southern Trust was unable to shed any light on the matter. Speaking to the Examiner on Friday, August 9, a spokesperson confirmed that work had ceased unexpectedly and that, despite the Trust seeking clarification from the contractors on the matter, no reason had been given as to why work was unceremoniously stopped.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Firefighters rushing to the scene of a blazing car were amazed to find dozens of €50 notes floating in the breeze.

The cash was blowing along the ground near the burning car, and more €50 notes were seen stuck in nearby hedgerows.

The money – believed to be worth more than $26,000 – was stolen just minutes earlier in an armed heist at an A.T.M. in west Dublin.
[Source: Evening Herald]


The Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival regrets to announce that Winona Ryder has had to withdraw from the festival because of a sudden bereavement.

Festival founder and Artistic Director Sean Doran said: “I heard from Winona last night that she had just lost a dear friend and would not now be able to come to the festival taking place next week in Enniskillen.

“She was very apologetic and saddened at not being able to come as planned as she had been very much looking forward to taking part in the festival. She told me she hopes to come next year instead.   It is of course a great shame that Winona will not be joining us this year and all our thoughts are with her at this very sad time.”
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


More than $2.3 million is being allocated by Minister for Housing and Planning Jan O' Sullivan for social housing in Galway.

Just over $1.2 million is being provided to the city council to purchase 5 homes.

The county council will receive almost $1.1 million to buy 8 homes for social housing.

The purchases will be completed this year and will address the specific needs of families on waiting lists, as well as mainstream housing.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Bewitching, romantic shots by world-famous photographer Annie Leibovitz magically showcase the beauty of the Kerry landscape for Vogue magazine.

Entitled “Wild Irish Rose,” the nine-page fashion shoot features Daria Werbowy, the Polish-born Ukrainian model who lives part of the year in west Cork.

Werbowy teams up with Girls actor Adam Driver for the picture story as they walk in the footsteps of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Two attempted armed robberies, one involving a firearm, the other a knife, are being investigated by Kildare Gardaí (police).

The first of these incidents occurred on Tuesday night, August 6, at 8:35 p.m., when two raiders, one described as “brandishing a firearm,” entered Malone’s Newsagents in Kildare Town.

According to Sergeant Ciarán Bruce of the Kildare Garda district office, the two had their faces covered with scarves or hoodies and they began shouting at the shop assistant to hand over money, but then ran from the premises without anything.

That incident is still under investigation, while Gardaí have arrested a man in connection with a raid that took place at Michael Frawley’s shop on Main Street, Monasterevin, at 6:10 p.m. on Wednesday evening, August 7.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


For years, the issue of a skate park for Kilkenny has been plagued by obstacles, inertia, and one disappointment after another.

But now there’s some real hope for the skaters of Kilkenny. A new campaign to finally get a facility built is under way, and it has all the momentum of a runaway freight train.