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


Already the trained volunteers have responded to 28 calls, saved a life, and given essential treatment and comfort to patients and families in the area.

“We didn’t know what to expect, it has been quite challenging and interesting,” said Tomás McGuinness.

Now the team of 20-plus volunteers has a vital new piece of equipment, with the installation of a public defibrillator on the wall of the Square Garage in Market Square.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Two Romanian nationals have been given custodial sentences after Gardaí (police) raided a brothel in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday night, August 31.

As part of an ongoing operation, Gardaí set up surveillance of an apartment in the town center area, monitoring those individuals entering and leaving the property.

After obtaining a search warrant, Gardaí entered Apartment 10, Courthouse View, Carrick-on-Shannon shortly after 8 p.m.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Limerick’s youngest multi-millionaire brothers came back home from Silicon Valley last week to launch their online payment services business, Stripe, in Ireland.

Valued at $500 million by technology analysts in the U.S., Stripe is backed by Peter Thiel, the first investor in Facebook and a founder of PayPal.

However, the former Castletroy College students, who shot to prominence in their teenage years, said last week that they have no plans to sell the company, which currently employs over 60 people, and want to focus on expanding their international operations.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Longford is among the counties with the lowest suicide rate, according to reports released by junior health minister, Kathleen Lynch, ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, which takes place on September 10.

Three reports around the subjects of suicide and self-harm were published last Thursday, including the National Office of Suicide Prevention Annual Report for 2012 and the N.R.S.F. National Deliberate Self Harm Report for 2012.

The reports reveal that 495 people died by suicide in 2010 – 405 males and 90 females.
[Source: Longford Leader]


A senior executive officer of Louth County Council’s housing section represented the council while it was in the course of purchasing his own property for the provision of social housing, documents obtained by the Dundalk Democrat reveal.

In 2011, two houses belonging to senior members of Louth County Council’s Housing Department were purchased by the department.

One of those houses, Tullagee, Knockbridge was purchased from Donal Clarke, a senior executive in Louth County Council’s Housing Department.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Crossmolina native, solicitor Michael Lynn, who fled Ireland in 2007 with debts of $105 million, is set to be extradited from his adopted home of Brazil.

The 44-year-old, who was struck off as a solicitor, fled the country after it emerged that he was involved in a suspected $105 million mortgage fraud. He and his Clare-born wife, Bríd, lived in Portugal and Hungary for a time, before setting up their new life in Brazil, where they were granted permanent residency last year after the birth of their son three years ago.

Lynn was found teaching English in a college in the coastal city of Jaboatao dos Guararapes, where he was said to be earning a modest $197 per week. It is reported that he was also in the process of setting up a real-estate business.
[Source: The Mayo News]


In this, the 50th anniversary of what is now a cornerstone of the Irish educational calendar, secondary school students from Meath are being called upon to enter the B.T. Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition by Wednesday, October 2.

Building on the positive momentum in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) seen during this year’s Leaving Certificate where the numbers of students sitting Chemistry, Physics, Math, Applied Math, Technology and Biology have increased, B.T. Ireland is calling on students to submit ideas and inventions they have for creating a better future.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


The oldest soccer club in Ireland, Clones Town F.C. now has the newest pitches in the land having transformed a 4.7-acre site at Carn.

The fantastic facilities include a full international sized senior pitch with perimeter fencing and a complimentary standard juvenile pitch. Named Clones Town F.C. John Delaney Park, the F.A.I. chief was delighted to attend the launch on Friday evening, September 30, and present medals to some of the players. The pitches – laid by contractor Tom McManus – will be playable from April.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


A mental health facility in the Midlands was evacuated two weeks ago when a rat emerged from the ceiling, was deemed “fit for purpose” by the H.S.E. last Tuesday.