News from around the 32 Irish counties


The Cornagrade housing estate in Enniskillen, which has around 650 houses, is to get a £47,000 facelift. The funding, which has been announced by the Social Development Minister, Margaret Ritchie will enable environmental improvements within the estate. In particular, the investment from the DSD Neighbourhood Renewal Investment Fund will facilitate the construction of 13 car spaces in Riverside, eight car spaces in Carnmore Rise; an improved traffic flow in both areas; and improved pedestrian safety. Local residents were consulted on how the program could create a safer area. Local Mags O'Reilly who lives in Riverside, summed up their feelings: "We are delighted that it is going to happen.
(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)

Two down, one to go. The odds are decreasing sharply on a Galway racing syndicate landing an incredible £1m sterling bonus after Go Native pulled off another successful big race cross-channel raid at Kempton on St. Stephen’s Day. The Docado Syndicate will now be keeping their fingers crossed over the next ten weeks that their pride and joy stays on course for the third and final leg of the WBX £1m bonus, the Champion Hurdle, at the prestigious Cheltenham National Hunt festival.
(Source: Galway News)

The IDA, the body specifically charged with attracting foreign investment into Ireland, failed to generate a single job in Kerry in the last year. The agency's official report for 2009 admits the IDA did not create any jobs in Kerry in the last 12 months while IDA supported companies in the county shed more than 500 jobs. The situation in Kerry is in stark contrast to Cork where the IDA created 850 jobs in 2009 alone and secured a further €32 million in foreign investment. The IDA's final 2009 figures highlight the agency's continuing failure to attract any significant investment into Kerry, which lays a distant third behind Cork and Limerick when it comes to foreign investment.
(Source: The Kerryman)

The resignation of the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Dr James Moriarty Thursday two weeks ago has been greeted with sadness and disappointment by priests in the diocese. Bishop Moriarty resigned in the wake of the report into the handling of sexual abuse cases in the Dublin Arch Diocese where he served as an auxiliary bishop before taking over as Bishop in Kildare and Leighlin. Just a week before his resignation Bishop Moriarty had insisted that there were no grounds for his resignation. The Murphy Commission found that Bishop Moriarty could have asked Archbishop Connell to research the files on Fr Edmondus after complaints about the priest had been received by the Diocese. The parish priest of Newbridge Fr Joseph McDermott said he was disappointed that Bishop Moriarty had to resign.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)

A female Dean for St Canice's Cathedral has been appointed, the second woman ever to be appointed Dean in the Church of Ireland. The Revd Canon Katharine Poulton has been appointed the new Church of Ireland Dean of Ossory and Rector of the Kilkenny Group of parishes, and will take up her duties after Easter. Canon Poulton was one also among the first group of women to be ordained in the Church of Ireland in 1987. The position of Dean of St Canice’s Cathedral has been male dominated since the Middle Ages.
(Source: The Kilkenny People)

The family of Mountmellick woman Imelda Keenan, who went missing in Waterford in 1994, has made a €10,000 reward available for new information regarding her whereabouts.
Imelda disappeared near her Waterford city centre flat at William Street almost 16 years ago. She was 22 at the time and was last seen in the Lombard Street area of the city on Monday 3 January 1994. Just weeks before the 16th anniversary of her disappearance, Imelda’s family hope that their renewed appeal for information may shed new light on their ongoing plight. While a pre-existing reward of €10,000 remains on offer from Crimestoppers, the Mountmellick family hopes the additional reward might provide new impetus in establishing what became of Imelda.
(Source: The Laois Nationalist)

While the rest of the country awoke on Christmas morning to a picturesque winter wonderland, the residents of Longford town helplessly looked on as their historic landmark St Mel's Cathedral was engulfed with flames. A fire started in the beautiful 19th century building in the early hours of Christmas Morning and Emergency Services were called to the Cathedral in the centre of Longford town at 4.45am after a resident on Chapel Street noticed the flames. The investigation continues.
 (Source: The Leitrim Observer)

Nobody knows what 2010 will bring but who could possibly have imagined, this time last year, what lay in store in 2009? A year ago fashion stylist Celia Holman Lee told the Limerick Leader that her New Year's Resolution was to take things a little easier and enjoy some time for herself.  As we look ahead to 2010, Ms Holman Lee's New Year's resolution has changed as dramatically as the economy did in 2009.  "All that is gone out the window now with the way things have gone," she admitted, "so I'd say I'll be working as hard as I've ever worked rather than actually thinking of retiring."
(Source: The Limerick Leader)