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Galway Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh suggested as a pre-budget submission that the government put a levy on hurleys in Kilkenny to balance the competition across the country. Senator Ó Clochartaigh also thanked Kilkenny Senator Pat O’Neill for stopping the rumor going around Galway that Brian Cody and his team had something to do with the spread of the disease in Galway, Tipperary, Meath and Leitrim.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Laois road users can expect disruption when work begins on the upgrading of nine miles of raw water-main between Clonaslee and Tullamore early next year.

“There will be disruption and works will impact on traffic for a short period,” explained Tom Shanahan from Offaly County Council, Environment & Water Services section, which has overall responsibility for the project.

He added, “We will liaise with our Laois County Council counterparts when the project begins. But water mains works by their nature are not deep so therefore we wouldn’t envisage any significant road closures or major disruption or diversions.”
[Source: Leinster Express]


Jamestown’s acclaimed restaurant, The Cottage, has added yet another string to its bow, winning category honors for the Best Casual Dining section of the recent National Hospitality Awards.

The awards night was held in the Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin last month and is considered one of the leading events in the industry.

The Cottage restaurant has earned many accolades since opening its doors under the guidance of head chef and proprietor, Shamzuri Hanifa.

It has become a favored dining location for locals and visitors alike and this latest awards shows that The Cottage has more than earned its reputation as one of the premier restaurants in the country.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A glass jar full of drugged food was thrown into a back garden in Castletroy, Limerick Animal Welfare has learned.

A German Shepherd dog severed an artery in her foot and suffered a lot of blood loss from the broken glass.

The charity received a number of reports of a white van containing a man and a woman in the Oakwood and Castletroy View Estates last Tuesday afternoon.

Fenella Samways, Limerick Animal Welfare volunteer, quickly put the warning on their popular Facebook page and it has received almost 40 comments.

“A jar of drugged food was thrown over the wall. They were trying to get over the wall in to the garden. There are huge numbers of dogs being stolen at the moment.”
[Source: Limerick Leader]


St. Bernard’s Church in Abbeylara hosted the Relic of St. Peregrine last Saturday night in the picturesque north Longford parish.

The relic is regarded, the world over, as one that holds great healing powers, and had been brought from Rome to north Longford for the occasion.

The night centered around healing, because St. Peregrine is the patron saint of cancer sufferers. The event kicked off at 7:30 p.m. with mass. This was followed by adoration, and healing prayers then commenced with Fr. Campbell and local men, Pat Clarke and Tommy Doyle, who blessed those in attendance with the relic and prayed with them.
[Source: Longford Leader]


The Dundalk wing of a multinational company is at the forefront of a ground-breaking new software program that is set to make waves in the testing industry.

Prometric, who set up in the Finnabair Technolgy Park just six months ago, can already boast that their Dundalk office is already to achieve goals that have been set for it.

Prometric launched their MyItemWrite software, which can be downloaded for free at their website, which they believe will change how industries go about the business of creating tests for their specific needs.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Achill Island R.N.L.I. came to the rescue of two yachtsmen aboard a 29-foot yacht Thursday, November 15, after their boat was damaged by a school of dolphins.

After receiving a call to its station, the Achill Island R.N.L.I. launched to assist the yacht, which was 14 miles away and unable to steer due to a damaged rudder.

The two crewmen on board were approximately four miles southwest of Achill Head when they called for assistance.

According to the two crewmen, their boat’s rudder was damaged after it was surrounded by a school of dolphins.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Fine Gael Meath East T.D., Regina Doherty, last Friday said that she is looking forward to playing her part on the Constitutional Convention. Deputy Doherty was speaking after the Fine Gael delegation on the convention was announced last Thursday evening.

"It is very exciting to be included in our first ever Constitutional Convention, which will bring together politicians and citizens to consider possible changes to the Constitution like never before. It is a great privilege to be asked by An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) to serve as one of the Fine Gael members on the convention.”
[Source: Meath Chronicle]