Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland
(Source: The Laois Nationalist)
Manorhamilton man, Prin Duignan, has been named as the 2010 Leitrim Guardian Person of the Year. An acclaimed historian, author and publisher, Prin is a well-known supporter of local arts and has proven a vital contributor to the development of amateur drama, particularly focusing on performances in Irish. Prin has also played a central role in the education of the young people of the area, having worked as a teacher for many years.
(Source: The Leitrim Observer)
Charles Dickens was a fan, and now the 19th century Limerick author John Francis O'Donnell could acquire many new admirers of his work at the University of Limerick. The university's Glucksman Library has received a donation of a rare book by the writer and editor who died in 1874. The book, The Emerald Wreath, was published in 1864, and the copy acquired by UL is believed to be one of the few in existence in Ireland.
(Source: The Limerick Leader)
The promise of a new state of the art library in Ballymahon has been given the seal of approval by those who helped bring the project to fruition. Last week, Minister for Housing Michael Finneran TD had finally brought a near ten year wait to a successful conclusion when announcing that grant aid of around €900,000 would be made available for the venture over the coming months.
(Source: The Longford Leader)
A multi storey medical facility, incorporating over 150 bedrooms, is being planned for a site within the grounds of the Lourdes Hospital by a private consortium. And if permission is granted those behind the state-of-the-art project will finance its construction and then lease the building back to the HSE. The planned site is towards the north-west of the hospital campus and would be a five to six storey development, including the 150 plus en suite bedrooms with ancillary services and uses. Part of the facility would be on privately owned lands and also on hospital property. The move would be seen as a massive boost to secure long-term regional services in Drogheda and add considerably to the local workforce. That move would put the proposal to open a regional hospital on a site in Navan very much in doubt.
(Source: The Drogheda Independent)
A U.S. helicopter pilot who died in a crash in Afghanistan as his aircraft was taking off was son of Mr. Jackie Lyons, formerly of Quay Road, Westport. Chief Warrant Officer Niall Lyons (40), whose mother Nuala comes from Dublin, was one of 10 Americans who died when low visibility caused the helicopter to crash, the US Army said on Wednesday last. The helicopter crashed about 3.30am the previous Monday and the US Army denied claims that it had been brought down by hostile fire from Taliban militants on the ground. The helicopter crashed when it lifted off after a successful operation to disrupt arms smuggling and narcotics trafficking in the Qadis district, the Army said. The crash in Badghis province killed seven US service members and three US civilians.
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