Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: Mayo News)



Nurses at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan have warned that patients' lives will be at risk this winter because the staff are overworked and "at breaking point". The Irish Nurses' Organization (INO) said that Meath's health services are "cracking under the strain of bed closures and a staffing embargo" and they have not ruled out industrial action if serious changes are not made to current issues at the hospital.

(Source: The Meath Chronicle)



A Monaghan town boozer that is renowned as one of the county’s best venues for live music has been voted Ulster’s top pub.
McKenna’s, on Dublin Street, was this week named as one of the four provincial winners in the Bulmers Light Platinum Best Local Awards 2009. The Monaghan town establishment will now compete for the title of best local in reland.
Established in 1936 by Peter McKenna, and currently owned by Peter’s son Seamie, McKenna’s has hosted some of Ireland’s brightest musical talents over the years. Owner Seamie said that he was “delighted” by this latest accolade. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted with this, as it was voted for by the customers – that’s how we won it“.

(Source: The Monaghan Post)



Research undertaken by an interagency group in the midlands has found that only a minority of Travelers engage in violent conflict and feuding and there is clear evidence that Travelers want to find a way out and break the cycle. The Interagency group presented the findings of the research and launched the Traveler Conflict Strategy for the Midlands at a seminar in Tullamore on Monday last. The Midlands Traveler Conflict & Mediation Initiative has been developed through Interagency co-operation in Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath.

(Source: The Offaly Express)



Major archaeological discoveries have been unearthed at Baslick Cemetery in the parish of Tulsk recently. Among the discoveries at the cemetery, thought to be one of the oldest Christian cemeteries in Western Europe, are an eleventh century arch inserted in the old parish church. Also discovered in the vicinity is an Ogham Stone, which it is thought to have originally marked the site of a very early royal Abbott from this period. This newly discovered Ogham stone now means that Tulsk parish is home to three of the six ogham stones located in the province of Connacht, making the parish of Tulsk a hugely important archaeological center in Ireland.

(Source: The Roscommon Herald)



A €5 million state-of-the art 80 bed nursing home is to be built at Knappagh Road, creating up to 100 badly needed health care jobs. Shafin Developments Ltd, the construction company owned by Westlife singer, Shane Filan and his brother, Finbarr, will apply to Sligo Borough Council for planning permission for the ambitious project within the next two weeks. They hope to begin construction on the 3-storey over basement building at the rear of Lisroyan House in the middle of next year and to be ready to open the facility by the summer of 2011. Located within the curtilage of Lisroyan House, a Protected Structure, the proposed nursing home will be among the most modern of its type in the country. Lisroyan House is not located within the development site and there are no works proposed to it.

(Source: The Sligo Champion)



Thurles Waste management company, Acorn Recycling Ltd. celebrated the 'turning of the sod' on the construction of the most advanced composting facility which will be located in Littleton at a cost of €7 million - the only one of it's kind in Ireland. A member of the Arlo Group with head quarters in Archerstown, Acorn recycling's state-of-the-art facility – Agri - environmental business- will create over 30 jobs with significant spin offs to the local economy and will provide opportunities for local tradesmen, farmers, transport businesses and logistics providers. The sod was turned on the facility at the 90 acre site in Littleton last week by Tipperary hurling star Eoin Kelly and Independent Deputy Michael Lowry in the presence of guests and Arlo Group Directors Liam and Donal Kearney.

(Source: The Tipperary Star)



A yearlong manhunt, which extended right across Europe for a Tyrone fugitive sex offender from Aughnacloy, has ended at a farm pit in County Cavan. Ernest George Finlay, 54,was found hiding in a vehicle inspection pit at a Cootehill farm on Tuesday last. The convicted rapist was arrested by gardai for failing to notify the authorities of his movement to the Republic. Gardai had picked up the trail after Finlay returned from Bulgaria, where the PSNI had been seeking his extradition.

(Source: The Tyrone Times)



Over a hundred workers left Waterford Crystal for the last time last Friday as their employment in one of the world’s most famous factory’s came to an end. The workers had been retained in the factory after a large number of employees became redundant at the start of the year, a move that sparked an eight-week sit-in in the factory. A number of employees were kept on for three months and others for a period of six months, which ceased on Friday last. Now all that remains of the factory is the gallery, which continues to employ 27 staff.