News from around the 32 Irish counties


Elan's future in this area has been given a boost with news that the pharmaceutical company is to increase investment in its Athlone operation by approximately 20% this year. The company also expects Ampyra - a new multiple sclerosis drug which is to be manufactured in Athlone - to be one of its main income-generators during the course of 2010.
(Source: The Westmeath Independent)

A Two-Bed ground floor apartment, with own entrance, spacious living room, kitchen, and two bathrooms, in a recent development, within walking distance of town centre, sold for €65,000. This has been one of the most dramatic examples yet of crumbling property prices in Wexford. The knockdown price of €65,000 is almost half what you would have paid three years ago, confirms auctioneer Dolores Power.
(Source: The Wexford People)
A host of stars carried the Olympic torch to mark Vancouver's Hosting of the Winter Games, and among their ranks was Wicklow town's Claire Byrne. Claire's name mightn't roll of the tongue quite as quickly as some of the other torch bearers, including Michael Buble, Wayne Gretzky and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but she actually played a bigger part in organizing the games than any of those high profile celebrities. Claire is the daughter of Marie and Patrick Byrne originally from Wicklow town but now living in Canada. She was handed the honor of carrying the torch for part of its journey in recognition of her contribution to the Olympic Games as she has been working on the sponsorship of the event for the past three years.
(Source: The Wicklow People)