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Two weeks ago, the announcement of $7 million in Failte Ireland funding towards the city’s “Medieval
Mile” initiative served to refocus attention on the different ideas that Kilkenny’s local authorities have
been considering with a view to strengthening our tourism offering.

Already confirmed and now progressing to the next stage of its development is the Great Garden, which
will run along the bank of the River Nore through the heart of the city. The design tender for the garden
is set to be the subject of international competition in the coming weeks.

The upgrade of the public realm will include High and Parliament Streets, and involves new materials,
footpath widening, and eventually, a one-way system. St. Mary’s Church and graveyard is being
refurbished and developed into a museum, with links to the National Museum of Ireland.

[Source: Kilkenny People]


Laois G.A.A. chairman Brian Allen has said that the county hope to have a new senior hurling manager
appointed “in the next few weeks” as the process of replacing Teddy McCarthy continues.

Allen revealed that Seamas “Cheddar” Plunkett and Paul Cuddy, who are working in conjunction with
the county executive in identifying and appointing a new manager, have moved on to “phase two” of
their process, which will see them approach potential candidates to gauge their level of interest.

It is almost a month and a half since the initial meeting Plunkett and Cuddy called with the players,
which drew just eight attendees, as they have taken their time to meet with players since then and take
on board as many views as possible.

[Source: Leinster Express]


The protest against the bus service cuts to Dromod and Rooskey is hitting the road to bring the
message “We want our service back” to the government.

On Friday, November 2, 16 locals traveled to Ballaghaderreen to protest at the site of the sod-turning
of a new bypass by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar. Larry O’Connor from the Rooskey Bus Action
Group said they brought placards reading “Bypass = No bus.” He said they wanted to make the Minister
feel “awkward,” but he said he felt the people of Ballaghaderreen should know that the arrival of a
bypass could mean an end to public transport through the town.

Minister Varadkar met with Larry O’Connor and Eddie Frayne from the action group and, according to
Mr. O’Connor, the minister admitted that the “government issues the mandate to Bus Eireann.” It was
made clear to Leo Varadkar and Deputy Frank Feighan that “we want our service back and we will not
give up until we get it.”

[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Limerick’s first dedicated area for so-called street art is already proving to be a hit with street artists
from across the city and further afield.

More than 300 feet of timber hoarding at the junction of Athlunkard and Island Roads has been officially
unveiled by the local authority as an “authorized area” for such activity.

Over the past week, several artists using tags such as limerockers, KD and -tvkasz- have already availed
of the hoarding to show off their street art.

[Source: Limerick Leader]


More than a week on from Hurricane Sandy – one of the biggest and most destructive storms in
U.S. mainland history – a County Longford woman has spoken of her horror at effectively being left

Norah Egan is attempting to come to terms with the carnage brought about by what is believed to be
the most disastrous U.S. natural disaster in living memory.

“I have no power, no water or anything,” she candidly explained when contacted by the Leader on
Friday, November 2.

Norah’s home, situated in the plush outer city surroundings of Long Beach, had been her place of
residence for the past five years.

Now, it stands in three feet of water with almost all of its inner appliances and fittings destroyed. Of
more concern to the Kenagh native is the fact she has been left without some of her most cherished

[Source: Longford Leader]


A Dundalk man is set to take center-stage at this year’s 2012 Business & Finance Awards.

Dr. T. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech, is the 2012 Business and Finance “Business Person
of The Year” as chosen by the Top 500 C.E.O.’s.

He will be honored at an awards ceremony at the December 18 at the Convention Centre, Dublin.

[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Described as “the people’s priest” by local T.D. Michelle Mulherin, the untimely death of Father
Muredach Tuffy has left the parish of Ballina, and its environs, in deep shock and mourning. As news
broke Tuesday, October 30, of the 39-year-old’s suicide, a ripple of disbelief filtered through the
community at the “sudden loss of so young and popular a priest.”