News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
A small strip – or rather a 10-meter long one – of Antrim Town quite literally greeted U.S. President Barack Obama when he touched down at Belfast International Airport last Monday morning.
Obama's first step on to Northern Irish soil was straight on to red carpet supplied by Gourley's, a family firm with three stores in the town.
The two carpets marked the path of the President's short stroll from Air Force One to his waiting car, and then from the car to the V.I.P. section of the airport.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]
Crossmaglen and South Armagh Chamber of Commerce launched their “Buy Local” Campaign on Friday, June 14, at Cross Square Hotel.
Newly-appointed Mayor Michael Ruane attended the launch and highlighted the campaign’s aim to encourage citizens to spend their money within the local community, by informing them of the economic and cultural benefits of buying local and supporting local jobs.
Businesses in the area had the opportunity to come along to the launch and showcase the best of Crossmaglen and South Armagh’s products and services while being encouraged by the Mayor to support the local Chamber and fully endorse the campaign.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]
Three fishermen were viciously assaulted Thursday evening, June 13, by a gang of youths in Carlow Town, resulting in all three being hospitalized. Jackie Owens and his brothers, Jim and Michael Murphy, were set upon by the gang on the banks of the River Burrin in Carlow town center. “If the Gardaí (police) hadn’t come along, I don’t know if we’d be here today,” Jackie told The Nationalist.
The three veteran anglers were walking on the river bank at approximately 7 p.m. on Thursday when “two young lads came flying up on horses.” Jackie confronted the pair, telling them to get off the track because they were a danger to the public and threatened to call the Gardaí if they didn’t leave.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]
Two weeks ago, cyclist groups in Cavan gave a warm welcome to the official opening of one section of a network of cycle paths that ultimately will cost over two-thirds of a million dollars. Cavan Town received a $890,000 grant to develop a cycle and walk pathway on the outskirts of the town.
The Minister of State for public and commuter transport, Alan Kelly, officially opened the cycle path on Tuesday, June 11, one of the many official openings of cycle paths he completed across the country that day. The Active Travel scheme that funded the construction of a 1.5-mile walking path as well as a 3.7-mile cycle lane was supported by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
The aim of the scheme is to reduce traffic congestion within the town and to encourage more sustainable modes of transport. The next stage of the cycle lane development is due to start in September with an additional eight-mile of cycle lane being funded.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]
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