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"Mischa Barton cutting turf might sound properly ridiculous to people but trust me, on my uncle's farm in Roscommon everybody pitched in.”
[Source: Irish Independent]

Sligo footballer Adrian Marren and Tipperary hurler Patrick Maher have been named as the GAA/GPA All-Stars Players of the month for June.

Marren was the star of the show as Sligo staged a second half recovery to stun Galway at Pearse Stadium in the Connacht SFC semi-final, scoring a sensational 2-6 to inspire his side to a 2-14 to 0-15 victory and a place in last Sunday's decider against Mayo.
[Belfast Telegraph]

The local government tendering process was subject to European and national criteria, councilors were told at the July meeting of Nenagh/Borrisokane area council. Area engineer Marcus O’Connor said that the thresholds were being lowered and even the smaller jobs were going out to tender. “We don’t have a choice.”

However, he pointed out that local companies had been successful in securing tendered work, but that was because the work was outside the county.

Mr. O’Connor said it was not always the case that the lowest tender was accepted by the council.

The issue had been raised by Fianna Fail councillor Jim Casey, who wanted to know why local companies that tendered for work did not always get the contract.
[Source: Tipperary Star]

Eighty new jobs are on the way to Dungannon and Cookstown. Thirty plus jobs are set to be created in Moygashel with the opening of a new supermarket. And 50 full and part time jobs have been created at the Time bar, restaurant and nightclub which officially opened in Cookstown at the weekend.

The proposed new supermarket in Moygashel is expected to open in the autumn.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]

With each bang of the gavel, piece after piece of the furnishings that made up the fabric of life in Mount Congreve were sold off and shipped around the globe last week.

The two-day auction, which took place last Tuesday and Wednesday, attracted thousands of interested buyers, with everything from beautifully hand-painted wallpaper, delicate china, extravagant chandeliers, carefully selected wines from the cellar and even pairs of gentlemen’s riding britches going up for sale.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]

A 19-year-old woman was recovering in hospital after she was pulled from a burning car just outside Athlone last Tuesday evening.

At about 7 p.m. last Tuesday the woman was driving her car when she crashed into a bridge on the Athlone to Ballinahown Road. The car burst into flames and the woman was pulled from the car by passing motorists and people living on the road.

She was brought to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore, where she was treated for her injuries.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]

Wexford TD Mick Wallace is facing political exile after refusing to deal with an ethics watchdog over his company's $2.6m VAT bill.

The Independent TD refused to answer questions from the Members' Interests Committee on a timeline of the scandal – from when he under-declared tax for his construction business – until he reached a settlement.

Mr. Wallace answered only two of seven questions put to him, claiming the committee was acting outside its remit.

Committee Chairman Thomas Pringle said he would refer the matter back to the Dáil (Irish Parliament) because he is unable to confirm if the Independent TD came clean about the tax dodge before being elected.
[Source: Irish Examiner]

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murdering a father-of-three in Co. Wicklow three years ago.

Michael Dickenson of no fixed abode and formerly of Darragh Park, Wicklow Town, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Steven O’Meara at Ballydonnell Wood, Red Cross, Co. Wicklow, on or about August 6, 2009.

Last Monday a Central Criminal Court jury found him guilty of murder by majority verdict after almost six hours of deliberation.
[Source: Irish Times]