News from the 32 counties of Ireland


Waterford’s first ever Gay Pride march took to the streets last Saturday and the committee urged everyone to “come out” and support the celebrations. Ally Cullen, one of the committee members, said people came from Cork, Dublin, Kilkenny, Wexford and Limerick as well as Waterford. Before the parade, she said 70% of the people who have taken part in other pride marches are straight and urged everyone to support the event, whatever their sexuality.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)

The late Joe Dolan's family has last week condemned singers who are performing what they have called 'illegal' Joe Dolan tribute acts. The family spoke out after the latest tribute, a musical about the showband legend, was launched last weekend. The show, which was to tell the story of the late singer's life, has since been canceled. It was due to premier in the Hazel Hotel in Monasterevin on October 10 with a tour planned for next year.
(Source: The Westmeath Examiner)

A pilot had a miraculous escape on Tuesday evening last after his light aircraft crashed into the sea near Tuskar Rock. The man, who is believed to be from England and heading towards a landing strip at Wellingtonbridge, was rescued by the crew of a rowing boat which witnessed the crash. A mayday message was relayed to the Irish Coastguard immediately after the the accident happened. Rosslare Harbor and Kilmore Quay lifeboats were dispatched to the scene along with the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based in Tramore, County Waterford.
(Source: The Wexford People)

Fears are growing for the safety of missing Wicklow man Stephen O'Meara as the search for him intensifies. The 26-year-old father of three hasn't been seen since Thursday two weeks ago. Garda (police) searches have concentrated on wooded areas near Redcross and Avoca. The possibility that some form of foul play might be responsible for his disappearance hasn't been ruled out by the gardai. 'It's something we are looking at. We will be looking into every possible avenue until we have concrete proof of his whereabouts,' said Supt. Pat Ward.
(Source: The Wicklow People)