News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of August 24 2013
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
Tributes have been pouring in following the death of one of County Kildare’s best-known and longest-established political figures, former Fianna Fáil T.D. and Minister Paddy Power.
Mr. Power, who died at his home in Caragh on Wednesday, August 14, was first elected to Dáil Éireann (Irish Assembly) in 1969, having previously taught at Caragh National School. A native of the Curragh area, he was deeply attached to his home county and took enormous pride in working on behalf of the people of Kildare over very many years.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]
An African ostrich has been born in Kilkenny for the first time ever.
The hen-sized chick was hatched at Nore Valley Park Open Farm in Bennettsbridge, following weeks of hard work by staff-members. The two resident African ostriches at the park, Oggy and Olivia, have become proud parents for the first time.
Ostriches are notoriously difficult to breed successfully, particularly in a country such as Ireland where the climate is a far cry from their native sub-Saharan Africa. The ostriches have laid fertile eggs before in their eight years here, but unfortunately none of the eggs hatched despite the mother’s best effort.
[Source: Kilkenny People]
Hurling players from Camross and the Harps had a nasty surprise on Thursday, August 15, when they discovered that they had been robbed while playing an intermediate championship hurling match.
The discovery was only made after the match, held at St. Canice’s G.A.A. grounds in Borris in Ossory had finished.
Players returning to change after the match found that someone had broken into the locked dressing rooms and stolen anything there that was of value. Some amounts of money were stolen as well as phones and iPhones. Car keys were also missing as trousers and clothes were taken from the dressing rooms.
[Source: Leinster Express]
The first Rossinver Heritage and Cultural Festival took place recently over a sunny as well as a warm weekend at Strad Connolly Rossinver and it proved to be a great success with a large community turnout for all events.
The weekend was blessed with beautiful warm weather, which brought out the communities of Rossinver, Garrison, Cashel, Kiltyclogher and beyond, who gave great support and participated in all the activities with great fervor and community spirit.
There was a large attendance at the Heritage and Cultural Day events with visitors able to experience the way we lived in times gone by thanks to the very good demonstrations of traditional crafts, heritage dress, traditional cooking, vintage bicycles and loads more.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]
Thousands of records of Limerick’s deceased are now available online, thanks to a major partnership between Mary Immaculate College and Limerick City Council.
At a ceremony in No. 1 Pery Square hotel last week, Mayor Kathleen Leddin launched an online, searchable database documenting the more than 70,000 people buried in Mount St. Lawrence between 1850 and 2008.
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