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The accident occurred at around 5:15 p.m. and it is understood Mr. Kelly, originally from Ballyroe and more recently living at Tonlegee Lawns in Athy, was travelling home at the time. He had just played a football match with his home-side, Grangenolvin, and had come off the field 15 minutes prior to the end of the game.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]

KILKENNY

Kilkenny land prices have increased by 25 percent in 2012.

That’s according to a survey in the Farmers Journal, which quotes Kilkenny land prices at $17,177 – making it the second most valuable acre in the country after Dublin.

The number of acres on sale in 2012 was down in 2012 compared to the previous year – bucking the national trend. The most significant sale was conducted by local auctioneer Ed Donohoe of Donohoe Properties when he administered the sale of Pigeon Park House in Danesfort, on 140 acres for $3,340,000.
[Source: Kilkenny People]

LAOIS

Fianna Fáil is on the rise among young people in Laois according to Portlaoise’s David Ryan who was recently elected to Ógra Fianna Fáil’s as National Events Director.

“Ógra Fianna Fáil [was] pretty much wiped out in Laois, it used to be very much university-based,” David explains.

“But along with Thomas Foy, we’ve set it up again and we now have around 45 people on our mailing list. Out of that, we have around 25-35 people who are regularly involved.

“We recruited about 20 people from around Laois and the rest have come from universities. We’re lucky in Laois that it is still one of the most pro-Fianna Fail counties in Ireland.”
[Source: Leinster Express]

LEITRIM

Historic Carrick-on-Shannon is the venue for a unique “living history” experience when 30 individuals voluntarily sign themselves in to The Workhouse to feel firsthand what it was like for the poor, sick and destitute during An Gorta Mór, or “The Great Hunger.”

Celebrating 400 years since its incorporation as a royal borough in 1613 by King James l, heritage-rich Carrick-on-Shannon has one of the few remaining workhouses in Ireland (now a part of St. Patrick’s Community Hospital).

The attic sleeping quarters, which have been sensitively restored to original condition with an added reading room, contains historical documents by the Carrick-on-Shannon Heritage Group that identifies and manages the town’s heritage amenities. The Famine Attic Experience is a joint initiative with the pro-active Carrick-on-Shannon & District Historical Society.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]

LIMERICK

Four traveler families living on lands just off the Dock Road have vowed to fight the council’s plans to remove them from the site.

It is understood the city council has set a date of early April for the Travelers to be off the land, which borders the Bawney’s Bridge halting site, near the Roches Feeds factory.

A city councilor – who did not wish to be identified – said because the caravans do not lie on the halting site themselves, they are illegally parked.

This, they said, is why the council is taking action over an issue that has been a source of contention for a number of years.
[Source: Limerick Leader]

LONGFORD

A delegation from the Mexican town to which Longford will be twinned with within weeks cannot be present on St. Patrick’s Day as planned, due to a change in government in Mexico, the Leader has learned.

Representatives from the town – San Miguel Deallende – will however visit the county town in May when it is expected that the twinning will be signed, sealed and delivered, and new trade and educational links established between the sides.

Speaking to the Leader, Town Clerk Dan Rooney said that the visit had been “rescheduled” and he pointed to a meeting that took place between Longford representatives and the Mexican Ambassador Carlos Eugenio Garcia de Alba on Monday, March 4, at his Excellency’s residence in Dublin.
[Source: Longford Leader]

LOUTH

The tragic death of a Dundalk mother-of-three at Giles Quay on the Cooley Pennisula has been described a “personal tragedy” by local Gardaí (police).

A forensic examination was carried out two weekends ago on the remains of the woman’s body, which was recovered from the burnt-out shell of her father-in-law’s car on Thursday evening, March 28.

A postmortem was carried out by Deputy State Pathologist Dr. Khalid Jabbar the next morning.

The paper understands that a fire that was started in the car led to an explosion that claimed the life of the 50-year-old woman from the O’Hanlon Park area of Dundalk.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]

MAYO

Westport-based snapper Michael McLaughlin left the Irish Professional Photographers Association (I.P.P.A.) National Photographic Awards last Thursday, February 28, in Dublin with three prestigious awards.

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