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Liam Hall suffers from a severe neurological disorder and constant seizures.

As last Tuesday was his fourth birthday, the 12-hours-per-week homecare that he received from the Jack and Jill Foundation will end.

His mother Áine said that the HSE must aid her family in their hour of need.

"It can't go on, it's not fair. It's people like Liam who are suffering and it's the [caretakers] who are suffering," she said.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


When Leaving Certificate students Rhona Togher and Eimear O’Carroll lost out on winning the 2009 Young Scientist competition, they were devastated. But coming second was actually a godsend for the pair who developed a therapy to alleviate temporary tinnitus, as it gave them the opportunity to expand their project into a business.

Most music fans will know the ringing sensation experienced after a night spent clubbing or at a concert. The loud ringing in the ears is a common occurrence caused by exposure to loud environments, for example listening to music on .mp3 players or from operating machinery.

As part of their Young Scientist project, Togher and O’Carroll, along with fellow Ursuline College Sligo student Niamh Chapman, developed a one-minute web-based therapy to clear the ears of the ringing sensation.
[Source: Irish Times]


A 23-year-old man with an address in Toomevara, Co. Tipperary, was charged with the manslaughter of Johnstown native James Tynan, at Thurles District Court last Tuesday.

Jason Morrissey, whose address according to the court record is 2 Church Street, Toomevara was remanded in custody to appear in Nenagh District Court September 7 and will be sent forward for indictment for trial at the Circuit Court.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


The village of Castlecaulfield and the motorcycling fraternity were in deep shock last week following the sad news that local racer Trevor Ferguson had been killed during a race accident at the Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man.

Local Minister the Rev. David Brown said there was deep devastation and shock as the news came through of Mr. Ferguson's death.

The 48-year-old lost his life after he crashed while competing in the Supertwin race at the Manx Grand Prix in the Isle of Man.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Bogus callers have been targeting elderly members of the community in Ferrybank and Gardaí (police) are urging members of the public to be on alert after reports of two men calling to houses on the pretense of carrying out work.

Incidents occurred September 3 and 4 in which men called to houses of the elderly and offered to clean up the fascia and soffits for various amounts of money. The men give the impression that they have done the work, and on inspection homeowners have discovered later that it has not been done. If a person calls and you are unsure who they are you should call your local Garda Station who will be able to check out the person.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Construction work on the realignment of Garrycastle Bridge is to begin by the end of the year, it was revealed last week.

Fine Gael Clr. Alan Shaw raised the issue at the September meeting of the council, asking the executive for an update regarding the tendering process for the long-awaited realignment and a date for commencement of construction. The council informed councilors that it is hoped the realignment of the bridge can begin before the end of the year.

The executive advised that the second phase of procurement is underway and the closing date for the submission of tenders is September 22. After this date, the tenders will be assessed and approval from the Department of Transport to appoint a contractor will be sought.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


Billy Walsh is to be made a Freeman of Wexford town in a major ceremony in November.

The announcement was made at a meeting of Wexford Borough Council, where councilors voted unanimously in favor of awarding Mr. Walsh the prestigious status of Freeman of Wexford; something which has only been done a handful of times in the history of the town.

A major event in Wexford town is planned for November for Ireland’s High Performance Director, following his team’s great achievements at the London 2012 Olympics, bringing back gold, silver and two bronze medals.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


Helen Kearney won the silver medal in the Grade 1a individual competition at Greenwich Park September 2 when riding her Irish sport horse gelding Mister Cool to a personal best score of 76.700 percent.

The 23-year-old from Dunlavin has been competing in para-dressage since 2004 and last year claimed bronze at the European Championships on Mister Cool, a 12-year-old grey by Coolcorran Cool Diamond.
[Source: Irish Times]