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The primary school student from Laois was accompanied to the event last week by his mother, Caitlin Nic Pháidín, a native of Carrick Coyle, Gaoth Dobhair.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Planning authorities have given the go-ahead for a new bridge to be built at Narrow Water between Counties Louth and Down.

An Bord Pleanála gave planning permission to Louth County Council for construction of the structure across the Newry River to Omeath, provided a special roost for birds affected by the project is built.

Northern Ireland Environment Minister Alex Attwood two weeks ago granted planning permission for the project.

The single-lane cable bridge will be 2,165 feet long and cost around $24 million.
[Source: Irish Times]


A manhunt is underway for a violent sex attacker who savagely attacked a woman with an iron bar before brutally raping her in a sickening attack.

The shocking incident happened at Cookstown Road in Tallaght in the early hours of Sunday, October 14 at a location close to St. Mark's Church and a local G.A.A. club.

The traumatized woman required hospital treatment for extensive injuries after the disturbing incident that occurred while the victim was on her way home after a night out. The woman, who is in her mid-20s, is understood to live in the Tallaght area.

A senior source said: "This was a particularly brutal and violent attack and the woman has been left severely traumatized and badly injured."
[Source: Evening Herald]


The new South West Hospital near Enniskillen could be the net winner if the proposed move of up to 80 jobs relating to acute mental health services from Omagh to Fermanagh gets the go-ahead.

The “Transforming Your Care” document, which was recently released by Health Minister Edwin Poots, says that it is “necessary to locate mental health hospitals close to acute hospital provision, recognizing that this may not be possible in all circumstances.”

Thus, the document states, the “principles would imply” that the second location would be “in proximity to the new South West Acute Hospital rather than Omagh as previously planned.”

Andy McKane, a Unison spokesperson, said: “Approximately 60-odd nursing positions and around 20 support services could move if this proposition is implemented.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Multi-talented Galway model Cara Lyons will be flying the green flag in more ways than one when she travels out to represent Ireland in the Miss Earth Competition in the Philippines in November.

The 22-year-old Connemara model will fly out to Manila on November 1 and go up against almost 90 other contestants from around the globe for the title of Miss Earth. The Miss Earth candidates will need to balance beauty with an awareness of environmental issues if they are to claim the overall crown in the final on November 24.

The emphasis placed on environmental awareness was one of the things that attracted Cara to the competition. The contestants will model bikinis and evening wear at the final but they are also required to give speeches and answer questions on environmental issues.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


The make-up of the Kerry senior football management team for next season was confirmed last Monday, with Cian O'Neill notably coming on board as team trainer and one of the appointed selectors.

New manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has assembled a strong backroom staff, which also includes his former teammate Diarmuid Murphy and Kingdom legend Mikey Sheehy.

Ex-goalkeeper Murphy has remained on from Jack O'Connor's managerial reign. He will have selector duties along with Sheehy and O'Neill, who is rated as one of the best G.A.A. strength-and-conditioning coaches around.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


A Newbridge family had to flee their home on Wednesday, October 10 after work on roof repairs went badly wrong, leaving the house gutted and the family bereft of all their possessions.

Tony and Bernie King, and their five children, were left with “just the clothes on their backs” after the fire at their rented home in Baroda, just outside Newbridge.

It’s understood that repairs, involving the use of a blow torch, were being carried out on a flat roof over one section of the home.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


Kilkenny is officially the best city in Ireland, according to the country’s largest retail industrial body, Retail Excellence Ireland (R.E.I.).

R.E.I. made the confirmation with its announcement of the best 100 towns and cities in Ireland Sunday, October 14 following a lengthy survey. Westport was given the title of Ireland’s best town.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


A family syndicate from Laois brought seven weeks of intense speculation to an end last Thursday, October 18 when they collected a check for $11,329,639 – the 17th largest ever Lotto jackpot win in the National Lottery’s 25-year history.