MAN CHARGED WITH SPEEDING TOLD JUDGE THERE WERE 22 FAMILIES WITH SAME SURNAME

first_imgA man charged with speeding has told a Judge that there are 22 families in the same townland as him with the same surname.The man, a Mr Boyce, appeared at Letterkenny District Court after being detected by a Go Safe speed camera van.The court was told that Mr Boyce was registered doing 71kph in a 60kph zone. However Mr Boyce appeared in court and said he had never received a summons to pay the fine.He told Judge Alan Mitchell that there was an issue with letters sometimes getting mixed up in the area as there was 22 families with the same surname as him living in the same townland.And to make matters even more complicated, up to five different people had the same first name as him.Judge Mitchell said he was left with no option but to struck out the charge.MAN CHARGED WITH SPEEDING TOLD JUDGE THERE WERE 22 FAMILIES WITH SAME SURNAME was last modified: October 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BoycedonegalGo Safe Vanspeedinglast_img read more

Microbreweries raise a glass to rapid industry growth

first_imgDonegal companies are among those enjoying a flourishing Irish drinks industry, which is now Ireland’s fastest-growing manufacturing industry with a jump of 105% growth in enterprises since 2008. The number of Irish breweries producing their own product has more than quadrupled since 2012, from 15 to 72, according to a new report published today by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI).This quadrupling has led to a total increase in microbrewery turnover from €8 million in 2012 to €52 million in 2016. Donegal has seven breweries, which is one of the highest averages in Ireland. The drinks industry in the county supports 7,443 jobs and brings in wages of  €157.7 million per year. There are 405 pubs and hotels in Donegal, according to DIGI’s latest Support Your Local campaign, an initiative designed to demonstrate of the importance of drinks and hospitality industry businesses to the economic, cultural and social fabric of Ireland.The Irish drinks sector is experiencing growth across the beer, cider and spirit categories. In 2013, there were just four working whiskey distilleries in Ireland. By 2017 there were 18, and there are plans for another 16.Ireland’s gin sector, too, is attracting worldwide interest and plans to treble its exports to 400,000 9-litre cases by 2022. The number of licences granted for cider production increased from three in 2009 to 18 in 2017.In response to changing consumer tastes, pubs and off-licences are fostering their own culture of modernity and experimentation.  Some off-licences have also brewed their own collaborations with suppliers, including McHugh’s off-licence, who worked with Donegal’s Kinnegar Brewing and Independent Brewing to form RoadTrip IPA, Extra Stout and Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout. Donall O’Keeffe, Secretary of DIGI and CEO of the Licenced Vintners Association, said that the Irish drinks industry is innovating and diversifying in response to changing consumer tastes.“Our drinks industry has proven itself extremely adaptable to ever-changing tastes in consumer behaviour. Manufacturers, large and small, have diversified their offerings, experimented with new ingredients and recipes, and developed lucrative commercial partnerships at home and abroad.”Many breweries and distilleries are developing visitor centre facilities, increasing product awareness among local and international consumers, and opening up additional revenue streams. Kinnegar’s new Letterkenny brewery hosted a ‘Big Day Out at the Brewery’ on Saturday last to mark Indie Beer Week 2018.DIGI’s O’Keeffe believes that the industry’s rapid growth, especially the potential for scaling up the many new enterprises, will be challenged by current global trade considerations and Ireland’s uncompetitive alcohol excise tax policies.He said: “In a challenging international economic environment, with Brexit and growing American protectionism, export development must be supported by a strong market at home. This starts with ensuring that policy measures support growth and we must prioritise reducing the tax burden on Ireland’s fastest-growing manufacturing industry by lowering excise on alcohol.” Microbreweries raise a glass to rapid industry growth was last modified: June 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:drinks industrylast_img read more

Crysis is heading to PS3 Xbox 360 in remastered form

first_imgWhen Crysis 2 saw a release in March this year it was a big launch for developer Crytek. Not only did the game use the new CryEngine 3, but it was the first time the series had made it on to consoles. That decision was rewarded with high review scores across all three versions (PC, PS3, Xbox 360).If playing that game on Xbox 360 or PS3 made you a fan of the series, Crytek has some good news for you. Next month, the original 2007 PC-only Crysis is set to be released for both consoles as a digital download.The good news is, Crytek isn’t just re-releasing the game. They have taken the time to remaster it with all new lighting and the Nanosuit effects and controls have had a major update. There’s also thought to be support for 3D. It is even being suggested that the release of Crysis 2 may have actually made the release of the original possible on consoles.CryEngine 3 already works with the PS3 and 360, so moving the Crysis game assets over may have been a relatively simple task. Then add in the fact the new engine would have better lighting and effects available, and you can see how a remastered version made a lot of sense.If you want to play the game you’ll have to find 1600 Microsoft points or $19.99 next month. In return you’ll get a very solid FPS experience that any fan of the genre should add to their collection.If you want to see the remastered game in action, check out the video below:via Shacknewslast_img read more