Tributes paid to late PJ Morley
Former Fianna Fail TD PJ Morley, who died yesterday at the age of 81, was yesterday hailed as an "outstanding public representative".
Tributes were paid to Mr Morley, who served Mayo East for 20 years in the Dail from 1977 until 1997 and had previously spent four years as a senator. Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin described Mr Morley as a "diligent worker for the people of Mayo." Mayo TD Dara Calleary said Mr Morley had been "instrumental" in securing government support of Knock airport.
He is mourned by his wife Mary, sons Patrick, Enda and Brian, and his daughter Cathy.
Care homes face staff shortage
THE country is facing a shortage of qualified staff to care for senior citizens as nursing homes currently have 700 unfilled vacancies, a leading nursing organisation has warned.
The All-Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association (AIGNA) has made an urgent call on the Government to introduce specialised nursing degree courses in care for older people to address the rising demand for care for Ireland's ageing population.
County Tipps the hat to UK publican
A POPULAR London publican, whose pub has been voted for 'The Best Pint In London' has been chosen as Tipperary Person of the Year by the Tipperary Association in London.
Jim Ryan of the famous Coach and Horses hostelry beside the Opera House in Covent Garden is a native of Gortnahoe, Co Tipperary, and was a member of the Tipperary Minor Hurling team in 1959 and 1960.
Nuns celebrate 225 years in town
THE Ursuline Sisters will celebrate an unbroken link of 225 years with Thurles, Co Tipperary, on Friday.
An impressive new extension to the Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles will be officially opened, and Archbishop Dermot Clifford will celebrate a Mass in Thurles Cathedral to mark the occasion.
Tractors get dirty for calendar
FORGET 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. If you really want to get down and dirty this Christmas, there's only one publication to buy: the Irish Vintage Farm Tractor Calendar 2013 featuring iconic vintage Irish tractors.
The brainchild of two Irish publishers, Peter O'Connell and Michael Freeman, who want to tap into a growing market in the UK, Europe and the US, the calendar will be in bookshops next week.