Friday 27 February 2015

Rail strike may hit fans

Published 20/08/2014 | 02:30

More than 15,000 GAA fans from Co Mayo are scrambling to make travel arrangements to attend the All-Ireland semi-final clash with Kerry at Croke Park on Sunday after Irish Rail stopped taking bookings ahead of planned strike action.

Local TD John O'Mahony urged fans to contact private bus companies or make their own arrangements to support the team if the strike goes ahead.

Value of ponies rises

The 50pc decline in births of Connemara ponies in recent years is driving up their value, according to breeders.

Owners attending Connemara pony week in Clifden, Go Galway, where 500 ponies are up for sale from buyers from across Europe, have described interest as strong.

Animal cruelty

Gardai in West Clare are dealing with an animal cruelty case after discovering a German Shepherd in a distressed case in a shed.

Officers in Kilrush are investigating what the local animal warden says is the "worst case of animal cruelty he has ever seen".

Jazz festival in city

Waterford city is to host its first ever free jazz festival next month.

The Waterford Jazz Weekender will hosts 10 free gigs in a number of indoor and outdoor venues, featuring swing, bebop, New Orleans, big band and modern and traditional jazz.

Calls for IDA to act

Hundreds of North Tipperary residents have demanded officials from the State's IDA to meet with them to address the unemployment crisis in the county.

A group named Roscrea Stands Up is also urging action to tackle drug addiction and crime in the area.

"Puritanical" pub law

Some of Cork city's biggest pubs and nightclubs are demanding less restrictive alcohol licensing laws.

They have claimed the "puritanical" 2am closing time in the city costs €75m in lost business each year. The businesses argue their Dublin counterparts can serve alcohol until 3am or 4am.

Emergency landing

A TECHNICAL examination is to be carried out to probe the cause of an emergency helicopter landing in west Cork on Monday.

A pilot and his student had to make an emergency landing in a field after their helicopter made a shuddering sound as it was hovering 1,700 feet over Cork harbour.

Irish Independent

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