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A County Longford businessman last week embarked on a journey with somewhat of a difference as he and five others set off on a grueling 2,780-mile trek to disaster-hit Chernobyl.
Eoin McGinnity commenced his “maiden voyage” to the Ukrainian province on Friday, May 24, in a bid to provide valuable essentials to local children still affected by a disaster more than 27 years ago.
The talkative 38-year-old and director with Longford town D.I.Y. firm Providers said for all his inexperience when it comes to long-distance charitable jaunts, the cross-European adventure is one that excites him greatly.
[Source: Longford Leader]
Dundalk hire company Dromad has won it’s second European award at an awards ceremony in Paris.
Dromad won the overall award for ‘Small Rental Company of the Year’ at the awards, which were organized by the European Rental Association and held at the Hyatt Paris Etoile Hotel, in front of an audience of 300 rental managers and representatives from equipment manufacturers to recognize the tool hire industries elite.
The international judges stated Dromad Hire “was not a ‘wait and see’ kind of company.
“In an extremely difficult market they remained positive and looked for solutions.
“They found new markets outside of construction, including a departure into renting fitness equipment, and were successful in completely transforming the company.”
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]
A Ballintubber native has become the first Mayo man to reach the top of Mount Everest.
Kieran Lally reached the summit at about 4 a.m. Irish time on Thursday, May 23, raising over $33,100 for the Irish Cancer Society. Mr. Lally, who left Ireland eight weeks ago to begin his journey to the world’s highest peak, was part of an exhibition team known as “Summit Climb.” The team encourages men and women from around the world, of all ages, to join up in groups to tackle some of the world’s highest mountains.
A close friend of Lally’s, Gerard Lohan, told The Mayo News that the Ballintubber man is in good form, despite being very tired with a little altitude sickness.
[Source: The Mayo News]
Early-morning traffic in Navan last Wednesday was disrupted for a short period between 7:15 and 8:00 following a two-car collision at the Meath Chronicle junction.
It is not abundantly clear what caused the collision between the two vehicles at this stage and no information is available at this time.
The weather conditions were good at the time.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]
The A.B.P. Food Group, which was at the center of the horse meat scandal, has announced plans to D.N.A.-test almost a million cattle a year. The firm says this will allow meat products to be traced back to the animal of origin.
Chief Executive Paul Finnerty said the company had learned “significant lessons” from the horse meat scandal and had been closely examining the potential for D.N.A. testing since then.
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