Tag Archives: Offaly

Referee Daniel Sweeney

Balls.ie reports:

A referee was hospitalised after he was allegedly assaulted in the aftermath of an adult soccer match.

Gardaí in Co Offaly are investigating the incident which took place after a match in the Midlands Soccer League. Referee Daniel Sweeney was admitted to hospital with a suspected broken jaw as well as injuries to his cheekbone and nose.

The alleged assault is said to have taken place in the car park at the Combined Counties Football League after a dispute occurred towards the end of the game.

Gardai Investigating As Referee Hospitalised After Alleged Assault (Balls.ie)

Pic: Joe Cassidy Athlone

Like a svelte Brian Cowen on speed.

Johnny Keenan (him off the ‘Telly‘) writes:

Anyone know this Offaly hero literally running on water (@43) at Venice marathon last Sunday?

Anyone?

This morning.

Scenes from the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Visitors include Ava Murphy, ten, and Lucy Murphy, 11, from Athy Co Galway (fourth pic) and Eugene Barrett, above.

WATCH: Conditions ‘slightly slushy’ as National Ploughing 2018 gets underway (Offaly Express)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Yesterday afternoon.

At Screggan, Co Offaly.

Where preparations are under way for the National Ploughing Championships will take place in Screggan from September 18 to 20.

Pics via National Ploughing

Last night.

Clonbullogue, County Offaly

Emergency Services at the scene of the crash of a light aircraft on the Bog of Allan. The male pilot and a seven-year-old boy died in the crash.

The aircraft, attached to the Clonbullogue Parachute Club, is believed to have crashed minutes after 16 parachutists jumped from the plane.

Air accident inquiry continues after man and young boy die in Offaly air crash (RTE)

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

YIKES!

Birr, County Offaly

Niall G writes:

From what godforsaken pit of desolation do Offaly County Council hire their road maintenance personnel? Is Birr twinned with the Island of Dr Moreau?

Nice heels, in fairness

tullamore

smollen

From top: Tullamore town, County Offaly; Homeless activist Ken Smollen’s Facebook message

Named locally as Conor O’Hagan, who originally hails from Clonakilty in Cork, he was “hospitalised recently due to the effects of sleeping outdoors and has passed away this evening,” Smollen said. “May he rest in peace,” Smollen said. The cause of his death is not yet known.

Ken Smollen recalled his interaction with the young man in Tullamore: “I only spoke to him once when I gave him a sleeping bag and some food. A number of people tried to help him on numerous occasions, and as far as I’m aware he has been in Tullamore for about 5 months,” he told the Offaly Express.

“He could be seen regularly on the bridge over the river and beside the Bridge House or in other locations on William Street. The last time I saw him he was busking outside the AIB. I know that he was hospitalised about 2 months ago. I haven’t personally seen him on the streets since that,” Smollen added.

UPDATED: Homeless man dies in Tullamore (Offaly Express)

Ken Smollen (Facebook)

Top pic: Millhouse.ie

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Unkindness of Ravens – sludgy gothic rock from Offaly

What you may need to know…

01. Offaly four-piece Unkindness of Ravens are a doom-metal-influenced outfit with gothic inflections. Think Sabbath by way of Chelsea Wolfe and Sisters of Mercy.

02. Certainly no strangers to reverence for metal traditions, the band started out as a motorcycle-fixated stoner-rock group monikered Road Rash, releasing a single extended-player before regrouping to their current configuration.

03. Streaming above is the band’s debut full-length, released last November via Michigan mail-order specialists Dura Gesta Records.

04. They’re on the road this weekend, playing Dublin’s Hangar on Saturday night, and Cork’s Urban Jungle on Sunday, in support of UK post-metallers OHHMS.

VERDICT: Big aul’ riffs are in as much abundance as cheesy organs here, and it makes for an immersive listen for fans of the aforementioned. One to be appreciated live.

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An Irish priest jailed for stealing up to $100,000 from a Florida parish to spend in Las Vegas is back in Ireland – and is saying Mass here. Father Francis Guinan (71) told The Star he is “helping out” at the church in Eglish, Co. Offaly. And the cleric – who served more than three years in prison – added “I have put in my time…I have a clean slate.”


Priest who stole $100K for Vegas blowout is back (Michael O’Toole, Irish Daily Star)
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Florida Irish priest who embezzled for Las Vegas trips wants his collar back (Dara Kelly, Irish Central, September 2012)