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Ford Ranger gets the Irish job done in South Africa

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Ford’s hard working Ranger 4x4 was in service alongside the 2,000 Irish volunteers who helped build 253 houses at last week’s Niall Mellon Township Trust Building Blitz in Capetown.

Kilkenny man short-listed for Entrepreneur Award

A Kilkenny businessman has been nominated for a prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2009.

Tourism Ireland launches search for movie stars in Westmeath

Tourism Ireland has launched a nationwide search for a number of individuals or couples to star in a series of short online movies to help market the island of Ireland overseas and attract more visitors in 2009 and beyond.

Fuel problems during ‘the Emergency’

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Because merchant ships were regarded as targets during World War II, the island of Ireland was, to an extent, cut off from the rest of the world, and many products that would normally have been freely available became scarce. Rationing was introduced and each household was given a ration book. Basic foodstuffs such as bread, butter, flour, wheatmeal, sugar, and tea were sold in small amounts... tea was reduced to a half ounce per person per week, which represented hardship for many. There was a black market for this and many other ‘luxuries’, while others tried making their own substitutes like dandelion tea or carrot tea. Some would recycle the tea leaves by taking them from the teapot, drying them, and reusing them. Necessity became the mother of invention.

Mayo jobs to be affected by First Active closure

Two Mayo First Active branches, in Ballina and Castlebar, are to be closed following the announcement this week that First Active and Ulster Bank are to merge. It is expected that up to 12 staff from the two branches will be redeployed to work in local Ulster Bank branches. There are six Ulster Banks in Mayo; in Castlebar, Ballina, Westport, Ballinrobe, Claremorris, and Ballyhaunis, but staff won’t know where they will be reassigned until a voluntary redundancy scheme has been completed.

Kilkenny targets Nordic tourists

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A group of influential travel writers from Sweden, Norway and Finland visited Kilkenny this week on the invitation of Tourism Ireland.

Sculpture to honour Magdalen women

On Sunday, Final Journey, a statue by Mike Wilkins, to honour the women of the Galway Magdalen Laundry, was unveiled by the Mayor of Galway Cllr Padraig Conneely at the corner of Forster Street and Bóthar Breandán Ó hEithir.

Women and Scarecrow in Castlebar

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Prime Cut’s vibrant production of Marina Carr’s powerful and darkly comic Woman and Scarecrow will take in the Linenhall Arts Centre on Monday March 23 as part of a whirlwind national tour that has been taking critics by storm. Linenhall director Marie Farrell says: “We are delighted to host such a prestigious production of this wonderful play. It will be a great opportunity for people to see the very best of Irish theatre here in Castlebar.”

Youthbank offers financial advice to young people

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Attitudes to money, budgeting, and dealing with debt were just some of the topics discussed by Kilkenny youngsters who gathered last weekend at the YouthBank Moneysense workshops at the National College of Ireland.

Airport power deal to save 861 tonnes of CO2

Ireland West Airport Knock has signed a new green power deal with competitive electricity provider Energia. The “Green Supply” power deal will see the airport continue to progress on its aim to be carbon neutral and reduce its carbon footprint by 861 tonnes each year.


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