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Documents and computer records were seized from the Thomastown headquarters of Kilkenny company B&F Meats two weekends ago, as the local business remains firmly under the spotlight in the international horsemeat scandal.
Operations have been suspended at the company’s Carrick-on-Suir facility since Friday, February 22, when it emerged that the plant, which debones beef and horsemeat, was dispatching horsemeat to the Czech Republic using a label in the Czech language which translates as “beef.” The Department of Agriculture’s Special Investigation Unit carried out a forensic examination with assistance from Gardaí (police) – and this has now been extended to the Thomastown offices.
[Source: Kilkenny People]
Television presenter Mary Kennedy showed her support for the Dunamaise Arts Centre’s fundraiser “Red or Black” while she was in Portlaoise last Wednesday at St. Peter and Paul’s Church.
Mary, along with priests of the parish Fr. Paddy Byrne and Fr. George Augustine, met with the arts center’s director Michelle de Forge and organizing committee for the event to wish them well with the fundraiser.
“Red or Black” will be taking place on Friday, March 15, at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel. Kick-starting the festivity for St. Patrick’s Day, the event hosted by R.T.É. sports analyst and hurling legend Michael Duignan is a live game show. As everyone knows, it is also a major fundraiser for the Dunamaise Arts Centre and will give a member of the audience the chance of winning $1,300 and other great prizes on the night.
[Source: Leinster Express]
A Leitrim man convicted of threatening to kill a female Garda (police officer) by posting her a spent cartridge and a letter depicting a bloodied hand has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Conor McCaffrey (27) of Mullinasillagh, Aghacashel, Carrick-on-Shannon, had been convicted by a jury of five women and seven men following a trial at Carrick-on-Shannon Circuit Criminal Court last November.
McCaffrey had pleaded not guilty to a total of eight charges including threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Detective Garda Karen Ryan on June 27, 2011.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]
It is a fairy-tale story with more than a hint of David versus Goliath: two weekends ago, world darts champion Phil “The Power” Taylor went toe-to-toe with a nine-year-old from Limerick – and lost.
At an exhibition match in Newcastle West on Friday, February 22, young Darragh Shine from Limerick City toppled the 16-time world champion in one leg of darts, sending the watching audience and his father David, into ecstasy.
David told the Limerick Leader that while Taylor did go easy on his son, Darragh still had to pull off one of the toughest skills in the sport – hitting his doubles to win the game.
[Source: Limerick Leader]
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