News from around the 32 Irish counties
Boyle will be represented in style at this year's Academy Awards. Paul Young, from Carrick Road, Boyle, is the producer of 'The Secret of Kells', which is one of the films nominated in the Best Animated Film Category for this year's Oscars, which will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, 7th March. Paul (36) will be joined on the trip to LA by his parents Sean - the former Roscommon football team manager - and Ann. Paul has five siblings and is the youngest of the four boys in the Young family. Ann is justifiably proud of her son and is looking forward to the awards ceremony. "We are very, very proud of Paul. I used to give out to him when he was young because he was always jotting and scribbling in his copybooks.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)
Four members of the traveling community have been targeted by a pipe bomb attack in Co Tyrone. The man and three women escaped injury when the device exploded at the back of the house in Coalisland last Thursday morning. They were treated for shock after the incident at Gortgonis Terrace. A number of nearby homes were evacuated as Army bomb disposal officers ensured the area was safe.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
Half-a-million visitors, from home and abroad, generating a spend of €35m for Waterford and the region in four days, is the expectation from the return of the Tall Ships Race to the city in June of next year. The city will host up to 70 of the world’s most majestic vessels, and a crew of 2,000, in advance of the start of the 2011 race. Already the sailing eyes of the world are on Waterford through a Tall Ships Races website which was formally launched in the city last week with the promise that the event, from June 30 to July 3, 2011, will match and surpass the 2005 event.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)
Elan's future in this area has been given a boost with news that the pharmaceutical company is to increase investment in its Athlone operation by approximately 20% this year. The company also expects Ampyra - a new multiple sclerosis drug which is to be manufactured in Athlone - to be one of its main income-generators during the course of 2010.
(Source: The Westmeath Independent)
A Two-Bed ground floor apartment, with own entrance, spacious living room, kitchen, and two bathrooms, in a recent development, within walking distance of town centre, sold for €65,000. This has been one of the most dramatic examples yet of crumbling property prices in Wexford. The knockdown price of €65,000 is almost half what you would have paid three years ago, confirms auctioneer Dolores Power.
(Source: The Wexford People)
A host of stars carried the Olympic torch to mark Vancouver's Hosting of the Winter Games, and among their ranks was Wicklow town's Claire Byrne. Claire's name mightn't roll of the tongue quite as quickly as some of the other torch bearers, including Michael Buble, Wayne Gretzky and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but she actually played a bigger part in organizing the games than any of those high profile celebrities. Claire is the daughter of Marie and Patrick Byrne originally from Wicklow town but now living in Canada. She was handed the honor of carrying the torch for part of its journey in recognition of her contribution to the Olympic Games as she has been working on the sponsorship of the event for the past three years.
(Source: The Wicklow People)
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