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There were emotional scenes at Monday's July meeting of Athlone Town Council when Mr Walsh broke the news to the councillors.

While they had all been expecting his retirement in the near future they were shocked to hear that he was leaving and had presided over his last council meeting.

As the meeting drew to a close on Monday, he said: "Members I would like to inform you that I have attended my last council meeting. I have tendered my resignation to the county manager and I will not be here when you return in September."
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


A woman out walking her dog was knocked to the ground and received injuries to her arm and face after a hit and run involving a group of young cyclists.

The woman in her sixties was strolling along the River Walk opposite the Leitrim Lounge, a popular route for walkers, when she was struck by two cyclists belonging to larger group consisting of local youths. The first cyclists hit her and as she turned around a second bicycle ran into her, knocking her to the ground. Neither of the two cyclists involved in the hit and run stopped to see how she was, nor did any other members of the group they were cycling with.

The incident occurred at around 4 p.m. last Tuesday afternoon and the victim was left sprawled on the ground suffering from a great deal of pain in one of her arm. She had to be brought to St. Vincent's Hospital where she received a number of stitches to her face and was also treated for a suspected fractured or broken elbow. She was released from St. Vincent's in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.
(Source: The Wicklow People)


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