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The next time you walk by the Source Arts Centre in Thurles, have a quick look at the ground. You'll find a stone plaque which informs you that a time capsule lies beneath it and instructions to future Thurles citizens not to unearth it until 2060.

The time capsule was buried as a part of the "Tomorrow" workshop and installation. Young people between 11 and 17 years old participated in the week long workshop, where they attempted to predict the future of Thurles over the next 50 years. The workshop concluded on Saturday evening with the unveiling of their installation, which illustrates their expectations for Thurles 2060, and with the burial of a time capsule.

The time capsule holds number of items. The workshop participants and employees of the Source wrote messages and letters to the people of 2060, as well as submitting newspapers, toys, pictures and a book illustrating the 800 things that everyone should know. Attendees at the launch of the installation were invited to submit their own messages for the future, along with these items.
(Source:Tipperary Star)


Dublin may have a new-look team this season but the Metropolitans meet an old foe in the shape of Tyrone.

Although there are a lot of fresh faces in Pat Gilroy's side, the likes of Alan Brogan, David Henry and Barry Cahill will have unhappy memories of defeats at the hands of the Ulster side at the same stage in 2005 and 2008.

Thankfully, from Gilroy's point of view, recent additions will not carry the same baggage.

The Dubs have had a strange summer. They relinquished the Leinster Championship crown for the first time since 2004, but the Qualifier system has given them the chance to regroup. Tipperary, Armagh and then Louth have been dismissed, with every performance showing slight improvements from the one before.

The problem for the Dubs now is that they need a vast improvement against a Tyrone team that has put together back-to-back Ulster titles for the first time under manager Mickey Harte.


A trio from Waterford is joining 17 other young explorers from all over Ireland and setting sail this week for an unforgettable experience as part of the Tall Ships Races 2010.

Along with young people from over thirty countries, the group will take part in Sail Training International's Sail Training programme, which will take them on their race journey on August 1st from Kristiansand in Norway to Hartlepool in the UK.

Becoming a crew member on one of the ships is not only a fantastic adventure, but is also seen as hugely positive in the personal development of those taking part. Being part of the crew will take plenty of discipline and hard work, but lifelong friendships will be forged and there is plenty of fun to be had on board.

Waterford City Council has sponsored half of the voyage costs for each trainee for 2010. Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. Mary Roche who is a staunch supporter of the sail training programme for young people said, "We recognise the sail training programme and the development of young people as among the most important aspects of The Tall Ships Races. Supporting Irish sail trainees in 2010 marks our commitment to sail training and indeed, the return of the Tall Ships Races to Waterford in 2011."
(Source:Waterford Today)


A 61-year-old woman has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering her husband at their Westmeath home 23 years ago.

Vera McGrath had pleaded not guilty to murdering 43-year-old Bernard McGrath in Lower Coole between March 10th and April 18th, 1987. She admitted hitting him once during the killing and being involved in the burial, digging up, burning, chopping and reburial of his body.

On Friday, the Central Criminal Court jury found her former son-in-law Colin Pinder (47) of Liverpool guilty of Mr McGrath’s manslaughter but cleared him of murder. The jury deliberated for another five hours, on the 27th day of the trial, before reaching a majority verdict of 10 to one.
(Source:Irish Times)


The south-east region could soon see a second airport in the region if proposed plans by Wexford council go ahead.

Plans for the development of the international airport in County Wexford are to be brought before Wexford's councillors and TDs in the coming weeks.

Paschal Taggart, former Chair of Bord na gCon is heading the consortium behind the plans, which have arrived as somewhat of a shock for the region.

Mr Taggat's consortium had previously forwarded plans for a new Dublin South airport before the announcement they would consider developing in North Wexford if suitable land in South Wicklow was not located.


Gardaí are continuing to examine a wooded area in Co Wicklow where a human skull was discovered.
The skull, believed to be that of a man, was found at Ballyfolan, near Manor Kilbride outside Blessington.