News from around the 32 Irish counties


Gardaí in Monaghan say they have launched a major operation to find an armed gang that carried out an aggravated burglary at the home of one of Monaghan’s leading publicans last Monday. Paul Lavery was at work in his pub, the Poc Fada on the town’s North Road and his wife Cathy was in the house near Pipers Bridge, when the raiders forced their way into the house. Lavery was in the home with her 15-year-old daughter and a school friend who were to babysit the family’s two-year-old daughter. Although the gang ransacked almost every room in the house, it is understood that no cash or property was taken.
(Source: The Irish Times)

It was a wedding with a difference last week when Paul Moloney was married by his own father. Daingean curate Fr Michael Moloney presided over his son's wedding to Deborah Coyle at the Garrison Church in Renmore, Galway Friday before last. Fr Moloney came under the spotlight when he was re-admitted to the priesthood in 1998 after having first been ordained over 30 years before.
(Source: The Offaly Express)

An increase in gang culture at Castlerea Prison is placing prison officers in more dangerous working conditions, it was claimed last week. Gabriel Keaveney, National Executive member of the Prison Officers Association (POA), speaking following the POA Annual Delegate Conference in Killarney two weeks ago, said that the prison had experienced a recent increase in gang culture and that the number of prisoners on protection had also risen dramatically.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)

With the first Leonard Cohen concert at Lissadell sold out in six minutes the Monday before last, a leading tourism chief has predicted a "massive boost" to the region's economy as a result of the two open air all-seated shows by the legendary songwriter.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)

The Minister for Justice Mr. Dermot Ahern TD confirmed that recruitment of new Gardai (police) into the Force will commence before the end of the year which equates to very good news for the Garda Training College in Templemore. Although Minister Ahern did not get into specifics in terms of in-take numbers, he did reiterate the importance of the Garda Training College to the country, when he visited to preside over a graduation ceremony of 267 recruits - 183 men and 84 ladies.
(Source: The Tipperary Star)

Environmental issues provided local school children with plenty to talk about at Dungannon council offices for the area heats of the Environmental Youth Speak 2010 competition recently. Pupils debated a number of topical matters, and impressed the panel of judges with their knowledge, in a bid to get through to the regional finals.
 (Source: Tyrone Times)

Five times in 12 days, staff in five different city shops were terrorized by a chronic heroin and cocaine addict who held them up at knifepoint last week. Two of the victims were forced on their knees behind a counter for 20 minutes while the raider selected a range of games, phones and other items from their shop.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)

The scale of the unemployment problem among young men in the midlands has been laid bare by shock new figures, which reveal that almost four in every ten are unemployed in the region. Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the midlands, at 38.9% had the country's third highest unemployment rate for young men, behind the Mid-West (39.4%) and the South West (41.6%).
 (Source: The Westmeath Independent)

An Australian man has been awarded €94,000 in damages at the High Court over injuries to his left foot, suffered when a Wexford nightclub's large flower pot urn fell on it.
 (Source: The Wexford People)

Twenty-Five Teenagers from all over the Garden County spent a night in Wicklow's Historic Goal without a ghost in sight last week. The Gaol is infamous for the number of spooks haunting the premises, with some friendlier in nature than others. But there was no sign of things that go bump in the night for the students from Wicklow, Arklow, Greystones and west Wicklow.
 (Source: The Wicklow People)