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Kilkenny team manager Brian Cody paid tribute to Kilkenny’s supporters at the historic homecoming in Nowlan Park.

Staged at the county grounds for the first time ever, the team manager said that despite being outnumbered in Croke Park, Kilkenny supporters roared on the crowd and were a fantastic lift to the team as the county claimed its 34th All-Ireland title.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Cash-strapped Laois County Council will have to splash out on upgrading three critical road junctions, one of which is already at capacity, before two multi-million dollar Portlaoise school projects proceed to construction phase next year.

Fine Gael Deputy Charlie Flanagan told the Leinster Express he met with senior officials from the Department of Education & Skills (DoES) and they revealed that plans for the schools were “on target.”

And considering road upgrades were necessary to facilitate extra traffic to the Summerhill campus, he explained that Laois County Council “notwithstanding the current budgetary constraints they are operating in, will have to prioritise the upgrades.”
[Source: Leinster Express]


E.U. Commissioner for Energy Gúnther Oettinger has informed Drumshanbo Senator Paschal Mooney that no decisions should be taken on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” for 10 years.

The commissioner’s opinion was in response to a serious of questions from Senator Mooney at a meeting of Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport Energy and Communications, which the commissioner attended during his visit to Ireland two weeks ago.

In a series of questions submitted by Senator Mooney about the E.U. Commissions Policy on fracking, Commissioner Gúnther Oettinger replied that he believed no decisions should be taken until the environmental impact of fracking was established, and that could take between five and 10 years. He further informed Senator Mooney that he was already in discussions with scientists and those with technical expertise and has opened a dialogue with the Polish Government where fracking has already commenced. The commissioner revealed that the extraction of shale gas could be chemical-free in a number of years, which is a major point of controversy, and he intended to visit the United States next spring to see at first-hand how shale gas is extracted.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


It was less “Horse Outside” and more “I Wanna Fight Your Father” as Rubberbandits video star Madeline Mulqueen was “punched in the face” in a fast-food restaurant in Dublin on Saturday, September 29.

The Kildimo model was attacked by an unknown woman as she defended a cashier in McDonald’s on Grafton Street.

The 22-year-old star of the “Horse Outside” video and Republic of Telly, who has worked in the hospitality industry, was shocked at the woman’s “very rude and aggressive” behavior.

“It was so frustrating that she was being so rude and no one was doing anything about it, so I said to the manager that I had seen her hand over a fiver, not anything more,” said Madeline.

“She obviously heard me and ran straight over and punched me in the face! I was sitting down. Then she tried to throw a milkshake at me, missed and got someone else. It was disgraceful behavior.”
[Source: Limerick Leader]


A 32-year-old man originally from the Middle East had his hand reattached to his arm at St James’ Hospital two weekends ago after he accidentally severed it while using a band saw in a meat shop in Longford Town.

The man, believed to be living in the Longford area, had entered Oasis Food Store on Great Water Street in the town at approximately 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 27.

It is understood he had intended to purchase meat from the Halal store and was told by the attendant behind the counter to wait until evening prayers were finished.

The man then made his way behind the counter and proceeded to cut the meat by himself using a band saw located inside the premises.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Dundalk Town Council has served a notice on a property on the Avenue Road in the town.

This week D.T.C. notified the owner of the property, Mr. Oliver Kelly of Carrinshego, Culleville, Castleblayney, County Monaghan that the structure, known as the Blakely Houses, was now deemed to be a “dangerous structure” under the local authority laws.

The notice says that as a formal request by the council to the owner to carry repairs on the fire-damaged property had not been met by April of this year, that the council now have the right to enter the land and demolish the building. It is believed that unknown to the owner the derelict site had been frequented by local drug users.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]