Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: The Tipperary Star)



A hit and run incident outside a Donaghmore Road bar is being treated as attempted murder by Dungannon Police. Two pedestrians were taken to hospital in Craigavon after a black Mercedes mounted the pavement and struck them shortly last Monday. Three people were injured in the incident with two taken to hospital before being discharged. Their injuries are not believed to be serious. Rival groups of 30-40 men from Carrickmore and Dungannon had been dispersed by police from in front of premises.

(Source: The Tyrone Times)



Two young men, who had been living and working in Waterford for many years, had their lives tragically cut short when the car in which they were passengers was hit head on by another vehicle in the early hours of Monday morning last. The dead men, named as Lee Salkeld (26) and Brendan Donnelly (24), were on their way from Waterford to Cork Airport on holidays with their partners, when the Volkswagon Polo they were traveling in was in a collision with a Ford Mondeo. Salkeld and his partner Kate Flynn had only recently had a little baby girl together, while Mr. Donnelly and his girlfriend, Laura Connolly, had just bought their first home together in Greenfields.

(Source: Waterford News & Star)



A Westmeath county councilor has threatened to resign from the HSE's Dublin/Mid-Leinster Regional Health Forum - just a matter of months after joining the consultative body. Fine Gael's Councilor Peter Burke said that he is "fed up of serving on a committee without teeth", while receiving "spin-doctored answers" to crucial questions about healthcare in Westmeath.

(Source: The Westmeath Examiner)



Hundreds of people attended a public rally in the Philippines Saturday before last to demand the release of Wexford man Fr Mal Sinnott. Both members of the local Catholic and Muslim communities from Pagadian City were in attendance at the rally, where 14-year-old Karleen Lafuente pleaded for the safe release of Fr Sinnott. Karleen attends the Hangop Kabataan Community Based Rehabilitation Program for Children with Disabilities, which Fr Sinnott founded in 1998 in response to the lack of educational and rehabilitation facilities for children with disabilities in the Pagadian area.

(Source: The Wexford People)



After taking six awards in the Irish Film and Television Awards 'The Tudors' has finally run out of perishable wives and must draw a curtain on King Henry's reign in Bray. Shot on location in Ardmore Studios and County Wicklow, The HBO hit starring Cork-born Jonathan Rhys Meyers was the most successful drama to be made in these parts since ' Ballykissangel'. The program has been a bolster to the Irish industry for the last number of years. The gap left when 'The Tudors' ceases will be a gaping wound. 'It has been a regular gig for a large chunk of people working in the film industry in Wicklow,' agreed Vibeke Delahunt of the County Wicklow Film Commission.

(Source: The Wicklow People)