Friday 15 December 2017

Lidl to mark its 10 years in the Irish market with competitions nationwide

Some 10 years after entering the Irish market, cost-cutting supermarket chain Lidl is planning 10 weeks of competitions and promotions in its stores nationwide.

The German retailer, well-known for bargain prices, arrived in Ireland in July 2000. "Now with 121 stores and counting, affordable shopping is not the privilege of a few, but the right for everyone," a spokesman said.

Having spent the last month celebrating with staff, the party continues for Lidl shoppers as the retailer thanks and rewards its customers.

There will be a series of national competitions with prizes such as brand new Fiat Punto Evos and thousands of euros in shopping vouchers.

The competitions commence with the Golden Ticket Scratch Card promotion -- the cards are hidden in selected products in stores across Ireland.

As well as investing in Ireland through expansion and extending its ranges of locally sourced products and employment, Lidl is putting its money where its mouth is with education and training through the Lidl Retail Management Degree Programme, a recognised third-level degree which it runs through Dublin Business School.

This innovative 'earn while you learn' programme pays students a salary while they gain a world of theory and practical experience.

Over 100 priests fly back for reunion

More than 100 priests from five continents will assemble in St Patrick's College, Thurles, Co Tipperary, this Tuesday for the ninth international reunion of past pupils of the former seminary.

The reunion is held every five years and among the visitors coming this year is retired Bishop Thomas Flanagan of San Antonio, Texas.

Highlight of the nostalgic week-long celebration will be a concelebrated Mass in Thurles Cathedral this Thursday. A homily will be given by Father Eugene Baker. The former seminary is now a college of education.

Dingle Races draw to successful close

THE Dingle Races end today after another successful meeting at one of the most picturesque tracks in the country.

"There is nothing to compare with the Dingle Races," said Kerry's eight-time All-Ireland hero Paidi O Se. "You can have Galway, you can have Listowel, but nothing can beat Dingle."

Mr O Se added: "One of the greatest afternoons of my life was about 20 years ago when I spent a day with Richard Harris. We had quite a few drinks together and we had quite a lot in common, including the fact that we had both played rugby in Limerick; me for Young Munster and Richard for Garryowen."

Viennese flautist kicks off concerts

TALENTED Viennese flautist Karin Leitner begins her August series of concerts, accompanied by Fiachra Garvey on piano and featuring soprano Kirstin Deolle, in Castle Coole, Enniskillen, this Thursday.

The trio will then appear at Birr Vintage Week next Saturday and next week the concerts will continue in Bantry, Listowel, Kilworth and Killarney. Full details on

'Magic' Henry back for dixieland jazz

Chris Barber trumpet star, Mike 'Magic' Henry, returns to Ireland on Monday August 23, to perform with the Des Hopkins Jazzband for an evening of exciting dixieland jazz at The Village Inn, Clane, Co Kildare. Details on 086 2679532 or

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