News from around the 32 Irish counties
It may not quite have been the complete repatriation that Fr Patrick Lavelle aspired for around 1870 when he stole the Cross of Cong from the Royal Irish Academy with the intention of bringing it home to Cong, where he was Parish Priest. But last week the Cross of Cong was back in Mayo and by entirely legal means. Fr Colm Kilcoyne, former Parish Priest of Cong, and current Parish Priest of Cong, Fr Paddy Gilligan were both present at the National Museum of Country Life at Turlough Park for the unveiling of the priceless 12th century relic, as were a large number of people from the wider Cong area.
(Source: Mayo News)
There was widespread shock and sadness on the passing of former Trim Town Council Chairman Danny O'Brien who died suddenly on Wednesday evening last. A native of Longford, O'Brien lived in Eldergrove and was married to Phil with two children, Donall and Katie. He was elected to Trim Town Council for the Labor Party in 1999 and was re-elected in 2004. He served as chairman on two occasions. O'Brien was a community development worker with the Trim Family Resource Centre.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)
Daffodil Day was marked very appropriately by D"chas, the Offaly cancer care support group, when its coordinator Nancy St John was presented with the Midlands 103 Employee of the Month award. Nancy was nominated by Dóchas member Jim Dolan who said, “I would like to nominate Nancy St John for Employee of the Month. Nancy is very good at her job and helps everyone else. She is kind and thorough and would make a very good candidate. Everyone in Dóchas has the same opinion.”
(Source: The Offaly Express)
The Newly-elected Roscommon IFA chairman has vowed to do all in his power to ensure that the farmers of the county receive their full entitlements over the next four years of his term.
John O'Beirne, who was elected two weeks ago, says that he is "acutely aware" of the situation facing farmers in the county and has urged people to shop local for their produce.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)
Sligo Races kicked off their 2010 racing season with a launch evening in The Sligo Park Hotel on Monday. With a total of nine meetings from May to September, a mixture of National Hunt, Flat and Mixed Cards with several featured races, the season ahead promises to be one filled with top quality racing on one of the most scenic courses in Ireland. Guest speaker for the event was Noel Meade, one of Ireland's top trainers.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)
A convicted serial rapist reportedly living in Thurles for some time has left the area. Gardai in Thurles last week declined to comment on a newspaper report that a man who was jailed for eighteen years for raping and sexually assaulting six women had been living in an apartment in the town.
(Source: The Tipperary Star)
DUP Mid Ulster MLA Ian McCrea has condemned those who left needles for drugs in the vicinity of the bridge in Coagh. McCrea commented: “I totally condemn those responsible for using drugs and leaving needles in the area of the bridge in Coagh. I am especially concerned that these needles were discovered in such close proximity to the play park and the fact that children could so easily have come in contact with them. “Having raised the problems of drugs in Coagh on many occasions with the police I would urge them to do all within their power to find those responsible for leaving these needles and ensure they receive the full weight of the law for their mindless actions.”
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
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