News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
The three white-tailed eagles were poisoned in a four-week period in the Beaufort area, near Killarney.
NEWBRIDGE native and former professional athlete Karen Shinkins had a narrow escape in the past week when a small plane being piloted by her husband crashed into the side of a mountain.
Karen, who lives with husband Paul Doyle in Atlanta, later admitted that she was “hysterical” as the plane went into a nosedive and Paul was forced to make an emergency landing in Virginia.
In the event, the Cessna 172 plane came to rest at the foot of the steep hillside, having just missed striking a fence.
Karen, daughter of TJ and Christine Shinkins from Blackberry Lane, Newbridge, represented Ireland at the Sydney Olympics and subsequently turned professional but has since retired from professional athletics.
Boston-born Paul is a top-ranking athletics agent who represents many prominent world-class athletes including Ireland’s Derval O’Rourke. He was on his way to a business meeting, accompanied by Karen, when the plane ran into difficulties, encountering an unexpected rainstorm.
History will be made when an avid hurling fan celebrates his wedding at Croke Park on the weekend after Kilkenny's historic five in a row performance.
Dublin-based barrister Michael Murray who is originally from Ballyragget and is well known in legal circles on the South Eastern Circuit will enjoy a lavish wedding reception at the Hogan Mezzaine Suite at the stadium on September 10. The venue also has a special sporting significance for his bride to be Helen Carpenter who comes for Dublin and is hopeful that her native county will be competing in the All-Ireland football final the weekend after the wedding.
LAOIS county councilors earned a staggering 209,065 euro in expenses to attend conferences across the country in just two years, figures released to the Leister Express have shown.
Former Labour councilor Laurence Kavanagh, who was co-opted onto the council following the death of his father, the late Larry Kavanagh - and who did not seek re-election in last summer's local elections - clocked up 7,532.76 euro in 2008 for expenses while attending conferences and 4,446.21 euro the following year, in which he only served for approximately half a term.
The next closest in costs was Cllr John Moran (FG) whose conference expenses came to 7,340.18 euro in 2008 and 4,807.97 euro in 2009.
A historic illuminated address presented by the people of Ballinamore to their parish priest Reverend Patrick Finegan, as he was about to become Bishop of Kilmore in 1910 will be put on public display in Ballinamore Library.
Patrick Finegan was born in 1858 in the parish of Urney and Annagelliff in County Cavan. His parents were James Finegan and Mary O'Reilly of Corlurgan. He did his entire ecclesiastical studies in St. Patrick's, where he was ordained in December 188
He ministered in the parishes of Annagh, Cavan, Knockninny and Templeport.
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