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The positions will come on stream over the next six months and will be open to care assistants and support workers nationwide.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


The Rubberbandits are taking Edinburgh by storm, with the plastic-bag wearing rappers attracting rave reviews for their performances at the Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival.

The Limerick comedy duo, who are in the midst of performing 12 dates at the Gilded Balloon Teviot in Edinburgh as part of the Fringe, have added an extra date at the festival, such is the success of the show, which has attracted strong reviews from leading media outlets.

The BBC have selected the ‘Bandits as one of their “Best of the Fringe” picks, while the Guardian newspaper recently lauded the show, declaring the duo to be “an Irish phenomenon” whose “associations are brilliantly daft and menacing,” awarding the show four stars.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


It’s a long way from Kansas to Longford, but that didn’t stop the local weather system creating a clearly visible, albeit short-lived, tornado.

Bunlahy residents, Robert Browne (30) and his partner Barbara Comiskey, witnessed the incident first-hand as the skies above them formed into a dark cloud.

“I went out in the front garden and I asked Barbara if she wanted to go for a walk. Then I saw the clouds above us darken and a cone shape formed out of them,” said Robert, who retrieved his camera from the house and took some photographs of the funnel cloud.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Giant slugs are invading Dundalk footpaths and causing havoc.

The slugs are causing walkers, joggers and runners grief as they attempt to avoid killing the slimy creatures while out exercising.

Paul Cumiskey, a runner, told the Dundalk Democrat that the slugs are “giant creatures” and there is a “sea” of them.

“I was running on the footpath near the Retail Park and the entrance to Bay Estate during the week and next of all I see all these slugs, they seemed to be coming from the bushes, there was so many of them. These weren’t like normal slugs that I have ever seen before, a lot of them were quite big. I obviously didn’t want to step on them and kill them so I was tip-toeing around them.

Because there was so many of them, it was a sea of slugs, I decided to cross over to the other side of the road. The first thing I noticed was that there was slugs here as well and so many of them. I couldn’t believe my eyes.”
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Hollywood golden girl Julia Roberts was continuing her holiday in Mayo last Tuesday, taking her three young children to enjoy the amenities of Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park.

In the company of an unidentified male who appeared to be a minder/driver, the family were spotted by several stunned onlookers enjoying the sunny conditions in the seaside town of Westport.

As exclusively revealed by The Mayo News, the Academy Award-winning actress had been holidaying in the west Mayo area for several days. She kept a low profile during that time. Wearing a baseball cap, dark sunglasses, jeans and a red top, she looked like any other mother out enjoying the day with her young children.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Slane could be the venue for two rock concerts next year, Lord Henry Mountcharles has confirmed.
He indicated that he was looking at the possibility of two concerts in 2013, as two major acts have come up. "The likelihood is that one will be in June and one in August," he said last week.

He pointed out that there was a precedent for two shows in one year, going back to 2001 when U2 played two concerts, one week apart. "Next year would be a completely different scenario as there would be two separate acts," he added.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


A toddler involved in a horrific collision as his family returned from holiday is recovering in hospital in Glasgow.

The one-year-old boy — who was transferred to Yorkhill Children’s Hospital earl with two of his siblings — sustained fractures to his thigh bone in the three-vehicle smash, which happened at 3am last Friday.

The boy’s parents, Brigid (29) and Simon McDonagh (29), from Ashdene Heights in Dungannon, were also treated for injuries after the crash, which happened in Drumfries and Galloway, where they had been holidaying.

Police have said the couple’s camper van — driven by Mrs McDonagh — was involved in a collision with a van, which was being driven by a Polish man who lives in Northern Ireland.

The 42-year-old van driver, who sustained extensive fractures to his lower body, was stable in Drumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

A 57-year-old man from Co Monaghan driving a lorry which was also involved in the early morning smash escaped injury.
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]