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



Since 2006, the Attic Youth Café in the Temperance Hall has been a popular social outlet for local teenagers. Now it’s set to move to a new location as part of an ambitious expansion project.

“With more young people joining the Attic, some of whom need wheelchair access, it soon became evident a new premises was needed,” explained Siobhan Flanagan, P.R.O. for the Attic. “When the chance arose to purchase a [premise] on the Ballinalee Road, the Attic saw an opportunity and grabbed it with both hands.”

The Attic House, which will be located just before the turn into Ardnacassa Avenue, will ensure that all young people in Longford are given the opportunity to access all activities run by the café.
[Source: Longford Leader]


The trial of a 41-year-old man accused of the manslaughter of a 25-year-old Clogherhead fisherman opened before a jury of nine men and three women with Judge Donagh McDonagh presiding at Dundalk Circuit Court last Wednesday.

Kevin McKernan (41) of Black Island View, Castleblayney, pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing on March 9, 2010 of Errol Dunne, of Grangebellew and formerly O’Donnell Park, Clogherhead.

Prosecuting counsel, Mr. Kilfeather, told the jury, which was reduced to 11 members, that it was the state’s case that Kevin McKernan assaulted Errol Dunne and that he died as a result of the injuries he sustained.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


The community of Castlebar was still coming to terms last Monday night with the death of popular local man, Gerry Deane, who got into difficulty whilst diving in Killary Harbour on Sunday, October 27.

The alarm was raised early in the afternoon when Mr. Deane failed to surface sometime around 1:30 p.m. He had been diving with two others and was pulled from the water shortly afterwards and airlifted to Galway University Hospital, but attempts to save his life were in vain.
[Source: The Mayo News]


An elderly couple was assaulted in their home at Station Road, Duleek on Tuesday night, October 29, when three men forced their way into their home around 7 p.m.

The elderly man was watching television when the men broke in a back window and three men entered the house. A fourth is believed to have kept watch outside.

The men threatened the couple and assaulted them before getting away with a number of items.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


A man in his mid-20s died following a road crash in County Monaghan last Wednesday morning.

The two-vehicle collision happened on the N2 Dublin-Monaghan road, south of Carrickmacross at the Dundalk exit.

The man who died had been driving one of the vehicles involved the crash.
[Source: RTE News]


The Offaly Wind Energy Information group has hit back at Bord Na Mona’s plans to build between 600 and 700 wind turbines in bogs of West Kildare and East Offaly.

At the project launch [October 24], Minister Rabbitte told the attendance that “cutaway bogs far away from concentrations of people are suitable places for wind power generation.”

Unfortunately, as the Irish countryside is littered with once-off housing (even in bog land areas) what protection will be afforded to those people who live in proximity to Bord na Móna’s lands? This statement by the Minister also implies that other sites, such as those selected by Mainstream and Element, ltd. (some of which are in fertile agricultural land, some close to Special Areas of Conservation and some close to higher densities of housing) are not suitable.
[Source: Offaly Express]


On the foot of a highly-successful South Roscommon Singers Festival over the Bank Holiday Weekend, the Singers Circle were back in Murray’s Lounge, Knockcroghery, last Saturday for its regular monthly session.

Special guest on the night was one of Scotland’s best singers currently on the scene, Heather Heywood.

She is well-known among traditional singers in Scotland and has earned the respect of many of the U.K.’s top performers, with most regarding her as among the very best of the current generation of Scotland’s traditional singers.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


A distributor in El Salvador of medical products that are manufactured in Sligo is aiming to achieve a 20-fold increase in sales of the products in Central America and the Caribbean.

The San Salvador subsidiary of B Braun, a large German medical and pharmaceutical company, sells bandages and other products used to treat wounds. The products are developed and manufactured at Collooney in County Sligo.
[Source: Irish Times]


The majority of residents living in St. Joseph’s Park, Nenagh, wants extra speed ramps in their estate to combat speeding and protect children, according to a survey conducted by local Fine Gael Councilor Conor Delaney.