News from around the 32 Irish counties



The 'shameless perverts' who have been straining at the leash to turn an Antrim beauty spot into the number one destination for 'doggers' may soon get their collars felt, it has been claimed.
The promise of cheap thrills in the Antrim hills has long been an irresistible lure to 'swingers', but last week an increasingly frustrated Antrim Borough Council has made a passionate plea for the sexual shenanigans to cease. 
With reports of 'unspeakable acts' continuing to rise, Civic leaders have called on the PSNI and Forestry Service to stop the adults only antics under the leafy boughs of Tardree.
(Source: The Antrim Guardian)   


The Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady has been discharged from hospital in Craigavon, Co Armagh. He was admitted last Thursday night after being taken ill at a Confirmation ceremony. It is understood the cardinal felt weak during the ceremony in Kildress parish church in Co Tyrone, in the archdiocese of Armagh, and was helped to the sacristy area. However, he remained conscious throughout. An ambulance was called and he was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital in Portadown.
(Source: The Irish Times)


Carlow’s host with the most, Brendan Hennessy, has become the subject of a Facebook campaign to become the new presenter of the Rose of Tralee. 
With Kildare man Ray D’Arcy hanging up his boots this year, Brendan’s supporters have created a Facebook page entitled “Now that Ray D’Arcy has retired, let’s get Brendan Hennessy to be the next host of the Rose of Tralee International Festival”. Brendan, who has a long career in the role of presenter, MC and sports commentator, is adamant that he has nothing to do with the setting up of the page – but he does admit that he would love a crack at the job.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


The clear need to preserve all employment with Quinn Insurance and the wider Quinn Group was the key plank of a resolution passed by Cavan County Council at an emergency meeting on Wednesday, April 7. The special meeting was called to debate the crisis in Quinn Insurance, which has its headquarters at Dublin Road, Cavan, and employs over 800 people there.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)


The Burren last week moved a step closer to becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site when it was named on Ireland’s new Tentative List being submitted to the organization for consideration later this year. 
If the Burren made it onto the prestigious list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it would join places such as the Old City of Dubrovnik in Croatia, Kronborg Castle in Denmark and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Former Abbey of Saint Remi and Place of Tau in Reims.
Making it onto the UNESCO list would also increase tourism in the county, according to the body responsible for the promotion of the region.
(Source: The Clare Champion)


Gardai (police) are investigating a series of criminal acts, including two suspected arson attacks, one incident of criminal damage and two burglaries — all committed at some stage on Tuesday night last, in Kanturk.
(Source: The Corkman)


A former Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing children in Derry more than 20 years ago is at the centre of a new police investigation. He is Gerard John McCallion (62), whose serial sex abuse of young children was exposed after he was caught in bed with a ten year-old girl in St Mary's Parochial House in Creggan on the eve of his 40th birthday.
(Source: The Derry Journal)


Thirteen years after hosting its most famous honeymoon couple, a Donegal hotel is still reaping the benefits. Back in 1997, celebrity couple Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick spent their first days as newlyweds at Letterkenny's Mount Errigal Hotel after choosing to holiday in Ireland. In one of the latest editions of Hello magazine, their stay is recalled in a special Celebrity Honeymoons feature - and the biggest winner could well be the Mount Errigal. The article has just gone up on the Hello magazine website and with a link from the article to the Mount Errigal's webpage, the hits to the hotel website have literally gone through the roof.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


The Department of Education has refused to release any information on the schools forced to put urgent action plans in place after being rated unsatisfactory by inspectors. The department can formally intervene to ensure action is taken when school inspectors find that the quality of education in an institution is less than satisfactory. It is understood that around 12 schools have been put into the formal intervention process following poor reports by the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI).
(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)


A new film, which stars Dublin's 'Pyjama Girls' has sold out its first three screenings in Dublin -- and will be brought to a city cinema this summer due to the massive demand. Documentary makers who followed a group of teenage girls from the Basin Street flats near St James' Hospital say their film is a "surprise success story" given the negative reaction, which has surrounded the teenagers who are rarely seen out of their nightwear. Director Maya Derrington said: "It's completely unexpected that there's been such a rush for tickets. Obviously we're really honored to be chosen as the opening film, and to be chosen to be in the film festival." She added: "The negative response is also a sign that people are fascinated. People can't understand what the whole thing is about. It's such an Irish specific thing, and a Dublin specific thing as well." The documentary about the inner-city pajama -wearers will reach Dublin cinema screens this summer before it goes to cinemas abroad.
(Source: The Evening Herald)