News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of Sept 15 2013



The Donegal Club Championship will not commence in 2014 until after Donegal exit the Ulster and All-Ireland Championships.

That decision, by a margin of 20-6, was made by the clubs of the county last Tuesday at a special meeting in Ballybofey.

The clubs had met with Donegal manager Jim McGuinness on Friday night, September 6, and discussed the running of the club championship.

The Donegal manager, who still has to make a final decision whether he will remain for his final year, had requested that one round of the championship be played in late April or early May and then parked until Donegal’s campaign was over.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


A man was to appear in court last Monday charged with the attempted murder of a teenager in Newry on Friday, September 6.

The 19-year-old victim remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

The incident occurred in Edward Street, close to the city center, around 8:45 p.m. on Friday when the teenager was seriously injured in the knife attack. It’s believed he was walking to his home nearby when his assailant ran out of a house and stabbed him in a completely unprovoked attack.

Having initially been taken to Daisy Hill Hospital by ambulance, the victim was later transferred for treatment at Craigavon Area Hospital, due to the extent of his injuries.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


The killer of Melanie McCarthy McNamara is in fear of his life after being viciously assaulted in prison for the second time.

Keith Hall (24) was set upon by a gang of inmates who poured boiling water on his face and body.

The brutal assault left the Tallaght man with serious burns and has led to fears that he will be subject to further attacks.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Over 1,200 potentially criminal incidents were recorded by the Enniskillen C.C.T.V. – the hotspot recorded as the town’s Diamond area.

These are just some of the facts and figures revealed in the latest Enniskillen C.C.T.V. report obtained by the Fermanagh Herald last week. Figures are broken down into “incidents” and “crimes.”

The incident count for 2012/13 is the highest on record since the first year of operation (1267), however, those incidents that were deemed “crimes,” (414), are the lowest since 2009/10.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


The Dominican Convent at Taylors Hill in the city could be demolished.

The convent has applied for planning permission to knock the existing building and build a new single-story building.

Outline planning permission for three houses to the west of the site is also being sought.

A decision is expected from city planners at the end of October.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Cian O'Neill has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Kildare football manager's position, despite being seen as one of the frontrunners following the departure of Kieran McGeeney.

O'Neill has confirmed to the Sunday Independent that he had not made any approach for the job – nor had he been approached by the Kildare board.

In the past month, O'Neill had spoken of his ambition to one day take charge of his native county, but in recent days he has stated his immediate future rests with the Kerry footballers, where he is part of Eamonn Fitzmaurice's back-room team. He added that he is not interested in taking charge at this stage – even if his name is in the reckoning.
[Source: Irish Independent]


A tire slashing incident in Newbridge is the latest event in a feud between two rival gangs over drugs.

Three tires were slashed on a vehicle parked on the Maple Road area of Connell Drive in newbridge on Monday, September 2.

This follows on from an incident where shots were fired at a house in Farrencooley Crescent in Kildare Town in the early hours of Monday morning, August 26. Shots were fired through the window of the house at approximately 1:05 a.m. and the sitting room window was smashed by the shot. The house was occupied, but the room was vacant at the time and no one was injured. Three men were seen leaving the area in what is believed to have been a black Volvo.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


Residents at St. Fiacre’s Place expressed their anger and frustration last week as Kilkenny Borough Council began to cut out chunks of the area’s green space to make way for parking bays.

The large central patch of grass and trees has been used for decades as a play area for children and a common area for the whole local community. Recently, it was used to host a special mass for 300 people to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the houses’ blessing.

A J.C.B. and several council workers arrived last Wednesday morning and began to remove large parts of the green. They intend to put in four parking bays, each big enough for three cars.
[Source: Kilkenny People]