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(Source: Connacht Sentinel)


A 20-year-old Firies man involved in the "scandalous, wanton destruction" of a Killorglin graveyard last May, has agreed to pay compensation totaling ****3,500 to relatives of the deceased whose graves were damaged.

Aaron O'Loughlin appeared before Killorglin District Court to face a charge of criminal damage at Dromavalla Cemetery on May 5. The court heard how three people were involved in the incident as O'Loughlin had been accompanied by two minors, both born in 1995, and he made a full admission following his arrest.

(Source: The Kerryman)


A three year rebranding program aimed to change the negative perceptions of Athy to positive, was presented to members of Athy Town Council at their February meeting.

The councilors heard that the Brand Athy project, which began in October 2009 and runs until September 2012, is 75% funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), while Kildare County Council funds the remainder. Athy is one of four towns in Ireland and Wales availing of the project along with Rhyl, Holyhead and Dún Laoghaire.

The presentation on the project was delivered by Brand Athy coordinator Patricia Berry, who explained why Athy was chosen for the project.

“The four towns chosen all had one thing in common and that was an issue of perception. There are five different groups whose perception of a town is important and these are local residents, local businesses, the tourism and hospitality sector and external opinion formers. The project aims to develop and test a method of place rebranding.”
(Source: Kildare Nationalist)


A 50-member marching band from the University of Notre Dame, complete with cheerleaders, is set to participate in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Kilkenny city.

The group representing the Indiana university known as “The Fighting Irish” will give a public performance on the Parade Plaza on March 16.

With 50 band members, plus cheerleaders, managers and team, the blue-and-gold clad performers are sure to put on a show the city won’t soon forget.

A presentation will be made to them by Mayor David Fitzgerald and St. Patrick’s Day festival committee chairman Malcolm Noonan, and the group will then travel to Dublin to perform on “The Late Late Show” that night.

(Source: Kilkenny People)


The home of an elderly man was broken into for the second time in recent weeks.

The home in Maganey was broken into several weeks ago and a quantity of old coins were among the items taken.

The 83-year-old homeowner was understood to be away from home when raiders broke in again some time between last Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The front door was smashed in half as the burglars gained entry. It’s not clear whether anything was taken.

(Source: Laois Nationalist)


There were two big wins for Leitrim at the Weddings Online Awards held on February 20.

The Landmark Hotel walked away with Connaught Wedding Venue of the Year and Niall Megahey’s Complete Weddings from Ballinamore took home the Wedding Videographer of the year.

The third annual awards were held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dublin and the glitterati of the Irish wedding industry attended. Over 17,000 brides and grooms nationwide voted for their Top 100 Wedding Suppliers and Top 50 Venues, who were then judged by an expert panel based on quality of work and a real wedding experience.

(Source: Leitrim Observer)


Local rockers the Cranberries are set for a massive outdoor home-town show in Thomond Park in July.
The band is being lined up to play in the stadium along with another high profile international act, the “Limerick Leader” has learned.

Stadium boss John Cantwell confirmed that Thomond Park management have met with the Cranberries and “are working hard to make sure that they play here this year.”

(Source: Limerick Leader)


The south Longford village of Abbeyshrule is to represent Ireland in a major environmental competition for towns and villages across Europe.

Details of the multi-Tidy Towns award-winning village’s inclusion in the 2012 Entente Florale Competition was disclosed at a meeting of Longford County Council.

Director of Services Frank Sheridan said the Department of Environment had chosen the Longford village from a long list of potential entrants.

Fronted by not for profit organization the European Association for Flowers and Landscape, the competition currently has 12 member countries on its books.

(Source: Longford Leader)


Drogheda is to get a new mental health hospital, with work to start on it before the end of this year.
It will be a 33-bed facility, and contracts are expected to be finalized on the project shortly.