News from around the 32 Irish counties
A young Dublin footballer is hoping to be awarded a contract by Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan as part of a reality TV show. Cherry Orchard player Craig Walsh (17) will be taken on by the Italian giants if he comes out on top in Sky One's Football's Next Star. The midfielder is in the final stages of the show in Italy, making the top 10 from thousands of entrants. Liverpool and England star Jamie Redknapp, who hosts the series, took Craig aside in one recent episode to talk to him about being homesick. Redknapp encouraged the up-and-coming player to make the most of his opportunity. Craig admitted it was "hard dealing with the heat and the homesickness" in Italy, but he got over it and believes the experience has made him a stronger. He described Redknapp as "an amazing person" who helped him off camera as well as on. "He was so helpful," Craig said. Redknapp even described the young Dubliner as the "complete footballer" because of his range of passing.
(Source: The Evening Herald)
An increase of 35 per cent in use was recorded at Listowel town's water reservoir as many in town left taps running to prevent pipes freezing. While the town council is not at the point of restricting the feed from the reservoir at Dromin, the authority is continuing to appeal to users to conserve water. The problem is compounded by exceptionally low water levels in the River Feale — the source of the reservoir — for this time of year, although the river is expected to rise considerably as the thaw progesses. Meanwhile, Listowel Town Council's planned works on its housing stock in the aftermath of the big freeze will be delayed because of major repairs required on four homes in the town where flooding has occurred, Town Engineer Michael McEnery told councilors on Monday night last.
(Source: The Kerryman)
Primary school students have been left without desks to sit at when school began last Thursday, after St John's Senior School in Ballybought Street, which just months ago was the target of mindless vandalism, was dealt another devastating blow last week. Kilkenny's longest cold snap in nearly 50 years caused water pipes at the primary school to freeze and burst on Sunday night/Monday morning last, flooding more than half the school and causing hundreds of thousands of euro worth of damage. Now the school, which has been closed because of the weather, will not be able to open as planned.
(Source: The Kilkenny People)
Durrow woman Julianne Walsh has made it to the final six of the Macra na Feirme/ Bank of Ireland National Leadership Awards. The awards are part of Macra na Feirme’s leadership training program and provide opportunities for young people to develop the skills and attributes necessary for a voluntary leadership position in Macra or in the wider community. Six finalists in total have been chosen to go through to this year’s national final, and three overall winners will be selected on the day, based upon interviews with a judging panel and the marking of an already-submitted project.
(Source: The Laois Nationalist)
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