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Bouquets of flowers, car parts, and a blackened road verge mark the spot on the Tullamore to Geashill road where August 10 four young Portarlington men lost their lives in a horrific head-on collision.

Poignant messages written on those bouquets show the grief and pain of their families and friends.

Among them is one from the Doyle brothers’ mother Mary, who had to say goodbye to her three “beautiful babies” in a triple funeral.
[Source: Offaly Express]


A man whose extradition to the Czech Republic is being sought over his failure to complete a prison sentence there for crimes including extortion and assault has been remanded in custody following his arrest in Co. Roscommon.

In 2010, Arnost Herman (47) was sentenced to six years in jail by a Czech court. The Czech authorities said he had only served part of that sentence.

Last Tuesday at the High Court in Dublin, Det. Sgt. Jim Kirwan told the court he arrested Mr. Herman at an address at Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon, the previous day.
[Source: Irish Times]


About a dozen people have become ill with suspected food poisoning in recent weeks after gathering mussels and other shellfish from the shoreline in parts of the west and southwest coast.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) warned locals and holidaymakers visiting these areas of dangers of gathering and consuming wild shellfish growing on the seashore.

It said there had been over 10 reports of illness in Galway, Mayo and Sligo in the past number of weeks. It suspects the reports are linked to harmful algal blooms occurring naturally along these parts of the coast.
[Source: Irish Times]


Flooded and cracked roads, overflowing rivers and burst pipes had wreaked havoc across Tipperary last week, with householders left stranded or having to take long detours to work to avoid potholes opened up by the unseasonal poor weather.

Heavy rain and thunder and lightning over last weekend caused flash flooding in rural areas, and waterlogged many county roads and boithríns. The M8 Motorway near Cashel was closed for a time to one lane of traffic early August 13 due to flooding.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


The "entrepreneurial spirit" of its people and their "get on with it" attitude has helped gift Dungannon with the impressive accolade of being the top place in the U.K. to do business.

These were the words of Dungannon Enterprise Centre Chief Executive Brian McCauley after hearing that the town had outdone all other regions in the U.K. in terms of success in doing business.

According to analysis of Companies House business data stretching over more than two decades, Dungannon has come out on top for having seen more businesses created rather than closed down in the last 24 years.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Residents and members of the business community were up in arms as the deadline loomed for submissions on proposals for a Waste Transfer Facility on the old Kilmeaden Road.

Oxigen Environmental, which has already been turned down for a similar facility on the city’s North Wharf, submitted an application, in mid-July, for a change of use at the Waterford/Ross mart premises.

They are also seeking a waste management license from the City Council.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Thousands thronged the streets of Mullingar and Cusack Park last Monday evening to welcome home Westmeath two Olympians, John Joe Nevin and Joseph Murphy.

Star quality oozed from the open-top Dublin sightseeing bus, which didn't look out of place in a more modest urban setting like Mullingar. The arrival was reminiscent of that of Jack and the lads in Dublin after Italia '90, only with Mullingar Town Band leading the way.

Down they came off the bus, and in the ensuing media scrum, John Joe's silver medal (which, he told the crowd, he has kept under his pillow since Saturday night) underlined the glamour of the occasion. Niall Horan's arrival helped, of course.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


As far as titles go they don’t come any bigger than “world champions” and that’s exactly what the New Ross & District Pipe Band can now proudly claim to be.

The band emerged victorious at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow Green; in addition to securing the Intermediate world title, they also secured the overall title in the core drumming section.

The band’s best result in the world championships prior was sixth overall and that was recorded 16 years ago.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


The father of a 10-year-old boy who was trapped under a sand dune has successfully tracked down his son's rescuers to thank them for saving his life.

Calum Fenton from Killiney in Dublin became trapped under an eight-foot dune at Brittas Bay in Co. Wicklow on August 10 after it collapsed on top of him.