Westmeath Examiner | News Headlines http://www.westmeathexaminer.ie/news/ Latest from the online edition en-gb Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:44:16 +0000 Copyright (C) 2014 Celtic Media Group http://data.celticmediagroup.com/feeds/ 78 Westmeath Examiner | News Headlines http://data.celticmediagroup.com/furniture/wme_logo_500x75.png http://www.westmeathexaminer.ie/news/ Lisa McGowan crowned Kilbeggan Races Midlands National Best Dressed Lady A prize worth €2,500 was awarded to Tullamore native Lisa McGowan at Kilbeggan Races last Friday after she was chosen as the winner of the Best Dressed Lady competition at the annual Midlands National meeting.


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'Don’t split us up’ plea from Killucan man and US love A Killucan man has spoken of his fears that he and his American girlfriend will be unable to make a life in Ireland due to bureaucratic red tape.

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Find a sport you love, says Bressie at launch of Community Games With Athlone Castle as the setting, the HSE Community Games launched their 2014 Festival with the help of former participant and fitness ambassador Bressie (Niall Breslin) this morning.

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Council hopeful Ennell ban lifted 'within days’ Westmeath County Council are “optimistic” that the bathing ban at Lilliput will be lifted “in the coming days”.

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VIDEO: Kieran’s insect ‘treats’ are not for everyone! A Mullingar businessman had a novel way of attracting customers to his stall at Mullingar Agricultural Show: he offered them some somewhat less-than-tempting treats to eat – dried insects!

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Delvin man wins on Lottery Money Spinner Westmeath resident Stuart Wells, who won €24,000 on the National Lottery’s Money Spinner event on Saturday, is originally from London and has been living in Ireland for 14 years. 

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Today is Farm Safety Awareness Day So far this year, 14 people have lost their lives due to accidents on Irish farms, and yesterday (Monday July 21) was designated by the IFA as the first National Farm Safety Awareness Day.

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Five County Cycle Challenge for LARCC Frank Dillon and a number of his cycling friends will embark on a 300km cycle across Westmeath, Offaly, Laois, Carlow and Kilkenny in aid of LARCC Cancer Support Centre in Multyfarnham on the weekend of August 9 and 10.

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MH17 flight victim was relation of Westmeath TD’s wife It has been confirmed that one of the victims travelling on board the downed Malaysian flight bound for Kuala Lumpur was a cousin of TD Willie Penrose’s wife Anne.

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Handsome double for James P Streete jockey, James P Sullivan was in flying form yesterday when he scored a brace aboard King Torus in Doncaster and Royal Marskell in Leicester.

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Operation GIY Nation drives on with Renault This was an exciting week for the four new pioneers chosen to take part in the Operation GIY Nation campaign launched last March in association with Renault Ireland and GIY (Grow it Yourself) Ireland.

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Farm accidents in focus Next Monday is National Farm Safety Day and to highlight this, the Irish Farmers Journal has produced four pages, including an innovative, one-off front page.

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Independent radio celebrating 25 years of service to listeners On 24 July, 1989 Dublin’s FM104 became the first independent radio station to go live on air.

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Local Enterprise Office Westmeath rolls out online trading vouchers scheme The Westmeath Local Enterprise Office is rolling out online trading vouchers scheme to support local businesses from this week.


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The Academic headline Dublin's Grand Social tonight! Mullingar band The Academic are headed for a Grand Social headline gig tonight, Thursday July 17!

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Former Christian Brother pleads guilty to indecent assault charges A former Christian Brother who taught in St Mary’s CBS primary school in Mullingar more than twenty years ago, has pleaded guilty to six charges of indecently assaulting two young boys at the school.

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VIDEO: Hats off to the 'Hard hats instead of Stetsons' crew! The moment the line dancers who turned up at Shay Murtagh Precast at Raharney on Saturday have been waiting for has arrived: they're up on You Tube!



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Hats off to the 'Hard hats instead of Stetsons' crew! ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWeuxjmxPYc


The moment the line dancers who turned up at Shay Murtagh Precast at Raharney on Saturday have been waiting for has arrived: they're up on You Tube!

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Irish firm warns of ways in which scammers try to get your passwords Have you received an email purporting to be from iTunes checking if you bought a game off them?  Or a bank email, asking for you to login to "verify" your account?

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Mullingar ‘should do more for Niall’s fans’ Memphis has Graceland, Liverpool has The Beatles Story, while Nashville has the Johnny Cash museum. Mullingar has Niall Horan!

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Moyvoughley to mark centenary of WW1 beginning Plans are well advanced in Moyvoughley to mark the centenary of the beginning of World War 1.

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The best World Cup seat in the house! The best World Cup seat in the house is currently sitting in the foyer of the Greville Arms Hotel!

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Shocking CSO figures detail startling slump in building sector The way the startling slump in Ireland’s building trade has manifested itself in Westmeath is displayed clearly in figures released recently by the Central Statistics Office.

The figures show that in the first quarter of 2014, planning permission for just 20 houses was granted in Westmeath – all of them one-off dwellings.

Even more strikingly, just 66 housing estate houses have been granted permission in the six and a half years since the end of 2006.

By contrast, when the Celtic Tiger was at its peak, the number of permits granted for houses in Westmeath reached four-digit levels.

The fall is dramatic when set against the peak figures. For example, in the final quarter of 2005, permission for some 739 houses was granted; in the final quarter of 2005, permission for 7111 houses was granted.

In fact, in the whole of 2005, the number of houses granted permission amounted to 1,497 – and permission was also granted for the construction of 871 flats or apartments.

Over the 12 months of 2004, permission for 1,449 houses was granted, together with permission for 569 flats/apartments.

However, the figures show that in the final quarter of 2013, just seven houses were approved for construction by the council – and in the entire 12 months of 2013, permission was granted for just 73 houses in Westmeath, together with seven flats/apartments.

Engineer John Madden, of John Madden and Associates, confirms that firms such as his, in the business of preparing house plans and submitting applications for clients, have seen a massive slump since the peak.

However, the introduction earlier this year of new planning regulations means that there is something of a mini-boom going on in the construction sector.

“A lot of people put in their commencement notices before the end of March, so that kicked off a bit of a building boom,” he says.

In the last few weeks, he has had a number of clients approach him with a view to having him draw up plans for one-off houses.

“But not one of them has been sitting opposite me,” he declares, explaining that the clients are in good jobs in Australia or Canada or elsewhere, and sending family members in to start the ball rolling for them.
Another trend he has noticed is that a lot of foreign-born workers are buying houses in estates here.

“They’re from all over the world,” says John, explaining that mostly, they are in the market for family homes to live in.
That said, eh recently had an enquiry from an investor in Australia – not Irish – interested in having two houses here surveyed, as he saw potential in the Irish rental market.


Floor size

The CSO figures also show that while the house numbers are well down, the average floor area per house has shot upwards – due, most likely, to the fact that practically all the houses granted permission going right back as far as 2008 have been one-off houses.

Back in 2001, the typical one-off house squared up at between 182 and 188 square metres. That began creeping up gradually from 2002, and increasing on a more or less consistent basis right through the mid 2000s until, by 2008, one-off houses ranged, on average, from 275 to about 288 square metres in size.

In 2013, those one-off sizes were back somewhat, ranging from an average of 217 square metres to 291 ssquare metres.

An increased taste for innovation in design, and for something other than the old style “bungalow bliss” type houses, fuelled a lot of the growth in house sizes, says John, adding that increased energy efficiency construction made it feasible to build larger house.

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Emergency legislation won't solve Garth issue - Minister "Emergency legislation will not solve the Garth Brooks concerts issue and may even jeopardise any concert taking place," Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly has stated today, adding that "a line needs to be drawn" under the controvery in the next 48 hours.

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Gardaí appeal for help finding tourist missing in Westmeath An appeal has gone out for help in finding an elderly Australian tourist who has gone missing in Westmeath.

William Tyquin (85), has been missing since last Tuesday, July 8, and gardaí at Athlone are seeking the public's assistance in tracing his whereabouts.

Mr Tyquin travelled to Ireland on Friday July 4.

He hired a black Hyundai ix20 12- D- 22135 with the intention of travelling around Ireland. He was last seen on the 8th July 2014 in Athlone.
William is described as being 5’ 6”, with grey hair. When last seen he was wearing cream coloured trousers, a grey t-shirt and sandals.   
Gardaí and family are very concerned for William and are appealing for anyone who may have seen him to contact them at Athlone Garda station at 090 6498550, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
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