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Friends of Forgotten Irish lay wreath on pier in memory of emigrants

On Tuesday, May 14, at 3.30pm Friends of the Forgotten Irish will lay a wreath at the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, in memory of Irish people who left from the historic Carlisle Pier for England, many never to return to their homeland. The wreath will be laid by Cllr Sally Mulready, Irish Council of State and representatives of Hackney Borough Council at the commemorative plaque on the pier. All are welcome.

Full steam ahead for vintage trains

The Narrow Gauge Railway at Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co Laois, will be running today and tomorrow with trains departing as often as is required from 1pm to 4pm. The star attraction on the line is the 1949 ex-Bord na Mona steam locomotive. A 1952 Ruston diesel locomotive will be on standby over the May bank holiday weekend in case of breakdowns and a 1936 Plant diesel locomotive will also be on display.

Sporting duo kick off buggy trek

Golf professional Brendan McDermott and former Irish rugby great Mick Galwey are embarking on a 500 km journey in a golf buggy from Cobh, Co Cork, to Greencastle Golf Club in Donegal to raise funds for charities. The three-day trek begins on May 27 to raise funds for LauraLynn, Ireland's Children's Hospice and Burkett's Ward in St James's Hospital, Dublin. All monies raised with go directly to the charities and no administration fees will be deducted.

Bus firm takes leap with travel card

Wexford Bus is the first private commercial bus operator to officially adopt the Leap card ticketing system. Users of Wexford Bus can now benefit from the convenience of using the card. The National Transport Authority is currently trialling the system on other commercial bus operator services, but Wexford Bus is the first to officially adopt the Leap card ticketing system on their Wexford to Dublin city and airport route.

Tractor nuts revving up for festival

The 10th annual Tractor Nuts Festival kicks off in Borris, Co Carlow, next weekend. Among the events are a barn dance, a farmers' market and a bachelors' bootcamp. The highlight is the Tractor Run, a parade of restored vintage tractors. It's all in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Kidney Association.

Sky's the limit for SiliconCloud

A Dublin-based digital marketing consultancy has been awarded the County Enterprise Award for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown and will go forward to the national awards finals in Dublin Castle in November. SiliconCloud, founded by Patrick Murphy, creates custom online sales and marketing strategies for clients in the US, South Africa and Ireland. The company, which began life in 2009, now employs six people full-time at its offices in Sandyford business park.

Silk scroll unveiled at Chester Beatty

Only about one per cent of the collection at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle is on display at any one time, due to lack of space – so objects rotate regularly.

This month's highlight is a handscroll of flowers and birds from the Chinese Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Painted on silk, the flora and fauna symbolise wishes for long life and marital harmony. Admision to the museum is free.

AA branch to hold public meeting

THE AA branch in Dun Laoghaire-Monkstown, Co Dublin, will host a public meeting, at Monkstown Community Centre, off Monkstown Avenue, at 8.30pm tomorrow. Anyone who is concerned about their drinking habit is welcome to attend.

Irish Independent