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Galway

A survey conducted by the Labour Party has found that 73% of people in Galway are worried about meeting their utility bills.

Preliminary results from the survey show that people even on middle incomes are struggling to pay their living expenses, particularly electricity and heating bills. The poll has been conducted over the last four months.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)

Kildare

For James and Susy Mahon from Prusselstown, Athy October was pumpkin harvest time and each year their pumpkins get bigger and bigger. This year’s largest pumpkin was a whopping 230kg and required six men to lift it onto a pallet. The 230kg pumpkin, and another weighing 217kg,s traveled from Prusselstown to Virginia, Co Cavan last weekend for the International Pumpkin Festival.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)

Kilkenny

The Kilkenomics festival is set to launch Europe's strongest currency over the weekend of the 11th to the 14th of November.The marble can be exchanged one for one with the euro but it will have a value of 1.10 euro in selected bars, bookshops and restaurants around Kilkenny, making it the most valuable currency in the Euro zone. The notes will only be tender for the weekend and will feature the faces of famous Kilkenny people.
(Source: Kilkenny People)

Laois

An illegal diesel laundering operation that could produce more than five million liters a year reaping multi-million Euro profits for those involved has been dismantled in Portarlington.
The plant, near Clonsast, was raided last Friday by officers from the Revenue Customs Service. Customs officers believe it had been in operation for at least a year, on the site at Clonsast on the Edenderry Road, just five miles outside of Port.
(Source: Leinster Express)

Leitrim

It was a closely fought battle right up until the new King of the Culchies was announced on October 24, in Mohill as part of the 21st annual Irish Culchie Festival. It was fitting that a Leitrim man took the title during the first Culchie Festival in the county. Shane McKeown from Ballinaglera won the coveted title of King of the Culchies 2010! The winner said :"It was mighty for me to finally bring an All Ireland Title to the lovely county and I am really looking forward to all the duties that come with being King of The Culchies 2010."
(Source: Leitrim Observer)

Limerick

The new all-weather milk market has been officially opened by Environment Minister John Gormley earlier this month. More than 250 people were at the Milk Market as part of a special open day of celebration, organized by the trustees. The multi-million euro project began work in 2003, with planning permission granted early last year. It has 43 regular traders, with many more temporary stalls.
(Source: Limerick Leader)

Longford

City Bin Co employees, Parisch and Oisin Browne, are on their way to number one following the release of their first CD into the Irish Charts. The song, which is entitled 'That's What You Do', reached number 19 on its first week and aims to raise funds for CD's Helping Hands Children's Cancer Charity, of which Hector OhEochagain is a patron.
(Source: Longford Leader)

Louth

A man whose plans to climb Everest were temporarily scuppered after a volcano erupted last April has returned home after a successful trek. Denis McKeown from Rockmount, Blackrock told The Dundalk Democrat that the 25-day trek was much harder than he had thought it would be. The 63-year-old said his weight plummeted from 13st 12lbs to 12st 5lbs - almost a pound a day - during the arduous trek through the Himalayas.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)

Mayo

The loss of 200 jobs in Baxter Castlebar is being blamed on the global recession with cross party agreement by local politicians placing the blame on a lack of infrastructure investment in the west. Baxter Healthcare, the largest employer in Mayo’s county town of Castlebar announced plans last Thursday evening to make a total of 200 staff at the plant redundant during 2011.
(Source: The Mayo News)

Meath

As frightening levels of antisocial behavior continue in the Maudlin Street area of Kells, it has emerged that a local town councilor was attacked in the area in recent weeks and passing motorists have also come under attack. Residents of a number of estates in the area say they are being terrorized by youths who attack passers-by, throw stones at passing cars, threaten local residents and light fires in local estates.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)

Offaly

A spate of break-ins and the violent ransacking of a church sacristy while a ceremony was taking place have prompted clergy to warn church-goers to be 'extra vigilant'. Parishioners attending masses in Rahan were informed last weekend that on the previous Tuesday night, there were break-ins at St Patrick's Church, The Island, which forms part of the parish, as well as at Walshestown and Meedin, Co Westmeath, which are also in the Meath diocese.
(Source: Offaly Express)

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