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Last month the discounter celebrated the milestone of becoming the first Irish supermarket to reach 100,000 Facebook fans and lucky Maeve Thomas from Ballyshannon was one of the winners selected who got the chance to load up her trolley in the one-minute Supermarket Sweep which took place at the Lidl Bundoran store.
Whether it be food and treats, alcohol, home essentials or DIY goods, the lucky winner had the chance to pick up hundreds of euro worth of top quality shopping without spending a single cent. Maeve happily took off for the non-food aisle where she picked up some of the latest quality specials on offer at Lidl.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
Two businesses at the heart of Newry have been helping fund an ambulance in Mangadu, India, for the Sisters of Saint Ann of Providence who work from their convent near Chennai in Tamil Nadu.
Newry Credit Union supplied the loan in November 2010 to Newry broadcaster Rowan Hand to bring the ambulance to the people.
This week the special collection tubes located at the Good Food Shop and at the Meat Boutique were brought just across the road, and further money was deposited on account in the Credit Union against the loan.
Rowan said he took the loan out in complete confidence that it would be repaid through the kindness of the Newry people.
(Source: Newry Democrat)
Ever wondered where the phrase a “dead ringer” comes from, why we wear black to a funeral or who was the first person to be killed in the Easter Rising?
A new book titled “Dead Interesting” by author, historian and proud Northsider Shane MacThomais has all the answers.
The fascinating book was launched by Senator David Norris in Glasnevin Cemetery Museum where Shane has worked as historian and tour guide since 1998.
Shane’s latest work features quirky and easy to digest facts about the origins of our burial traditions, phrases and a whole host of interesting stories about the ordinary and well-known figures buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.
The 48 chapters of “Dead Interesting” is the culmination of 18 months of painstaking work trawling through the archives of Glasnevin Cemetery, old newspapers and museums both in Ireland and abroad.
(Source: Dublin People)
Criminals have stooped to a new low -- stealing donated clothes from the Salvation Army.
The police in Enniskillen say that the thieves used hydraulic rams, of the type seen in real life police raids on suspected drug dens, to break open the metal skips where members of the public drop off unwanted clothes.
The first incident occurred at the Salvation Army’s clothes bank at Dunnes Stores carpark.
Police believe that, in this case, an hydraulic ram was used to open the shute (the mouth of the skip).
It is not known how much clothing was actually taken. However, police estimate the damage to the skip to be up to £240.
(Source: Fermanagh Herald)
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