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


However, High Court President Mr. Justice Nicholas Kearns said while he had “every sympathy” with the Elliotts, he had no choice but to grant the receiver possession of the properties.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Gardaí (police) in Mullingar are appealing for witnesses after a robbery at one of the town’s betting shops last Wednesday evening.

Around 8:50 p.m., two men entered the Ladbrokes bookmakers on Dominick Street and appeared to be brandishing handguns.

They held a female staff member and two male customers at gunpoint, yelling at them to lie on the floor, while stealing a sum of money, believed to be in the region of $6,700 from the bookies.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


Fire brigade crews from Enniscorthy, Wexford, Wicklow and Kilkenny rushed to a major fire in Castledockerell last Monday afternoon.

The fire started in Springvale and spread to neighboring farms where it set ablaze hundreds of acres of corn stubble.

There were major traffic diversions but the blaze was brought under control after 6 p.m.

It is not known how the fire was started but luckily no-one was injured.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


An 84-year-old local man has bought the renowned Harbour Bar in Bray, County Wicklow – once dubbed as the “Best Bar in the World” by the Lonely Planet Guide.

Joe Duggan, who along with his family owns and runs the Martello Hotel and the Ocean Bar and Restaurant on they Bray seafront, bought the rambling venue for an undisclosed sum, from in-laws Paul and Maureen O’Toole, whose family has owned and run the Harbour Bar since 1932.

Beloved by rock stars and filmmakers, the bar is home to the large head of a moose donated by the actor Peter O’Toole, who drank there on occasion in the company of fellow actors Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and filmmaker Neil Jordan.
[Source: Irish Times]