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[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Parts of Co. Down have been flooded by torrential rain with Down District Council declaring an emergency in the area.

Newcastle SDLP councilor Carmel O'Boyle said flood water was "several feet deep" in some areas of the town.

[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


Detectives investigating the discovery of a human skull in the Dublin Mountains are investigating if it is that of a missing Rathfarnham man.

DNA tests were being carried out last week to establish the identity the remains as a number of families of missing people were waiting on news.

The Herald revealed last Wednesday that a local farmer made the discovery in a field on his land in Tallaght.

A garda (police) spokesperson said that dental records would be carried out in order to provide a firm identification.

Investigating officers are attempting to establish whether the remains of missing Rathfarnham man Dean Reynolds.

The 28-year-old went missing on May 19, and was last seen at Ballycullen, close to his home.

[Source: Evening Herald]


Garrison-born, Lorraine Keown has climbed the ranks of the legal world to become President of the European Young Bar Association.

She is the first Irish President and was elected at the group’s recent AGM in Oslo. She had previously served as vice-president and, although the appointment was not a major shock, Lorraine was taking nothing for granted.

“It is one of those things that you don’t want to take for granted, but I was half-expecting it. Having served as vice-president last year it is a natural progression.”

One of 11 children, Lorraine is understandably delighted by the position bestowed upon her.

[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


House prices in Galway continue to tumble in both the city and county, according to two reports issued last week.

The reports by and both reveal that asking prices for property in Galway continue to fall and houses here are now worth less than half of the asking prices when the property market was at its peak.

The report noted that between March and June of this year, quarter two, house prices in Galway city fell by 3.4%, which is a far greater fall than Dublin, Waterford and Cork where prices have “stabilized”, according to the research.

[Source: Galway Bay FM]


An unfinished housing estate on the Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry was one of 90 lots due to be sold at a property auction in Dublin last Friday.

The 14 houses on three acres at Annagh Banks have a reserve of $62,000, or roughly $4,300 per house.

Elsewhere, in the village of Sneem on the Ring of Kerry, an unfinished estate of 42 houses is on sale for $619,000.

Annagh Banks was developed on the edge of Castlemaine village at the gateway to the Dingle Peninsula just before the recession hit and property prices collapsed.

[Source: RTE News]


A 99-year-old customer got a wonderful surprise recently when she was able to buy a new tumble dryer for just 99 cents.

May Morris, who is from Main Street, Castledermot, was at the Electrocity store in Carlow to buy her first ever tumble dryer when she was helped by shop assistant Joe Long.

Bill Hackett, managing director of Electrocity, told the Kildare Nationalist: “She came into the store with another lady who was her neighbor. She was buying a tumble dryer and it was her first time buying one. She was dealing with Joe, our sales person, and Joe told me that she was a very sprightly lady; a good humored lady.”

When they got talking, it emerged that May was 99 years of age, something which amazed the sales person. He was so keen to help her with her first tumble dryer purchase that he decided to ring the MD and tell him about her story and she only had to pay 99cent for it. 

[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


Gardaí (police) in Kilkenny are making strides in tackling cannabis grow houses, but the illicit industry is “relentless,” according to one senior garda.

Speaking at a County Council joint policing committee meeting last Monday, Chief Superintendent Mick McGarry also said that landlords needed to be more careful about the tenants to whom they rent properties. Further drug seizures in recent weeks have raised concerns that Kilkenny is becoming a hotbed of cannabis grow houses.

[Source: Kilkenny People]


The catering unit at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise is under threat and patients could soon be forced to subsist on nothing but frozen meals, if a proposed HSE cost-cutting exercise is passed to outsource catering from as far away as Mullingar.

While the HSE has yet to finalize its plans, it has last week been confirmed to the Leinster Express that the authority are considering reducing the catering service at the hospital and transporting food at the weekends from Mullingar.

[Source: Leinster Express]