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


The film is being shot in the boglands of Lough Boora in County Offaly, and concerns a young woman, played by Róisín Murphy (lead actress, What Richard Did) who is released from prison and starts working on the bog railway with Edward (played by Pascal Scott, known for playing Sgt. Dick O’Toole in RTÉ’s “Killinaskully”), an elderly worker who is in love with the myth and literature of the bog.

 [Source: Offaly Express]


Up to $370,000 worth of cannabis plants have been seized by Gardaí (police) in Roscommon.

The drugs were discovered when officers carried out a planned search of a house in Athleague.

A man in his late 20s was arrested at the scene.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


A man was due before Sligo District Court last Thursday morning in connection with the seizure of $105,000 worth of cannabis on September 9.

Gardaí (police) stopped a car on the N4 at Castlebaldwin, Ballymote. When the car was searched, they recovered 4 kilograms of cannabis resin.

A woman arrested at the scene was released last Wednesday night and a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, a Garda spokesman said.
[Source: Irish Times]


Nenagh’s Mayor Jimmy Moran has paid tribute to former town councilor Sally Gardiner, who died last Monday.

“She was a very nice woman and I am sorry to hear of her death. She was a unique person,” said Clr. Moran.

The Fianna Fail councilor described Ms. Gardiner as someone who “fought for her corner. She worked for a long time at the hospital and fought for it. She fought for what she believed in. That is what politicians should do. It is a great thing.”
[Source: Tipperary Star]


A massive expansion at the Oaks Centre, Dungannon, will create around 60 new jobs, the Courier can reveal.

Two new stores will open in the shopping center in the near future with another store increasing its size by more than half.

Blue, Inc., a high street and online fashion retailer is expected to open its doors to the public next month. Work on the 3,000 square feet has commenced and the company is currently seeking to recruit management, supervisors and retail staff for the shop.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


John O'Shea admits that he fears for the future of Irish football as the problems of the game here are more deep-rooted than the simple identity of the national team manager.

O'Shea is one of only a handful of players – alongside Robbie Keane and Richard Dunne – to have played international football under Mick McCarthy, Brian Kerr, Steve Staunton and Giovanni Trapattoni, and also stand a chance of lining out under the next boss, likely to be Martin O'Neill.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Niall Horan, Joe Dolan, Niall Breslin, The Swarbriggs – Mullingar has always been known for the quality of its singers. But are there enough other singers around town to sustain six choirs?

Mullingar Arts Centre has announced that it intends launching two new choirs – Sweet Tunes, for retired people, and Loud and Proud, for unemployed people, which, with the Mullingar Gospel Choir will take the number of choirs based at the center to three.

Meanwhile, the Mullingar Charity Variety Group has its Children’s Choir, and an adult show choir. Then there’s the Choral Society; and the Mullingar Cathedral Choir. Separately, Loreto College also has a choir, made up of students.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


Villagers at Ballycanew were awakened by a loud crackling noise only to discover a major fire in a block of terraced houses in the early hours of Thursday morning, September 5.

Two houses were badly damaged and a third house was smoke damaged following an outbreak of fire at Creamery Gardens, in the center of the village.

Many people left their beds to see what was happening and a call was put through to the fire service.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


One man drowned and a second survived after falling into a County Wicklow river in the early hours of last Tuesday morning.

Two helicopters and up to 80 search-and-rescue personnel, including units of the fire brigade, civil defense and Gardaí (police) were involved in a search of the Avoca river at Arklow in the morning, after concern was raised for a number of people.

The search operation has now been called off after Gardaí confirmed that just two people - not four as first thought - had entered the river.
[Source: Irish Times]