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At least that was what the eight families who bought their homes at the end of 2009 and early 2010 believed. However it wasn’t to be and a receiver has been appointed leaving the families living in what is virtually a building site.

Some families are living beside nearly finished houses. But these buildings have not been sealed properly so rats, mice and birds can get in and have died inside. Other families have mere foundations as their neighbors. The foundations have metal sticking up out of the ground and are dangerous, particularly to children. The families say they cannot allow their children outside to play, because it is simply too dangerous.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


THE sky over Kilkenny City was ablaze with the famous CBS colors last Wednesday, as the primary school children released 250 balloons in unison to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Edmund Rice, who founded the CBS.

Each of the boys was given a maroon or yellow balloon, with “Happy 250th Birthday Edmund Rice” written on it. They tied the balloons to the school’s railings at 11 a.m.

Then at lunchtime, the students untied their balloons. After a short prayer, the group went down to the back pitch, with a few balloons lost along the way.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Robbie Lyons carried the Olympic torch and joined well-known characters Paul McGrath and Jedward in the six-hour relay through Dublin last week.

Robbie, who turned 18 early last week is a student in Heywood Community School, and received a kidney transplant three years ago. He was nominated by the Irish Kidney Association to be one of the 41 Irish people to carry the torch in last Wednesday’s relay.
 [Source: Leinster Express]


Just days after a morale boosting victory over London, Leitrim’s preparations for the Connacht Championship Semi-Final with Mayo have been hit with the news that full-back Ciaran Egan has been dropped from the panel for “disciplinary reasons”.

The Gortletteragh clubman, who started at full-back against London and has been a fixture in the team this year after missing out most of 2011 with injury, will be a major loss to the defense when they come up against reigning Connacht Champions Mayo on Sunday, June 24.

In a statement, a representative of the Leitrim Senior Team management confirmed to the Observer that Egan had been dropped from the panel for “disciplinary reasons” and refused to make any further comment, saying the matter was closed.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A Newcastle West man who breached an order barring him from a council estate twice in two days has been sentenced to six months in prison, despite him pleading with a judge to let him emigrate.

John Ryan (32) was jailed after he admitted to breaking the order prohibiting him from entering the Sharwood estate twice last week.

Meanwhile another man, 23-year-old Dan McCarthy, has been barred from entering his home estate of Castleview for a period of three years after he was accused of being involved in “extreme acts of violence” and anti-social behavior there.
 [Source: Limerick Leader]


Longford-Westmeath TD James Bannon has offered his support to his constituency and party colleague Nicky McFadden TD, who was recently diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Deputy Bannon said, “Nicky’s strength and courage in making this news public is indicative of her dedication to her constituency and her determination to put her constituents to the fore at all times.”

The Legan TD went on to “offer Nicky and her family every support possible on my behalf and that of Fine Gael in Longford/Westmeath”.

After revealing her diagnosis, Ms McFadden has vowed to adopt a “business as usual” approach to her job. She said she is determined to maintain her heavy workload and represent her constituents as vigorously as ever.

She said that the onset of her illness has been “subtle”, thus far, only affected her speech. It has not extended to muscle weakness in her arms and legs. She completed a 10-mile walk for the Irish Countrywomen’s Association four weeks ago.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Louth Fine Gael TD and Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd claims that over $280,000 funding has been allocated to childcare facilities in County Louth

The grants have been allocated to 12 private and community childcare facilities to address remedial/maintenance/renovation work and/or equipment for early education and childcare services.

“Our society relies on a vibrant childcare sector, especially in a commuter county such as Louth. This capital program represents Government’s commitment to the ongoing development of childcare in the community,” said Minister O’Dowd.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]