Ireland's Eye: What's going on in the old sod


Limerick City Council was ordered to pay Mannering 5,000 in compensation for distress.
 -Limerick Leader
Ancient head found

Forget about a once in a lifetime discovery -- one Mohill farmer made the discovery of, quite literally, thousands of lifetimes, after he uncovered a Neolithic axe head.

Bernie Reynolds was checking on cattle on land at Cloonboney, Mohill on Monday, July 12 when he noticed an unusually shaped stone half lying in the churned-up earth beneath a tree.

Bringing his find home, Reynolds checked the Internet for similar stones and quickly realized that he was, in fact, in possession of a axe head which was at the very least 2,000 years old.

Reynolds immediately contacted experts at the Irish National Museum and sent images of the axe head for evaluation.
A spokesperson for the Irish National Museum, Mary Cahill, confirmed they were following up on the find of "what looks like a very nice stone axe head."

Although she stressed that staff had, as yet, only viewed photos of the find, Cahill said that it appeared to "generally date to the Neolithic period" (approximately between 4000BC to 2500 BC).

Neolithic migrant men and women were Ireland's first farmers who raised animals and cultivated the soil.  A major production and use of Irish stone axes is especially noted during Neolithic times, and while a large number of such axe heads have been found around the country, only 18 finds from Leitrim have been recorded by the National Museum.

A geologist will now be called on to identify the type of stone used in creating the axe head and to also look at the wear on the head itself.

Cahill stressed that anyone who finds an object of archaeological interest is obliged, under Irish law, to report their discovery to the National Museum.

After initial contact museum staff arrange to view the object and will carry out an assessment.
 -Leitrim Observer

Ryanair flyer arrested after complaining about the food
A Ryanair passenger has been arrested after he complained about the quality of a 4.50 sandwich.

The man was detained by police when his flight landed after crew complained he had become disruptive.

But Henrik Ulven, 52, from Oslo, said he merely asked for a refund after he bought a sandwich and was unhappy with its quality.
He was shocked when arrested upon arrival at Rygge Airport near Oslo on Tuesday, July 20.

Ulven said he was traveling from Berlin to Oslo when he complained to a stewardess about the sandwich.

"I first ordered a hot meal which they didn't have, and then I asked for a second hot meal which they didn't have either,” he said.

"I asked the girl what they actually had and I ordered a chicken premium sandwich, which cost 4.50 and was supposed to have been freshly made.  My money was in my jacket in the overhead locker so I told her I would pay her when I was able to get up again.

"The sandwich looked nice and healthy but when I tasted it, it was soft and rubbery and nothing at all like it looked in the photo. I called the girl and said I was not paying for that."

Ulven claims the cabin crew member then said she would have to report him to the authorities.
- Belfast Telegraph
iPad on Sale

The Apple iPad went on sale in the Republic of Ireland on Friday.

Up to 70 people queued outside Compu b, near Dublin's Grafton Street.

However, queues were not as large as those in the U.K., when the product went on sale there earlier in the summer.

The iPad ranges in price from $600 for 16GB memory and WiFi capability, to $1,000 for 64GB memory and both WiFi and 3G capability.