Flooding concerns deepen as heavy rain forecasted

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Met Éireann has forecasted heavy rainfall for this coming weekend, leading to increased flooding concerns locally as the level of the Shannon continues to creep upwards.

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Ophelia brings both tragedy and heroism

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Well, the story of the week was Ophelia. By the way, I looked up Ophelia and it comes from a Greek word meaning “help” – very appropriate, I think. Of course, it also was the name of Hamlet’s doomed lover in the play by Shakespeare.

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Storm Ophelia passes over Athlone

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Historic storm Ophelia battered Ireland on Monday. While the Midlands was spared the worst of the extreme weather, public transport and business was disrupted, property was damaged, and power cut in parts of the region.

Originating as a category three hurricane in the Atlantic ocean, Ophelia was a post-tropical storm by the time it made landfall in Ireland on Monday morning and worked its way up the west coast.

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AIT receives capital investment for innovative STEM building

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has received capital investment towards a new STEM building, expected to cost in the region of €15 million.

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Athlone mourns Michael Talty

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Athlone is mourning the death of well-known local chef Michael Talty, whose body was retrieved from the River Shannon on Sunday.

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Jadotville plaque to be unveiled

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

On Saturday October 21, Mayor of Athlone, Aengus O’Rourke, will be unveiling a plaque at 3.30 pm in John Count McCormack Square to commemorate the veterans of the siege of Jadotville.

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Burke says Adams and Sinn Féin have ‘no head for figures’

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Gerry Adams’ contradictory statements on health spending prove yet again he has no head for figures, Fine Gael TD Peter Burke has said.

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New drug and alcohol support services for the Midlands

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Two new drug & alcohol prevention and treatment support services for the midlands were officially launched by Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne, in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone on Friday.

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Driving test waiting times simply unacceptable, says Murphy

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway, Eugene Murphy has highlighted the fact that people in Roscommon and Athlone are subjected to some of the longest waiting times for driving tests in the country, with some waiting more than four months .

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McFadden calls for progress on Technical Universities Bill

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Athlone based Senator, Gabrielle McFadden has called for progress on the Technical Universities Bill, one provision of which would allow ITs such as Athlone Institute of Technology to apply for university status.

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Workshop to teach businesses how to reduce energy bills

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Athlone Chamber of Commerce supported by Energia will host an energy reduction workshop for businesses on November from 12 midday to 2pm.

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McFadden wants more rights for those hospitalised with mental health issues

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Athlone based Senator, Gabrielle McFadden has spoken out in support of the Mental Health Amendment Bill 2017, on the basis that it includes changes that fundamentally strengthen the rights of people when they are in hospital for mental health care.

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