News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of September 1st 2013



A female Garda (police officer) escaped with her life last Wednesday after being rammed by burglars.

The officer, who is aged in her 20s, was undergoing surgery after she sustained serious head injuries.

The incident happened as Gardaí were responding to a report of suspicious activity in the Cian Lea Estate in Swords at 3:25 a.m.

Two Gardaí were alerted to a report of a white Nissan Micra acting suspiciously.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Hundreds of “Directioners” were expected to descend on Enniskillen Omniplex cinema last Thursday evening as the world’s biggest boy-band makes their big screen debut.

As posters of the new One Direction movie adorned the walls of the cinema just over a month ago,  its website was inundated with ticket bookings from, undoubtedly, teenage girls, in a bid to secure their coveted seat for the premiere night.

Dubbed the Directioners, hundreds of fans from across Fermanagh flocked to claim their bit of the huge box office smash, putting the film on a par with the likes of Harry Potter and Twilight.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A Galway disability-rights group is calling on local T.D.s to fight for services for school-leavers with intellectual disability.

Almost nine percent of the 880 special needs school-leavers nationwide are living in County Galway.

This year, the county was allocated $280,000 and it's estimated that $1.1 million is needed to provide an adequate service.

As a result, 77 school-leavers across the county have been left without a full-time support service.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Gangs of New York in Kenmare, must rank as one of the more unusual gatherings in 2013.
Designed to attract the Kerry town’s diaspora, it centers on the emigration of 5,000 people from the Lansdowne Estate in the late 1840s after the famine.

W.S. Trench, the land agent for the third Marquess of Lansdowne, forgave rent arrears and donated £4 to every tenant who wanted to leave for America and Canada.

With £12 being the annual cost of feeding an inmate of the poorhouse, Trench’s offer was based on long-term cost savings for the estate.

“I plainly proved that it would be cheaper for the estate, and better for them, to pay for their emigration than to continue to support them at home,” he said of the plan.

Many of the destitute Lansdowne tenants drawn from the areas of Bonane, Tuosist, Lauragh, Kilgarvan and Templenoe, who took up the offer, ended up living in the infamous Five Points area on Manhattan’s lower east side. Taking its name from an intersection of streets that formed five corners, the notorious area was home to a number of criminal outfits, which had names like the Dead Rabbits and the Plug Uglies — many of them were immortalized in author Herbert Asbury’s 1928 book, Gangs of New York, and loosely adapted by director Martin Scorsese in his 2002 film of the same name, which starred Leo DiCaprio and Daniel Day Lewis.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Work on the new $67 million Kildare Village expansion, which is set to bring 500 jobs, is due to begin late next year.

The plans, which will see the retail outlet almost double its size, are expected to yield 190 full-time and 190 part-time jobs, as well as 120 construction posts.

The extension will also result in an extra $7.3 million being injected into the economy in wages.

Kildare Village was granted planning permission by An Bord Pleanala two weeks ago for the extension.
[Source: Leinster Leader]


A man who was convicted of robbing a pensioner, who died in hospital two months after the attack, is roaming the streets of Kilkenny.

Mariusz Chelstowski (36) was sentenced to two years in prison in February for robbery with the final six months suspended. He was ordered to leave the country and return to Poland on his release. The sentence was backdated to when he was initially arrested after the crime. Chelstowski admitted robbing 86-year-old Mary Nolan of her purse in broad daylight on Walkin Street as she made her way home from Mass on July 10, 2012.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Laois G.A.A. Chairman Gerry Kavanagh wants the next manager of the Laois senior football team to take the county to “the next level.”

Speaking to the Leinster Express last Monday, Kavanagh confirmed that the process to replace McNulty is underway, and he is clear on what he wants from the Armagh man’s successor.

“We want to get the person that is best placed to do the job. Some people will say we have to keep up this level, but I want to go to the next level. Justin McNulty brought great discipline and structures to Laois, and that was a culture change for some, but we have to move on, and we want to move on to the next level, at all grades.”
[Source: Leinster Express]