News from around the 32 Irish counties


(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


Members of Offaly VEC were informed that tenders for a design team for Tullamore College were ready to go on E-tenders. The website is designed to be a central facility for all public sector contracting authorities to advertise procurement opportunities and award notices. The issue was raised by Cllr Barry Cowen, who said the matter had come up at this month’s meeting of Offaly County Council.

(Source: The Offaly Express)



County Councilor John Kelly is calling on the people of Roscommon to lobby Eircom if the company fail to respond to letters relating to the erection of a controversial mast at Oran. 
The Labor Party councilor said he is going to ask customers of Eircom in Roscommon county to support the people of Oran and threaten to withdraw their custom from Eircom if the construction of the mast goes ahead.

(Source: The Roscommon Champion)



It was a hectic return to their home town of Sligo for Westlife the weekend before last, as they filmed segments for a forthcoming Sky TV documentary and celebrated Kian Egan's 30th birthday party.

(Source: The Sligo Champion)


North Tipperary Deputy Michael Lowry has welcomed an allocation of €121,470 for 18 voluntary and community groups in Co. Tipperary which provide a wide range of marriage, child and bereavement counseling services and supports. The grants are aimed at local voluntary groups who provide much needed services for marriage counseling, marriage preparation, child counseling and bereavement counseling supports.

(Source: The Tipperary Star)



DUP Councilor Maurice Morrow MLA has condemned those responsible for vandalizing Dungannon's War Memorial in Market Square. He said, "This sickening episode has caused revulsion and is to be wholeheartedly condemned. A plaque has been callously ripped off the memorial and it would have taken a degree of force to accomplish this.”

(Source: Tyrone Times)


Waterford’s long association with musical entertainment moves to a new level this November with the rebranding of the widely acclaimed International Festival of Light Opera. A gala extravangza is planned for the 50th anniversary of the festival, which will take place from November 3 to 13. Now known as the Waterford International Festival of Music, the event has already attracted a number of international companies who will be bringing a range of competitive shows. A local musical society will also be involved and a new choral event is being planned to bring even further variety for music lovers.


(Source: Waterford News & Star)



An Athlone man is embarking on a novel around Ireland challenge in an attempt raise €25,000 for a Cystic Fibrosis charity. Harry O'Hanlon, from Assumption Road, started the  Barry Kelly Pitch and Putt Challenge last Thursday, which will see him play the full 18 holes of 111 pitch and putt courses throughout the country. He's raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland in memory of his friend Barry Kelly from Cork, who died last year.

(Source: The Westmeath Independent)



Five County Wexford people have made it onto the Sunday Times Rich List for 2010 including Bert Allen, Sam McCauley, Des Pettitt and Victor Stafford.

(Source: The Wexford People)


Good Samaritans came to the aid of an expectant Newtownmountkennedy mother who gave birth at the side of the road in Ballsbridge while on her way to hospital. A taxi-driver, a passing student midwife and a nearby resident all made sure a healthy baby girl named Isabel was brought into the world early last Thursday morning.

(Source: The Wicklow People)