News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of Nov 3 2013


A marathon runner whose heart stopped at the finishing line in Monday's Dublin City Marathon has died.

Ricki Savage (27), from Ramsgate, Kent, was running the marathon to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Mr. Savage had just finished the race when he suffered a suspected heart attack at Merrion Square after completing the 26.2 mile run in three hours and 10 minutes.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Speed cameras, on the Cornagrade Road at Enniskillen, are catching out on average just over nine speedsters a week. And, the number of detections is rising each year with, on average, a $9% fine dished out to the erring motorist each time.

The figures for Northern Ireland for the past 3 calendar years, obtained by the Belfast Telegraph, were released by the P.S.N.I. following a Freedom of Information request.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


An Bord Pleanala has pushed out its decision date for a controversial superstore in the city.

The plans for the multi-million dollar project at the Seamus Quirke Road beside the Westside shopping center were the subject of an oral hearing last month.

The City Council gave the green light to T. O' Higgins and Co., ltd., for the development with 30 conditions attached.

The applicant later appealed a condition relating to the construction of a public road, while local residents appealed on the grounds of intrusion and traffic congestion.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


The Road Safety Authority has written to R.T.É. and other media production companies asking them to desist from interviewing people while they are driving because it is a potential distraction.

The authority said it had done so even before concerns aired about the Kerry South T.D. Michael Healy-Rae who was filmed driving while he appeared to be taking notes and talking on a hand free mobile phone during an R.T.É. documentary.
[Source: Irish Times]


Water restrictions came into force in the Dublin region at 8 p.m. last Wednesday night and were expected to continue for several days.

The move, a result of an as yet unidentified problem at a water treatment facility in County Kildare, has been widely criticized.

Dublin City Council engineer, Michael Phillips, said many people would have no water between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. for the next five days.
[Source: Irish Times]


An elderly woman, living off Patrick Street, Kilkenny City, had her life’s savings taken in a daylight robbery last week. She was brushing leaves from outside her front door at around 2 p.m. on Tuesday when a female thief, unknown to her, slipped in behind her as she swept the leaves on the road to make sure it was safe for pedestrians to pass.

The blonde-haired criminal managed, within a few minutes, to find where the widow had hidden her money. In her 80s, she only noticed the woman after she left the house and walked towards the corner of the lane and on to Patrick Street where her accomplice, a man on a mobile phone, gestured to her from the other side of the street. It’s just another crime statistic but the impact on the woman and her neighbors has been devastating.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


A Dublin man, who was charged with possession of drugs at Electric Picnic six years ago, was before Portlaoise District Court two weeks ago.

The court heard that Daniel Haughton, with an address at 2 Laburnham Lodge, Newtown, Celbridge, County Kildare, was found with $27 of cannabis and ecstasy at Electric Picnic in 2007.

His solicitor said the case had been before the courts in 2008, but Haughton had misunderstood what he had been told. He was unaware that there was any warrant out for his arrest, until he attended his local Garda (Police) Station on family law matters.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Leitrim County Council is investigating the dumping of raw meat and offal at the E.S.B. Weir at Mahanagh, Ballintra, Drumshanbo, two weeks ago.

A local resident walking her dog discovered the meat carcasses hanging off the sluice gate bridge on Wednesday, October 23. She observed, “It looks like a mass of carcasses, dumped into the river, and some getting left behind on the ledge.”

On hearing the complaint, council officials inspected the site that evening. They found a quantity of Animal By-Product (A.B.P.) of lamb and beef originon the concrete pad of the bridge.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Rathkeale’s Seamus Cawley is the real deal. He is Limerick’s premier Marathon Man. And that’s official.

On Monday, October 28, Seamus became the first Limerick runner to clock up the astonishing record of 34 consecutive Dublin Marathons. He has been there every year since the event began in 1980.

“Come hell or high water, I wasn’t going to miss Monday,” Seamus told the Limerick Leader.
[Source: Limerick Leader]