News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of September 8 2013
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
Around 150 people took part in the protest, but the vast majority is understood not to have been locals but to have come from elsewhere in the country.
[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. 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]
It has been a busy first four months for Portarlington First Responders, who are on 24-hour call for 999 emergencies.
Already the trained volunteers have responded to 28 calls, saved a life, and given essential treatment and comfort to patients and families in the area.
“We didn’t know what to expect, it has been quite challenging and interesting,” said Tomás McGuinness.
Now the team of 20-plus volunteers has a vital new piece of equipment, with the installation of a public defibrillator on the wall of the Square Garage in Market Square.
[Source: Leinster Express]
Two Romanian nationals have been given custodial sentences after Gardaí (police) raided a brothel in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday night, August 31.
As part of an ongoing operation, Gardaí set up surveillance of an apartment in the town center area, monitoring those individuals entering and leaving the property.
After obtaining a search warrant, Gardaí entered Apartment 10, Courthouse View, Carrick-on-Shannon shortly after 8 p.m.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]
Limerick’s youngest multi-millionaire brothers came back home from Silicon Valley last week to launch their online payment services business, Stripe, in Ireland.
Valued at $500 million by technology analysts in the U.S., Stripe is backed by Peter Thiel, the first investor in Facebook and a founder of PayPal.
However, the former Castletroy College students, who shot to prominence in their teenage years, said last week that they have no plans to sell the company, which currently employs over 60 people, and want to focus on expanding their international operations.
[Source: Limerick Leader]
Longford is among the counties with the lowest suicide rate, according to reports released by junior health minister, Kathleen Lynch, ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, which takes place on September 10.
Three reports around the subjects of suicide and self-harm were published last Thursday, including the National Office of Suicide Prevention Annual Report for 2012 and the N.R.S.F. National Deliberate Self Harm Report for 2012.
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