News from the 32 counties of Ireland


One lucky local has become an instant millionaire last week after scooping the top prize in the Lotto's Monday Millions draw. While most of us are caught up in the woes of the recession, one local shopper was celebrating this week after buying the winning € 1m ticket in Easons on Monday last. The winner, who had not come forward to claim the prize at the time of going to press, purchased a € 5 quickpick on the day of the draw and scooped the prize with the winning numbers 1, 3, 19, 35, 38 and 39. 'We are absolutely delighted to have sold the winning ticket,' said Easons manager John Belson. 'It's always great to have a bit of good news in a sea of bad news. Someone walked in, bought a ticket and walked out a millionaire.
(Source: The Drogheda Independent)

Gardai (police) in Swinford now have two men in custody for questioning in connection with the murder of 24-year-old Frankie Heneghan in Kiltimagh in the early hours of last Thursday morning. The first man was arrested after the Gardaí launched a murder inquiry and just before lunchtime on Thursday a second man was taken into custody. The Ballyheane native died from multiple stab wounds following an incident in a laneway at the rear of the Kiltimagh’s Main Street. Both men are now being questioned at Swinford Garda Station where the murder investigation team is based.
(Source: The Mayo News)

In the wake of two armed robberies in Meath where staff members were threatened, Garda (police) resources to tackle serious crime will be boosted in the coming weeks with the rollout of the Gardai's new Regional Response Unit. The new unit is to be based in Mullingar but will be deployed throughout the region, including County Meath, in response to serious crime incidents as they happen.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)

 A homecoming party was held in Threemilehouse last Friday night in honor of Monaghan’s first-ever world amateur boxing champion. Young Smithboro boxer, Shane Murphy, claimed his prestigious title at the Ringside World Amateur Boxing Championships held in Kansas City two weekends ago. It was the ideal birthday present as Shane had just turned 17. It was also an historic occasion as this is the first time a Ringside World Championship title has come to Monaghan – despite such names as Barry McGuigan and Kevin McBride having represented the county through the years.
(Source: The Monaghan Post)

A track from Offaly rapper Rí Rá featured on popular crime show CSI:New York two weeks ago. “25 O"Clock In The Mornin" could be heard several times during the TV program entitled "Communication Breakdown”. After a Native American chief is shot on the subway, the CSIs struggle to translate which one of the several foreign suspects including an Irish character Finn Wexford may have caused his death.
(Source: The Offaly Independent)

Up to 68 teaching jobs in the region could be axed in September as secondary schools bear the brunt of savage cuts in the education system. The job losses, which average about five teaching posts per school, come in the wake of widespread education cuts announced in the Budget.
(Source: The Roscommon Herald)

Construction work on a €15m retail and residential project at Carraroe could start as early as next January following a decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for the project. The development, which will be carried out by Shafin Ltd, the development company owned by Westlife superstar, Shane Filan, and his brother, Finbarr, is expected to create up to 200 jobs and provide a timely boost for the local economy. (Source: The Sligo Champion)

Members of North Tipperary County Council last week issued a statement expressing their anger at County Manager Mr. Terry O'Niaidh for the decision to press ahead with the letting go of up to fifty temporary workers at the end of the month, despite the fact that the council is one of the stakeholders in promoting business and employment in the county. Such was the annoyance on the part of the elected members that they decided to hold a meeting behind closed doors with no media or council executives present.
(Source: The Tipperary Star)

Record numbers of Tyrone patients with serious heart conditions are having to travel to the South for surgery so overwhelmed are medical services in Northern Ireland. In 2008/09 a total of 66 people from the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency went to the Mater Private Hospital and Blackrock Hospital, both in Dublin, to have heart surgery, a rise of 200 percent from 2006 when only 22 patients had to make the journey. They were accompanied by a nearest relative who was put up in overnight accommodation.
The government figures were released in response to an Assembly question tabled by DUP MLA Maurice Morrow, who has been lobbying to have seriously ill constituents taken off the waiting list.
(Source: The Tyrone Times)