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Giving members a review of flood relief works around the county at the council’s monthly meeting, Director of Services John Mulholland was asked by Graignamanagh-based Councilor. Tommy Prendergast (Labour) and Thomastown-based Clr. Sean Treacy (Fianna Fail) about the progress in their respective areas. Clr. Prendergast noted in particular that the town had nearly flooded the previous night.

The council had hoped that the two towns would be covered by funding from the Office of Public Works (O.P.W.) for small schemes, but it has since been determined that both schemes will probably exceed the funding threshold.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


No injuries have been reported following a series of crashes which forced Gardaí (police) in Laois to close one of the country’s motorways after a string of crashes following a night of hard frost.

On Wednesday morning, November 28, the Gardaí closed the M7 from junction 14 (Monasterevin) to Junction 15 (Ballybrittas) both southbound and northbound following a number of collisions on this part of the motorway.

Diversions are in place and motorists are asked to follow diversions.
[Source: Leinster Express]


County Leitrim may have the smallest population in the country, but it’s determined to capture the attention of everyone with even a modest link to the county with the launch of the Leitrim Roots Festival 2013. Organizers are hoping to borrow a social media catchphrase to capture a world-wide tourist audience.

The letters “lol” are peppered across messages on social media and by mobile texts to mean “laugh out loud’ or “lots of love.”

But now the Leitrim Roots Genealogy Festival, taking place from September 20-28, 2013, has launched a tourism initiative that will try to persuade people of Leitrim Irish Heritage abroad to “lol” and “love our Leitrim.”
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Two years and ten million YouTube views since “Horse Outside” captured the public’s imagination, The Rubberbandits’ long-anticipated television pilot for Channel 4 was broadcasted last Friday night.

The half-hour episode cost $390,000 to produce and features an all-Irish cast and crew, but the stars are the ‘Bandits themselves, who wrote the script and accompanying score, made the prosthetics and performed every character.

For the first time on the pages of this newspaper – and ahead of anticipated crossover success for the ‘Bandits in the U.K. – we finally unmask the duo behind the plastic-bag-wearing rappers as Limerick city men Dave Chambers and Bob McGlynn – pictured above in heavy make-up in a still from the pilot episode.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


The Longford G.A.A. mourned the passing of one of its football legends recently, in Robert “Bobby” Burns.

He was best-known throughout the county for his heroic point-scoring exploits in the 1966 “Home” National League Championship-winning team that beat Galway by nine points to eight at Croke Park. Burns, who occupied the full forward position on that day, kicked eight of Longford’s nine points against a Galway team that won three back-to-back All-Irelands (1964-66).

After that historical triumph, Longford then hosted New York at Pearse Park. A 1-18 to 0-17 point aggregate win over a strong New York side featured five points from Bobby from his full forward berth.
[Source: Longford Leader]


A man was duped into letting his premises be used to store $1.4 million worth of head-shop drugs, Dundalk District Court was told two weeks ago.

Robert Kennedy (35) of Milltown, Castlebellingham – who was described as a “scapegoat” – told Judge Flann Brennan that he thought that only packaging and shelving was being stored.

The court heard the Gardaí (police) recovered head-shop drugs with an estimated street value of $1.4 million when they carried out a search on December 11, 2010 at a house under renovation.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Residents of areas affected by a spate of burglaries are living in fear. They feel vulnerable due to Garda (police) cutbacks, and many are reportedly ready to take matters into their own hands.

Gardaí confirmed to The Mayo News that four houses between Ballyheane and Ballinrobe were burgled within a three-hour period on Friday night, November 23. The same criminal gang is thought to have been involved in all four break-ins.

These incidents are the latest in a worrying trend that sees more and more houses in Mayo being broken into and burgled.
[Source: The Mayo News]


The shock refusal of planning permission for two separate cinema projects in Navan is robbing the town of millions of dollars in investment and hundreds of jobs, it has been claimed.
An Bord Pleanala's decision last Monday to refuse the two planning applications for the new state-of-the-art multiplexes has been described as an "economic mugging" of the town by Councilor Shane Cassells, who said it was "a stunning anti-jobs decision."