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Around Ireland: hello, wrong city

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

When she was whisked through the nightclub with her entourage, most onlookers only caught a glance of her.
In the VIP area, Jordan greeted groups of 10 fans at a time. Dressed in jeans and a cream corset, she then addressed the crowd. That’s when things started to go wrong.
“Hello, Dublin!” she called from the stage, and fans started to boo her.
She tried to rescue the situation by telling of her son Harvey, who was born blind. She added that if she were single, she would date an Irishman.

Asian camels surprised diners at the Roscrea McDonald’s restaurant last week, after they escaped from their nearby enclosure.
The Nenagh Guardian said that the creatures had spotted green grass near the rotary, and after the electricity in the fence that keeps them within bounds failed, they made a break for freedom.
James Conway of Planet Circus, which owns the Bactrian camels, said that the public was not in danger.
“They are very tame and not easily frightened or intimidated,” he explained. “Like any animal, they’ll test you, but I have never seen them try to harm anyone or act aggressively. Their bark is much worse than their bite.”

Beekeepers in Derry’s Roe Valley have been preparing for the annual Honey Show, to be held Oct. 3. Organizers have said that the terrible summer weather has brought supplies down considerably, but that there will still be plenty to discuss and, of course, plenty of honey to sample.
Trophy winners from last year were asked to return their prizes after polishing them. On the day there will be a welcome speech from Roe Valley Beekeepers’ Association President David McIntyre, followed by guest speaker Hilary Keegan.

Tralee, usually associated with holidaymakers and tourists, was the scene of a horrific beating last week. A man was set upon at around 2:30 a.m. as he walked home after a night out.
He was rushed to Cork University Hospital.
Gardai in Tralee have appealed to anybody that may have witnessed the attack to come forward with information that might lead to the identification of the culprits.
The victim, who is in his 40s and understood to be from the Ballymacelligott area, was set upon by his assailants in Ashe Street and suffered what have been described as “severe injuries.”

Canadian victims of a World War II airplane crash were commemorated in Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh, last week, after local historians Breege McCusker and Joe O’Loughlin researched the crash and found that the Canadian victims were buried without a gravestone. The youngest, flying officer Fred Dawson, was 19. He left behind his pregnant wife.
Donegal singer Marion Fitzgerald sang the Canada’s national anthem, “O Canada.” After a ceremony at the gravesite in Fermanagh, the group traveled to the crash site over the border in Donegal, where an Irish Army guard of honor and flags representing Ireland, Canada, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force stood.

Eoin Dubsky, a 22-year-old student from Gorey, Co. Wexford, was charged at Gort District Court for causing criminal damage to a U.S. Hercules military airplane last week.
Dubsky, an anti-war protestor, said that he would launch a countersuit against the government, calling its participation in the War against Terror “unconstitutional.”
“I had terrible trouble with the fluorescent red spray-paint. Most of it came out it blobs,” Dubsky told the Gorey Echo newspaper. “Still I did get to write ‘No War’ and draw two large peace symbols on the U.S. Air Force ‘Hercules’ KC-130, which is a mid-air refueling plane which can be used though for troop/cargo transport or dropping daisy-cutter bombs even. Some people are really very committed in the United States, United Kingdom and in Ireland to go out and kill many people to protect their interest in oil.”

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Legendary Longford Pub P.V. Fallon’s has won the 2002 Black & White Pub of the Year for County Longford and hopes to win the national championship in October.
P.V.’s was selected as the best pub in the county from a large number of entries received for what is the 26th year of the Black and White Pub of the Year Awards.
The award was presented to P.V.’s on the basis of the high standards of hygiene, staff efficiency and friendliness, inviting appearance and a well-served range of drinks — vital criteria to any award-winning establishment, the organizers noted.

The Irish pop group Ash is at the center of a row after the lead singer belittled the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in his native Downpatrick.
Tim Wheeler, interviewed in Hot Press magazine, said that the parade in Downpatrick was “rubbish.”
Instead, he said, the New York City St Patrick’s Day parade was much better.
“One of the best things I ever saw was in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York,” he said. “We come from Downpatrick where Saint Patrick is buried, but we have the most rubbish little parade ever.”
Responded Sharon O’Connor, who helps organize the annual parade in Downpatrick, “The remark is very hurtful to the people of the town itself, and to Ash’s legion of loyal fans here.”
Other local councilors attacked the group, but one slyly suggested that Wheeler and company could use their tremendous talents to make the annual Downpatrick parade “even better.”

In Dunmore, Co. Waterford, locals are excited that Ulster Bank has opened the town’s first ATM. Now they will no longer have to travel to Tramore or Waterford City.
Tourists and local residents have used the machine extensively since it was put in place. John Fitzgerald said the cash-dispensing machine was an “absolute necessity” for Dunmore East.

Cavan firefighters who had visited Ground Zero in New York last year held a Sept. 11 memorial service.
Mass was celebrated in the Fire Station by Fr. Fagan, administrator of the Cathedral of St. Patrick and St. Felim, and was attended by firefighters from each of the brigades in the county as well as retired members of the service and senior management of Cavan County Council.
The New York Fire Department flag, which was presented to Cavan County Fire Service by Deputy Chief Edward J. Dennehy earlier in the year, was flown from the building alongside the national and county flags.
Cavan Town’s Fire Brigade, having organized the event, had to attend to a fire in Kilnaleck and missed the ceremonies at their own station. However, they observed the minute’s silence on the street, along with colleagues from Ballyjamesduff Fire Brigade, who were also at the incident.
Last year, firemen from the county collected money on the streets of all the towns in the country and six men representing Cavan County Fire Service presented a cheque for $35,545 to the president of the New York Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

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