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The festival will be launched by Che Guevara’s daughter, Dr. Aleida Guevara, and Cuban Ambassador to Ireland, her Excellency Teresita Trujilio. It is expected that the Chilean Consul will also be in attendance.
Last year, U.S. representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, urged Galway City Council to reject the proposal to erect a monument honoring Che Guevara.
[Source: Clare Champion]
Genuine, sweet and never without a smile is how Rose of Tralee winner Nicola McEvoy was described after scooping the title last Tuesday night. Her sash may have read Luxembourg but she is still one of our own as Nicola grew up in Kerrypike.
Sinéad O'Donovan works with Nicola in Luxembourg and was in the Dome to see her big win, says no one was surprised when Nicola's name was called.
"We knew she would be very hard to beat so we weren't a bit surprised. She is such a lovely girl and she is so down to earth and takes everything in her stride so she was the ideal candidate. When she won the Luxembourg final she went through to the semi-final which was in Portlaoise and when she got through that we booked our tickets straight away for the final."
[Source: Cork Independent]
The restoration of Derry’s Guildhall has been given a multi-million dollar cash boost.
Tourism Minister Arlene Foster and Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland visited the Guildhall last Thursday to announce $5.6 million of financial assistance to support on-going restoration work.
The funding will be used to help transform the Guildhall from a functional civic building into a multi-faceted visitor experience to include a tourist information point, permanent and temporary exhibition spaces and a café area.
[Source: Derry Journal]
Gardaí (police) in Donegal Town are appealing for information after a “substantial sum” was taken from a hotel on August 17.
Garda Inspector Denis Joyce told the Donegal Democrat that two men, not thought to be from the local area, called into The Central Hotel at around 8:30 a.m.
“One of the men told an employee at reception that his girlfriend had lost a ring in the ladies’ toilet,” said Inspector Joyce.
“When the employee accompanied the man to check for the ring, the other man went into the back office and took a substantial sum of money.”
[Source: Donegal Democrat]
Work is underway to clear one of Bangor's largest derelict eyesores.
The vacated site of a former young offenders center in the County Down town was left untouched for years.
Known locally as Rathgael, the old juvenile justice center is finally being torn to the ground.
The 65-acre site has been blighted by problems – vandalism, anti-social behavior, thefts and dozens of deliberate fires.
[Source: BBC News]
Gardaí (police) are probing whether Ireland's latest murder victim was stabbed to death because of a small drugs debt. Gerard Burnett (28) was stabbed in a frenzied knife attack outside his partner Denise Farrell Daly's home at Castlecurragh Vale in Mulhuddart, just before midnight last Tuesday.
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