News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of Sept 29 2013


Donegal could have just two Garda (police) district offices, with Donegal Town also set to be downgraded, the Donegal Democrat has learned.

A veteran county councilor has expressed his deep concern over the future of Garda stations in the county and, in particular, the Donegal Town station.

Speaking to the Donegal Democrat, Clr. Sean McEniff said, “I have received extremely reliable information that the Garda station in Donegal Town, which is currently a 24-hour station, is under review and may be downgraded.”
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


A woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed in the face on Saturday evening, September 21, in Newry.

The 37-year-old suspect was detained soon after the attack, which occurred around 6 p.m. in the Talbot Street area of the city. She was initially arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon; however, this was later reclassified by police as attempted murder.

The victim was taken to Daisy Hill Hospital, where he received treatment for facial injuries that were confirmed as non-life-threatening by police.  He has since been discharged.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Murder victim John Maguire desperately fought with his killer as he was being stabbed to death.

Gardaí (police) are confident that Mr. Maguire knew his attacker and allowed the killer into his home on Dublin's Ormond Square.

A tradesman working in a nearby house heard glass breaking around the time of the vicious murder last Monday afternoon.

Officers have also recovered a knife which they are examining to see if it was used in the killing.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Local Enniskillen dentistry student and award winning photographer Laura Elliott enjoyed the fruits of her labor last week having a one-to-one tutorial from Charlie Waite, the famed English landscape photographer. Laura, a dentistry student at Queens University, Belfast and former Collegiate Grammar pupil, won first prize in a National Trust Competition photograph competition in October and was placed at the top of a 5,700 strong field. The picture taken in her parent’s garden won her the smartphone section, one of four categories in the competition, as well as the overall prize.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


There's been a 26 percent drop in the number of planning permissions being granted for homes in the county.

Thirty-nine dwellings in the county were approved in the second quarter of this year, compared to 53 in the same three months last year.

C.S.O. figures also show a 12 percent drop in the number of planning permissions for homes in the city.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


A man in his mid-20s was killed Sunday night, September 22, when his car crashed and went on fire at Ballybroman, Ardfert on the Ardfert to Abbeydorney road.

The incident happened at 8:30 p.m., and the man was the sole occupant of the car.

His body was removed to Tralee General Hospital, where a postmortem examination will be carried out.
[Source: Irish Times]


Two men have been charged with the murder of Jamie Lindsay in County Kildare earlier this year.

Quentin Monaghan (20), of Tullamoy, Stradbally, County Laois, and James Seery (21), of Canal Side, Athy, Co. Kildare, appeared last Tuesday before Judge Desmond Zaidan at Athy District Court.

Both were arrested that morning and both made no reply when charged with the murder of Lindsay (20), who was shot at Coney Green near his home at the Coneyboro estate in Athy on April 6 this year.
[Source: Irish Times]


Lyrath Estate Hotel and Spa is delighted to have made the shortlist in two categories for the Hotel & Catering Gold Medal Awards 2013.

The luxurious five-star resort set amongst 200 acres of lush green parkland and historic gardens was a finalist in the following categories: Best Five-Star Hotel and Best Spa.

Judged by industry experts, the Gold Medal Awards recognize and reward excellence in hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, spas, clubs and catering across the Irish hospitality sector nationwide.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Two R.T.É. stars will be presenting a workshop in Abbeyleix as part of the Laois Connects Mental Health Week.

Tommy Murphy and Sean Dunne of the ‘Taking Care of Business’ RTE 1 T.V. show will be contributing to Laois Connectsk by presenting a business survival and growth workshop, which will be held in the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel on Thursday, October 3, at 8 p.m.

The theme of the workshop is “Thriving and surviving through adversity while keeping your business and your head.”
[Source: Leinster Express]