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Thursday 26 April 2018

Pauline on hand to add a little extra Phizz to arts festival in the capital

Phizzfest, the voluntarily run arts festival celebrating everything that is good about Phibsborough, Dublin 7, returns in early September.

Novelist and actress Pauline McLynn and other festival participants were on hand last week to help promote the festival on the Etihad Skyline above Croke Park looking out along the Royal Canal towards Phibsboro. The Croke Park Community Fund is a major sponsor of the festival.

The annual event, running from September 1-9 this year, has a packed programme, which includes an evening with John Giles in conversation with broadcaster Cathal Mac Coille, a History Ireland Hedge School, Cork comic Maeve Higgins of TV's Naked Camera, Fishamble, with a production of The Wheelchair on My Face, poet Dermot Bolger in conversation with photographer John Minihan and 3epkano, gigging on a rooftop.

Retailers fight to halt stores failing

TRADERS in a Co Cavan town, where 17 shops have closed because of the recession, are fighting back.

Business leaders in Cootehill are exploring ways of preventing the area becoming a ghost town, while town councillors are to work with the local chamber of commerce to revive trade.

Cllr Aidan Boyle said: "Seventeen businesses have shut down and this has left our town with a lot of eyesores."

He claimed several stores would have survived if their rates bill had been based on turnover instead of property valuations. Town councillors are also claiming that local shops are being forced out of business by competition from street traders.

BirdWatch in dire corncrake warning

BIRDWATCH Ireland have warned that this year's summer flooding may well be "the final nail in the coffin" for the corncrake on the Shannon Callows.

This year, just one endangered male corncrake has been recorded in the Shannon Callows along the banks of the River Shannon.

Flood Project Team chairman for the Irish Farmers' Association Michael Silke blames the decline in numbers on mismanagement of the Shannon and inaction on the part of successive governments.

"The State has done absolutely nothing to try and protect it," Mr Silke said. "We put in a huge effort to try and protect the corncrake along with BirdWatch Ireland."

He said high water levels and increasingly frequent summer flooding also pose a serious threat to other nesting birds along the Shannon.

Olympian O'Callaghan to be honoured

IRELAND'S greatest Olympian is to be honoured in his native village on the anniversary of his historic second gold medal triumph.

Dr Pat O'Callaghan's achievements will be celebrated at a special ceremony in Dromtarriffe as part of the Discover Duhallow Initiative in north Cork today -- coinciding with the first major track events of the London Olympics.

Dr O'Callaghan won two gold medals for hammer throwing in the 1928 Amsterdam Games and the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. He is the only Irish athlete to have won two gold medals in track and field and to have successfully defended an Olympic title.

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