What happened in Wicklow this Week: Weekly News Roundup 24/11/2019

Meath football legend’s stolen medals found in Arklow

Thirteen football championship medals belonging to Meath football legend Graham Geraghty have been found in Arklow following a burglary at the star’s home in Athboy last Friday.

The medals were found in a bag on a footpath in Arklow on Wednesday, the man who found them took them home and washed them due to an oily reside on the medals, his father took a look at them and realised they were Meath championship medals and could be the ones stolen from the Geraghty’s home.

They contacted the Geraghty’s on Facebook, who confirmed they were some of the medals which were stolen.

His wife Amanda posted on Facebook: ‘Unfortunately his five Leinster and Railway cup medals are still missing probably because they are gold but we will keep praying to Saint Anthony.”

It is understood thieves entered his family home while his wife and 3 children were asleep.

Speaking on RTE’s news at one on Thursday Graham Geraghty thanked the man in Arklow who found the medals.

Mickey Finn’s Pub recognised at Irish Pub Awards 2019

Mickey Finn’s Pub in Redcross received great recognition at the Irish Pub Awards 2019 as they were amongst the nominees for Tourist Pub of the year.

While the pub ultimately fell short in that category, the famous Wicklow bar was among the regional prize winners, claiming the top prize in the East Region.

The pub will receive its prize in the form management training to help them progress their business further.

Now in its third year, the Irish Pub Awards have garnered a reputation for providing a credible and comprehensive assessment of the best pubs in Ireland.

Saoirse Ronan agrees sale of Greystones home for €1.6 million

Carlow born Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan has agreed the sale of her Pine Lodge home in Greytsones for just over €1.6 million, just eight weeks after putting the property on the market.

The property is said to have garnered the interest of a number of potential purchasers, including another Irish actor and a sportsperson, but it has been said that the buyer of the lodge is a private individual.

The Edwardian style home has underwent extensive renovations under Ronan’s ownership and now includes five bedrooms, one with a large walk in wardrobe, five bathrooms, a decorated open plan room, a kitchen and family room amongst other rooms.

When bringing the property to the market, last September, Galvin Property said – “The layout and finish will impress even the most particular and comes to the market ready for the new owners to move in, and invite their family and friends to ‘ooh and aah’.”

Ronan has since acquired a three-bedroom terraced house in London’s fashionable Notting Hill district.

Councillors disgusted with Murrough Playground vandalism

Wicklow Councillors Paul O’Brien and Gail Dunne have expressed their disgust at the acts of vandalism that have taken place at The Murrough Playground in Wicklow Town.

The councillors along with An Garda Siochana visited the scene on Tuesday, where it appears that a section of the fence that separates the kids playground from the main Port Road has been removed.

Councillor O’Brien was particularly aggrieved that the incident was not reported to the Gardaí.

O’Brien commented – “Cllr Dunne & myself parked our party political differences yet again today & along with an Garda Siochana went to view the criminal damage at the playground on the Murrough. We were not just disgusted with this senseless piece of vandalism, but we were taken aback that the incidents had not been reported to the Gardai.

“On learning of this damage, we felt it important to view the playground with An Garda Siochana to see what we can do to protect this amenity. Unfortunately, there seems to be an acceptance that this type of behaviour is okay, well it is most definitely not”

“We have assured the Gardai that we as public representatives will do all we can to assist them in their enquiries & support them in their efforts to catch who ever committed this petty act of vandalism at a children’s playground. The Gardai deserve all our support, we all know how under resourced they are & how hard they work to ensure our safety. If anyone has any information that may assist the Gardai please get in touch,” said O’Brien.

Councillor Gail Dunne also expressed his displeasure, stating – “First they damaged the fencing & while the council were in the process of ordering the new panels, the posts were also damaged. This costs the council alot of money to repair and possibly to the detriment of other vital projects in the Town, we must do all we can to secure the area now and to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

The councillors released a joint statement mentioning that councillors need to be working together for the betterment of the community they serve.

“I want to work with my fellow councillors in order to do what is right for our communities. I dont believe in taking cheap shots at the Gardai, council officials or indeed my fellow councillors just so I can make a quick headline. Cllr Dunne & myself will now work closely with An Garda Siochana to ensure we do our best to combat this unwanted vandalism. We have worked well in the past & I’m confident we will work well in the future,” concluded O’Brien.

Three fishermen rescued by Wicklow Lifeboat crew

Three fishermen were rescued off the coast off the coast of Wicklow Town by Wicklow RNLI lifeboat crew over the weekend, after their vessel encountered difficulties at sea.

The whelk fishing vessel with the three men on board was cruising ten miles south east of Wicklow Harbour when it encountered problems.

A rope had been fouled in the vessel’s propeller while whelk fishing and it had lost all propulsion.

The lifeoboat crew were on hand to assist the troubled vessel and the ship was successfully towed into Wicklow Harbour where the fishermen landed safely on shore.

The boat was secured at the South Quay in the town.

The RNLI crew consisted of Nick Keogh, Brendan Copeland, David O’Leary, Lisa O’Leary and John Stapleton.

Greens would cancel N11/M11 upgrade if in Government

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said his party would shelve the proposed N11/M11 upgrade from Ashford to South Dublin if they were to get into government.

The statement arrives as opposition to the upgrade mounts from environmentalist groups and local residents.

The proposed plans from Transport Infrastructure Ireland would see upgrades to the 22km stretch from Ashford to South Dublin.

The upgrade includes the environmentally sensitive 2.5km Glen of the Downs stretch, which was part of a “Save our trees” campaign before the road was upgraded to a dual carriageway in 2000.

This section of the upgrade would see a third lane added between the Glen area and St Columcille’s Hosipital in Loughlinstown South Dublin.

TII have proposed two alternative routes to the upgrade, including two to the intersecting Delgany Golf Club and a western bypass of The Glen crossing Downs Hill.

However, environmental activists – including Eamon Ryan – have refuted the proposals and have pledged to oppose the initiatives via various forms of social media.

While speaking to The Irish Times, Ryan mentioned he was a member of the original opposition group nearly 20 years ago.

“Twenty years ago we argued for public transport solutions rather than widening the N11 at the Glen of the Downs. The same argument still applies today. Widening all the motorways approaching a gridlocked Dublin is pure madness. We have to change our ways,” said Ryan.

A meeting of local residents on Wednesday night has led to the formation of the Glen of the Downs Group, a group of local residents concerned about losing their homes or having their farmland divided due to the proposed upgrade.

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