Dogs fouling on the streets will be shot on shite’ — TV3 Regional Newspaper review, April 17

My alarm­ingly shiny head was on TV3 on Thurs­day April 17th for the lat­est in my weekly regional news­pa­per review for Ire­land AM. ‘Cagney and Casey’ brought you sto­ries from the Offaly Topic, Mayo News, Clare Cham­pion, Clare Peo­ple, Meath Chron­i­cle, Wex­ford Echo and The Avondhu.

Here’s the sto­ries, as abridged and edited a lit­tle, but you get the idea. From next week, my regional news­pa­per review moves to Fri­days! Look­ing for­ward to it…

1. OFFALY TOPIC — A wed­ding pro­posal in print!

There was quite a sur­prise in store for Rhode native, Vic­to­ria Mur­phy (23) last Wednes­day, 9 April when she opened up a copy of the Offaly Topic to find a full page mar­riage pro­posal on page 3!

The proposal across a full page of the Offaly Topic

The pro­posal across a full page of the Offaly Topic

Vic­to­ria was treated to a day out in Athlone by her boyfriend Kevin O’Shea (25), and was com­pletely unaware of what the Dublin native had in store, when he sug­gested they take a pic­nic on the lakeshore of Lough Ree beside the Hod­son Bay Hotel.

Kevin spent 18 months try­ing to ask the most impor­tant ques­tion of  his life. Hav­ing exhausted all ideas he came up with an idea of cre­at­ing a full page pro­posal in his favourite local paper.

He told Vic­to­ria, who is a qual­i­fied hair­dresser that he put in an advert into the paper to drum up some busi­ness. She quickly yanked the news­pa­per out of his hand and started search­ing for the ad.

How­ever, it didn’t take Vic­to­ria long to notice the full page pro­posal com­plete with a report about the couple’s story, from first meet­ing to the moment Kevin realised that Vic­to­ria was the one for him.

When Vic­to­ria looked up, kneel­ing before her was Kevin, who pro­duced the ring and asked her for her hand in mar­riage. Sud­denly all of Kevin’s prior nerves, of which he says there were many, began to dis­ap­pear. “She said yes!

Mercifully, she said yes!

Mer­ci­fully, she said yes!

She was delighted with the sur­prise and she was very happy with the selec­tion of the ring too. It went really well,” he commented.

Kevin recalled in his arti­cle for the spe­cial edi­tion of Offaly Topic that it was whilst on a week­end away in Ennis in County Clare, sit­ting in a lit­tle wooden nook in a tra­di­tional pub­lic house, that he looked at Vic­to­ria and every­thing but her faded away into the back­ground, even the tra­di­tional music. He remem­bered that he couldn’t stop smil­ing and knew from that moment that she was the one for him.“

2. CLARE PEOPLE — Gui­tar solo plucks wrong strings

THE actions of a mys­tery gui­tarist, who played a half hour long gui­tar solo on a small rocky out­crop in the Ennisty­mon cas­cades, have been described as “reck­less” and “highly dan­ger­ous” by Clare’s most senior water safety official.

Clare County Coun­cil Water Safety Offi­cer Liam Grif­fin, yes­ter­day appealed to mem­bers of the pub­lic not to copy the bizarre inci­dent, which he said could eas­ily have lead to a fatality.

Is it Slash? No! It's a member of ‘Los Paddys de Los Pampas’ - in a waterfall!

Is it Slash? No! It’s a mem­ber of ‘Los Pad­dys de Los Pam­pas’ — in a waterfall!

The inci­dent took place on a rocky crag in the cen­tre of the famous Ennisty­mon Cas­cades, beside the Falls Hotel, ear­lier this month. A man was seen to enter the cas­cades under­neath the bridge in Ennisty­mon and play a Slash-style gui­tar solo in the cen­tre of the river for around half an hour.

While no one was hurt in the inci­dent, a pho­to­graph of the gui­tarist was released on social media last week — prompt­ing Clare’s Water Safety Offi ce to issue a warning.

This behav­iour is both reck­less and highly dan­ger­ous. I would appeal to the pub­lic not to imi­tate these acts as repeat acts of this nature will lead to a fatal­ity,” said Mr Grif­fin yesterday.

The gui­tarist has been iden­ti­fied as a mem­ber of Clare band ‘Los Pad­dys de Los Pam­pas’ who intend to use footage of the gui­tarist for an upcom­ing music video. Band spokesper­son Paddy Mulc­ahy, yes­ter­day declined to iden­tify the gui­tarist and claimed that the inci­dent was safe.

I can under­stand him not want­ing to encour­age folks to play non the water­fall, but what we did was per­fectly safe,” said Mr Mulcahy.

Of course we don’t want kids play­ing there, but record­ing a video of a gui­tar solo is dif­fer­ent to play­ing. nIf we were run­ning across the water­falls just for a laugh, I’d say that would have been a bad exam­ple for peo­ple. But we went there for a sin­gle pur­pose, did it quickly, and then left.

The video is a scene for an upcom­ing music video. The gui­tarist wanted an epic scene for his gui­tar solo in the mid­dle of the song, so we decided the most amaz­ing look­ing place we have on our door step was the falls in Ennistymon.”

3. MAYO NEWSCould sea­weed gath­er­ing be privatised?

There is con­tro­versy in Mayo with moves to pri­va­tise sea­weed cut­ting along the coast of the county.

Arra­mara Teo­ranta is a state-owned body that is seek­ing per­mis­sion to con­trol the huge sea­weed resource along the West­ern seaboard. At present, Údarás na Gaeltachta holds 100 per­cent of the com­pany shares, and an act made in 1933 allows peo­ple to cut it.

Accord­ing to the Mayo News, it seems that a pri­vate com­pany from Canada is bid­ding for Arra­mara. Local politi­cians are con­cerned that if con­trol of the licences is handed over to a pri­vate com­pany then the peo­ple who have lived along the shore­lines and cut sea­weed will no longer be able to avail of this and other nat­ural resources along the seashore.

The dan­ger is that this is just another fea­ture of our lives which this gov­ern­ment wants to sell off for pri­vati­sa­tion,” sais Sinn Fein’s Rose Conway-Walsh.

There is great untapped poten­tial along our coast for greater use of sea­weed and for job cre­ation by adding value to the poten­tial har­vest. Locals want har­vest­ing and pro­cess­ing to be con­trolled by the com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing there by way of co-operatives or some sim­i­lar com­mu­nity based approach.

A sea­weed and fore­shore licens­ing pub­lic meet­ing will be held in the Tal­bot Hotel, Bel­mul­let tonight at 7pm and the mat­ter is to be raised in the Senad.

4. WEXFORD ECHO — Thanks Brooklyn

Never has a town got so behind a major film. The Wex­ford Echo has reported for some weeks now on the film­ing of Brook­lyn in Ennis­cor­thy, with Niamh Dev­ereaux on set (and even turn­ing up for audi­tions) for the paper. This week, the town bids farewell to the film, as it decamps to Dublin and Mon­treal to fin­ish shooting.

The paper devotes 5 pages to the farewell, which was beau­ti­fully marked by a Civic recep­tion for all con­cerned at Ennis­cor­thy­Cas­tle. Stars Saoirse Ronan and Domh­nall Glee­son were among those attend­ing a farewell bash at Ennis­cor­thy­Cas­tle. The evening was held by Ennis­cor­thy Town Coun­cil and Ennis­cor­thy Cham­ber, who made a num­ber of pre­sen­ta­tions to the cast and crew.

The paper reports the film ” HAS brought Ennis­cor­thy back to life”. The Mayor said it had stimulated

the local econ­omy “but most impor­tantly it brought a feel­ing of hap­pi­ness and pride back into our town.

Most peo­ple in the world know where Brook­lyn is; we hope after see­ing this film they will know where Ennis­cor­thy is.”

The movie team wrapped up their time in Ennis­cor­thy with work at St. Aidan’s Cathe­dral, and another at Cur­r­a­cloe – the first time film­ing has taken place at the beach since 1998’s smash hit Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan

The film­ing has seen a huge revival of inter­est in Colm Tóibín’s novel, which was adapted for the big screen by Oscar-nominated screen­writer Nick Hornby.

Tóibín ini­tially told the story of Eilis (renamed Nora in the movie), a young woman who left Ennis­cor­thy for New York where she finds love, before a tragedy brings her home and leaves her with a dif­fi­cult deci­sion to make.

The final prod­uct is sched­uled to be in Irish cin­e­mas in 2015.

5. MEATH CHRONICLE — Elec­tion can­di­date in promise ‘not to give a feck’

A locAl elec­tion can­di­date is rais­ing a few eye­brows in Meath with his new ‘Don’t Give a Feck Party’ and his sole promise to “do noth­ing for you and my very best to do it!”

What started off as a joke for Duleek launderette-owner Dave Keav­eney has spi­ralled into an elec­tion cam­paign after locals urged him to “run for real” when he pinned a mock poster up in his Main Street business.

His poster fea­tures a slo­gan: ‘Vote Dave no 1 for a cleaner Duleek’.

The tongue-in-cheek Roscom­mon native who has been run­ning the Xtra clean laun­derette and dry-cleaners for 15 years, is well-known in the vil­lage for his humour and quick wit.

He said: “It started off as a joke. I made up the poster because I’m fed up lis­ten­ing to the same bull from politi­cians and the same elec­tion­eer­ing promises that aren’t kept.

Every­one who came into the shop thought it was bril­liant and advised me to go for it. Sure, if I can put a smile back on people’s faces and not fill them with false hope, isn’t that what it’s all about?”

He now intends to run for elec­tion on 23rd May next as a non-party can­di­date in the Laytown-Bettystown local Elec­toral Area.

On his party’s Face­book page Dave includes a cheeky post of a scuba diver with the words: “check­ing out the pot­holes in the local area today.” Other com­i­cal posts include a list of three ‘wishes’, say­ing ‘Give Ire­land back to Eng­land and apol­o­gise for the state it’s in. It’s fecked!’ and ‘Dogs foul­ing on the streets will be shot on shite’.

If I can’t solve a prob­lem, I’ll tell them why. I won’t say ‘leave it with me’ and never get back to them,” he adds. on a seri­ous note, now that he’s decided to run for elec­tion, Dave would like to see more jobs in the area. “There’s trades­peo­ple of all descrip­tions out of work in east Meath and I would love to see some small-sized com­pa­nies come to the area and cre­ate jobs. “If I get elected, I’ll shake up the whole coun­cil cham­ber,” he pledged.

IDB set to invest €30million — 50 new jobs

The Irish Dairy Board announced this week that they will be build­ing a state of the art Ker­ry­gold but­ter pack­ing plant in Mitchel­stown and the €30 mil­lion invest­ment will bring with it 50 jobs for the town.

The plant will be located on a ded­i­cated site at Dairygold’s Castle­farm and it forms part of the strate­gic invest­ment plan to grow the Ker­ry­gold brand post 2015.  For 40 weeks of the year the plant will make but­ter and develop new but­ter prod­ucts for the global market.

The state of the art facil­ity will sup­port the future growth and devel­op­ment of the Ker­ry­gold brand in a range of pack­ing for­mats on a sin­gle site.

The new facil­ity will pro­vide full sup­ply chain integrity, will cen­tralise NPD and inno­va­tion capa­bil­ity for Ker­ry­gold and will be a ded­i­cated Cus­tomer Cen­tre of Excel­lence for the Irish Dairy Board. It will also play an impor­tant busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity role for group oper­a­tions,” a spokesper­son for The Irish Dairy Board said.

The new plant will cre­ate 50 full-time jobs, but there will also be a great boost to the con­struc­tion indus­try while it is being devel­oped. It is a huge boost for the dairy indus­try in North Cork.

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