Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: The Derry Journal)



A woman who found a large black spider in her Donegal home has said she has been terrified by the experience and cannot sleep since the discovering it in a bunch of bananas. The spider described as large, jet-black and with very thick legs, emerged from a bunch of bananas in the kitchen of Jan Crawford's home in Manorcunningham on Friday last. As far as Jan is concerned the spider, which she said moved very fast, is still in the bin. Despite making phone calls to the Gardaí, the Health Service Executive and Donegal County Council, she does not know what to do about it.

(Source: Donegal Democrat)



Veteran politician Eddie McGrady has thrown his hat into the ring to contest his Westminster seat aged 74. Despite many believing Mr. McGrady would step down after a record 22 years as South Down’s only MP, he has shunned retirement in favor of seeking re-election – albeit after much consideration, he admits. Describing it as a great honor to represent and serve his constituency throughout the years, Mr. McGrady believes he can continue to make a difference in the House of Commons. "It has been a great honor to serve the people of Down as councilor, assembly member and Member of Parliament and I can confirm that I will once again be seeking my party's nomination for the upcoming Westminster election," Mr. McGrady confirmed.

(Source: The Down Democrat)



Irish X Factor fans are tuning in like never before as they forego expensive nights out in favor of home entertainment. According to the latest official figures a whopping 657,000 viewers tuned in to watch the weekly series; 336,000 on Saturday night last and 321,000 watched last Sunday's repeat. A spokesperson for TV3 said: "The station is absolutely delighted with the ratings for the X Factor. The inclusion of several Irish contenders in this year's series, such as Dublin twins John and Edward Grimes (17), is believed to have helped to contribute to the impressive ratings.

(Source: The Evening Herald)



More than 2,000 letters were presented to the Catholic Council for Maintained Schools office in Enniskillen on Monday last in a bid to keep St. Mary's High School in Brollagh, open. The response represents a 400% increase on the first consultation held last autumn. A group of pupils and parents representing the school, gathered at the office to send a strong message in support of the school's long-term future. Earlier this month, the school had received a huge boost with the largest enrolment of first year pupils in many years. The consultation outcome will now be studied by CCMS and, later, the Western Education and Library Board (WELB). Seamus Kelm, chairman of the Parents Action's Group which has led the campaign to keep the school afloat, said those who responded with forward looking ideas had to be commended.

(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)



Cystic Fibrosis sufferers in Galway received a great boost last Wednesday, when three new rooms specifically tailored to patients with the condition are handed over to University Hospital Galway. The three rooms have been tailored to the needs of adult CF patients in the region and are finished to a high standard, with infection control measures and en-suite bathrooms to minimize risk of cross contamination from other patients. The €350,000 project was carried out by the Galway Cystic Fibrosis Hospital Project and was funded largely by local donations to the association.

(Source: Galway Independent)



Killarney’s Paul Nagle has been crowned a world motorsport champion. The Fossa man is a codriver for Kris Meeke in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), and the Irish duo clinched the world driver’s title on Sunday last after they won the Sanremo Rally in Italy.

A superb performance by Meeke and Nagle saw them come back from fourth place to win the rally by 15.7 seconds from Luca Rossetti. This victory was enough to hand the Irish paring an unassailable 11-point lead in the championship with just one round of the IRC left, and considering that this is the duo’s first season competing in this competition, their feat is all the more incredible.

(Source: The Kingdom)



A Naas teacher has been nominated for the Irish Language Book of the Year award. Siobhain Grogan, who lives with her family in the town and teaches in a local secondary school, has been nominated for her children’s book, Cén t-am é?, which was released earlier this year.

Cén t-am é? is an interactive book that helps very young children to learn to read the time in a fun and colorful way, and is great whether you’re a regular Irish speaker or you want to teach your child more about the language. The award is supported by Foras na Gaeilge and administered by Oireachtas na Gaeilge.

(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)