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Peace award for McAleeses at civic reception hosted by Tipperary council

A CIVIC reception hosted by Tipperary Town Council awaits former president Mary McAleese and her husband, Senator Martin McAleese, when they visit the town to receive the 2011 International Peace Award in the Ballykisteen Hotel, on Thursday, July 5.

Peace convention secretary Martin Quinn said that confirmation of attendance has been received from 15 ambassadors; the Attorney General; the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces; the President of the High Court; the leader of the SDLP; the Chair of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission; representatives of the Naval Service; An Garda Siochana; the PSNI; and the main churches and peace-based organisations from the north and south.

NUI Galway building is tops for public

THE Engineering Building at NUI Galway, designed by Taylor Architects/RMJM, has been voted Ireland's favourite new building. Engineering Building NUI Galway was the public choice in the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2012, which were announced last week. A total of 14 projects received awards.

Alcohol action group lobbies for plan

ALCOHOL Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has urged the Government to adopt a 'Hidden Harm' Action Plan, similar to that of Northern Ireland, following the Report of the Independent Child Death Review Group, which names alcohol as a key child welfare issue.

Referring to the fact that alcohol in the home was the second most prevalent issue after neglect in the cases of unnatural deaths, charity director Fiona Ryan said: "One in seven children currently in care in this country is there due to parental alcohol and drug problems."

Closure threat to Navan hospital A&E

THE HSE has proposed to part-close A&E services at Our Lady's Hospital, Navan, from next August. Cathaoirleach of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign Peadar Toibin TD said this would be a devastating blow to health services in the county and the campaign would fight it tooth and nail.

Open garden day for cystic fibrosis

EAMONN and Rita Butler open their gardens on Sunday, July 1, from 2-5pm in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Association with the support of Bunclody Horticultural Society. The venue is Sliabh Radharc, Knockanure (close to Clohamon on road to Ferns), Bunclody, Co Wexford. These gardens have matured very well over the past decade. Borders and beds burgeon with a very wide selection of perennials, trees and shrubs. It is not a low-maintenance garden by any means, and not a miracle in design either; however, it sits comfortably in a very pleasant setting with Mount Leinster and the Black Hills in full view.

Tea and coffee will be available. There will also be raffles, and plants for sale. There will be somebody on hand to dole out advice, or even accept it. Telephone (053) 9376908 for further details.

Inaugural festival for US Navy founder

THE memory of US Navy founder Commodore John Barry is being honoured in his hometown this weekend as the first John Barry Maritime Festival opens in Wexford town.

There will be a Blessing of the Boats and Parade of Sail; a 'Try it Dock' with rowing, sailing and kayaking; a treasure hunt; a raft race; wakeboarding demonstrations; a sea kayaking race; rowing races; and the National Thundercat Powerboat Championships will also feature on the town's quayside. A display of more than 100 model boats, a John Barry tribute and a Titanic exhibition will also be showcased.

The festival -- which is in aid of the RNLI -- will be visited by the brand new S92 Irish Coast Guard Helicopter for a fly-by.

Sunday Independent