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West Ham have signed Waterford United’s teenage striker Seán Maguire after he impressed on a trial with the London Premier League club.
The 18-year-old scored 13 goals in Waterford’s first division campaign last season, helping them finish in second place before they lost the promotion/relegation play-off over two legs to Dundalk.
Maguire joined Waterford from Kilkenny junior club Evergreen, where he enjoyed a prolific scoring record, including over 50 goals in his final season at the club.
[Source: Irish Times]
A lucky lady from Westmeath bought a Christmas Millionaire Raffle ticket two weeks ago and then watched the draw live on RTÉ One on New Year's Eve to see her number pulled from the drum to win the $330,000 prize.
"I switched the T.V. over to the New Year's Eve coverage and watched Brian Ormond draw the winning tickets. I wrote down the numbers and then checked my ticket. I thought I must have written them down wrong – I couldn't believe it!" said the happy winner.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]
The J.F.K. Trust is confident that visitor numbers to the Dunbrody emigrant ship and visitor center will exceed 100,000.
The organization’s C.E.O., Sean Reidy, highlighted that as being among the trust’s principle plans when he recently spoke to The Echo.
He said the last 12 months proved very successful for the Dunbrody with foreign tourism being a major component of the center’s overall business: “2012 was a very successful year for the Dunbrody with over 60,000 visitors and major inroads are being made in attracting foreign tourists to New Ross and County Wexford.”
[Source: Wexford Echo]
Walkers regularly had to be rescued after straying on to a County Wicklow army firing range last year.
This, and getting lost, made up one in 10 of the incidents dealt with by the Mountain Rescue Team (M.R.T.) last year.
Five out of 51 incidents dealt with by the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team involved walkers wrongly descending the Co. Wicklow walk routes towards the army exercise area in the Glen of Imaal.
[Source: Evening Herald]
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