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Two names in particular have been on the lips of many people in the town over the the last 48 hours, but The Mayo News was unable to contact either individual last week.

A spokeswoman for the National Lottery confirmed that the prizewinner had not come forward to claim the €2 million yet.
(Source: The Mayo News)

Meath

For years, methane gas produced by grazing cows has been blamed by many, including former Beatle, Paul McCartney, for causing global warming.

The knighted singer even wanted people to stop eating meat for that very reason.

However, researchers at Teagasc Grange in Dunsany, along with scientists in the University of Bristol, could have a revolutionary new way of measuring how much of the potent greenhouse gas, methane, is produced by cows and other ruminants, thanks to a surprising discovery in their poo. Researchers from the university and the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research Centre in Dunsany have found a link between methane production and levels of a compound called archaeol in the faeces of several fore-gut fermenting animals, including cows, sheep and deer.

The compound could potentially be developed as a biomarker to estimate the methane production from domestic and wild animals, allowing scientists to more accurately assess the contribution that ruminants make to global greenhouse gas emissions.

Principal investigator, Dr Ian Bull of Bristol's School of Chemistry, said: "We initially detected archaeol in the faeces of several foregut fermenters, including camels, cows, giraffes, sheep and llamas. We then expanded the study to evaluate the quantities of this compound in the faeces of cows with different diets.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)

Monaghan

The row in Co Clare over the removal by the National Roads Authority of road signs indicating hospitality and catering locations has spread to the northeast.

Councilors in Co Monaghan claim the Border county is losing trade revenue because of the failure by the authority to provide adequate road signage to towns and villages along the M1 Dublin-Belfast motorway and the N2 Dublin-Derry route.

Monaghan County Council has called for a review of the signage by the Government.

The president of Castleblayney Chamber of Commerce, hotelier Patrick McFadden, has also urged the hospitality sector to lobby the roads authority to approve adequate signage for hotels, guesthouses, lakes and other centers of interest.
(Source: Irish Times)

Offaly

Councilors at Offaly County Council agreed to review the Fire and Emergency Service Plan ‘in the event of the council being in a financial position to do so’.

Edenderry’s Cllr John Foley called for the review in a motion he tabled during the June meeting of Offaly County Council.

Director of Services Frank Heslin gave a report on the operation of the fire services and said that 91% of calls were less than 21 minutes attendance times. He revealed that the greatest number of calls were in Tullamore and Edenderry with 108 each between January and May of this year, 47 each in Birr and Clara and 18 in Ferbane, with chimney fires accounting for the greatest number of these. “We are doing more with less,” said Mr Heslin.

Cllr Ger Plunkett said he was glad he abstained from voting to accept the plan. “I feel the people I represent in north Offaly are very vulnerable with the lack of stations,” he said. He said that Offaly should not be assisting Meath and Westmeath. “We should mind our own people in Offaly and forget about Kildare. Let them mind themselves.”
(Source: Offaly Express)

Roscommon

A Co Roscommon businessman is offering a landmark building in his home town, the former Rockingham Arms pub in Boyle, rent free to create jobs.

Gerard Kelly said that too many shops have closed down in his native town. Now in an attempt to create employment, and rather than see the premises become rundown, he is offering potential retailers free rent for one year.

Mr Kelly reckons there is nothing revolutionary about what he is doing and predicts that it will be a growing trend.  “I think it will be pretty commonplace. I have already seen free rent being advertised in other local towns.

His premises on the corner of Bridge Street and the Carrick Road has probably reflected all the changing  economic trends of recent times having operated as an estate agent’s and an internet cafe in the decade since pints stopped flowing there.

Now in what is being billed as “a sign of the times” a large advertisement, prominently placed in the shop window offering free rent, has passers-by doing a double take.

“My family has made a good living in Boyle over the years and I feel that if I could help get a business off the ground  and maybe even create a few jobs it’s better than having yet another shop closed up.”

While Boyle Chamber of Commerce has launched a successful initiative in recent months which has seen many shop fronts brightened up, the shutters are down on dozens of retail outlets.

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