News from around the 32 Irish counties


The lights are finally set to be extinguished on the glowing chandeliers at the Waterford Crystal visitor centre with confirmation that the last 20 remaining employees are to be let go on February 5. The Visitor Centre closure comes hot on the heels of news that the Receiver appointed 12 months ago has put the 38-acre Kilbarry site on the property market with a value of between €10m and €20m. While the double blow dashes all hope of rekindling the embers of the flagship industry on the outskirts of the city, crystal manufacture in Waterford is far from over. As David Carson of Deloitte Ireland placed the site on the books of estate agents Savills in Cork, another four former Crystal workers were formalizing their own plans to produce colored glass at Henrietta Street, in the city.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)

Athlone is to remain the headquarters of Wolseley Ireland and there is no change at the company in the light of the recent sale of the operation to a group of private investors for €26.5 million. The Irish arm of the massive worldwide plumbing and heating company, which encompasses Brooks, Heat Merchants, Tubs and Tiles and Encon in the Republic of Ireland and the Brooks business in Northern Ireland changed hands officially on Friday last under a share purchase agreement to a group of private investors. However, a company spokesperson has confirmed that business would continue as normal that Athlone remained the headquarters of the company.

(Source: The Westmeath Independent)

Wexford has one just representative in ' The search for Ireland's sexiest female', currently being conducted by the Sunday Independent. RTE newsreader Anne Doyle, a native of Ferns, is one of 20 women nominated for the accolade, with readers invited to text in their favorite female from the list. She is described as 'the ice cool queen of TV', with ' a razor sharp mind with a wicked sense of humor and a bawdy side that her TV persona gives no hint of”.
(Source: The Wexford People)

The annual DEBRA Ireland Wicklow Mountains Half Marathon will take place in March 2010, with all proceeds from the event going to those living with the rare genetic skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB). The half marathon will start in Djouce woods and has been designed to test both stamina and fitness and will encompass over 1,000 meters of climbing and 21km of mountain trails. The route will take participants across beautiful valleys and along remote tracks high in the mountains with views stretching along the East Coast, out over the Irish Sea and deep into Ireland's largest upland area.
(Source: The Wicklow People)