News from Ireland - news from around the 32 counties


The seizure was the result of a controlled delivery of a package originating in Brazil.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A 21-year-old Castlebar man is recovering in hospital after he was shot twice in the back with a pellet gun in an incident believed to be related to a Traveler family feud.

The shooting occurred in a forecourt of a service station at Moneen, Castlear on Sunday evening, January 6, at approximately 5:40 p.m. when a car pulled up alongside him and shots were fired several times from a pellet gun. The Mayo News understands that the 21-year-old received two pellets in the back before a black Volkswagen Golf left the forecourt at speed.
[Source: The Mayo News]


K.F.C., the world's largest fried chicken chain, could be on its way to Navan, as a planning application has been made for the construction of a drive-through fast food outlet at Brews Hill.

If passed, it would be located on the former Irish National Forresters Hall site, which had accommodated a petrol filling station in the past decade but which has been used as a car park in recent years by Navan Town Council.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Conroy Gold and Natural Resources (C.G. & N.R.) has moved a step closer to achieving its plan for a $80 million gold mine at Clontibret in County Monaghan after it received good news from the first in a batch of necessary metallurgical tests.

The rock texture and hardness results from specialists’ goldfields, which were disclosed last Tuesday, showed a lower abrasion index than was expected but a harder ore (moderate) than was initially thought.

This means that the gold in the rock is readily mineable, but indicates that two mills rather than one mill  will be required to crush and grind the extracted material. Both a ball mill and a semi-autogenously grinding (S.A.G.) mill will now be required.
[Source: Irish Independent]


A Mountmellick farming family was faced with devastating scenes over Christmas week when they found two Alsatian dogs maiming and killing some of their sheep flock.

In total six sheep were killed by the dogs and another eight had to be put down after the attack. Many more were treated for injuries including a number of ewes in lamb.

The attack happened on the morning of December 27 at about 8:30 a.m. Speaking to the Express, Claire O’ Brien said that she and her husband Henry Burns saw ewes in their garden that morning and knew something was wrong. When they went to investigate, they saw that two Alsatians had corralled about 10 of their sheep in one small area.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Deprivation in County Roscommon has increased significantly over the past five years. West Roscommon is particular has been found to be more disadvantaged than other areas in the county, while the wider environs of Boyle and Athlone, but excluding the towns themselves, have been found to be the most affluent areas of the county.

Eight electoral divisions in the county fall into the disadvantaged category, with the five most disadvantaged considered to be Boyle Urban, Lough Allen/Altagowlan, Aghafin, Artagh South and Carrowduff, all to the north of the county.

The findings are based on the Pobal H.P. Deprivation Index, which uses the 2011 census to determine how affluent or deprived members of the State are.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


A doctor accused of touching, kissing and biting a number of women nurses has been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Medical Council’s fitness-to-practice committee.

Dr. Osmanmahir Mahir, with addresses in Leitrim and Sudan, was found guilty of a range of allegations of inappropriate behavior towards nursing staff, one of which amounted to an instance of professional misconduct, the committee ruled.

The charges related to Dr. Mahir’s behavior as a senior house officer at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin, in early 2009.

He was also found guilty of professional misconduct for failing to disclose to Sligo General Hospital in 2009 that he had been dismissed by the Dublin hospital after an inquiry into complaints by nursing staff.
[Source: Irish Times]


John Keely, whose father resides in Nenagh, has opened his new Dubliner Irish Pub and Boutique Hotel in Bangkok. The new Dubliner is surely the finest and most authentic Irish pub in Asia – Irish-owned and managed with authentic Irish music and a friendly staff.

There is also a very extensive menu which incorporates excellent contemporary fare as well as many traditional Irish dishes.

The bar on two levels has been a huge success since its opening. The boutique hotel attached to the pub has 18 bedrooms.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Five families – one with a five-year-old child – were left homeless in Cookstown after arsonists set fire to oil tanks.