Festival for Potter fans
Followers of goings-on at Hogwarts will have an opportunity to rub shoulders at a convention devoted to the creations of JK Rowling. The three-day event, Potterfest Galway, is due to be held at NUI Galway from January 31 to February 2.
The NUI Galway Harry Potter Society is not associated with JK Rowling or Warner Brothers in any way. All proceeds from the event will be donated to charity.
PEPSI CUTS 20 STAFF
US firm PepsiCo confirmed it is laying off 20 staff at its Carrigaline plant in Cork. A spokesperson said the jobs were being transferred to IBM and involved transaction processing and accounting, which was not part of its core business.
The company said the outsourcing would result in a delivery of more streamlined and efficient services, adding: "Unfortunately this will impact on some roles and we will be consulting with those concerned."
€360K CANNABIS HAUL
CANNABIS plants with an estimated street value of €360,000 have been seized by gardai in Donegal. They seized the large quantity of cannabis plants and made four arrests as part of an ongoing investigation targeting cannabis cultivation in the county.
The plants were discovered, along with a number of other items that had been made and adapted for the growth and cultivation of cannabis, during a search at a premises on Navenny Street, Ballybofey, yesterday evening.
100,000 CIGS SEIZED
MORE than 120,000 cigarettes with a retail value of €58,000 have been seized by customs officers in the Limerick region.
Yesterday, officers from Revenue's Customs Service, assisted by gardai, seized 100,000 cigarettes with a retail value of €47,000 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €37,000 from a van they stopped on the Limerick-Tipperary border near Castleconnell. The van was seized and a non-Irish male driver in his 30s was arrested and questioned.
MEAT PLANT GAS LEAK
AN investigation is under way into a gas leak at a meat plant. A quantity of ammonia vapour leaked from a container at Kepak's facility in Watergrasshill in north Cork.
No one was injured in the incident and there is understood to be no environmental concerns. The plant, which is located at Condonstown, some 2km outside the north Cork village, was evacuated for a brief period while the leak was tackled.