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



Gardaí (police) are checking C.C.T.V. footage taken in the early hours of Sunday morning, August 25, in Bundoran in a bid to identify the hit-and-run driver who struck and fatally injured Alan McSherry.

Mr. McSherry (48) , of Boynagh, County Leitrim, had been walking home from a night out in the Bridge Bar in Bundoran when he was struck and left on the road side. His wife, Joanne, drove out to find him and discovered her husband shortly after 5 a.m. on the Newtown Road, just 10 minutes from their home in North Leitrim.

She immediately called emergency services and tried to revive her husband but he died at the scene.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A locked and disused burial ground in Abbeyfeale is expected to be reopened to the public “in the next couple of months” once repair works arising from a legal action are completed, Limerick County Council has said.

The centuries-old Church of Ireland graveyard near Mountmahon has been subject to a legal action between the council and a nearby property owner since June 2012, after a boundary wall there was damaged and trees uprooted without permission.

However, a local resident has complained that while this matter has been ongoing, the “derelict” graveyard has been locked and members of the public have been prevented from entering.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Fears over a possible rise in crime levels on the back of government cuts to Garda (police) overtime, has been roundly dismissed by the county’s most senior officer.

Supt. Denis Shields said, while he could not comment on what may or may not be coming down the line, there were no issues about the Gardaí’s ability to manage with day-to-day crime.

“Gardaí in Longford are adequately resourced in being able to deal with most policing issues,” he said.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Louth County Hospital suffered another knock last week with a leaked internal memo flagging new week-on-week off times for the operating theatres.

Sinn Fein Councillor Tomás Sharkey, who obtained the internal memo on the matter, has strongly condemned the move.

“We have two theatres in our local hospital,” Clr. Sharkey said, “yet the new plan will see both of them close every second week. I have seen the memo to staff and also the timetable which clearly shows the cuts to service.”
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


In the newly established Mayo Recovery College, recovery is measured in terms of hope, control and opportunity. The first of its kind in Ireland, Mayo Recovery College in Castlebar is offering focused education for people who have dealt with mental health issues, their family members and members of the public who wish to enroll in a course.

An open event took place last Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Large Lecture Theatre, G.M.I.T., Castlebar.

The course offers a different educational approach to mental health recovery, with all the courses conceived, written and presented by professionals and people who have themselves, experienced mental health problems.
[Source: The Mayo News]


There was outrage in the Longwood and Rathmolyon areas last week at the desecration of the shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes in Tobertynan Wood.

The popular shrine, which is a place of pilgrimage for local people, was attacked by vandals last week, for the second time in just over a month.

The most recent attack on the shrine, which is on the Tobertynan Estate, was discovered on Monday morning, August 26, at around noon.

The glass on the shrine was smashed and a two-foot high statue of Our Lady of Lourdes was stolen and graffiti-sprayed around the place.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Comedy satirist and mimic Oliver Callan came to Róisín Dubh last Saturday.

The Monaghan comedian, who has his own radio show entitled Callan's Kicks on Fridays on R.T.É. Radio One, was the creator of Nob Nation, the award-winning sketch series that came to prominence on The Gerry Ryan Show and Tubridy on R.T.É. 2FM.

The controversial mimic returned with a brand new show, satirizing the hot topics of Irish politics, sports, and entertainment.
[Source: Galway Advertiser]


Gardaí (police) in Offaly are investigating a fatal road traffic collision on the Bracknagh to Monasterevin Road (L1002) on Friday, August 23.

A man in his 50s was fatally injured when the articulated truck he was driving left the road shortly after 8 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene. There was no other vehicle involved in the collision.

The road was closed and Garda Forensic Collision Investigators carried out an examination at the scene.
[Source: Offaly Express]


A County Galway community is campaigning for a reversal of a decision by the H.S.E. to close a $3.7 million mental health unit.