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Councilors gathered for their meeting on Monday two weeks ago in the shadow of a government announcement that the council’s allocation for the third quarter of this year, which was originally to be $24,763,042, is being reduced by $694,660.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]
Ryan Rhys Griffiths (18), a student of Kilkenny College, is among a group of young ambitious Irish chess players forging a successful path across Europe this summer.
Ryan joins Kilkenny-based juniors as John Courtney, Sarah Jane Hearne, Catherine Hearne and Eoin Minnock in raising the profile of Irish chess and Ireland abroad. A Fide Chess Master, Ryan had an exceptional tournament at the 87th Paris Chess Championships in July, where he scored four wins and four draws against eight international masters and chess grandmasters to win the trophy for best performing Junior.
[Source: Kilkenny People]
Up to $12,000 worth of damage was done to a church in Killermogh, near Abbeyleix last month.
Rocks and sticks were thrown at the windows of the 200-year old Church of Ireland church, smashing “fist-sized holes” through priceless stained and colored glass. The vandalism was discovered by a parishioner who was visiting a family grave on Friday, July 20, and Abbeyleix Gardaí (police) was then alerted.
[Source: Leinster Express]
The Independent Roscommon-South Leitrim TD Luke Flanagan wrote to the Oireachtas authorities a few weeks before his altercation with Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett alleging that Laois-Offaly Fine Gael TD Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy had blocked his way and prevented him from leaving a meeting.
Mr. Flanagan and Ms. Corcoran-Kennedy had attended a meeting of the Oireachtas environment committee in late June, which had discussed the problem caused to local farmers by excessive flooding in the river Shannon area.
At the end of the meeting, Ms. Corcoran-Kennedy approached Mr. Flanagan and challenged him over references he had made to her on his Twitter social media account.
Later that evening, Mr. Flanagan tweeted: “I am reporting Deputy Corcoran Kennedy to the Oireachtas usher staff for physically denying me from leaving the meeting on Shannon floods.”
When another account user asked did she really block his way, he replied: “Meeting was over. She refused on three occasions to let me pass unless I listened to her rant. Not acceptable.”
[Source: Irish Times]
After nearly 1,500 days in intensive care and rehabilitation, a young woman struck down with a rare disease is back living at home with her family in county Limerick.
Patricia Ingle (23) contracted a rare disease from parrots while working in a pet shop in Limerick city in 2008, which left her paralyzed, brain-damaged, confined to a wheelchair and breathing with the aid of a ventilator.
But after 1,069 days in the Mid-Western Regional hospital in Dooradoyle and a further nine months in a rehabilitation center in Oxford in the U.K., Tricia is home for good.
[Source: Limerick Leader]
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