News from around the 32 counties, week of July 27


Paudge Dorrian introduced the 30-year-old Donegal native and welcomed her on behalf of the Donegal Bar Association.

Ms. Barry obtained an honors degree at N.U.I. Galway and her professional qualification at the Law Society. She then practiced in both England and with one of the biggest law firms in Australia.

[Source: Donegal Democrat]


A Newry man and an accomplice convicted recently of smuggling over 9 million counterfeit cigarettes into Ireland have had €30,305 confiscated by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Niall Trainor (43) of Beamish Avenue, Newry, and Stephen Watters (45) of Kilcurry, Dundalk, County Louth, each received a 30-month suspended sentence at Belfast Crown Court  last June for knowingly being concerned with the fraudulent evasion or attempted evasion of excise duty on the cigarettes.

They, and four other people, had been arrested and caught with 9.1 million counterfeit cigarettes in January 2011 on the Forkhill Road in Newry.  Trainor was later convicted after he denied the charges.  Watters pleaded guilty to this offense and a similar offense in relation to the evasion of duty on 100,000 cigarettes for which he received an 18-month suspended sentence.

[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Dublin’s oldest department store was forced to close its doors last Thursday after part of its roof collapsed. 

Clery's on O'Connell Street remained closed for the next 24 hours and it was not yet known when it will re-open.

The damage to the building was caused by a violent thunderstorm that hit the city around midnight.

[Source: Evening Herald]


A local unionist councilor has condemned those responsible for vandalizing an I.R.A. memorial in Brookeborough after it was spray-painted. D.U.P. Councilor Paul Robinson appealed to those who attacked the monument last Monday night to cease all sectarian-motivated attacks. 

The I.R.A. memorial commemorates two I.R.A. men, Sean South and Fergal O’Hanlon, who were killed on an attack on Brookeborough barracks in 1957. 

[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A city official has dismissed any concern that there is a policy of segregation involving the grave locations for the Traveler community within city cemeteries.

Director of Services Ciaran Hayes says both the Traveler community and the settled community have a choice as to where they wish to be buried.

He explained any groupings are usually as a result of requests from family members to have plots located near other deceased family members or relatives.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Mr. Hayes says grave plots are provided according to family wishes and where space is available.

[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Father Ray Browne was ordained  as Bishop of Kerry in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney.

The 56-year-old is a graduate of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth and of the Gregorian University in Rome where he studied canon law.

He was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed the serving Bishop of Kerry Dr. Bill Murphy, who has served almost two years beyond his retirement.

[Source: Irish Times]


Labour Party councilors in Athy have remained largely tight-lipped following claims of dirty tricks within the party locally.

The dirty tricks claim was made in The Phoenix magazine and centers on a letter, written by a local member of the party, which was sent to local councilors Mark Wall, Aoife Breslin and James Mahon, ahead of the election of their Labour Party colleague, Thomas Redmond, as cathaoirleach (chairperson) of the Athy Town Council.

[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


Kilkenny woman Aoife Gowen, a lecturer at Dublin Institute of Technology, has received a prestigious European Research Council (E.R.C.) Starting Grant worth up to $2.7 million. The grants are awarded to pursue cutting-edge research in the fields of physical sciences and engineering.

Aoife, from Shandon Park in the city, will begin her research on chemical imaging techniques, which allow scientists to learn more about biodegradation, the compatibility of materials for use in the human body and also how to limit fouling of marine equipment.

[Source: Kilkenny People]


Heartless thieves are targeting a holy shrine to Our Lady, at the front of Portlaoise Parish Church.

The unknown culprits have repeatedly stolen containers of flowers that had been carefully grown and tended by a pair of local volunteer ladies.

The grotto was erected by the Medugorje group eight years ago. The statue was moved from the Presentation Covent. Since then Sadie Coughlin and Ellie Foran have voluntarily kept it surrounded with containers of fresh flowers, grown from seed and carefully watered daily to keep the grotto looking at its best.

[Source: Leinster Express]


A Kildare man has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for the manslaughter of a student in Mullingar over 18 months ago.