News from around the 32 Irish counties
Two Offaly natives have survived the horrific earthquake in Haiti that occurred last Tuesday while former All-Ireland Birr hurler Darren Hanniffy is heading up the GOAL aid mission to the island. Maeve Bracken, originally from Clara, and Sr Helen Ryder, from Banagher, were among the Irish survivors last week. Maeve is a lay missionary with Viatores Christi and has been working in Haiti for the last two years. A spokesperson for Viatores Christi last Thursday said that both Maeve and a second worker, Gena Heraty from Mayo, are alive and well.
(Source: The Offaly Independent)
Ski-holiday enthusiasts have been advised to keep their money in their pockets --all the thrills and spills of the piste are available for free in South Sligo. That was the advice of Clr. Margaret Gormley, who told last Monday's meeting of Sligo County Council all about the ice skating rinks in her native area. "People are spending fortunes going out on foreign holidays for skiing. Well, they could come out to South Sligo and have it for free, because we have the best of skating rinks there now," she said.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)
The lights are finally set to be extinguished on the glowing chandeliers at the Waterford Crystal visitor centre with confirmation that the last 20 remaining employees are to be let go on February 5. The Visitor Centre closure comes hot on the heels of news that the Receiver appointed 12 months ago has put the 38-acre Kilbarry site on the property market with a value of between €10m and €20m. While the double blow dashes all hope of rekindling the embers of the flagship industry on the outskirts of the city, crystal manufacture in Waterford is far from over. As David Carson of Deloitte Ireland placed the site on the books of estate agents Savills in Cork, another four former Crystal workers were formalizing their own plans to produce colored glass at Henrietta Street, in the city.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)
Athlone is to remain the headquarters of Wolseley Ireland and there is no change at the company in the light of the recent sale of the operation to a group of private investors for €26.5 million. The Irish arm of the massive worldwide plumbing and heating company, which encompasses Brooks, Heat Merchants, Tubs and Tiles and Encon in the Republic of Ireland and the Brooks business in Northern Ireland changed hands officially on Friday last under a share purchase agreement to a group of private investors. However, a company spokesperson has confirmed that business would continue as normal that Athlone remained the headquarters of the company.
(Source: The Westmeath Independent)
Wexford has one just representative in ' The search for Ireland's sexiest female', currently being conducted by the Sunday Independent. RTE newsreader Anne Doyle, a native of Ferns, is one of 20 women nominated for the accolade, with readers invited to text in their favorite female from the list. She is described as 'the ice cool queen of TV', with ' a razor sharp mind with a wicked sense of humor and a bawdy side that her TV persona gives no hint of”.
(Source: The Wexford People)
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