SERIOUS concerns have been expressed for the future of one of Ireland's most famous historical monuments, Muiredach's Cross at Monasterboice, after it was desecrated with a white paint-like substance.
Local tour guide Barry McGahon said he was 'appalled' to find the white substance covering the 10th century monument and said the latest incident only highlights the pressing need for measures to be taken to protect the cross. 'I just couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it,' said Barry. 'This white powdery substance is all over one of the main panels on the cross, which has the scene depicting Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel.'
15 MILLION REASONS
DUNLEER now has 15 million reasons to be thankful to local firm Glen Dimplex - because that's the amount of euro it has invested in the town in the past two years.
Company boss Martin Naughton revealed the figure during a local primary school extension opening, adding that the firm had also spent €85,000 in supplying the school with a state-of-the-art heating system. In a speech regarded as a vote of confidence in the future of the Dunleer plant, he vowed to make a future for many of the pupils. '
Our confidence in Dunleer means we have 75 head office people based here and across the road from the school we have a new lab making groundbreaking products, and the showroom attracts buyers from around the world.'
CRISP BAG COULD HAVE KILLED
A MOTHER and daughter were hospitalised after a discarded crisp packet almost killed them as they slept.
The bag was thrown into a front room fire but blew up the chimney, blocking the flue and causing an almost lethal build up of carbon monoxide. The mother, who lives in Duleek, woke during the night and suffered two seizures before she could call for help. She was rushed to hospital, her daughter following her the next day.
'My sister-in-law went to the house with a carbon monoxide alarm and the reading went through the roof,' the girl's still shocked dad continued. A fire officer arrived at the house and went straight to the chimney and discovered the crisp bag.'
ARSON AT GAA GROUNDS
AN ARSON attack left GAA officials and volunteers battling against the clock to stage the 2013 SFC Final at the GAA Grounds.
Up to 20 O'Raghallaigh's members and Louth officials assembled at 9.30 a.m. on the Sunday morning to mount a massive clean-up following the incident at the rear of the main stand. The alarm was raised just after 5.45 p.m. when flames exploded from the stand area on the Crosslanes side. It was discovered that a number of portable toilets were pushed up against a door and set alight.
Five service personnel and gardaí rushed to the scene and the blaze was contained to the one area. But the intense fire destroyed a small tractor used to cut the grass while a tea making and storage area were located.
HISTORIC CLOCK DISCOVERED
A CLOCK, made by the firm of the first man to be buried in St Peter's cemetery in Drogheda, has been discovered in an old house in Ardee.
The Albert Clock dates from the late 1800s and features the name of the makers on it and the address, 116 West Street, Drogheda. Not operational, it has all the workings intact at the rear, as well as two heavy weights that hung from it. The company was set up by Reinhardt Albert, who, according to Jim Garry's History of St Peter's Cemetery, was a native of Bavaria in the extreme south east of Germany, bordered by Austria.
&EURO;200,000 FOR PHILIPSTOWN
A €200,000 cash injection has been heralded as another vital vote of confidence in the community life of rural mid-Louth. Louth Leader Partnership has agreed to provide the funding to help in the development of the new community centre project in Philipstown, which is looking at a completion date some time in 2014.