Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: The Evening Herald)



Some 10 new jobs have been created with the announcement that the McElwaine Group in Lisnaskea have secured a contract at the new hospital development. McElwaine Security, which is part of the McElwaine Group, have been awarded a three-year security contract at the £267million development just outside Enniskillen. McElwaine's are the first Northern Ireland company to secure work on the development, providing site security access and specialist support through CCTV supply and monitoring.

(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)



Galway West TD Deputy Michael D Higgins has refused to rule out a run in the Irish Presidential elections of 2011. However, Deputy Higgins said that his current focus was on solving the problems facing the country, rather than making plans for an election two years away. "I would not rule out a run, but, to be honest, I have yet to give it any significant thought. I am spending my time trying to suggest alternative strategies for the country to get itself out of this current state.

(Source: Galway Independent)



Astar footballer from Listowel and an indigenous Australian artist and former government advisor of Tralee descent have joined the elite of Irish to leave their mark on Australia, having been named among the Top 100 Irish-Australians. Aussie Rules star Tadhg Kennelly is among the sporting greats to make the 20th anniversary edition of the Irish Echo newspaper's prestigious list, having become the first Irish man ever to claim an AFL championship title and the first AFL player to represent Ireland against Australia in International Rules Series.

(Source: The Kerryman)



The shocking story of what happened in Ireland’s infamous Magdalene Laundries has been explored in a brand new documentary that was filmed by a Kildare man. Prosperous local Ger Boland was the cameraman on the film The Forgotten Maggies, which takes a harrowing look at the lives of women who lived in the laundries in Ireland. The film was three years in the making and was the original brainchild of Cork man Stephen O’Riordan.

(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)



Two children have been removed from their home and 18 skilled workers have lost their jobs in the latest round of funding cuts to hit Kilkenny. The Holy Family Center on the Callan Road, Kilkenny, which provides full-time residential care to up to 14 children with learning disabilities, has been shut down after the Health Service Executive (HSE) slashed its funding.

(Source: The Kilkenny People)



Another world champion has emerged in Laois. 16-year old David Delaney from Ratheniska was part of a four-man martial arts team from the Portlaoise Kenpo Karate Club who represented Ireland in the recent World Kenpo competition in Madrid.
He took home gold and gained the world title in the under-16 up to black belt division by beating off 45 other competitors from around the world.

(Source: The Irish Times)



The escalation of violence in Carrick-on-Shannon recently was highlighted the weekend before last when a fight between two young men in the early hours of that Saturday morning ended with one man having the top of his ear bitten off. The incident occurred on Main Street, Carrick-on-Shannon when two young local men in their early twenties got into an altercation. The fight involving just the two of them continued on the ground and ended with one man biting the other man's ear and taking off the top section.

(Source: The Leitrim Observer)



Limerick rock band The Cranberries have announced their intention to reform after months of speculation. Singer Dolores O'Riordan cancelled her North American tour in lieu of a "special announcement", which was made last week by Noel Hogan. "Over the last few years, each member of the band has had time to work on different projects and learn so much from their experience," Noel is reported as saying in a statement.

(Source: The Limerick Leader)



A 26-year-old Longford man jetted off to Australia two weeks ago as a member of the Irish team at the World Transplant Games – where, in their own eyes, all 19 team members are winners already by just getting to the starting line. James Hannon, Edgeworthstown, was looking forward to competing in the life-affirming games, where, between them, the Irish team members have 13 new kidneys, five new livers and one new kidney-pancreas. The squad traveled to the Gold Coast of Australia, on Tuesday last.

(Source: The Longford Leader)



Four members of her family hailed brave Holly Mawhood a hero last week after her quick thinking saved them from their burning home last Friday. The fearless five-year old didn't hesitate to get her mother, brother and elderly grandparents who were visiting from England out of the house when she realized that a fire was quickly taking hold in the sitting room downstairs at the family's semi-detached home in Townley Manor, Tullyallen. Holly's mum, Heather, 35 said, 'But for Holly's calm and efficient way of dealing with it, we could all be dead.'