News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of August 4 2013



U.S. woman Elizabeth Darmody Leonard made history two weeks ago when she became the first-ever person to receive Irish citizenship in a private ceremony.

Elizabeth told the Tipperary Star that it was a “fantastic day” at her home in Portroe when John Ryan of the Immigration Section of the Department of Justice in Tipperary Town arrived to present her with her papers.

She said she had fallen in love with Ireland from the time of her first visit here in 1967, when she arrived in Ireland alone at just 19 years of age.

“I fell in love with the country and that love has never lessened,” said Elizabeth, who is undergoing chemotherapy at the moment.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


A new supermarket and up to 30 new jobs are on their way to Cookstown.

The Courier has learned that chain giant Iceland is to set up at the northern end of the town over the coming months.

Iceland has confirmed it is planning to open a branch at the Orritor Road Retail Park with up to 30 new jobs being created. The store plans to open in Cookstown in October.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Sproai Festival was joining forces with Disney in attempting to break a Guinness world record, which will see a simultaneous launch of paper planes on a worldwide scale.

Ireland’s part of the world record attempt took place at the William Vincent Wallace Plaza in Waterford last Saturday, August 3, at 10:30 a.m. in celebration of the release of Disney’s new animated film, Planes.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Westmeath has two players on the Irish team taking part in the Australian Football League (A.F.L.) European Championship, which started last weekend in Dublin.

Mark Leavy from The Downs will be representing Ireland for the first time, while Sean Fallon from Castletown Geoghegan makes his third appearance for his country, having first played back in 2005.
Ireland are the reigning European nine-a-side and 16-a-side champions. Sean, who also plays football for St. Malachy’s, is hopeful that the side can retain their title.

“We should do well, but Croatia and Denmark have improved a lot and so have England.”
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


The body of 27-year-old father-of-two Gavin Nugent was laid to rest in St. Fintan’s Cemetery in Taghmon on Wednesday, after he was tragically killed in a motorbike accident on Friday night, July 26, while traveling home from a funeral.

Gardaí (police) were alerted to the crash, which happened on the N11 near Ferrycarrig, just before 8:30 p.m., and the road was closed to facilitate a forensic collision examination of the area.

The former Wexford Vocational student was fatally injured when his motorcycle collided with a car. He was brought to Wexford General Hospital where a postmortem examination took place on Saturday, July 27.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


A cash-strapped council has pleaded with a judge not to hit it with a $4 million fine for health and safety violations after the deaths of two firefighters.

Firefighters Brian Murray (46) and Mark O'Shaughnessy (26) died fighting a blaze at a disused ink factory at Adelaide Villas in Bray on September 26, 2007.

Last month, Wicklow County Council pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three charges of health and safety breaches.
[Source: Irish Independent]