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Deputy Gerald Nash has been working with Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and Councilor Paul Bell to forward the facility without delay.

“I have been assured that the HSE expects contracts for the development of the substantial 33-bed unit on the HSE owned land at Crosslanes to be signed off in the next few weeks with work to commence well before the end of 2012,” Nash stated.

(Source: Drogheda Independent)


The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group confirmed the sighting of a humpback whale off the Achill coast.

The giant whale was spotted by a group of surfers off Keel Beach on February 11. They observed a large whale, 30- to 60-feet long, surface on at least four occasions. The whale was creating a lot of disturbance and then several of the surfers saw it clearly lift its tail fluke vertically out of the water, before diving.

The IWDG, which monitors the movement of whales and dolphins around the Irish coast, said that from conversations with the surfers, they believed that it was too large for a minke whale and were confident it was a humpback.

The humpback whale is regularly spotted off the south and south west coast but is rarely spotted this far north.

(Source: Mayo News)


A Navan newsagent targeted in a robbery for the second time in as many months has now closed its doors.

On a recent Wednesday morning, two raiders entered Lynch's shop at Flower Hill, threatened the owner, Michael Lynch, and stole the contents of the till, despite Lynch's best efforts to trap them in the shop.

The latest incident comes just two months after an attempted robbery at the newsagents where the brave shop-owner confronted the would-be raider, who then fled the scene empty-handed.

(Source: Meath Chronicle)


Ireland and Leinster rugby star Gordon D'arcy will marry model Aoife Cogan in what will be the sporting wedding of the year this July at Castle Leslie, Glaslough.

Castle Leslie boasts a magnificent 1,000 acre Monaghan estate, beside the picturesque cut-stone village of Glaslough, which has converted its Hunting Lodge into a luxury hotel with an organic spa and an equestrian center.

The castle is the jewel in the crown of one of the few remaining Irish castles still home to the original family, home to the Leslies for over 300 years. It is an enchanted place steeped in history yet gently refurbished to offer modern comforts and luxury. The castle is an oasis of calm with no television or telephones.

(Source: Monaghan Life)


Two lesbian or gay couples entered into civil partnerships in Offaly in 2011 according to gay and lesbian equality network GLEN, while a total of four couples signaled their intent to live in Offaly after entering into partnerships.

The figures for last year run from April 5, when same sex civil partnerships first became available, to year end and include 1,072 people in total.

GLEN Chair Kieran Rose said same sex civil partnerships are taking place every day across Ireland. "They are wonderful demonstrations of the love and commitment that lesbian and gay people have for each other, and of the support of their families, friends, neighbors and colleagues," he said.

(Source: Offaly Independent)


There were 477 cases of cancer diagnosed in Roscommon last year, the gathering at the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day 2012 heard.

The Irish Cancer Society and Dell are now asking Roscommon for help to reach this year’s Daffodil Day target set at ***3.5million to help fund free patient care services

At the launch of the 25th Daffodil Day, the Irish Cancer Society revealed how demand for its free patient care services increased significantly during 2011.

The Irish Cancer Society’s 25th Daffodil Day will take place across the country on Friday, March 23.

(Source: Roscommon Herald)


A Sligo-based chef will lead the Irish team competing at the Culinary Olympics in Germany which take place in October, 2012.

Alan Fitzmaurice, who is the heat chef at Source Sligo in John Street, was announced as the Irish Culinary Team Captain for 2012.

As well as leading his team to the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany, he will also be taking them to La Parade de Chefs in London at the end of this month.

“The National Culinary Team has the same ethos as Source Sligo,” said Alan.  “The Team uses local source, organic where possible and Irish produce and we hope to showcase Irish Food as being world class through the competitions we take part in.”

(Source: Sligo Weekender)


The family and friends of a 25 year old Johnstown man are  in mourning following a fatal assault in Liberty Square, Thurles.

James Tynan, a well known and popular butcher, who worked in the family business, Tynan Meats, was left in a critical condition after an allegedly unprovoked assault resulted in him sustaining severe head injuries having fallen to the ground.