New lifeboat gets first shout - after just seven minutes

The new RNLI lifeboat for Lough Ree was called out on its first rescue mission just seven minutes after being put on station at the Coosan slip.

The new boat - the Eric Rowse - was delivered on Tuesday morning before being put through her paces with retiring boat Dorothy Mary at the lakeside marina for the benefit of the Shannon Boat Rally.

She was trailered and returned to station at 12.40pm, only to be called out at 12.47 to assist with a grounded cruiser at marker No 2.


Business

Centra spent €8 million in Westmeath communities in 2013

Centra spent €8 million in local communities around its 13 stores across County Westmeath in 2013. Centra’s ‘Community Impact Study’ shows this contribution is made through a combination of payments to local suppliers, acquisition of local business services, wages, charitable donations, and local sponsorships.

The Prince Bar head chef Darren Hollywood with his team Sanil, Theresa, Liz, Colm, Sam, and Nerus

Lifestyle

Waiting list for ancient Chinese weight loss tea

Chá Yi Tea is flying off the shelves at Therapie Clinic locations nationwide. The 400-year-old traditional Chinese recipe has made headlines recently as a revolutionary blend of herbs and tea; rapidly becoming a global phenomenon credited with fast, effective weight loss.


Motoring

Volkswagen reveals all-new Passat

Volkswagen has unveiled one of the big new arrivals of the year, the all-new Passat. The latest car, which will receive its public premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October, is the eighth-generation of the Passat, which over the past 41 years has racked up over 23 million sales worldwide. And it is a ‘good residual value’ family car favourite here in Ireland.


News

New lifeboat gets first shout - after just seven minutes

The new RNLI lifeboat for Lough Ree was called out on its first rescue mission just seven minutes after being put on station at the Coosan slip.


Opinion

O’Rourke invites Athlone to book launch “party”

Former Minister and TD, Mary O’Rourke is hoping to use the launch of her memoir on Sunday to provide “a bit of a party for Athlone”.


Property

Tax incentive attracts investors to O’Donnellan & Joyce forthcoming auction

O’Donnellan & Joyce reported this week that it has been overwhelmed by the number of investors who entered the market in recent weeks, particularly those looking for Galway city properties close to NUIG and UHG. The Government’s capital gains incentive introduced in 2013 comes to an end at the end of this year and provides for investors who purchase a property prior to the end of the year and holds it for seven years; they can then sell the property without having to pay capital gains tax. This is an incredible incentive for investors as there is no other asset that you can acquire and hold for a seven year period tax-free.

No 4 Moyola Park.

Sport

Athlone need Bray victory after Pat’s disappointment

Following two defeats against SSE Airtricity Premier Division title contenders Dundalk and St Patrick’s Athletic, Athlone Town know that some sort of dividend must be attained at the Carlisle Grounds.

Dundalk’s Brian Gartland was happy with how the game unfolded. Photo: Sportsfile

The Week

Spectacular music line-up at The Snug Bar this bank holiday weekend

Tonight, Friday August 1,The Snug Bar is the perfect place to kick off your bank holiday weekend with Macey South. For those not already familiar with this popular Athlone band, Macey South is a young, energetic three-piece made up of brothers Keith and Liam Flynn and Conor Irwin. Their original mix of traditional Irish music and rock ‘n’ roll never fails to get an audience on their feet. The band’s energy is comparable to The Pogues and Horslips. The instruments range from accordion to electric guitar, with a rasping acoustic guitar and drums driving the melodies on.

Three-year-old Charlie Glynn at the launch of the 50th National Steam Rally

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