Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Police have appealed for information after the body of a man was found by children at a derelict Co Antrim school building. The grisly discovery was made at a site on the Jordanstown Road in Newtownabbey at around 10pm last Tuesday. It is not yet clear how the man died and a post mortem is due to be carried out to determine the circumstances surrounding his death. The man had short hair and was dressed in a black leather jacket and jeans. His body was removed from the vacant building by forensic officers.

(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)        


The news that Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann may soon be held in the north has been met with enthusiasm by local political representatives and public alike. In a recent statement the organizing body of the Fleadh, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, announced that it is  considering holding the event in the north. The move is being contemplated because it is said to offer new opportunities to develop an important aspect of our shared future. Should it materialize, it would be the first time in its 59 - year history that the country’s largest traditional music event would be held north of the border.

(Source: The Examiner)


Angry residents vehemently opposed to two proposed road closures in Carlow have vowed to fight the company that wants to shut them out. Over 30 residents met on the back road between Carlow and Bagenalstown. It is there that concrete company Dan Morrissey Ltd wants to shut down two stretches of road to the public. Locals are seething at the proposed road closures and have vowed to fight Morrissey’s all the way.

(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)



Hung-over? Absolutely starving? Then head down to the Hard Boiled Egg cafe in Cavan town. They have launched a bid to be recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as serving the largest Irish breakfast in the world. The traditional Irish breakfast has often been maligned as a 'heart attack on a plate' but this was probably an exaggeration, until now.

The breakfast, which is now being served, consists of ten rashers, ten sausages, ten eggs, five pieces of pudding, five hash browns, chips, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans and ten slices of toast with plenty of tea. The team at Hard Boiled Egg should find out within the next month if their breakfast officially breaks the current world record. A restaurant in Bristol in the UK is the current holder of the record with a breakfast that weighs in at six pounds and six ounces. The Cavan-based cafe beats this weight by a good eight ounces coming in at over seven pounds.

(Source: The Anglo Celt)



A 36-year-old Clare man has been sent forward for trial in connection with alleged VAT-related offences concerning amounts totaling €1.55 million. Derek Floyd of Lower Main Street, Tulla, is facing a total of 41 charges relating to alleged VAT offences from a period between March 2001 and January 2004. Mr. Floyd has been charged with 12 counts of knowingly claiming repayments of VAT totaling €678,857, which to his knowledge he was not entitled to contrary to Section 1078 of the Taxes Consolidation Act on a period from April 1st, 2001 to January 7th, 2004.


 (Source: The Irish Times)



A spectacular €1 million water feature, based on a Belgian design, was officially unveiled Sunday two weeks ago in the 500 acre Millstreet Country Park. The Belgian ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Robert Devriese, officially opened the spectacular new feature on a day of music and celebration at the park. The water feature is a replica of the original Mont des Arts, which was built in the central square of Brussels in the early years of the 20th century. Park owner Mr. Jerry Sheehan, also the proprietor of Avonmore Electrical Ltd, told The Corkman that the water feature now shows this nation's connection with European affairs - the hub of which centers on Brussels. "Brussels is a very important European city and I felt it appropriate to have a connection with it," he said.

(Source: The Corkman)



Police have apologized to a Derry mum after she accused them of failing to respond quickly enough to a reported abduction attempt on her nine year-old daughter. Sandra Cairns, from Old School Lane, says her little girl, Christina, remains traumatized after a car pulled up alongside her as she played on her scooter outside her Shantallow home on Wednesday last. Mrs. Cairns says her daughter fell off her scooter as she tried to get away and her cries alerted a neighbor - at which point the car sped off. However, despite reporting the incident to police on Friday morning, Mrs. Cairns says no action was taken. The PSNI in Derry have since apologized for the delay and visited Mrs. Cairns to take a statement.

(Source: The Derry Journal)



Two Donegal dentists are in the top five of top earners from the medical card scheme while the four in the top twenty earned more than €1.15m between them last year. Dr. Terence Fox and Dr. Paddy McKibben, both with practices in Letterkenny, were among the five dentists who claimed over €300,000 for treating medical cardholders. Dr. Fox, who was the second-highest paid dentist on the medical scheme in the country last year, earned almost €380,000 while Dr. McKibben, who was fifth on the list, was paid just over €310,000.