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


Swift Fine Foods is located in the Lough Egish Food Park in Castleblayney, a thriving center of Irish food companies, and expects its workforce to rise to 80 over the next three years.
[Source: Business and Leadership]


Offaly man Tommy Sheeran from Tullamore will take on the challenge of a lifetime on the October 11-13.

Tommy and some of his friends are climbing the four highest mountains in Ireland, The Macgillcuddy reeks in County Kerry, Croagh Patrick in Co. Mayo, Mourne mountains in Co. Down and the Wicklow mountains.

If that wasn’t enough, he is finishing the weekend off with a Skydive in Clonbullogue at 3 p.m. that Sunday. They are doing this to raise awareness and hopefully some much needed funds for the charity Irish Autism Action. A few close friends of Tommy’s have had their children recently diagnosed with autism which in turn raised his attention to the disorder, and the main reason behind why they are doing this fundraiser.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Residents in Kilroosky are furious that an apparent dispute between a landowner and Roscommon County Council has resulted in the closure of a road causing widespread disruption in the area.

The Ballagh to Strokestown road has been blocked for the past three weeks. The council arrived on Friday, September 6, and placed two large mounds of gravel in the middle of the road, blocking it for motorists. Closed road signs were erected. The mounds of gravel are approximately 100 meters apart. It means that those who previously travelled on the road have now to drive an additional five-mile detour.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Following a huge reaction to their last show at The Hawk’s Well in 2011, the hand-clapping, foot-stomping Dublin Gospel Choir returned for a very special concert on Saturday, September 28.

Performing a set that includes favorites such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Something Inside So Strong” and ‘O Happy Day,” Ireland’s best known group of gospel performers also included some hits by artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder (with whom they collaborated in 2012), Bruno Mars and Coldplay.

Not too many acts can boast of collaborations with music industry heavyweights such as Riverdance, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, John Legend, Damien Rice and The Chieftains.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


The number of internships taken up under JobBridge, the national internship scheme, has now passed 20,000. Alan Kelly T.D., minister for Public & Commuter Transport, welcomed the figures released by the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton this month.

Minister Kelly has highlighted the success of the scheme in County Tipperary where 645 JobBridge Internships have taken place.

JobBridge was launched in July 2011 to assist jobseekers to gain work experience and acquire new skills. There are over 5,300 participants currently on an internship and over 2,000 internship posts are currently advertised on the JobBridge website, Over 9,000 companies have participated in the scheme from a cross-section of industry and employment.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Hope remains high that the body of a missing Moy man who fell into the sea while fishing at Portrush two weeks ago will still be recovered, as an extensive search operation using police divers continues.

Thirty-eight-year-old Polish national Jaroslaw Andrykiewicz was fishing with friends at Ramore Head in the popular seaside resort on Saturday, September 14, when he fell into the sea at about 4:25 p.m.

A search for the missing man was immediately launched but had to be abandoned due to adverse weather conditions two weeks ago.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


This October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Centra stores throughout Waterford will be brightening up communities in the county with Centra’s pink walks in aid of the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer program.

Four Centra stores in Waterford city center; Hennessy’s Centra The Quay, Hickson’s Centra John Street, Murphy’s Centra, St. Lawrence Terrace and Coady’s Centra, Farran Park, have come together and will be calling on the city to take to the streets on October 27 for their pink walk. Four other stores in communities across Waterford will also be hosting a pink walk: Roche’s Centra Lismore, Garvey’s Centra Coolagh, Manor Village W.I.T. and Campus W.I.T.
[Source: Waterford Today]


Liverpool legend and former Ireland Liverpool striker John Aldridge was in the Crossbar, Mullingar last Wednesday night.

WE: John, is this your first trip to Mullingar?
JA: “No, I’ve been here a few times playing football, seeing some friends and socializing. It’s definitely not my last trip here. I will be back again.”