News from around the 32 Irish counties


Fossa based Kerry Biomass — a division of Kerry Die Products Ltd — last week celebrated the culmination of six years of hard work when they shipped the world's first integrated wood pellet system to a client in Sweden.
(Source: The Kerryman)

Kildare Co Council and residents of Athy are poles apart when it comes to the town’s latest controversial landmark.

 The erection of a CCTV mast in Athy’s Emily Square has also been sharply criticized across the political divide.

 Cllr Mark Dalton said the fact that the local council had not been consulted was arrogance on the part of Kildare Co Council; Cllr Richard Daly called the new structure ‘corporate vandalism’ and Cllr Thomas Redmond called it ‘grotesque’.

 Cllr Daly said the structure is distasteful and clashes with the tree lined, cobbled square.

(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)
Kilkenny's controversial head shops were closed last Tuesday evening following a ban on a large number of products sold in the shops.
A number of customers remarked to each other that they were ‘stocking up’ after hearing news of the ban. Staff at the shop had ‘no comment to make’ when asked if they were aware that they were selling banned substances.
(Source: The Kilkenny People)

Minister of State John Moloney spoke publically about his experience with depression at a public meeting in Portlaoise last week.
The TD was among a number of speakers invited by the Laois Community Forum to the special public meeting in Portlaoise Parish Centre on Monday.
Sheelagh Coyle, Forum PRO, said the Mountmellick TD would speak about his experience of depression. While the TD spoke about illness earlier this year at a national level he has not spoken in public about his illness.
(Source: The Leinster Express)

The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O'Keeffe has announced 50 new jobs in Manorhamilton company, Mirror Controls International.
The company is set to transfer its European manufacturing business to its plant in the north Leitrim town.
(Source: The Leitrim Observer)

Hundreds of people attended the unveiling of a bust of the late Frank McCourt outside his former school on Hartstonge Street last week.
His widow Ellen McCourt, who was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after Frank's death, told the crowd: "I cannot thank you all enough for this wonderful tribute to Frank."
(Source: The Limerick Leader)

It's not often that County Longford can boast an All-Ireland accolade, but last week the honor is well and truly cemented following on from the success of two members of the Longford Town Macra Club at the organization's National Talent Competition which was held in the National Concert Hall, Dublin the previous weekend.
Michael Keogh and James Lennon were bestowed with the All-Ireland title after their winning sketch 'Trip to the Options' was awarded first place, following stiff competition from a number of other Macra Clubs throughout the country.
 (Source: The Longford Leader)

Drogheda's new €11.5m Accident and Emergency department is to remain closed up for the foreseeable future. The HSE has confirmed that it doesn't know when the facility will be opened. In a statement last week, a spokesperson stated that 'no new date' had been set for the unit, which was formally handed over at the end of 2009.
(Source: The Drogheda Independent)

Mayo’s biggest outdoor music festival hit a bum note last week as local Westport residents formally complained about the late-night disruption it causes on the streets of the tourist haven and heritage town.
The annual Westport Music Festival is scheduled to take place at the height of the tourist season, from August 5 to 8 next, and the launch of the festival was expected to take place this week.
However, in a damning objection, longtime resident of the Mall, James Reidy reveals that the four-day on-street Westport Music Festival, in his view, is blighted by a litany of such anti-social behavioral activities as vomiting, urinating and street brawls.
(Source: Mayo News)

The cost of renting an alternative building for the Department of Agriculture and the Probation and Welfare Service staff who were moved out of their former offices in a building at Kells Road, Navan, because of a health hazard, is €573,000 a year, the Dail has been told.
There is also an additional cost of €50,000 for maintaining the old building, which is no longer in use.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)

American Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney will attend the Midlands Gateway Chamber Ambassadors Ball on Friday, May 21.
Ambassador Rooney was sworn in as US Ambassador to Ireland on July 1 2009. Well known in Ireland as one of the founders of the American Ireland Funds, Ambassador Rooney has also funded the annual Rooney Prize for Irish Literature to highlight the work of the Irish writers under the age of 40.
(Source The Offaly Express)