News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Sept 22 2013
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
Gavin Mitchell of Mitchell Meats, Drumlish, looked forward to the competition, which took place last Wednesday, September 18. A native of Gortletteragh, County Leitrim, Gavin has qualified for the competition, run by the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland, in the traditional sausage category with sausages he makes himself.
Speaking to the Leader last week, Gavin admitted that he was “delighted” to be in the competition, particularly as it was his first time to enter. Speaking about the sausages, which were awarded runner-up status in the Northern region in the regional heats of the competition, Gavin was proud to say that the meat is locally sourced and freshly prepared. Gavin explained that he gets his pork from Vincent Conefrey from Ballinalee. It is then slaughtered in Green Pasture Meats in Drumlish, and in Mitchell Meats the next day, where Gavin prepares it. As for beef and lamb, Gavin sources it from his own farm. He felt that this is very important, as the customers know exactly what they’re buying. It is this transparency and the quality of his fresh local products that entices customers to the store, as Gavin points out: “you’ll only sell a bad product once!”
[Source: Longford Leader]
Two weeks ago, motorists using parking spaces along the shop front of the Desmesne were hit with new clamping restrictions.
Yet, the clamping has been brought in privately, in a bid to stop the apparent practice of people leaving cars in the space all day.
There is now a two-hour limit to the free parking along the shop side of the street, and people who have parked there have been issued with warning notices, while some have been clamped..
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]
A man wanted over a plot to kill police officers in a mortar-bomb attack in Northern Ireland was arrested in the village of Cross two weeks ago. Ryan McKenna, originally from Northern Ireland, had been living in the area for the past number of years. He had been under surveillance by a covert military unit for six months.
Northern Ireland authorities have requested the extradition of Mr. McKenna from the Republic. He is said to have been arrested in relation to the April 5, 2007 discovery of a live mortar, complete with launching tube near the Cornakinnegar Road outside Lurgan, County Armagh.
Known locally as “Spider,” the 24-year-old was living in Cross village and was working with a local food-delivery business.
[Source: The Mayo News]
After a nationwide vote, Ashbourne-based Tayto, one of Ireland’s most popular Irish brands, has launched two new limited edition flavors, bringing a total of six mouth-watering choices to its offering.
A shout out was made by Mr. Tayto on Facebook, for people to volunteer to become a “Tayto Top Secret Taste Tester,” and over 6,000 people applied to take part. An elite group of 500 were chosen and sent out a Tayto Tester parcel and when the votes came in, the result was crisp and clear.
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