Mayo County Council have their preparations well under way in case their is a repeat of the storm conditions that battered the county last Christmas.
Plans have been put in place to ensure that council is ready for whatever is thrown at them by the wild Atlantic in the coming weeks, amidst predictions of high tides and storm surges again this Christmas.
Senior engineer with Mayo County Council, Padraig Walsh, told the November meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District this week that: “In terms of readiness for Christmas (storms), our normal response to emergencies will happen. In the event of storms, the crews that are necessary will be supplied. In terms of the response to a storm event we watch the OPW storm surge forecast and that forecasts what surge you will get in the event of high winds that will be overlaying on top of the normal tidal conditions. We watch that and if something significant is forecast we will ensure that everyone including the public is informed and it will feed into our readiness to respond.”
The last of the big titles to be given out in Mayo football will be handed out on Sunday week, all going well, with the final of the MD Roofing Services Mayo u21 football championship pencilled in for that date. Before then tomorrow night, Saturday, November 29 there is the small matter of the two semi-finals in the competition down for decision in Elverys MacHale Park.
Muintir Mhaigh Eo Atha Cliath hosted its annual business lunch in the Four Seasons Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, last Friday afternoon, November 14. A key highlight in the social calendar of the association, the lunch brought together Mayo business people from a diverse range of industries including construction, technology, small businesses, hospitality, legal, financial, as well as public sector bodies. The lunch afforded all those gathered an opportunity to mingle, network, and influence in a relaxed setting. A capacity crowd of 460 guests marked the highest attendance for the association’s business lunch and seats were fully sold out two weeks in advance of the event. Dignitaries present on the day include TDs Lucinda Creighton, Dara Calleary, Pat Rabbitte, and Fergus O’Dowd. The current Mayo Person of the Year John Walkin and his wife Colette were also present.
The impresive Ballina Chamber Choir is ringing in the 2014 festive season with a special Sing and Ring Christmas concert in Ballina Arts Centre on Tuesday next (December 2) at 8pm.
So, the Seanad survived the chop, the people have spoken or to be more exact around 40 per cent of them have. The right to vote and shape the future of our country is something that was struggled for for hundreds of years, but when two questions to shape the future direction of democracy and the legal setup of the nation was asked, 60 per cent of the people didn't even bother to show up and have their say.
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