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He credited Cllr Mary Roche with being an "outstanding mayor" who put all her energy into the role despite having a young family to care for at the same time.

"Cllr Roche has raised the bar, the problem is it’s so high I can’t see it. I want to acknowledge her ground breaking work in economic development and I hope she continues with that work," he said, adding that he hoped to progress the work she has started.

Mayor Hayes was proposed by Cllr Jack Walsh who said he had confidence in his colleagues ability to fulfil the role in a manner that will reflect well on the City and its people.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)


The community of Moate is reeling from the shock of the news that Moate native Clive O'Dowd has died in Thailand.

Clive, who was in his 30s, passed away last Monday in Thailand. It is understood he was holidaying in Thailand and had been living in New Zealand.

He is survived by his parents Noel and Marie, who live on Station Road, Moate. Clive is also survived by his siblings Keith and Hazel.

His brother Keith paid tribute to his brother on his Facebook page, saying: "Goodnight Clive my lovely brother. RIP. We will never forget you, God is with you now."
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


A seven-year-old boy has died after being hit by a jeep as he chased his dog across a road.
The child, who was named locally as Tom Connors, was struck on the Main Street in Clonroche, Co Wexford, last week, on the first day of his summer holidays.

His death was one of three on the roads last week.

The child was from Canon Murphy Park, Clonroche, Co Wexford, and a member of a settled Traveling family. The accident occurred on the road opposite the housing estate where the child lived with his family.

He was struck by a jeep at around 10.45am by a local man who remained at the scene until the emergency services arrived.

After being hit, the boy was rushed to Wexford General Hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. Forensic investigators closed off the road and examined the scene. Police have appealed for witnesses.
(Source: The Irish Times)


The high Court has appointed provisional liquidators to a company operating the Brook Lodge Hotel in Aughrim, Co Wicklow, after being told it was insolvent and unable to pay a €1.2 million debt to a creditor.

Mr Justice Roderick Murphy was also told three directors of the hotel operating company, Durgman Entertainment Ltd, had carried out a threat to transfer the assets of the premises to a new company allegedly set up in an attempt to avoid a court order requiring them to pay the €1.2 million debt.

Eamonn Galavan, Clonroche, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, who is owed the €1.2 million, is to bring contempt proceedings in the Commercial Court on Monday against three Durgman directors: Bernard Doyle, Waterside, Dargle Vale, Bray; Evan Doyle, Macreddin Village, Aughrim; and Eoin Doyle, Levmoss Hall, The Gallops, Leopardstown, Dublin.
(Source: The Wicklow People)