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Antrim

A Belfast film-maker has posted a video on the internet showing what he says could be evidence of time traveling. George Clarke from east Belfast has been puzzled for more than a year by a scene in a film which appears to show a woman talking on a mobile phone. The unusual thing is that the movie was made by Charlie Chaplin in 1928 - long before mobile phones were invented.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)

Armagh

There's good news emerging from the economic gloom last week as Invest Northern Ireland Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton welcomed plans by US company Market Resource Partners Ltd (MRP) to create 106 new jobs in Co Down. MRP specialises in developing advanced technology platforms, which are used to design, execute and measure complex marketing and sales strategies.
(Source: Belfast 4ni.co.uk)

Carlow

Nearly 600m of new sewerage line is being installed between Leighlinbridge and Bagenalstown to get rid of the smell around Eastwood Estate.Work began on the new pipe recently and, according to Councilor Arthur McDonald, even the workmen are finding the stench unbearable.

“The workers found it very hard to work there last week, the smell was that bad. So you can imagine what the residents are feeling, having lived with it for almost two years,” he added.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)

Cavan

Cunning new gangs of criminals dressed in smart business suits and driving high powered Volvos and BMWs are cruising the rural roads in Cavan, Meath, Longford and Leitrim with one aim in mind – to rob as many homes as they can between 9am and 2pm. They are mainly bent on stealing cash and jewelery and usually force rear windows with screwdrivers or iron bars. They are often armed with knives.
(Source: The Angle Celt)

Clare

Plans to make a movie around the events in Whitegate which ended in a triple fatal tragedy, have been branded as insensitive and badly timed. It was revealed last week that “Consequences” will zone in on Whitegate murderer Brendan O’Donnell and his victims, Imelda Riney, her five-year-old son, Liam, and local priest, Fr Joe Walsh. Local Councilor, Pat Hayes (FF) said that he believes the subject matter is too raw.
(Source: The Clare People)

Cork

Inmates at Cork Prison are still expected to ‘slop out’ at the facility and are not provided with adequate mental health services, the Visiting Committee Annual Report for 2009 revealed last week. The Cork Prison report, which was published by the Department of Justice and Law Reform last week, said that “slopping out and lack of cell sanitation makes living conditions very poor and is made worse by the overcrowding problem”.
Source: (Cork Independent)

Derry

An Irish Air Corps plane was forced to make an emergency landing at City of Derry airport last Thursday after a warning light was activated in the aircraft's cockpit 150 miles off the west coast.The aircraft was making a routine maritime patrol when it had to be diverted. One of its two engines was shut down before a controlled emergency landing at Eglinton.
(Source: Lononderry Sentinel)

Donegal

A Fanand man has pleaded not guilty at the trial in Letterkenny Circuit Court to the manslaughter of Garda Robbie McCallion and endangering two of his garda colleagues in 2009. Jamie McGrenaghan of Gortnacraw, Kerrykeel, pleaded not guilty to causing the manslaughter of Garda McCallion at Tara Court, Letterkenny on April 7, 2009 and the reckless endangerment of Garda Shane Lavelle and Garda Joanne Doherty at Tara Court on the night of the incident, March 26, 2009.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)

Down

A police air crew who escaped major injury when their helicopter flipped upside down on landing in Co Down are lucky to be alive, a senior officer has said. All four men were able to walk from the wreckage of the overturned Eurocopter Squirrel after it turned over close to the site of last weekend's fatal helicopter crash high up in the Mountains of Mourne.

They had been taking part in the ongoing operation following last Saturday`s tragedy near Hilltown, Co Down, in which three men were killed, including a close friend of Prince Charles.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)

Dublin

She's known for loving her fans whom she calls her 'little monsters', but last week in Dublin Lady Gaga took it a step further and surprised a group of her followers with a sweet treat.

Sending her security guard outside her hotel to count heads, the singer then sent out hot chocolate to each person.The thrilled fans were delightedly posing for pictures with their drinks, making 'monster' poses.
(Source: The Irish Daily Mail)

Fermanagh

A memorial to the victims of the Enniskillen bombing is unlikely to be reinstated ahead of the 23rd anniversary of the atrocity next month. A montage of the 11 people who lost their lives in the 1987 Poppy Day massacre was taken down inside the town's fire station following an anonymous complaint three years ago. Despite the Northern Ireland Ombudsman deeming the action to be "ill-considered", the tribute has still not been re-erected.
(Source: Belfast Newsletter)

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)

Roscommon

The family of a Four Roads man who was kicked to death in the Netherlands has said that it is “satisfied” with the sentences handed down to his killers in a Dutch court last week. Niall Coyle a 33-year-old electrician suffered severe brain damage after he was attacked outside a bar in the town of Dordrecht, near Rotterdam last January and died three days later
(Source: The Roscommon Hearld)

Sligo

Two Sligo brothers, who left a man needing life-saving surgery to remove a clot on his brain, were sentenced to a total of thirteen years on Friday last. Sligo brothers James Paul Sweeney and Edward Sweeney both from Glendallon, Ballytivnan were sentenced to seven years and six years respectively for assaulting John Francis Reddington of Claran, Headford, Co. Galway in August 2009 in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. They were charged with assault causing serious harm.
(Source: The Sligo Weekender)

Tipperary

Gardai in North Tipperary are carrying out ongoing investigations following three major incidents on Wednesday night last. At approximately 11.25 pm a shop in Newport was targeted by a gang of thieves who broke into the premises to acquire a free standing ATM machine. The thieves, who are believed to have been driving a Mitsubishi Pajero jeep, then loaded the ATM machine into the rear of the jeep.
(Source: Tipperary Star)

Tyrone

A County Tyrone company has won a contract worth £100,000 in Kurdistan. Anaconda Equipment International employs around 30 people specializing in the design and manufacture of equipment for the mining, quarrying and waste recycling industries. It concentrates on exports to markets outside the UK and Ireland.
(Source: BBC News)

Waterford

Waterford Institute of Technology Students’ Union says it wants to cancel Christmas Day celebrations at the college permanently due to the record 32 arrests made last year. The union has sponsored its own patrols in nearby estates to prevent anti-social behavior arising from the event and has introduced sanctions for persistent culprits.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)

Westmeath

The Athlone Castle refurbishment project has received a major shot in the arm in the form of a grant worth over €2.07 million from Fáilte Ireland, it emerged last week. It’s certainly great news for Athlone Town Council which was due to bear the brunt of the cost of the improvements, estimated to be in the region of €3 million. The castle has been closed for this year’s summer season amid annoyance from the public that it won’t be complete in time to mark its 800th anniversary.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)

Wexford

A local musician, who recorded a song for a Wall Street Journal documentary, about the recession in Ireland, has been overwhelmed with the reaction to his music. Gordon Barry recorded a reworked version of Steve Earl’s Dixieland for the WSJ piece, which told the story of the affect of the recession on a cross section of Irish people.
(Source: The Irish Times)

Wicklow

An army bomb disposal team has made safe a World War II era grenade found in Co Wicklow.The discovery was made during renovations to a house at Dunganstown near Brittas Bay. The grenade was removed to a safe location and a controlled explosion was carried out.
(Source: RTE News)
 

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