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Situated on Grace Road, adjacent to the town bridge, it is the first purpose-built, modern visual art gallery to be located in the Midlands. Its opening exhibition is entitled “Borrowed Memories” and comprises work from the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


An official invitation is to be sent to President Barrack Obama to visit New Ross in 2013.

The invitation will be sent as part of “The Homecoming” initiative, which was officially launched in the Tholsel two weekends ago.

The event, which formed part of the JFK50 Commemorations, was launched by the Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin, on Saturday night, November 24.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


Locals in Wicklow Town have been baffled by the weekend disappearance of a 60-foot-tall inflatable snowman.

The decoration was erected on top of the flat roof of a shop unit in the center of the town on Saturday, November 24, as part of celebrations which involved the switching on of the town's Christmas lights.

However, it was noticed on Sunday night that it had disappeared.

The local Chamber of Commerce, whose members had invested heavily in decorating the town for Christmas, has appealed for the snowman's return.
[Source: RTE News]