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The 19-year-old from Donaghmore in Co. Tyrone was abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1975.

The Commission conducted an earlier search of the bog this year, which ended without success in May.

Head of the Commission's Investigation Team Geoff Knupfer said the resumption of the search is based on a "refinement of information received.”
[Source: RTÉ News]

OFFALY

Tullamore was tuned up and ready to go for the International Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival which came to the town for the first time this year.

The festival ran from Thursday, September 20 to Sunday, September 23 and featured a superb selection of top performers from around the world.

The second decade of the festival celebrated the very best of Irish traditional, American bluegrass and folk music. The weekend consisted of street and pub sessions and jams, nightly seated concerts, master-class workshops, free outdoor concerts, local craft displays, busking competitions and a late night festival club.
[Source: Offaly Express]

ROSCOMMON

Just days after the eagerly awaited comedy “Moone Boy” premiered on Sky 1, the cast and crew of the Boyle-featured series were back in town to film the second series of the show.

With the Irish Times giving the comedy, co-written by Boyle actor and Hollywood star Chris O’Dowd, four out of five stars, there was an air of excitement as filming commenced last Monday close to the Bailey Bridge.

Cast and crew continued filming around Lough Key last week and part of this week’s filming will be a St. Patrick’s Day parade in the town center on Tuesday, September 25.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]

SLIGO

Several drivers who found themselves in court escaped penalty points after offering a variety of excuses.

Judge Kevin Kilrane took a lenient view striking out the cases on the basis the drivers pay sums of money to charities.

Jane Mulrooney of Gortarowey, had been summoned for being on her mobile phone on February 25 at Tully, Rathcormack, but defending solicitor Aine Kilfeather said she had a bad leak in her house and was on the phone to a plumber.

The case was struck out on payment of $130 to charity.
[Source: Sligo Champion]

TIPPERARY

Last Wednesday evening the County rounds of sheep and beef stock judging were held in Moyne. Competitors from both North Tipperary and Offaly competed in their respective county competitions alongside each other as they were co-hosted simultaneously.

The county executive would like to thank the Moyne/Templetuohy club for hosting the event and express our deep appreciation to Francis Cleere for extending his hospitality to all in the use of his farm for the competition.
[Source: Tipperary Star]

TYRONE

A total of 70 schools throughout the Mid-Ulster and South Tyrone area have been revealed to contain some form of asbestos in their buildings.

Two weeks ago, the Courier reported that six schools in the area contained the most dangerous form of asbestos – crocidolite, but there are also 64 more schools throughout the area which contain the potentially lethal substance.

The most common form of asbestos in schools is chrysotile (white asbestos), with some 65 of the 70 schools containing that type of the fibers. Brown asbestos, or amosite, is less common, with about half of the schools (36) affected containing it.

Our story two weeks ago revealed that Ballylifford Primary School, Cookstown, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown, Newmills Primary School, St. Mary's Primary School, Dunamore, St. Brigids's Primary School, Augher and St. John's Primary School, Kingsisland contained crocidolite, which is said to be 500 times more dangerous than chrysotile.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]

WATERFORD

A man in his 30s had appeared before Waterford District Court last Wednesday afternoon charged in relation to a drugs seizure in the city on Monday.

The 32-year-old was charged with three counts of possession, and three counts of the sale and supply of drugs.

The man was arrested after synthetic drugs worth more than $1 million were discovered at an apartment complex in Waterford City.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]

WESTMEATH

There were on average 22,300 unemployed people in the four Midland counties of Westmeath, Offaly, Laois and Longford during the second quarter of the year, new official figures have confirmed.

The CSO quarterly national household survey figures released last week show the region's unemployment rate is now 17.9 percent compared with 16.8 percent in the same quarter of last year. This is the second highest unemployment rate in the State after the Southeast at 17.8 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 14.7 percent in the period April to June 2012.

However, the unemployment rate in the Midlands is slightly down from the 18.1 percent recorded in the first three months of this year.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]

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