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


It began as a project submission by local activist, Mick Greene, to the Arthur Guinness Projects – a bursary program that facilitates innovation, talent and creativity, allowing the public to vote. The winning projects can be awarded a bursary of up to $67,000, as well as advice and mentoring – and Kilkenny’s skate park project has shot to the top of the list.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Laois-based shopping chain, Shaws, has committed its future to Portlaoise with an investment of some $1.3 million in its new store, which opens on Thursday, September 5.

The investment will also have a substantial employment spin-off, with a doubling of the workforce at the chain’s new store opposite Laois County Council’s headquarters.

Construction and fit out work, carried out by local firms, is in the final stages as the family-run business gets ready to turn a big new chapter in its 149 years of business in Laois.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Annaduff and Bornacoola contested the Connacht Gold Senior Championship eighth-place playoff last Saturday after Drumreilly lost their D.R.A. appeal on Thursday.

Drumreilly had appealed their exclusion from the eighth-place playoff to the D.R.A. on the grounds that they were wrongly placed in a relegation playoff when they had qualified for a quarterfinal playoff, having consideration to the criteria determined under the Leitrim Championship Bye-laws and Regulations 2013 and Rule 6.20 T.O.2013.

However, at last Thursday night’s hearing in Carrick-on-Shannon, the D.R.A. ruled against Drumreilly’s appeal meaning that Annaduff and Bornacoola met to decide who joined the quarterfinals with Drumreilly, now consigned to the Relegation semifinals.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


“The city is dead and this will bury it,” said Limerick’s Milk Market manager of the resurrected Parkway Valley development that is to include a flagship M&S store. Who’s going to revitalize the city – and crucially when, asks Anne Sheridan

“The horse has bolted,” said Councilor Michael Sheahan.

Despite claims in the aftermath of the Marks & Spencer announcement for Limerick two weeks ago that there are “significant planning obstacles” in the face of building the $200 million Parkway Valley site on the Dublin Road, the reality appears to be to the contrary.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Spurred on by his love of Longford, John Martin founded the Longford Association in Manchester in the 1980s.

Now, almost one year since John’s passing, his family is picking up where he left off over 20 years ago, rekindling Manchester’s links with Longford.

Walking into the opening of the Manchester Irish festival in March, the first thing John’s daughter, Margaret, saw was a banner that John had made as chairman of the association in the 80s. Deciding to once again set up the association, Margaret sought the advice of the Council of Irish Associations in Manchester, where she found out that the last chairperson, the late Mick Cassidy from Ballinamuck, had kept the association in constitution, making it easier to renew the group.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Blackrock youngster, James Dunne, has realized every young footballer’s dream by securing a move to English Premier League champions, Manchester United.

The 15-year-old Rock Celtic center-back has been courted by the Red Devils since he was 10, and will sign a four-year deal at Old Trafford when he turns 16 in October.

James will begin life in Manchester this week when he will travel to his digs in Sale, which is based just five miles from United’s Carrington training ground. He will then return to Ireland to say his goodbyes before returning to the U.K. to begin his football career on September 1.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Westport looks set to have its tourist office moved to smaller premises, after the Office of Public Works (O.P.W.) requested that Fáilte Ireland surrender its lease on its current property.

The Mayo News understands that moves are now afoot to relocate the operations of Westport Labour Exchange, currently on Prospect Avenue off John’s Row, to the present location of the town’s tourist office on James Street. It is believed that other elements of the department of social welfare operating locally, such as the community welfare office, could also be moving to the building. This would be a consolidation of services, bringing related offices of the Department of Social Protection under one roof.

One potential location being sounded out for the tourist office is the former Permanent T.S.B. Bank building on lower Bridge Street. Other locations have also been mooted.
[Source: The Mayo News]