News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of September 8 2013


Clr. Barry O’Neill (F.G.) was speaking in his capacity as both county councilor and head of the Rory Gallagher Festival.

Talking to the Donegal Democrat, he said funding agencies must “broaden their thinking, work together and act sooner.”

Otherwise, he warned, a number of high profile festivals could “go to the wall.”
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


The trial of the two men accused of killing County Down women, Marion Graham and Cathy Dinsmore, in August 2011 has been adjourned.

Recep Cetin (22) and his father, Eyup, are being tried for the murders in a series of hearings that have been held over a number of months in Izmir. Recep, who was the boyfriend of Marion Graham’s daughter, Shannon, at the time of the killings, has admitted stabbing the women, but claims his father had nothing to do with the murders, despite a key witness placing both men at the scene.

Relatives of the two women had traveled to Turkey for the final stages of the trial in Izmir believing a verdict might have been reached by Thursday, August 29, but the trial was adjourned until September 9 after a defense lawyer objected to a medical report for Recep Cetin, which declared him sane.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Columnist John Waters was jailed over a $53 parking fine.

The writer spent two hours in a cell in Dublin's Wheatfield prison over his refusal to pay a parking fine dating back two years.

Mr. Waters handed himself in at Dun Laoghaire Garda (Police) Station last Tuesday before he was whisked away in a patrol car, flanked by two Gardaí.

He later described his experience as "frightening," but said he would not pay the money "on a point of principle."
[Source: Evening Herald]


The literary world, and indeed the wider world, has mourned the passing of Nobel Prize-winning poet, Seamus Heaney. The 74-year-old died on August 30, amid an array of tributes from across the globe.

Lisa Hulme, former head of English at Portora Royal, was among those who offered tributes to the writer, whom she first met back in the 1960s when he lectured at Queen’s University, Belfast.

“I was doing English and German at Queen’s, so that was when I first got to know him. He had published his first works ‘Death of a Naturalist’ and that was back in the 1960s,” Lisa told the Fermanagh Herald last week.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


The Irish Patients Association is calling on the minister for health to hold H.S.E. hospital management to account for breaches in hygiene standards.

Reports published last Wednesday by the health watchdog, H.I.Q.A., show a number of failings in hospitals around the country, including Merlin Park Hospital in the city and Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

The areas assessed at Merlin Park were the elective orthopedic ward and ward 4 – for rehabilitation.

They found that patients with communicable infections, who should have been in isolation, shared communal toilets.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


It is never easy for the manager of a defeated team to face the media after a match in the knowledge that his every phrase will be clinically dissected.

Yet when Kerry boss Eamon Fitzmaurice entered the media room at Croke Park on Sunday, September 1, to put himself in the line of fire from the assembled journalists, he did so with a quiet dignity and inherent sense of politeness.

And in dealing with the volley of queries directed his way he revealed honesty and openness, qualities that saw his stature rise in the eyes of those observers.
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


A large group of protesters representing a controversial trust, which takes over properties in danger of repossession, were involved in an angry scuffle two weekends ago as they tried to force entry to a stud farm at Brannockstown, near Kilcullen.

Around 150 people took part in the protest, but the vast majority is understood not to have been locals but to have come from elsewhere in the country.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


An African ostrich has been born in Kilkenny for the first time ever.

The hen-sized chick was hatched at Nore Valley Park Open Farm in Bennettsbridge, following weeks of hard work by staff. The two resident African ostriches at the park, Oggy and Olivia, have become proud parents for the first time.

Ostriches are notoriously difficult to breed successfully, particularly in a country such as Ireland where the climate is a far cry from their native sub-Saharan Africa. The ostriches have laid fertile eggs before in their eight years here, but unfortunately none of the eggs hatched despite the mother’s best effort.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


It has been a busy first four months for Portarlington First Responders, who are on 24-hour call for 999 emergencies.