News from around the 32 Irish counties


Up to 30 construction jobs will be created after a Co Antrim wind farm received planning approval, it was announced last Friday. Irish renewable energy company Gaelectric said there would be enough energy to power more than 8,000 houses annually from the £5m scheme at Carn Hill, Newtownabbey.
(Source: The Irish Examiner)   

A talented Leighlinbridge jockey was killed last Tuesday morning after an accident involving a horse in Fahy’s stud farm at Ballyellen.

The community of Leighlinbridge was stunned as news of the tragic death of a popular local man Ronan Lawlor spread through the quiet village.

 From High Street, Ronan was killed after the horse he was riding bolted and collided with a fence near the gallops.

 Gardaí (police) and medical staff were immediately called to the scene but Ronan was later pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the accident.

 The youngest son of Helena and John Lawlor, Ronan had just turned 21 recently and had enjoyed a night out with friends and family in the Estoria bar in Bagenalstown to celebrate the big occasion.

An accomplished jockey, he rode out regularly for local trainers and he had his sights set on a career in the racing industry. In a statement made by Pat Fahy hours after the accident he expressed his disbelief at what had happened and said that it was “devastating.”
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)

Hate crimes have rocketed by almost 300% in Derry, the latest PSNI figures reveal.
Foyle MP Mark Durkan last Thursday night said the shock statistics - contained in the PSNI's Hate Incidents and Crimes Quarterly Update - were deeply worrying. The PSNI figures show alarming rises in the number of incidents motivated by sectarian, racist or homophobic prejudice, with 20 incidents reported to police each week in the city. Mr. Durkan said hate crimes "run against every good instinct of the people of Derry".
 (Source: The Derry Journal)

A seemingly grassroots effort to bring the phenomenon known as Jedward to Dungloe appears to be drawing mixed reaction on Facebook. Using a mix of text-speak, emoticon and misspelling, the Facebook page is called "Jedward ta perform at Dungloe festival 2010!!! :D." By last Thursday, the page had already drawn 344 fans on the social networking site.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)

Hollywood wannabe and Dubliner Caroline Morahan turned to Amanda Byram for advice on life in Los Angeles before she jetted off to California last year. Before settling in London, Amanda had been living in LA for a number of years as she carved out an impressive presenting career o US television, hosting shows like The Swan and Paradise Hotel. Aspiring actress Caroline (33), who recently returned home to host a TV3 cosmetic surgery show, contacted the seasoned TV star for advice on how to make it Stateside ahead of her move there. "Caroline is out in LA at the moment. She emailed me before she left and asked me for advice," Amanda explained. "Obviously I gave her everything I could, but I told her I didn't go out there saying, 'I'm just going to pop into an agent and see if I can get work.' "I was just really lucky. I was in the right place at the right time," she added. She warned the former Off the Rails presenter that the industry is one of the toughest to crack and trying to land an agent, along with acting gigs, would be one of the hardest things she would ever do. " (Source: The Evening Herald)
The Chairman of CIÉ has indicated the company will ‘go it alone’ and push ahead with plans for the redevelopment of Ceannt Station rather than proceed with the project in conjunction with the Harbor Board’s planned revamp of the Docks. At a meeting last Wednesday, CIÉ Chairman John Lynch, indicated to the Galway West Oireachtas members present that it was his company’s preference to go it alone with the €1 billion regeneration of Ceannt Station rather than waiting for Galway Harbor to commence its €300-€400 million redevelopment. (Source: The Evening Herald)
Six-Time All-Ireland medal winner Darragh Ó Sé has retired from inter-county football after a career that spanned 16 years with Kerry. Ó Sé, 34, said he made up his mind to walk away from the Kerry team a couple of weeks ago but finalized his decision on Tuesday night last­ ending speculation about whether or not he would be back for a seventeenth year in the Green and Gold. Speaking to his former Kerry team mate Dara Ó Cinnéide on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Ó Sé said a number of factors went into making his decision ­ family, work commitments and the physical strain of the game.
(Source: The Kerryman)
A worker at the Green Isle Foods plant in Naas went on hunger strike last Wednesday in an effort to bring an end to the six-month long dispute at the company.

 Union shop steward Jim Wyse who is from Clane and has been working at Green Isle Foods for 13 years said that he started his hunger strike last Wednesday and that if staff are not reinstated by Green Isle Foods, he will be joined by another union member this week, and another the following week.

 The industrial dispute at the plant has been ongoing since last August, with 35 members of staff at the facility initially taking part in the strike. The dispute occurred after staff members were fired following what Green Isle termed “an investigation into the improper use of the company’s IT system”.
 (Source: The Kildare Nationalist)
One man's trash may be another man's treasure. The discovery of a toilet used by the abbots of Duiske Abbey, whose townhouse was located on the site where Rothe House now stands, has unearthed artefacts which paint a colorful (and odorous) picture of life there from the 14th to the 16th centuries. And it doesn't appear to match the image of austere Cistercians, an order that had been founded to recapture the original simplicity and purity of monastic life. This 'find' is located in the courtyard behind the Rothes' third house, which is due to reopen this summer as a cafe, with a library and Fás training centre in the upper storeys.
(Source: The Kilkenny People)