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Tens of thousands of people swapped dry land to try out their sea legs last Thursday making the opening of the Belfast Maritime Festival a huge success. Organizers said attendance figures had “far exceeded” initial expectations with unconfirmed reports indicating upwards of 100,000 visitors in the first day. Traders also reported a very busy day.  Visitors both young and old traveled from across the country to the city center for the first day of the major international event.
(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)    

Dozens of students from Newry and south Armagh returned home early from a Donegal Gaeltacht at the weekend after an outbreak of the swine flu pandemic forced the college to temporarily close. Coláiste Mhuire in Loch an Iúir shut down halfway through the three-week course after a number of the students were confirmed as having contracted the virus. On Friday, six students were sent home after testing positive.  The decision to close the college was taken the following day after a further five were suspected of being infected, while more than 80 children were seen by a local GP.
(Source: The Examiner)

Facilities in Carlow Train Station have been slammed after it emerged that wheelchair users can’t get off at the station. In certain situations, people with wheelchairs are being forced to travel to the next station on the rail line so they can get off the train safely and they are then taxied back to Carlow. A shocked train user reported the situation, describing it as “atrocious” and criticizing the transport umbrella body CIE for wasting money on taxis instead of providing proper facilities in the station.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)

As the Killinkere community mourns the loss of hero Simon Delaney (21) who drowned along with Matthew Gibbons (20) from Dublin after helping others who had got into difficulty on Lough Dargan, it has emerged that the tragedy need not have happened. The life-saving ring-buoy at the lake was not on its post, having been stolen some time previously. Gardaí (police) in Bailieboro have confirmed that the tragic accident is being investigated by The Marine Casualty Investigation Board.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)

A Fermoy man who was last year crowned with the title of Ireland's best carpenter is set to pit his considerable skills against the best the rest of the world has to offer. Barry Dennigan will represent Ireland next month at the 40th annual Worldskills competition in Galgary, Canada – ten years after his older brother Darren took part in the same competition. In March of last year Barry defeated 14 other chippies from around the country to win the National Apprentice Cup, earning the right to travel to next month's competition. He is quietly confident that he can go one better than Darren, who scooped the silver medal at the Worldskills carpentry competition in 1999.
(Source: The Corkman)

Drunk teenagers are skinny dipping in Creggan reservoir. The youngsters, who are believed to be as young as 12, are drinking alcohol and taking drugs before jumping into the water naked. Hugh O’Donnell from Creggan Neighborhood Partnership (CNP) said the situation was a “recipe for disaster.” He added: “CNP wishes to remind parents and guardians of the dangers of swimming in reservoirs, and that youngsters involved have been found in various states of undress, which raises other concerns as well”.
(Source: The Derry Journal)

Daniel O’Donnell's number one fan received a huge bouquet of fresh flowers from the star when she was bestowed as Gaoth Dobhair person of the year 2009 last weekend. The country crooner was delighted that Máire Rua was the chosen recipient for the much sought after title this year and he and Majella were quick to congratulate her with the huge basket of brightly colored flowers.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)

Kilkeel has been left reeling after one of its main sources of employment slashed almost 90 jobs. The jobs losses at BE Aerospace, which makes aircraft seats for US airlines, cuts the plant’s workforce from 651to 563. Managing Director Sean Cromie said the firm had been forced into the decision by economic pressures on the industry as a whole, which have resulted in customers pushing orders back.
 (Source: The Down Democrat)

Gardai (police) are believed to be on the verge of making a breakthrough in identifying the woman found stabbed to death in the Phoenix Park in Dublin two weeks ago. The woman's body was found by passers-by Wednesday before last. Gardai later took the unusual steps of releasing photographs of her face, clothing and jewellery in an effort to establish her identity. They have also been working with Interpol and various homeless agencies in Ireland and abroad to see if anybody recognized her. A Romanian family is now believed to have come forward claiming to be the woman's relatives.
(Source: The Evening Herald)