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Tullamore was tuned up and ready to go for the International Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival which came to the town for the first time this year.
The festival ran from Thursday, September 20 to Sunday, September 23 and featured a superb selection of top performers from around the world.
The second decade of the festival celebrated the very best of Irish traditional, American bluegrass and folk music. The weekend consisted of street and pub sessions and jams, nightly seated concerts, master-class workshops, free outdoor concerts, local craft displays, busking competitions and a late night festival club.
[Source: Offaly Express]
Just days after the eagerly awaited comedy “Moone Boy” premiered on Sky 1, the cast and crew of the Boyle-featured series were back in town to film the second series of the show.
With the Irish Times giving the comedy, co-written by Boyle actor and Hollywood star Chris O’Dowd, four out of five stars, there was an air of excitement as filming commenced last Monday close to the Bailey Bridge.
Cast and crew continued filming around Lough Key last week and part of this week’s filming will be a St. Patrick’s Day parade in the town center on Tuesday, September 25.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]
Several drivers who found themselves in court escaped penalty points after offering a variety of excuses.
Judge Kevin Kilrane took a lenient view striking out the cases on the basis the drivers pay sums of money to charities.
Jane Mulrooney of Gortarowey, had been summoned for being on her mobile phone on February 25 at Tully, Rathcormack, but defending solicitor Aine Kilfeather said she had a bad leak in her house and was on the phone to a plumber.
The case was struck out on payment of $130 to charity.
[Source: Sligo Champion]
Last Wednesday evening the County rounds of sheep and beef stock judging were held in Moyne. Competitors from both North Tipperary and Offaly competed in their respective county competitions alongside each other as they were co-hosted simultaneously.
The county executive would like to thank the Moyne/Templetuohy club for hosting the event and express our deep appreciation to Francis Cleere for extending his hospitality to all in the use of his farm for the competition.
[Source: Tipperary Star]
A total of 70 schools throughout the Mid-Ulster and South Tyrone area have been revealed to contain some form of asbestos in their buildings.
Two weeks ago, the Courier reported that six schools in the area contained the most dangerous form of asbestos – crocidolite, but there are also 64 more schools throughout the area which contain the potentially lethal substance.
The most common form of asbestos in schools is chrysotile (white asbestos), with some 65 of the 70 schools containing that type of the fibers. Brown asbestos, or amosite, is less common, with about half of the schools (36) affected containing it.
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