Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland
Kerry's ravaged economy appears to be returning to marginal growth according to a range of new figures published in the last two weeks.
Key economic indicators for the county, including jobless rates, house and car sales have all shown an upward swing in recent months, potentially signaling the beginnings of a recovery for the county.
Live register figures for May showed Kerry's jobless rate declined for the third month in a row, falling to a total of 15,955 last month.
(Source: The Kerryman)
A vicious fight between rival groups of Travelers caused terror for local people attending the weekly market in Kildare town Thursday morning before last.
The row broke out mid-way through the morning market, with those involved wielding a range of weapons, including sticks and iron bars.
In total, around 10 people were embroiled in the fight, as frightened locals stood back or left the normally peaceful marketplace in horror.
Gardaí and ambulance services were on the scene quickly and one man was taken to hospital to be treated for a head wound.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)
Life in the Big Apple has turned sour on Kilkenny tenor, Ronan Tynan, but even if he has moved to a new base in Boston he hasn't given up on New York or its people.
Not so long ago the Johnstown man was the toast of the city that never sleeps.
He rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, including President Bush and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
And he had one of the most treasured gigs in the city, singing 'God Bless America' in Yankee Stadium before Major League baseball league games. New York was his oyster.
I won't cut all ties with New York," Tynan told the 'People when he gave a frank and revealing interview.
"No, I love New York. I love the people there. I spent 10 years there. A lot of New Yorkers are very troubled over the way this was put forward."
'This' centered around a casual remark made by the tenor that led to him being branded an anti-Semite in a city that is home to the world's largest Jewish population outside Israel.
(Source: The Kilkenny People)
Work is underway to bring the Portlaoise water supply "back within safe supply limits in the short term", it has emerged.
The county town has had severe pressure on its water supply and rationing was introduced a number of months back due to water leaks following severe frost at the turn of the year.
Laois County Council issued a notice in April announcing that water will be rationed in the Portlaoise, Ballyroan and Ballyfin area for the foreseeable future.
(Source: The Leinster Express)
County Leitrim's two Fianna Fail Senators, John Ellis and Paschal Mooney, along with Roscommon/South Leitrim Fianna Fail TD, Michael Finneran and party colleague, Sligo/North Leitrim TD, Eamonn Scanlon have opted to claim expenses without receipts according to a report in a national paper.
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