A proposal to have all 400kv power lines undergrounded included in the new Mayo County Council development plan fell at a vote (12-10, with nine councillors absent for the vote ) at this week’s special meeting of the council to approve the new county development plan.
Sinn Fein councillor Gerry Murray proposed to have the item inserted as an amendment to the manager’s report. He pointed out that as there was no Government policy in place at present, the council could insert the proposal in the plan and when the Government policy was formulated following the results of the commission, chaired by Judge Catherine McGuinness. “With the current absence of government policy, we have a golden opportunity to assist the wishes of the people to protect them, the landscape, and the 3,000 tourism jobs in the county, by doing this. If Pat Rabbitte wishes to make the policy later, it’s his choice, but at least we’ve reflected the wishes of the people.”
Kilmovee was buzzing on Saturday and there was more than just spring in the air. The crossroads on the R325 was full of orange clad marshals, dandelions lined the roadsides, tulips saluted from gardens, an array of green sun flowered Hospice t-shirts mingled with multicoloured runners and walkers, and sprinkled with a host of red and green Mayo AC vests. The yellow balloon arch at the start line did a spectacular malfunction which added to the excitement but did nothing to deflate the occasion. There was a record turnout of 545 entrants on a sunny Easter Saturday for the fifth Kilmovee 10k run and walk. This was the first event in Mayo AC's 2014 Move 2 Improve six race series, which is open to all entrants. It was excellently organised by Kilmovee Shamrocks GAA club and the local community in aid of Mayo/Roscommon Hospice. Ironman athlete Gerry Duffy was a guest and said: “It was the most friendly race I've ever been at, a fantastic event, testament to John Roddy's leadership and the involvement of the whole Kilmovee Community team.” The big field was well streamed out as they crossed over Aghadiffen Bridge into Roscommon after the 3k mark. Matt Bidwell, Roger Barrett, last year's winner Con Marshall, and Aidan Callaghan were in the lead group, with John Byrne - recovering from his PB run at last Sunday's Rotterdam marathon - and Timmie Glavey further back.
Eurovision Song Contest winner Charlie McGettigan, of ‘Rock and Roll Kids’ fame, and Mississipi born American songstress Kelley McRae are featuring at the next session of The Acoustic Yard.
Seven SuperValu stores in Mayo were recently presented with national awards in hygiene at the 2014 SuperValu quality awards ceremony in Killarney. Ryan’s SuperValu Ballyhaunis, Kavanagh’s SuperValu Westport, Castlebar, Kiltimagh, and Claremorris, Sweeney’s SuperValu Achill, and Moloney’s SuperValu Ballina, were all presented with the Supreme Excellence Ireland Quality Award. These leading SuperValu stores completed the SuperValu national hygiene and food safety programme, which is independently audited and identifies and rewards retailers that have performed to a consistently high level over a three-year period. One other store in the Mayo region, Cummins SuperValu Ballinrobe was presented with the Excellence Ireland National Hygiene and Food Safety certificate, which is an independent verification of the highest standards of operational hygiene and food safety in the food sector business. Commenting at the awards, Martin Kelleher, managing director, SuperValu, said: “This is a fantastic endorsement for SuperValu retailers in Mayo and a real testament to the efforts of their management team and staff. The quality awards recognise continued commitment to maintaining excellent hygiene and food safety standards. Year-on-year these entrepreneurial food retailers continue to push out the boundaries of excellence, with three quarters of the SuperValu stores audited receiving the much sought after Supreme Hygiene Award.”
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