Here was the news from Ireland’s regional newspapers for this week’s Medium-Sized Town, Fairly Big Story slot on RTE2fm’s Breakfast with Hector show. We were delighted to find out we are Ireland’s most listened to review of its finest regional newspapers, papers that need to be celebrated and purchased! You’re not just supporting jobs by buying a local newspaper, you’re supporting your entire town, community and county, so don’t give up on them the way you have with a daily paper…
Farmer refuses to plough field after he sees ghost
According to the Westmeath Topic, a farmer between Rochfortbridge and Milltownpass is refusing to plough a field after he saw a ghost wandering in it. The paper urges farmers to beware and be aware when they are on the fields this summer.
The eerie late-night encounter with the spirit occurred in an area known as “Castle Field”, on the side of the road between the two villages, while the man was ploughing the field last week.
The farmer who did not wish to be named for fear of being ridiculed (or maybe in fear of the ghost) said, “I was ploughing the field and it was just an ordinary evening, when I spotted something out of the corner of my eye.
I thought it was someone coming up to stop me but then I noticed that it didn’t look right. It just seemed to be kind of bobbing up and down.”
The man, from Ballinbrackey, said it looked like a soldier “with lots of chains around its neck, really heavy chains like you would see on a Norman. Then it took out a cross from around its neck and blessed itself six times.”
The farmer stopped ploughing immediately and has not returned to the field since.
According to the Topic it’s not the first time that strange goings on have been heard of in the area. One concerns a man trying to buty an animal in the same field, but the ground refused to break. As the name suggests Castle Field was once home to a castle, where many hangings took place “around the time of English rule”
MAN FORGOT HE TRIED ON HAT
There are some headlines that really capture your attention. The Dundalk Leader has just done that with the simple, effective ‘Man Forgot he tried on hat’.
It is the story of a a Ukranian man who was called up to Dundalk District Court on a charge of theft, though it what he stole, and his reasons for doing so were neatly summed up in the headline.
It turns out that Yun Solod has served in the past with the Soviet Specialist Forces and was described in court as a “colourful character”, and this incident really demonstrated he is mad as a hatter. The Dundalk Democrat has the story this week under the somewhat less inane headline ‘Forgot he put hats on his head’
What’s the beef?
- Meat on washing line worries locals
An eerie picture is on the front page of the Blanchardstown Gazette this week, with nearly 30 huge lumps of meat and small carcasses photographed hanging on a washing line. Laura Webb reports that a Dublin 15 resident has made a complaint to the HSE after she saw a washing line filled with unusual meats in her neighbour’s back garden.
The Clonsilla resident, who has been living in the area for the past 12 years, said there were about twenty eight meats hanging from a washing line, beside another line that was filled with clothes.
The resident is now looking for help from the HSE to stop this from happening again.
“This is a rented property. We have had incredible anti-social behaviour for some time, but this is the worst case so far… I am so mad,” said the resident, who did not wish to be named.
The resident has been in touch with the gardai, the HSE and the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) to report it, but says she “keeps getting stoned walled”.
“This is the second time this has happened with the meats being hung within days of each other.
“I emailed all the photographs to the HSE and I haven’t heard anything back from them. I have been in touch with the landlord, telephone communication, face to face. The landlord has called in and talked to us, but nothing has been done.
“It is sickening. I am there since 2001 and I haven’t seen anything like this before… This is quite a unique situation. I am hoping this will just stop… It’s just very unpleasant.”
Local councillor Kieran Dennison (FG) says it is a worrying situation and it could attract vermin, which is “one concern” but there is also “a major public health issue” attached with it.
A spokesperson for Fingal County Council’s Environmental Health unit said:
“We understand that this activity is not being carried out on a commercial scale, and therefore does not pose a large scale public health risk.
“The main concern would be from a localised environmental nuisance perspective as this activity may attract vermin including birds such as magpies/seagulls, and we will ensure that this is addressed,” the spokesperson added.
In response, the HSE said its environmental health office has investigated this complaint.
“There is no breach of Food Safety Legislation as the food is for domestic use and there is no evidence to suggest that the meat was slaughtered illegally.”
One small step for man, one giant leap for the local residents association…
Fair play to the residents who live near — or use — Tralee Town Park. they grace thhe front page Kerry’s Eye newspaper this week having saved the green from nasty traffic! Under the headline ‘We saved the Green!’ the paper reports the residents recived ‘a standing ovation after proposals to create a controversial road through a section of Tralee Town Park were ditched this week.
Plans for a new link road along the pedestrian stretch of the Town Park, now known as the Neil Armstrong Way, had been strongly opposed locally.
The Save the Green Committee had collected over 10,000 signatures in support of their campaign to maintain the Park as a traffic-free zone. Local councillors were listening as they voted in favour of a new €5.6m plan. So it’ss one small step for man, one giant leap for local people.
The mystery of the lost Cork village
Are you looking for Doneraile in Cork? Well, according to Joe Leogue in the Corkman so is Google.
The internet giant has been left red-faced after it was revealed that its popular Google Maps service has been directing users looking to go to the North Cork village to a location some 60km away outside Macroom.
No records exist of any address of that name in the Macroom location and the glitch has already been blamed for Minister Brian Hayes’ late appearance at the opening of Doneraile’s Tea Rooms last September.
A local development group says it has brought the error to Google’s attention.