Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland



'Mindless vandals' have been accused of exploiting the shocking murders at Massereene Barracks to widen community divisions across Antrim.

Recent days have seen a disturbing escalation in tit-for-tat sectarian slogans splashed over gable walls.

But the deteriorating situation hit a new low last week when the Sappers slaughtered in cold-blood as they collected a last supper of pizza from the front gates of their camp were thrust back into the spotlight.
(Source: The Antrim Guardian)   


An order for a cash-strapped buyer to complete on an apartment in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast would be impossible to enforce, the High Court has heard.

Lawyers for a jobless man being sued for failing to honor a purchase contract argued that their client was completely without cash.
The defense is being put forward as a test case and may determine the wider action brought by Titanic Quarter Ltd.
(Source: BBC news)


Traders on Tullow Street are fighting back following a series of body blows.

Business owners from Carlow town’s main street held a meeting last week to discuss their future amidst shock over the closure of one of the street’s long-standing businesses.

The owner of Bosco’s Butchers took the heartbreaking decision to close his original Tullow Street premises after business plummeted in recent years.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


The applications from prospective students at Cavan Institute have rocketed this year and currently stand at 3,500 according the CEO of County Cavan VEC, Colm McEvoy.

He explained that they can take 1,600 in the further education centre and pointed out that there are resources for 1,210.
"That is the position that pertains at the moment and it is a very serious situation.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)


Having raised nearly €300,000 through a share initiative, negotiations by a local group to purchase and reopen Sixmilebridge livestock mart have fallen through after the vendors, Golden Vale Marts, rejected their bid.

And this week GVM group chief executive, PJ Buckley revealed the group would have to splash more cash if they hope to acquire the property. GVM, he added, has received a number of expressions of interest in the vacant site at Ballysheen and the bid by the Sixmilebridge and District Farmers Group “didn’t match expectations”.

“They are not the highest bidders and if you are selling a property normally, you will sell to the highest bidder.
We have no specific timeframe to close a deal on the mart site in Sixmilebridge.
(Source: The Clare Champion)


Research scientist Dr Mark Tangney from Macroom has won the Junior Chamber International's 'Most Outstanding Young Person of the Year' award at their annual award ceremony in Limerick two weeks ago.
(Source: The Corkman)


A delegation of influential American politicians visited Derry last weekend to discuss how they can play a role in the city's economic regeneration.

The visit, which has been organized by Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson, will see the Massachusetts Senate president, Therese Murray, and Senator Joan Menard, Assistant Majority leader of the Senate, come to the city to meet with business and civil leaders.

It will be the second time Senator Murray has visited Derry.
(Source: The Derry Journal)


Flooding in Nashville, Tennessee, has forced the postponement of Daniel O'Donnell's long-awaited appearance at the famed Grand Ole Opry, known as the 'spiritual home' of American country music.

The Grand Ole Opry has been home to some of the biggest names in country music for decades.

But extreme weather in May led the River Cumberland to burst its banks, leaving the Opry under several feet of water.

The entertainment complex has been closed since, while crews carry out renovations and refurbishments.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


A man who stabbed his girlfriend to death in front of guests at a house party has pleaded guilty to her murder.

Mark Wallace, 26, from Elmwood Drive in Bangor told friends he was thinking of stabbing Katie Hughes weeks in advance of her death in April 2009.

This week, a judge will tell Wallace, a former cocaine addict, how much of a life sentence he will have to serve before he is eligible for parole.

It is expected that a minimum tariff of 16 years will be set.
(Source: BBC News)


An estimated 30,000 people took a bite out of the Taste of Dublin festival last weekend.

Despite the recession, hungry Dubs flocked to the Iveagh Gardens to get stuck into the treats on offer from more than 100 stalls.
Organizers hoped the crowd figures remain as strong as in previous years.

The festival is in its fifth year, and most of Dublin's top restaurants signed up, including Bon Appetit, Balzac, Diep Le Shaker and Roly's Bistro, offering dishes for around €6.
(Source: The Evening Herald)