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Abbeyshrule Airfield to have open day for 40th anniversary of pilot training

The 40th anniversary of pilot training at the famous Abbeyshrule Airfield will be commemorated on Saturday next, April 14, with a special 'Fly in' and open day at the picturesque Co Longford airstrip.

Old friends from the flying fraternity in Ireland and abroad are invited to take part in the celebrations which will be followed by a dinner and special presentation at the Rustic Inn (dinner €25 per person). Contact George at 087 2584238 or Ted at 044 9357742.

Panda's recycling unit a hit in China

Waste management company Panda's wholly owned subsidiary Irish Packaging Recycling Ltd is currently the largest exporter of recycled paper and plastic from Ireland to China with over 150,000 tons of recycled packaging material worth €20m exported last year.

The company was part of the trade mission which accompanied Taoiseach Enda Kenny to China.

"We were delighted to be included in the Enterprise Ireland trade mission as it enhances our standing in Irish and Chinese markets. Our clients in China were very impressed that we were the only recycling company included in the mission," said a company spokesman.

Organ donors seek online database

The Irish Kidney Foundation has called for more people to sign up to the organ donor registry with the numbers of people waiting for transplants in Ireland now at 650.

Speaking at the launch of Organ Donor Awareness week, Mark Murphy, CEO of the Irish Kidney Association, called on the Minister for Health to set up an online database for donors: "The overriding wish would be for an Irish Organ Donor Registry to allow the public to voluntarily identify themselves on a database."

He added: "Last year was a record year for organ donation and the year for the lowest number of road traffic deaths ever recorded in the State, dispelling the public myth that most organ donors come from road traffic accidents, which [actually] accounted for 12 per cent of deceased organ donors in 2011".

Two gongs for Lidl and its agency

Supermarket chain Lidl and its creative agency, Blue Cube, won two silver awards at the recent Nokia Digital Media Awards in the Convention Centre Dublin.

"We're delighted to be recognised as leaders in social networking for multiples in Ireland," said Aoife Clarke of Lidl Ireland.

The Nualas announce Vicar St date

Ireland's top all-female comedy singing group, The Nualas, are back in Vicar Street on June 8 with a fabulous new show One Night of Dignity. Tickets on sale now at €25 from www.ticketmaster.ie or (0818) 719 300.

Map commemorates link to Titanic

To commemorate the centenary of the Titanic departing Queenstown on its fateful maiden voyage, Cork firm Know Thy Place has produced a special commemorative chart telling the story of the liner's connections with Ireland.

The chart tells how a message in a bottle from Jeremiah Burke, a 19-year-old from White's Cross, Cork, washed up a year after the Titanic sunk close to his family home at Dunkettle. It read "From Titanic. Good Bye all."

The Titanic Chart is available from Know Thy Place for €39.99 at www.knowthyplace.com or (021) 2439234.

Return of The Carpenters' love songs

ALL true romantics will be delighted that the show We've Only Just Begun, featuring the love songs of The Carpenters, returns to the National Concert Hall, Dublin on Thursday, May 3 and Cork Opera House on Friday, May 4. Tickets are available from the NCH 01 417 0000 or Cork Opera House 021 427 0022.

Sunday Independent