News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of October 7th



The principal of Antrim Primary School has urged parents and children to be vigilant until police catch the sinister stranger who attempted to lure an eight-year-old from the playground.

The alarming incident occurred Monday, September 23, at around 2 p.m. when the boy and his classmates were traveling from their room to another in the infant corridor.

It is a familiar trip for the children, but they are still routinely accompanied by teachers and classroom assistants.

Two weeks ago, however, one member of staff had to help one of the younger pupils at the toilet which meant some of the children crossed the playground unsupervised.

And a man who had been watching them pass attempted to seize the opportunity. He approached the child who had been dawdling behind the rest, calling over and telling him that he had been sent by his dad to pick him up.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


World line dance champion Shane McKeever was to receive a grand welcome last week in a special homecoming event in Crossmaglen’s Square.

Newry and Mourne District Council, in conjunction with Crossmaglen Community Association, St. Oliver Plunkett Youth Club, Crossmaglen Rangers and South Armagh Halloween Group, hosted the civic reception last Wednesday evening to celebrate Shane’s tremendous achievement scooping gold in the line dancing category of the first-ever World Dance Sport Games in China.

His world class accolade is especially significant as the World Dance Sport Games in Kaohsiung is the first competition of its kind where dance has officially been represented as a sport.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A Carlow teacher is under investigation for allegedly sending an inappropriate photograph to an underage girl.

The man, aged in his early 40s, is believed to have sent an intimate photograph to a 16-year-old girl.

The teacher works in a local secondary school.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


A Ballinamore shop-owner is celebrating almost as much the winner might after he was informed last Tuesday by the National Lottery Headquarters that a scratch-card sold in their newsagents shop bagged its buyer $68,000.

Representing a 5,000-1 return on the €10 All Cash Spectacular scratch-card, winning card-seller Philip Murphy of Murphy's newsagents in Ballinamore says the shop has become a lucky place at which to purchase lottery in recent years.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


“They’re my family and I love these guys to bits,” said Davy Fitzgerald at the Fair Green in Ennis Sunday evening, September a homecoming event for the Clare senior and U-21 sides.

An estimated 30,000 people turned out and shortly after 9 p.m. there were fantastic scenes of jubilation as the two All-Ireland winning panels arrived.

Addressing the supporters, Fitzgerald said the county has given his charges great support throughout the championship. “I’d like to start by saying that we know we have passionate players for sure, but by Jesus, we have passionate supporters as well.”
[Source: Clare Champion]


Student protests were taking place last Tuesday at U.C.C. and C.I.T. to protest in advance of the budget, which students fear will include cuts to the Student Maintenance Grant.

Students are worried as the maintenance grant has been cut in the last four budgets and they want to highlight to the government that “enough is enough.”

The average grant is $114, which students are comparing to the lowest rate of Jobseekers Allowance – $135 per week.
[Source: Cork Independent]


Derry is to get a new iconic public artwork with a difference.

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín announced details of the plan Sunday night, September 29, at an event to promote the Lumiere Light Festival, which opens in Derry next month.

The Minister has set aside funding for an illuminated sign on top of the Rosemount Factory.
[Source: Derry Journal]


Two secondary students were taken to hospital last Tuesday after an incident involving a jeep outside their school.

Gardaí (police) in Ballyshannon confirmed that a driver appeared to lose control of a jeep at Coláiste Cholmcille at around 1:30 p.m. Two students were struck by the vehicle.

Two students, a boy and a girl, were slightly injured in the incident and were taken to hospital as a precaution.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


The much anticipated Newry City Linkages Public Realm Scheme started last week.  The major refurbishing works will see the appearance of Newry Canal transformed forever. The scheme will comprise the replacement of the existing canal boundary wall with a new decorative maritime railing and the removal of car parking spaces to facilitate the provision of a new wider granite paved/curbed pathway. New decorative street lighting, street furniture, tree planting and public art is also proposed as part of the scheme.