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12 News Handbag stolen at fast food restaurant A FEMALE who had been eating at a fast food restaurant on the outskirts of the city, had her handbag stolen after leaving it on the floor. The woman was leaving the restaurant when she realised she had left her handbag behind, but when she returned it was gone and had not been handed in to staff. The most valuable in the bag was a Nokia Touch Screen mobile phone. “This is a common enough type of crime in restaurants, shops and pubs, so just be aware and don’t leave your bag out of your sight”, said Sgt Liam Sheehan. Henry Street.

Saturday 29 May 2010 • LIMERICK POST

Kilmallock development ‘a light across Limerick’

Laptops stolen from car DELL laptops were stolen from a car that was briefly parked on the Pennywell Road when thieves broke in through the driver window. The incident happened at around 9.30am on Wednesday, May 12, and the culprit stole the two laptops from the front seat floor. Gardaí say a male was seen in the area between 9.30am and 11am, who appeared to take interest in the car. He was described as 27 or 28 years of age, wearing a black T-shirt and cycling a bike with black and white tape around the saddle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Henry Street Gardaí on 212400.

River walks, biodiversity, culture and music SOME upcoming events that will be of interest to nature lovers are detailed below. Fisheries Awareness Week runs from Monday, May 24 to Sunday, May 30. Locally, there will be a guided river walk, commencing at the University of Limerick carpark at 7pm. The walk will proceed along the Blackwater River with the wildlife filmmaker and ornithologist, John Murphy and fisheries staff, to explore the river community. On Wednesday, May 26 a guided river walk was held from Ballyhahill Village at 7pm along the White River with Geoff Hunt, the entomologist John Lavery, fisheries staff and Abha Bhan anglers to explore the river corridor and its inhabitants. Further details on these and other events from www.faw.ie On Saturday, May 29, the well know native tree expert, Ted Cooke will give a talk in Mallow, commencing at 6pm in the Moan Rua Raised Bog, Churchtown, Mallow. Those attending will be welcomed at Donagh O’Connor’s House, Churchtown. At 6.10pm there will be a walk down to the Sule Road to view two Fullacht Fia. This will be followed with a talk by Ted Cook, entitled, Biodiversification (The United Nations proclaimed 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity). This will be followed with a viewing of Allen’s Well and at 7.30pm Michael Murphy will tell some old time history of the area, passed down through the generations.

Top nursing award for Nora MS NORA Cunningham, a clinical nurse manager, in the Mid West Regional Hospital, received the prestigious Gobnait O’Connell Award at the recent Annual Delegate Conference of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. Nora was nominated for this award, which commemorates the late Gobnait O’Connell, by her nursing colleagues in the Limerick Branch. The award is presented annually in memory of Gobnait, who died tragically in a car accident some years ago, in recognition of her contribution to nursing and midwifery in Ireland. Nora, an INMO representative at the hospital, led her nursing colleagues in a local work to rule to address widespread hospital overcrowding in the interest of patient safety. This achieved an end to trolleys in hospital wards, on corridors and behind doors. As a result, management are now proactively engaging with all nursing staff, and especially medical staff, to improve conditions for patients and ensure that inpatient beds are utilised in the most efficient way possible. Her colleagues at the hospital and in the Limerick Branch, greatly appreciated her work in addressing hospital overcrowding and decided to nominate her.

Minister for Trade and Commerce Billy Kelleher TD turned the sod on a new €800,000 Community Enterprise Centre at the Kilmallock Business Park, Limerick last Friday. By Rebekah Commane SPIRITS were high in Kilmallock last Friday as the sun shone for the turning of the sod at the town’s €80,000 Community Enterprise Centre, due for completion by the end of the year. The Minister for Trade and Commerce, Billy Kelleher, said: “A challenge was laid down to the Kilmallock people and they responded in kind. “This is a significant day. Kilmallock traders are now the driving force sending a light across Limerick. “This development represents a perfect partnership between local community and state agencies. It shows what can be achieved when public and private bodies work together”. He added that he would “now highlight Kilmallock Enterprise Centre as an example of sustainable development” when travelling the country. The new centre is expected to be completed by December, and will comprise of three enterprise units of 2,500 sq ft. each and office space of 2,500 sq ft. on a one acre site. Its aim is to provide space for small enterprises and new start-ups in Kilmallock and the south Limerick area. “Kilmallock is a very important town in history and a very positive place to be today. The people here are resourceful and this investment in infrastructure is hugely important. “I wish you well with the deadline!” concluded the minister. Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council David Naughton told the Limerick Post that the centre would be

“another valuable edition to the town’s infrastructure”, coming six months after the new library and council offices in the town’s centre. He explained that Kilmallock Partnership, made up of trader representative and various county agencies, including Limerick County Council, was formed nine years ago “when a large employer in Kilmallock laid off jobs”. The group meet voluntarily to develop community and business projects for Kilmallock and the surrounding areas, and have been greatly involved in the arrival of the new enterprise centre. John Webb O’Rourke from Kilmallock Economic Enterprise Development Ltd. (KEED), said the project had been 2.5 years in the planning. “The downturn helped with costs because materials are less expensive and we managed to overcome challenges through partnership. “A number of clients have already expressed interest in the units and it’s hoped on the completion of the centre that these clients will avail of the superb new facilities. “Local agencies will work with Enterprise Ireland, Limerick County Enterprise Board, Ballyhoura Development and Shannon Development to ensure that it is working to its full potential”. Shannon Development invested in the project, and CEO, Vincent Cunnane, said that the centre should represent a model for similar sized towns. “This is a day of celebration, of inspiration. Kilmallock is being developed as an attractive location for indigenous and foreign direct investment”.

It is proposed that the centre will have a link to third level institutions to enable budding entrepreneurs to develop their ideas.

Creative training and dancing on Saturday A NATIONAL Training Day will be held in the Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall on Saturday, May 29, from 9.45am to 4pm. The event is hosted by Junior Chamber Limerick and the theme is: Being Creative - exploring new ways of communicating, networking, influencing, problem solving and being politically aware. The programme includes three energy packed and interactive workshops: Political Awareness and Networking by Donal Fitzgibbon; Creative Problem Solving by Mary T Tierney and Ballroom Dancing by Bridget Harte. Donal Fitzgibbon is a former Limerick County Board chairman who designs and delivers leadership programmes to improve communication and people management techniques for front-line managers and supervisors. Mary T. Tierney’s professional background extends to 20 years’ experience in management in the multinational corporate world, followed by a number of years in career management and consultation Trainees on Saturday can then expect a twohour dance class with Bridget Harte, a highly regarded teacher of Tango, Ballroom, Swing, Jive and Latin around Munster.

Legislation sought on wandering horses By Rebekah Commane

Can only impound on public land LIMERICK County Council are seeking new legislation from the Department of Agriculture to help target the issue of wandering horses. The matter was raised at a recent Joint Policing Committee meeting in County Hall, with Rathkeale cllr Stephen Keary, saying: “the onus is on the Department of Agriculture to get legislation in place to curb wandering horses”. A community council member told the Limerick Post that the problem was “everywhere, especially in west Limerick”. “In one case a stray horse wandered onto the road and caused a traffic collision, but it could not be identified because it wasn’t registered. There

needs to be legislation to tackle this as people could get hurt”. Askeaton Supt Joe Roe, told the

meeting that Gardaí found horses were “often deliberately put into other people’s property”. But he added that, unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done if the horse was not registered. Supt Frank O’Brien said: “There are by-laws in place in the city council regarding horses, so the county may look at these,” and cllr John Sheahan said that they would “seek legal advice on the matter”. Cllr Keary told the Limerick Post that horses are being put onto farmers land on purpose. “When they are put on private land, the land owner is responsible and

some horse owners have been intimidating land owners by doing this. “The horses are required to be micro-chipped under legislation, and if they are not, and they do not have a passport, there is no way of tracing the owner. If the horse is brought to an abattoir it can’t even be put down without documentation. “The council can only impound an animal if it is on public land, but not if it is on private property. “The department of agriculture should be making legislation to cover this kind of scenario. A motion has been passed to this effect”.

Ballynanty hooley Cllr Stephen Keary.

AN INVITATION is issued to local artists, singers, poets and anyone interested in enjoyable entertainment to come to Ballynanty Beg Hall on Shanabooley Road on Monday, May 24, from 3pm to 5pm to celebrate “Bealtaine” - A Festival of Creativity in Older Age. There will also be music, painting, craic etc.


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