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    Reek Sunday

    Yesterday was Reek Sunday and up to twenty five thousand people travelled to Murrisk in County Mayo to climb Croagh Patrick. Valerie Cox was among them.


    Mexican Students

    Tequila, Chihuahua, Tijuana...these are the hometowns of Ireland’s latest influx of foreign students...from Mexico.  Valerie Cox has been to visit the Galway school which is extending a hearty Bienvenidos to the Mexicans.



    In 1951 a young curate was assigned to a Parish on the edge of the Atlantic, the village of Glencolmcille in Co Donegal.  It was a poor Parish with no industry, no electricity and no running water.  Over the next thirty years that young priest embarked on a cultural and economic revival, transforming his parish and starting a series of industries which are still providing jobs today...that young curate was Fr James McDyer.  Valerie Cox has been to Glencolumbkille to see his legacy.


    Divorce Courts

    For the past few months we've been reporting from the Family Law courts which were, until January, closed to the media. Yesterday our reporter Valerie Cox moved to the Circuit Court which handles Ireland's divorce applications.


    Tower Hill

    Last Summer our reporter Valerie Cox visited the Tower Hill estate of 55 houses in Ballymote in Co Sligo at the request of residents who said their lives had become intolerable through anti-social behaviour, vandalism and intimidation by settled travellers. People had moved out and only 18 of the 55 houses were still occupied.

    Last weekend Valerie returned to Tower Hill and she spoke to Sean as did Sean former local Councillor Pat McGrath and to Martin Collins from Pavee Point.

    Family Courts

    The lead story on the Irish Examiner this morning says there has been an alarming rise in the number of children abusing their parents, with the majority suffering in silence because of shame and guilt.  One in seven calls made to Parentline last year were from parents who said they had been abused by their children. And, coincidently, abuse of an elderly parent was one of the cases before the Family Law courts in Dolphin House in Dublin last Friday.  Valerie Cox was there.


    Blind Reading

    Bringing the joy of reading to people with sight problems...that's how the National Council for the Blind of Ireland describes its work in creating braille books and talking books for blind and partially sighted adults and children. Valerie Cox has been finding out about the NCBI Library and meeting some of the people who use it.


    Election Round Up

    On the campaign trail with other Euro candidates in the Munster constituency. Valerie Cox reports.


    Giro d'Italia

    Valerie Cox reports from Belfast and on the line Alan Clarke, Chief Executive Northern Ireland Tourist Board

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