News from around the 32 counties, week of July 27


He has been remanded in custody after being charged with wasting police time.

[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Ireland tends to celebrate its literary heritage in a parish-pump-priming way. The starting point is not words, but locality. There is certain logic to this, to Bloomsday wandering around Dublin, or Kavanagh pilgrimages to Inniskeen. 

Even Samuel Beckett, who, unlike those other two greats of Irish literary modernism — Joyce and Yeats — is not readily amenable to tourist-board oversimplification involving period dress, now has a festival in his honor in Enniskillen, where he attended the Portora Royal School. 

This approach is followed by the Tread Softly festival in Sligo, now in its second year of celebrating the region’s ties not just to W.B. Yeats, but to his painter brother Jack, too. For a first impression of Tread Softly’s populism, you only have to go to YouTube to see people in Edwardian costume reciting “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.” But further investigation soon belies this twee packaging. Driven by the local arts community, the festival mixes in a good deal of artistic and intellectual rigor. 

[Source: Irish Examiner]


A lady from America had her own “gathering” in Ballingarry recently. Ursula Dwyer Akey paid a visit to the parish in May to trace her ancestral roots and was overwhelmed by the reception she received.

Ursula was welcomed into homes all over the parish as she traced her roots and is so grateful to all the people who helped her and gave her endless cups of tea. Ursula’s roots can be traced back to the Dwyer and Cormack families.

[Source: Tipperary Star]


Detectives are investigating the separate discovery of a man's body in Sixmilecross and, also, a woman's body in the Drumquin area, both on Sunday, July 21.

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a male in the Sixmilecross area on Sunday evening. It is believed the man, who is thought to be in his 60s, was found in a house in Kerr Villas in the village. 

No further details were available at the time of going to press.

Meanwhile in a separate incident, it is understood the woman's body is that of 44-year-old Lisa McGowan who was last seen at her Drumquin home on July 9, although at the time of going to press, formal identification of the remains had not been carried out.

[Source: Tyrone Courier]


K.R.M., the owners of the New Street houses and also the old De La Salle Centre, have been issued with dereliction notices by Waterford City Council, which has kick-started the demolition of the buildings.

The sites have been cordoned off by workers and the demolition is currently underway.

Acting director of services at Waterford City Council, Richie Walsh, said the demolition did not mean that work was beginning on the long planned for shopping center at the site.

[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Mullingar has been named as one of the locations for the eight regional offices of Irish Water.

Between 18 and 32 staff-members will be employed at each office, and customers will begin receiving water bills from January 2015, the minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Phil Hogan T.D., has announced.

“They don’t know yet if it will be a new building or if the offices will be located in an existing premises,” a spokesperson for the department told the Westmeath Examiner.

[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


Slaney Search-and-Rescue has warned against the perils of diving into Enniscorthy Town’s river after a 20-year-old received 50 stitches in his head, from cracking it open upon a rock when resurfacing from his jump.

Ian Sinnott, of Gimont Avenue, was recently enjoying the incredible weather by gathering with friends at a local makeshift diving board along the banks of the river Slaney.

Mr. Sinnott told the Echo that he followed his usual procedure at the popular diving spot by removing his shoes and jumping into the cooling waters.

[Source: Wexford Echo]


Renault has announced changes in structure and personnel in Wicklow.

Patrick Magee, a native of Wicklow and its current sales director, becomes country operations manager for Ireland.

From September 1, he will report directly to Ken Ramirez, M.D., at Renault U.K. That means Renault Ireland and Renault U.K. will now be managed under what they describe as "a common direction."

[Source: Irish Independent]