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“It would be much better that they would knock the bank across the road, the Anglo Irish that has given us all the trouble, if they want to widen the road.
British Ambassador to Ireland Julian King stressed the strong commercial links between the two countries, and in particular the potential of more British tourists to provide economic growth in Ireland.
However, pressed continuously about the possibility a visit by the queen to Killarney and to Muckross House which itself had hosted a visit by Queen Victoria in 1861, Mr King gave very little away.
There were a million extra potential visitors that could be attracted, he said.
Mr King was speaking to reporters in the Edwardian boardroom of the State-owned Muckross House, on his first official visit to Co Kerry during a relaxed press meeting in which he insisted on being called “Julian”.
Mr King had accepted an invitation from the chairman of the board of trustees, Marcus Treacy, also a director of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, to lunch and to visit Muckross House on a day Killarney was bathed in sunshine
Last night, before meeting tourism representatives, he accepted an invitation to become honorary ambassador for Kerry tourism.
Callous burglars have caused upset and anger after breaking into an Athy school, causing thousands of euro worth of damage and desecrating a special area.
Scoil Mhichil Naofa was targeted by burglars on 20 July between 1.40am and 2.40am. A plasma-screen television was taken and a special student area ransacked. “It was a violation really. It’s the second serious burglary in two weeks,” school Principal Mary English told the Kildare Nationalist.
“The caretaker contacted me in the small hours of the morning,” said Mrs English. “I was really upset because of the nature of it this time. That corner of the school was very significant.”
“It was devoted to the history of the Mercy Sisters in education in Athy. It held lots of little historical artefacts with which the children were fascinated. It had a plasma screen TV on which we had a continuous programme playing of the children telling the history of the school. There was a whole little focus of a nice aura around that space.”
Garda reinforcements were drafted in from other areas of the county on Saturday night to bring a forest rave under control.
Over one hundred people gathered at a remote part of woodlands at Reevanagh, Castlewarren on Saturday evening. Loud electronic music was heard blaring in the locality for a number of hours and at 9pm gardai from Kilkenny Garda Station attended the scene where they discovered a rave in full swing.
Revellers were searched under The Misuse of Drugs Act and a number of people were found to be in possession of drugs. One man was also arrested on suspicion of having drugs in his possession for sale or supply to others and a quantity of drugs were seized at the scene.
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