News from around the 32 Irish counties



There was widespread shock and sadness on the passing of former Trim Town Council Chairman Danny O'Brien who died suddenly on Wednesday evening last. A native of Longford, O'Brien lived in Eldergrove and was married to Phil with two children, Donall and Katie. He was elected to Trim Town Council for the Labor Party in 1999 and was re-elected in 2004. He served as chairman on two occasions. O'Brien was a community development worker with the Trim Family Resource Centre.
 (Source: The Meath Chronicle)


Daffodil Day was marked very appropriately by D"chas, the Offaly cancer care support group, when its coordinator Nancy St John was presented with the Midlands 103 Employee of the Month award. Nancy was nominated by Dóchas member Jim Dolan who said, “I would like to nominate Nancy St John for Employee of the Month. Nancy is very good at her job and helps everyone else. She is kind and thorough and would make a very good candidate. Everyone in Dóchas has the same opinion.”
(Source: The Offaly Express)


The Newly-elected Roscommon IFA chairman has vowed to do all in his power to ensure that the farmers of the county receive their full entitlements over the next four years of his term.
 John O'Beirne, who was elected two weeks ago, says that he is "acutely aware" of the situation facing farmers in the county and has urged people to shop local for their produce.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)


Sligo Races kicked off their 2010 racing season with a launch evening in The Sligo Park Hotel on Monday. With a total of nine meetings from May to September, a mixture of National Hunt, Flat and Mixed Cards with several featured races, the season ahead promises to be one filled with top quality racing on one of the most scenic courses in Ireland. Guest speaker for the event was Noel Meade, one of Ireland's top trainers.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)


A convicted serial rapist reportedly living in Thurles for some time has left the area. Gardai in Thurles last week declined to comment on a newspaper report that a man who was jailed for eighteen years for raping and sexually assaulting six women had been living in an apartment in the town.
(Source: The Tipperary Star)


DUP Mid Ulster MLA Ian McCrea has condemned those who left needles for drugs in the vicinity of the bridge in Coagh. McCrea commented: “I totally condemn those responsible for using drugs and leaving needles in the area of the bridge in Coagh. I am especially concerned that these needles were discovered in such close proximity to the play park and the fact that children could so easily have come in contact with them. “Having raised the problems of drugs in Coagh on many occasions with the police I would urge them to do all within their power to find those responsible for leaving these needles and ensure they receive the full weight of the law for their mindless actions.”
 (Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Ambrose Congreve, CBE, owner of Mount Congreve estate in Kilmeaden, celebrated his 103rd birthday last Sunday. Ambrose is the last in a line of landed gentry that have been based in the city since the early 18th century. The renowned gardens of the estate are thought to be the largest private plant collection in the world. Ambrose began creating his magnificent labor of love at the age of 11 and the gardens are now home to the biggest collection of rhododendrons in Europe as well as countless other rare flower, shrub and tree species.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)


A doctors' group has claimed that a staffing crisis at Ballinasloe's Portiuncula Hospital may force its A&E Department to either close or limit its opening hours. The Irish Association for Emergency Medicine (IAEM) said last Tuesday that many emergency departments were facing extreme difficulties in recruiting non-consultant hospital doctors to staff them.
Portiuncula was included in its list of five A&E Departments where the problem was particularly severe.
(Source: The Westmeath Independent)


Families with residents at the doomed Carraig Túr nursing home have been paying tribute to the 50-plus staff members who worked there. Nurses, care assistants, cooks and domestics have all been made redundant by the collapse of the home on the Shannon Hill in Enniscorthy amid financial problems.
 (Source: The Wexford People)

Opponents to Wicklow's head shop claim 'People Power' won the day after the premises closed its doors to business after nine months in the town. Last Thursday evening a sign was placed outside Head Candy's front window informing customers that the shop would be 'closed for the foreseeable future.'
 (Source: The Wicklow People)