News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
(Source: The Evening Herald)
There will be no risk to the jobs of the 378 people employed at Quinn Glass, and full production at the Derrylin plant will be restored within the next two weeks, the Group has confirmed. The news on the brink of Christmas comes with a sigh of relief for the concerned employees who woke up on Sunday morning last to learn that a major fire, which started accidentally in a ruptured glass furnace, resulted in 400 tons of molten glass causing the blaze to spread over two floors of the building.
(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)
The West of Ireland is to feature prominently in next year’s campaign to reverse the dramatic 12% fall in overseas tourists, with tourism chiefs planning to achieve growth of 3% by focusing on the promotion of value breaks in the British and German markets. Galway and its festivals as well as Connemara are being highlighted in a television campaign to be broadcast across Great Britain next month, part of a €12.8m investment in the market which suffered a devastating 15% drop last year. Tourism Ireland is the first tourist board in Britain to launch a TV campaign focusing on good value offers.
(Source: Galway News)
The slump in the property market has seen Lee Strand wipe over €15 million off the value of its property portfolio, according to financial figures for the co-op seen by The Kerryman. Lee Strand's annual report, presented to shareholders a fortnight ago, shows the co-op had total after-tax losses of €15.044 million in 2008. The main component of this loss was the large-scale writedown of the value of the co-op's property interests, primarily in Tralee and Castleisland, by €15,333,085. These losses were compounded by the massive slump in the property market which the auditors noted the co-op was particularly exposed to.
(Source: The Kerryman)
Two customers of Eurospar on Claregate Street in Kildare Town are going to have a Happy Christmas but they may not know it yet. The store has sold two Christmas Millionaire Raffle early bonus draw winning tickets worth €10,000 each. However, neither of the lucky winners has come forward to claim their prize. Ciaran Price of Eurospar in Kildare said that he and his staff were delighted to hear the news that two customers were winners.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)
A South Kilkenny toddler has defied all the medical odds and, despite being diagnosed as blind following a bleed to his brain when he was a baby, he will be able to see the Christmas lights on the tree for the first time this year. The little boy is also expecting a bike from Santa this Christmas, and his parents Pamela and Dave are thrilled with the early progress made by Baby Sam following his trip to China.
(Source: The Kilkenny People)
Dog poop is so bad on the footpaths of Mountmellick that one local councilor has called for the introduction of nappies for dogs to catch their droppings, similar to what was introduced for Jarvey’s in Killarney. According to Cllr Denis O’Mara, who brought the matter up, at the recent town council meeting, the dog excrement problem is so bad along the town’s footpaths that they’re beginning to resemble “skating rinks.” He said: “The whole town is destroyed. You just can’t walk the town anymore. It’s a disgrace. Something will have to be done similar to what they did with Jarvey’s in Killarney. The litter warden is now doing Portarlington.
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