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
A number of patients were awaiting treatment when the rat came through the ceiling of the day care center on Wilmer Road in Birr, County Offaly on Thursday, September 29.
One person, who didn’t want to be named, said “a rat came through the ceiling ... it wasn’t a small one, it was quite a big rat.”
[Source: Irish Times]
Up to $365,000 worth of cannabis plants have been seized by Gardaí (police) in Roscommon.
The drugs were discovered when officers carried out a planned search of a house in Athleague.
A man in his late 20s was arrested at the scene.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]
Taoiseach Enda Kenny's coming to dinner in Sligo.
He has accepted an invitation to the annual dinner of Sligo Chamber in November.
The Fine Gael leader is following in the tradition of former Taoisigh, Bertie and Brian Cowen in attending.
This year's dinner will be held at the Clarion Hotel on Saturday, November 9.
[Source: Irish Independent]
Three hours free in morning time for car parks
Thurles Town Council will not be charging motorists who park in the car parks on Saturday mornings between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon from now on, the Tipperary Star can reveal.
The long-running and, at times, contentious saga came to an end on Monday evening, September 2, when the deal was finally brokered with the help of Councilor Gerard Fogarty and Town Manager Matt Shortt.
[Source: Tipperary Star]
A campaign to see the historic clock in Fivemiletown restored is gathering pace.
The clock has been a popular landmark in the village for over 100 years but, although time has ticked away – alas – the clock has not. In fact, it has fallen into a state of disrepair over the past number of years.
It was erected in 1903 in the center of the town to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII. Its copper casing was designed and created by craftsmen in a local copper-class which operated successfully in the town in the early 20th century.
Now the Fivemiletown Chamber of Commerce, which is spearheading the campaign, is planning to lodge an application with the Heritage Lottery Fund for finance to turn back the clock and restore it to its former glory.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]
Waterford City has been crowned one of the cleanest cities in Ireland, according to the latest Irish Business Against Litter (I.B.A.L.) Anti-Litter League results.
Over all, the results released last Monday revealed that the city has moved from 20th place last year to third place in the ranking of 42 towns and cities across Ireland. The city was narrowly beaten to the top spot by Kilkenny in second place and Cavan in first. Tramore has also ranked at 10th position, up two places from last year.
According to Waterford City Council, huge efforts have been made over the last number of years to better present the city to locals, visitors and to potential investors.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]
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