Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)



Four Galway music venues have been nominated for the prestigious IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Award. Campbells Tavern in Headford was included in the shortlist for the Connaught title, alongside The Crane Bar, Town Hall Theatre and Roisin Dubh. The final nomination in the category went to the Royal Theatre and Event Centre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. The awards recognize Irish venues that provide the highest standards in live music entertainment.

(Source: Galway Independent)



A youth café in North Kerry that provides teenagers with a safe place to socialize is facing closure due to a lack of State funding after barely over a year in operation. The X-Istance Youth Café in Listowel was opened in August of last year as part of a major push by local development company, North and East Kerry Development in partnership with the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service to address spiraling drug use in the region among other youth issues. Amid growing drink and drug abuse by young people across the county, the café was seen as a significant step to providing teenagers with a safe and healthy place in which to meet.

(Source: The Kerryman)



Every child has the right to be sensational and the newly named 2009 Kildare Person of the Year has made this a reality for many children. Karen Leigh from Sensational Kids in Kildare was the popular winner of the prestigious award. She received the award for her tireless efforts in setting up Sensational Kids which provides therapeutic services for up to 50 children per week. Children with autism spectrum disorders such as Down Syndrome, Cerebal Palsy, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia and Global Developmental Delays are all treated.

Karen, and her husband Darren, established Sensational Kids after they realized that there was no affordable occupational therapy in Ireland for their son Conor who has Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Disorder.

(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)



Up to 67 jobs are at risk at the Bord na Mona owned waste transfer facility at Kyletalisha, just outside Portlaoise. Following a decision by An Bord Pleanála (ABP) to uphold an appeal by local residents against the company’s plans to retain permission on the site, a company spokesperson said the 57 full-time and ten contract owner/driver jobs “are clearly at risk”. Last week, An Bord Pleanála upheld an appeal from residents in the Derryguile/ Kyletalisha area and refused AES (now owned by Bord na Mona) retention permission to continue using its facility in the area as a waste transfer station. Residents in the area have been conducting a campaign to have the waste facility closed since it set up adjacent to the county’s landfill site in 2003.

(Source: The Laois Nationalist)



Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre has a long tradition in the provision of 3rd level courses to diploma level. Speaking at the launch of the MA in PE, Catherine Martin the Director of Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre welcomed all in attendance in particular the first Master's class. She applauded the great work of her predecessor Pádraig Griffin and the wonderful committees that supported him over the years in developing relationships with various Third Level colleges and bringing their certificate and diploma courses to Carrick on Shannon Education Centre.

(Source: The Leitrim Observer)



The full extent of JP McManus' philanthropic activity have been revealed for the first time this week, with documents obtained showing that he has directed more than €17 million to charity in the last three years. And this is aside from the €31 million raised through the JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am in 2005. Accounts seen by the Limerick Leader show that the JP McManus Charitable Foundation Limited, which has been in existence since 2000, donated a total of €10,728,275 to charities last year. In the past three years - excluding 2009 - a total of €17.3m has been donated to charities in Limerick and across the globe through this foundation, with over 3m going directly to worthy causes in his home county.

(Source: The Limerick Leader)



Details of a €70 million investment in two shopping developments in Longford town have emerged. The planned twin-track development would see the regeneration of the Longford Shopping Centre as well as the construction of a brand new retail store at the edge of Longford town. The planning notices for the multi-million euro development appear in this week's Longford Leader and the planning applications are about to be submitted to the local authorities.

(Source: The Longford Leader)



Four people have died at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda since the outbreak of the deadly superbug Clostridium Difficile, it has been confirmed. A further 13 cases have been confirmed and 20 symptomatic cases identified since the initial outbreak last week. Following consultation with the Louth County Coroner, the HSE has now agreed that all deaths that take place in the hospital during the outbreak of C Diff will be notified to the coroner as a matter of routine. However, whether or not Clostridium Difficile was a factor in the deaths will only be determined by an inquest. Stringent restrictions remain in place at the hospital and any patients who have contracted the highly contagious bug are being treated in single rooms or in co-hort rooms, the spokesperson said.