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The value of Petrel Resources, an exploration company, quadrupled after it said it had found as much as one billion barrels of oil off the Southwest coast.
The vast reserves are in the so-called South Porcupine basin, which is a huge area off the coast of Kerry.
Petrel believes new computer analysis shows several oil fields on top of one another.
This would make it relatively easy to extract any oil because a single well could suck up oil from many fields.
The snag for Petrel is that any oil is 125 miles from the coast and lies beneath 3,280 feet of water and 1.8 miles of rock.
[Source: Irish Independent]
Thieves operating in the Newbridge area seem to be “getting ready for Christmas” by breaking into local homes and making off with saleable items, ranging from T.V. sets to jewelry and perfumes, according to local Gardaí (police).
In a string of burglaries last week, unoccupied houses have been targeted, with afternoon and early evening proving the most popular time for the would-be housebreakers.
Three homes in the College Orchard area were hit on Saturday, November 10, with similar goods taken in each case.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]
Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown was in Kilkenny two weeks ago, to present over 120 students with the John Paul II Award at a special ceremony in St. Mary’s Cathedral.
The John Paul II Award recognizes the contribution of young people aged between 16 and 18 years to the activities of the Church in parish and schools, as well as to their community. It is recognition for having completed many hours of service to their church and community during the past 12 months.
The awarding ceremony took place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, facilitated by Bishop Seamus Freeman, following a mass in the cathedral.
[Source: Kilkenny People]
Up to $50 million could be generated from the 2013 National Ploughing Championships because of the location of Laois and its ability to host such a big event it emerged at the launch of the championships two weekends ago.
Speaking in Killenard, Peter Carey, Laois County Council’s county manager, thanked the National Ploughing Association for choosing Laois for an event that he said would have “huge significance.”
“When you think of the massive investment and spin-off – approximately 180,000 people coming to visit our county, an investment of somewhere in the region of [$50 million] – it is hugely significant and we are absolutely honored and thrilled to get this event for Laois,” said Mr. Carey.
[Source: Leinster Express]
Carrick-on-Shannon Gardaí (police) are issuing an “alert” to all homeowners in Leitrim following a number of thefts and crimes over the past two weeks.
Two weeks ago, 11 unoccupied homes in Dromod were broken into and destroyed as thieves took copper cylinders and piping. The large-scale incident took place from Thursday, November 8, to Monday morning, November 12.
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