News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of September 8 2013


A number of patients were awaiting treatment when the rat came through the ceiling of the day care center on Wilmer Road in Birr, County Offaly on Thursday, September 29.

One person, who didn’t want to be named, said “a rat came through the ceiling ... it wasn’t a small one, it was quite a big rat.”
[Source: Irish Times]


Up to $365,000 worth of cannabis plants have been seized by Gardaí (police) in Roscommon.

The drugs were discovered when officers carried out a planned search of a house in Athleague.

A man in his late 20s was arrested at the scene.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Taoiseach Enda Kenny's coming to dinner in Sligo.

He has accepted an invitation to the annual dinner of Sligo Chamber in November.

The Fine Gael leader is following in the tradition of former Taoisigh, Bertie and Brian Cowen in attending.

This year's dinner will be held at the Clarion Hotel on Saturday, November 9.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Three hours free in morning time for car parks

Thurles Town Council will not be charging motorists who park in the car parks on Saturday mornings between the hours of 9 a.m. and  noon from now on, the Tipperary Star can reveal.

The long-running and, at times, contentious saga came to an end on Monday evening, September 2, when the deal was finally brokered with the help of Councilor Gerard Fogarty and Town Manager Matt Shortt.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


A campaign to see the historic clock in Fivemiletown restored is gathering pace.

The clock has been a popular landmark in the village for over 100 years but, although time has ticked away – alas – the clock has not. In fact, it has fallen into a state of disrepair over the past number of years.

It was erected in 1903 in the center of the town to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII. Its copper casing was designed and created by craftsmen in a local copper-class which operated successfully in the town in the early 20th century.

Now the Fivemiletown Chamber of Commerce, which is spearheading the campaign, is planning to lodge an application with the Heritage Lottery Fund for finance to turn back the clock and restore it to its former glory.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Waterford City has been crowned one of the cleanest cities in Ireland, according to the latest Irish Business Against Litter (I.B.A.L.) Anti-Litter League results.

Over all, the results released last Monday revealed that the city has moved from 20th place last year to third place in the ranking of 42 towns and cities across Ireland. The city was narrowly beaten to the top spot by Kilkenny in second place and Cavan in first. Tramore has also ranked at 10th position, up two places from last year.

According to Waterford City Council, huge efforts have been made over the last number of years to better present the city to locals, visitors and to potential investors.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


After a number of years soaked to the skin, Kilbeggan Races patrons enjoyed sunshine, heat, and above all a great time this summer.

Paddy Dunican, racecourse manager, says: “The attendance for the last three meetings in particular was well up on previous years and it brought back the old Kilbeggan atmosphere that people were taking for granted. Evenings of great racing, music, family entertainment, beautifully dressed ladies, and fancied favorites winning, all made it a season of joy and pleasure.”

The racing for this year concluded last Friday, which started at the earlier time of 4:35 p.m.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


More than 200 business owners in Wexford are getting ready to operate without one- and two-cent coins for a nine-week trial period.

The town has been selected to operate the so called "rounding trial" by the Central Bank.

From September 16, all prices will be either rounded up or down to the nearest five-cent in an effort to remove the number of small coins in circulation.

"It's very good for the Wexford people to have a say in what could be rolled out nationally," said Madeline Quirke, chief executive of Wexford Chamber of Commerce.
[Source: Breaking News]


An innovative health initiative will be launched in Wicklow last Tuesday evening.

Healthy Town, a collaboration between the Irish Times and Pfizer Healthcare, aims to harness local community spirit and expert knowledge to show how making simple, practical changes can lead to a healthier life.

The program, which will run for more than two months, will feature talks on health and wellbeing by experts, including chef Catherine Fulvio and Irish Times columnist, Dr. Tony Bates.
[Source: Irish Times]