News from around the 32 Irish counties
The Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois has had his letter of resignation accepted by Pope Benedict.
Bishop Colm O'Reilly, who turned 75 on January 11 and therefore automatically submitted his resignation letter to the Vatican, will remain in office until a successor has been found, which could take as long as 18 months.
(Source: The Longford Leader)
Civic-minded activists in Drogheda are beginning a campaign to have the town officially recognized as a city. If successful, the campaign would first have to persuade the Government to bestow city status on a town for the first time in the history of the State.
(Source: The Drogheda Independent)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spend €10,000 in one day’s shopping.
Westport’s Doreen Mulroy didn’t have to be asked twice when Today FM offered her the winning prize in the Blow Me competition last Friday.
The only real condition was she could only spend €2,000 in any one shop, Today FM clearly following the old motherly advice of ‘don’t spend it all in the one shop’.
All weekend Doreen (35) and her husband James worked out what they needed and what they wanted, no doubt with some help from kids Ciara (7) and Dylan (6).
(Source: Mayo News)
The payment of €2 million to an eight-year-old Kells girl, who is paraplegic after her spine was unintentionally injured during a surgical procedure at Crumlin Children's Hospital, Dublin, three years ago, will mark a new trend in making 'staggered' payments instead of lump sums to accident victims, two Meath solicitors claimed last week.
Gemma Meehan, daughter of John and Joan Meehan, is to be paid the €2 million as part-settlement of her High Court action against the hospital. Under the terms of the settlement, she may return to the court when she reaches 18 to seek further compensation on the grounds including future loss of earnings.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)
A woman who bought her ticket in Birr is celebrating after picking up a cheque for €250,000, her Lotto Plus 2 top prize from last Saturday's draw
The delighted winner bought her €4 ticket in Patti Nees, Main Street, Birr.
While wishing to remain anonymous, the lucky Lotto winner did express her delight at scooping the substantial sum.
(Source The Offaly Express)
Two Roscommon entrepreneurs have taken a unique approach to beating the recession by launching an innovative flood solution product, the Big Bag System. Castlerea native Shane Curran and Gerard Brennan from Kilteevan recently established Global Flood Solutions, a 100% Irish owned company that specializes in proven and cost-effective flood defense products.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)
After 47 days the High Court case in Dublin about alleged rights of way at the Lissadell estate has concluded hearing evidence and will resume on June 3rd to hear final submissions from both sides.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)
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