News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
A Dublin man who was caught cultivating cannabis with a street value of €13,000 in a house on the outskirts of Cavan Town was handed a two-year sentenced when he pleaded guilty to the offence at Cavan Criminal Circuit Court. Kenneth Donnelly, 8E Pearse House, Dublin 2, was charged with cultivating the cannabis without a licence at Pollamore Far on March 28, 2009.
(Source: The Angle Celt)
Clare County Council has awarded a €1 million contract to L&M Keating Ltd, Kilmihil, to carry out a refurbishment and extension to the Sweeney Memorial Library in Kilkee. The proposed scheme comprises additional library space, theatre and exhibition space, and multifunction spaces. Construction work on the proposed development is expected to get underway in the coming weeks and be completed by the end of 2011.
(Source: Live PR.com)
UCC and CIT will receive €6.2m from the Government for small scale building works and the upgrading of high tech equipment, according to Fianna Fáil TD and Foreign Affairs Minister, Micheál Martin. “The money will allow for improvement, refurbishment and health and safety works on buildings in both campuses, to ensure our students can continue to study in comfort and safety,” he said.
Source: (Cork Independent)
Extra jobs are 'on the line' with news that a Waterford-based business, Rigney Dolphin - which provides customer service centres for other companies - will soon be setting up a base near Altnagelvin Hospital in Co Londonderry. The Stomont Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced that Rigney Dolphin is to establish a new customer service centre in Londonderry, creating almost 300 jobs. She said that Invest NI has offered £1.2m of support toward the investment that will generate over £4million annually through the creation of 297 jobs over the next three years.
Donegal's newest country music sensation, 10-year-old Simon Donegan, has just returned from a triumphant performance in Nashville. Simon, who has been described as "Ireland's next Daniel O'Donnell" was invited to perform for millions of listeners across the US on the Midnight Jamboree radio show. Despite only starting to sing within the last two years, Simon, who goes by the professional name Simon Peters, has already built up a glittering career.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
County Down teenager Eoin Monaghan is to become one of the youngest contestants to reach the final of TV quiz Countdown. The 14-year-old, who attends Abbey Grammar School, made it to the final of the Channel 4 show after beating off stiff competition in earlier rounds. Eoin was the second seed on the cult TV show which is hosted by Jeff Stelling. Mr Stelling labelled Eoin a "boy wonder" after his performances on the show.
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