News from around the 32 counties, week of July 27


Patrick Farrell (21) of Cornamuckla, Broadford, pleaded guilty at Mullingar Circuit Criminal Court to the unlawful killing of 20-year-old Andrew Dolan on Pearse Street, Mullingar on January 1, 2012.

Mr. Dolan, a biomedical student from Carrick-on-Shannon in Leitrim, died in Beaumount Hospital following the assault.

[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A man who stole $2,800 from his friend after taking his bank card has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison after failing to repay him in three years, writes Anne Sheridan.

Limerick District Court heard that Adrian Anglim (36), of Castlepark, Dooradoyle, was given the bank card of a close friend, David Corbett, with whom he was living rent-free at the time.

He was charged with nine counts of theft between October 30, 2010 and November 1 of that year.

[Source: Limerick Leader]


A local council is to write to Environment Minister Phil Hogan amid concerns department officials may have breached planning laws.

Members of Granard Town Council are concerned about the presence of a mobile telecommunications mast in a built-up residential area in the north Longford town.

The council wants answers as to how a near 20-meter high structure was given the go-ahead to be constructed within yards of homeowners from nearby housing estate, Denniston Park.

[Source: Longford Leader]


The ending of the one-hour daily free parking and a free half-day on Saturdays in Ardee is a real blow for local traders.

Just when business was picking up the Louth County Council for the Ardee area, Mr. Joe McGuinness dropped a bombshell at the Ardee Town Council meeting two weeks ago when he announced that the scheme, which has been operating for the past year, is to be scrapped.

Mr. McGuinness told members of the council that pay-parking revenue for the town is down by $28,000 so far this year and is set to reach $53,000 by the end of the year.

[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Events surrounding the assault of two men on each other on July 17, 2011, as a result of a lengthy exchange of texts and Facebook private messages between one of the men’s girlfriend and the other man, took a dramatic twist two weeks ago. 

At the Castlebar sitting of Westport District Court, James Prendergast of Rockfort, Irishtown, was allegedly assaulted a number of times outside the courtroom by another male.

Speaking after the alleged assault, solicitor John Dillon-Leech said his client, James Prendergast, was assaulted in the hall outside the court while sitting with his father.

[Source: The Mayo News]


Firefighters from across the county were tackling a significant fire at a premise just off the Trim Road in Navan last Wednesday afternoon.

The blaze in what is believed to be a disused factory unit at the old Navan Steel yard at the rear of Connolly Avenue broke out shortly after 2 p.m. and at least three units of the Navan fire service, one of them a water tanker, raced to the scene.

Two units from Trim fire service were also at the scene, and Navan fire service had brought in a high-platform ladder to fight the flames from above roof level.

[Source: Meath Chronicle]


He may be on the cusp of even greater things with his rejuvenated Monaghan side, but manager Malachy O'Rourke needs no reminding as to where the credit should lie for the county's renaissance.

While O'Rourke himself has been quite rightly showered with plaudits for his shrewd tactical planning that jettisoned Donegal's ambitions of landing three Ulster titles on the trot on Sunday, July 21, the Enniskillen-based schoolteacher believes that the foundations for Monaghan's overdue success were actually laid by others.

And in this respect O'Rourke delivers garlands of his own to the county's most recent managers, Eamonn McEnaney and Seamus McEnaney.

[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


Residents and visitors to Birr over the past few weeks will have noticed a column appearing at Woodlands, on the Tullamore Road into Birr. This is the first phase of a new sculpture being erected, which will be completed during Vintage Week.

Last year, under the Birr Public Realm Plan, Offaly County Council ran a competition for a new “gateway” sculpture for Birr, one which would reflect Birr’s rich history and vibrant cultural life. Shortlisted models were put on public display which exercised much discussion, interest and enthusiasm for the idea. The most popular submission and the one the selection panel felt responded to the brief most innovatively, was by artist Ann Meldon-Hugh (from Kells) entitled “Looking to the Future.”

[Source: Offaly Express]


A property tycoon, who vanished for eight months, has appeared in court charged with making false allegations he had been kidnapped and held hostage.

Kevin McGeever was brought before Strokestown District Court, County Roscommon, after being arrested at an address in north Dublin last Tuesday.