News from around the 32 Irish counties



Neighbors of a young Catholic police officer's family whose car was burnt out in an arson incident outside their Cornagrade, Enniskillen home early on Wednesday before last have rallied round in their support. A PSNI spokesman said the family had no comment to make due to the ongoing investigation. One female neighbor described them as, 'a lovely family, a very quiet, nice young couple with (three) kids'.
"There are both Protestants and Catholics living together up here. It is a lovely area and I myself have been living here all my life, for 36 years, and it's sickening to think that this would start up now.”
 (Source: The Fermanagh Herald)


A new ‘hybrid’ social welfare scheme – which would provide payments to thousands of former self-employed workers in Galway, and allow them to work on infrastructural projects and community schemes – is expected to be introduced by Social Protection Minister Éamon Ó Cuív. The scheme could see some of Galway’s unemployed – who are not entitled to social welfare contributions – working on major projects such as laying a fiber optic broadband network between Galway and Clifden, and extending Salthill Promenade out to Oranmore.
(Source: Galway News)


After an absence of 30 long years, Tarbert's Colleen Bawn festival is to be revived this June, with dates to be announced.
(Source: The Kerryman)


Kevin O’Neill has withdrawn from the Kildare senior football panel. The Moorefield defender revealed his decision to management last week.
The 29-year-old has been a bit-part player for the Lilywhites in the past two seasons, having succumbed to a number of injuries and a subsequent loss of form.
He arrived on the inter-county scene relatively late in his career, missing out on minor and under-21 selection before being given a chance at senior level by John Crofton in 2006.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)

The future of one of the city's main employers may be under threat. A cloud hangs over the 400 personnel at James Stephens Military Barracks. The barracks generates between €7 and €10 million annually into the local economy and its closure would be catastrophic. The positive benefit of the barracks was felt during the cold snap when personnel, backing up the civic authorities brought relief from flooding and ice.
(Source: The Kilkenny People)


Laois senior hurler Willie Hyland has added to his growing reputation after he was once again recognized with an Ulster Bank Rising Star award for his performances in the Fitzgibbon Cup. Hyland was selected at wing forward on the team, and was in good company in the forward line which also includes Tipperary's Timmy Hammersley and John Conlon of Clare. It's the second time Hyland has been selected on the team, and he is one of just two LIT players to make the team, with Clare's NIcky O'Connell the other at corner back.
 (Source: The Leinster Express)


The people of Mohill and Leitrim gathered in their thousands last Wednesday and Thursday to say an emotional final farewell to County footballers star Philip McGuinness whose untimely death last Monday has left the entire county stunned and shrouded in grief. The out-pouring of grief since the news of Philip's passing was confirmed in a statement released by the Leitrim GAA County Board on Monday evening last has been over-whelming with messages boards and books of condolence rapidly filling with tributes for the Mohill footballer pouring in from all over the world.
 (Source: The Leitrim Observer)


Two of the most powerful and influential business figures in County Limerick were at loggerheads last week over a proposed €1million development in their home village of Croom. Denis Brosnan who is chairperson of both the Mid-West Taskforce and the Limerick Local Government Committee, and Plunkett Hayes who is the Revenue Sheriff for Limerick and Clare, have for a number of years now, held opposing views on how the Well Meadow area of the village should be utilized.
 (Source: The Limerick Leader)


Longford County Council has been told to crack down on defaulters after a Leader investigation revealed the local authority is owed almost €9 million in unpaid charges. The figures show householders and businesses across the county owe €8.96m in outstanding development levies, rent and rates.
(Source: The Longford Leader)


An air pistol, a 4" blade and two screwdrivers were all confiscated from young men - one a juvenile - in four separate seizures in Drogheda the weekend before last. The finds were part of routine stops and searches carried out by patrols in various parts of the town from Friday night to Sunday night last. One of the seizures was in broad daylight on the North Quay, whilst two were in the early hours of Saturday morning last in West Street and Trinity Street, with a fourth on the Donore Road. How to deal with the increase in crime is a matter of debate in Drogheda.
(Source: The Irish Times)