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Derry’s North West Regional College (N.W.R.C.) is to be a key venue when the city hosts the All-Ireland Fleadh next year, it has been announced.

The Derry college will host the festival’s competitions throughout its August 12-18 run.

N.W.R.C.’s Principal Seamus Murphy says the college is honored to be the competition host.
[Source: Derry Journal]


A Donegal woman has been selected to join an elite group of people to take part in an expedition to Antarctica.

Eimear Carlin, from Milltown, Raphoe, is the only Irish representative on the 2041 Antarctic Youth Ambassador Program and has been formally invited by Robert Swan O.B.E. to take part in the three-week International Antarctic Expedition (I.A.E.), which begins next February.

The group seek to preserve the continent’s unique landscape and wildlife as well as learning how to mitigate the effects of climate change.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Licenses have been granted for three renewable energy projects off the coast of Northern Ireland.

The Crown Estate has signed deals with First Flight Wind Ltd., Tidal Ventures and D.P. Marine Energy Ltd. of Ireland, and D.E.M.E., of Belgium.

The deals will see the creation of a 600 MW wind farm off Ardglass, County Down, and two 100 MW tidal turbines off Fair Head and Torr Head, Co. Antrim.

Work on the projects is expected to start from 2016.
[Source: BBC News]


A gang of reckless hooligans targeted a bus with fireworks last week as fears about the use of illegal explosives in Dublin escalate in the run up to Halloween.

The youths were witnessed launching fireworks at a public bus in south Dublin.

Horrified onlookers and motorists watched on as the gang threw a firework under a bus in Clondalkin last Monday evening in what could have been a potentially deadly act.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Two workmates of Barry McCarney have told the Crown Court he was “not settled in himself” and it appeared that something was bothering him, the day he rushed into the Erne Hospital carrying 15-month-old Millie Martin.

McCarney, who is charged with murdering the baby he took to the A&E department on the night of December 10, 2009, left work at 10 a.m. after telling his workmates he was sick.

Subcontractor Tony McHugh recalled arriving at work on the site of the new hospital that morning at 8 a.m. and said at that time McCarney was “fine.”
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


We don’t often have it within our remit to give the gift of life – but one Oranmore woman has come closer than most because she has just become the first female in the west of Ireland to donate 100 pints of blood.

Mary Hynes Walsh began donating blood back in the 1970s at Downhill Hotel in Ballina, and she has donated three times a year ever since to top the 100 mark last May. And last Friday she was honored at an awards ceremony in the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris.

On Friday, October 5, Mary, along with three other Galway men, was awarded for her outstanding achievement of donating 100 pints of blood, which took her 30 years to complete.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Kerry Group is one of corporate Ireland's great success stories. Set up by a group of Kerry farmers in a muddy caravan in a field in Listowel in 1972, it has become a food behemoth worth more than $9 billion and employing 25,000 people.

Today, the company makes much of its money supplying ingredients and seasoning but back in the early-1970s products like this were unheard of.

The farmers' smartest move was to entice Denis Brosnan back from London where he was an accountant to run what was then called Kerry Foods at the age of 27.
[Source: Irish Independent]


The mother of missing Welsh girl April Jones has expressed her thanks to the Athy residents who turned out for a candlelit vigil in the town on Friday night.

The vigil, organized as a gesture of solidarity with five-year-old April’s family, drew more than a hundred people and included prayers from local clergy, Fr. Morty O’Shea and Rev. Cliff Jeffers.

Pink balloons were released as part of the ceremony, which took place in Emily Square. It was organized by three local women, Tracey Foley, Sarah O’Connor and Natalie Daly.

Tracey, who is the mother of three young children, aged seven, three and two, told the Kildare Nationalist: “We decided to do it because we are all mothers and we know that this is every parent’s worst nightmare to have your child taken when she was just playing outside the house. It can happen so quickly and it is just terrible.”
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


In the last academic year, the State paid teachers at Kilkenny College $3.4 million and Special Needs Assistants at the fee paying school on the city’s Castlecomer road received $40,602 from the Department of Education.