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According to Ms Murphy, a teacher at the Salesian Secondary School on the North Circular Road, she has raised this issue every year with the Rose of Tralee committee but to no avail: “I would say Tralee were sick of hearing my voice at the end of the phone.

“We were very vocal about the regional final and the unfairness of it but we had an excellent working relationship with them. Anthony O’Gara has spoken publicly about how we were the strongest committee in the world – definitely the largest committee as well. But we just couldn’t get past it. The loyalty of the 50 years didn’t really make any difference to automatic entry. We were put into the pot alongside the others. What was unfair, I suppose, was Cork and Dublin had automatic entry whereas we didn’t,” she said.

A letter was sent by the Limerick Committee to Tralee last week outlining its decision, and as of yet there has been no response. “They might be on holidays or they might be out of the country but we are yet to receive a response. We do wish our successors well,” said Ms Murphy.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


Gardai in Longford are currently seeking the public’s assistance following a serious sexual assault in Longford town during the early hours of last Monday morning.

The incident, which has been described by Longford Gardai as “very serious”, took place at the railway bridge near Farneyhoogan, Longford between 12am and 12.30am.

The woman, who is local and in her mid-thirties, was walking alone when she was attacked near the railway bridge, close to the old swimming pool.

During the violent attack, the woman was sexually assaulted and she is said to be heavily traumatised following her ordeal.
(Source: Longford Leader)


A lucky Dundalk girl was plucked from the audience and invited on stage for a dance number with global superstar Rihanna at her sell-out show in the O2 in Dublin on Monday, October 3.

Anita Salako from the Avenue Road, Dundalk was “thrilled” to have been picked to go on stage with the singer who is famous for her mega-hit singles such as Umbrella, Take a Bow, Only Girl (In the World), What’s My Name? and Disturbia.

The sister of local dance instructor and founder of Crystal Ice Dance Academy, Emmanuella Salako, sat on the stage in front of a packed O2 while Rihanna dressed in black hotpants and fishnet stockings performed one of her crowd-pleasers.

“I invited Rihanna’s dancers to do a workshop for Crystal Ice at The Studios Dundalk while they were in Ireland. They gave the class the day before Rihanna’s concert and that night, we all went out for a party with the dancers,” said Emmanuella.

“The dancers gave us free VIP tickets and backstage passes all access. My sister Anita was called up on stage by Rihanna. It was a fabulous weekend. I will be bringing some of the dancers to Dundalk in November when they come back again.”

Rihanna played the O2 in Dublin as part of her LOUD Tour and with Rihanna mania showing no signs of slowing down, she is set to play another sell-out gig at the venue on Friday, November 25.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


A massive brawl erupted in the grounds of St Colman’s Church, Claremorris last Monday during the funeral ceremony for Patrick Collins of Luí na Gréine in the town.

Six people were arrested during the disturbances and Garda reinforcements were called in from as far away as Galway. One man who was struck across the head with a slash-hook was rushed to Mayo General Hospital with serious injuries. He is understood to be from County Donegal.

Fr Peter Gannon was just commencing his homily when he became aware of the growing din and commotion outside the church. He stopped the ceremony and many in the congregation, aware of the ructions developing in the church foreground, rushed to the doors.

At this stage, Fr Peter informed the congregation that, out of respect for Patrick (known to many in the travelling community as Padraig), the doors should be closed and no dispute should be furthered within the walls of the church.

Many in the congregation adhered to the request and the rest of the celebration of Requiem Mass proceeded in normal fashion.

Such was the intensity of the feud outside that large rocks and stones, together with slash-hooks, knives and hammers, were all part of the row that spilled out onto the public footpath. Some of the large rocks were still visible last week behind the cordoned-off area.
(Source: The Mayo News)


Meath's jobless figures have fallen, leading to a cautious welcome for what has been described as "a small but significant step".

The numbers on the live register in Meath in September fell to 11,721 from the August figure of 12,290. The figure for last month also saw a fall from the same period last year when the number unemployed in the county was 11,841.