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Sunday 19 November 2017

In brief: KnockanStockan festival to bring boutique feel to wilds of Wicklow

THE KnockanStockan Festival is the first of the 'boutique' outdoor events for the summer. For those who like their music amid a beautiful setting, the festival on the shores of Blessington Lake in Co Wicklow is certainly worth a trip. The three-day event, from July 22 to 24, comes with a price tag of just €75. There will be plenty of other attractions apart from the bands. For more information go to

Transplant athletes ready for Games

THIRTY-THREE transplant athletes, aged between nine and 70, will gather at the Clarion Hotel, Dublin Airport, at 9am next Thursday morning before they depart for the 18th World Transplant Games, which will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Irish team members have all received major organ transplants including heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas. The team will participate in various sporting events at the Games, including track and field, petanque, bowling, golf, swimming and cycling.

US Marine Corps to hurl at Semple

A contingent of the United States Marine Corps known as "The Wild Geese" will take part in the inaugural international festival of hurling in Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co Tipperary, on July 8 and 9.

The Marines, who are based in Suffolk, England, will bid for the Tom Semple Trophy in the 13-a-side festival organised by Thurles Sarsfields GAA club. Taking part will be teams from America, England, Northern Ireland, Brussels and the Republic.

The mayor of both North Tipperary and Thurles, John Kennedy, was at the launch of the festival in Semple Stadium last night.

The aim is to promote the international dimension of hurling and to foster hurling tourism. "The Marines will be in Ireland for the Munster final," said Sarsfields chairman, John Enright.

EPA boss to leave for Bord Pleanala

The director general of the Environmental Protection Agency, Dr Mary Kelly, is leaving the agency at the end of the summer to take up her new appointment as chairwoman of An Bord Pleanala.

'Saor Uladh' leader dies in US aged 91

A last link with a terrorist campaign in Ulster ended last week with the death in the United States of former senator Liam Kelly, from Pomeroy Co, Tyrone, who was founder-leader of the dissident republican group, 'Saor Uladh'.

The group was established by Kelly after he was expelled from the IRA in the early Fifties for undertaking a number of attacks on the RUC which were not sanctioned by the IRA leadership at the time. He was an abstentionist MP at Westminster from 1953 to 1958, and later elected to Seanad Eireann following the formation of a short-lived political wing, known as 'Fianna Uladh'. He emigrated to the US in 1959 where he died last week at the age of 91. His nephew, Patrick Kelly, was one of the IRA gang shot dead by the British SAS during a foiled gun and bomb attack by the Provisionals at Loughgall, Co Armagh, in 1987.

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