Protesters hope to turn off the tap on Irish Water

Two major anti Irish Water protests are scheduled to take place in both Castlebar and Ballina tomorrow afternoon as part of the national day of protest. The marches are follow ups to the major demonstration which took place in Dublin three weeks ago. In Castlebar the march, which is being organised by the Mayo Says No group, will see protesters meet at Market Square in the town, before marching around the county town. The Ballina protest march will meet at the Diamond’s Car Park on Bury Street at 1.30pm and will leave the car park at 2pm processing through the heart of the town.

The Ballina protest march is being organised by the newly established National Citizens Movement Mayo branch. Jamie Rooney from the NCM Mayo branch spoke to the Mayo Advertiser ahead of Saturday’s protest march.

He said that it was hard to put a figure on the number of people he expected to see on the streets of the north Mayo town tomorrow afternoon but the response had been good so far. “We’ve been busy covering the town over the past week with between 30 and 40 people out spreading the message. The most common reaction that we’ve got from people so far is that it’s about time that people in Mayo stood up to what’s been going on around them. I’d be confident that we would have between 800 and 1,000 people there on Saturday.”


Sport

Cylo-cross cycling league is back

After a successful debut league in 2013 the Connacht Cylo-Cross League is back for a second running this year. This year the league will kick off in Ballinrobe with round one being hosted by Western Lakes CC. The five event series is open to all Cycling Ireland licence holders, you can also use any type of bike with the correct tyres, but it is recommended to use a cylo-cross bike. There will be two categories of races for seniors, with a novice race getting underway before the main race.

The Mayo League team who defeated the Roscommon and District League in the Connacht Inter-League Cup in September. Photo: Mayo League

News

Protesters hope to turn off the tap on Irish Water

Two major anti Irish Water protests are scheduled to take place in both Castlebar and Ballina tomorrow afternoon as part of the national day of protest. The marches are follow ups to the major demonstration which took place in Dublin three weeks ago. In Castlebar the march, which is being organised by the Mayo Says No group, will see protesters meet at Market Square in the town, before marching around the county town. The Ballina protest march will meet at the Diamond’s Car Park on Bury Street at 1.30pm and will leave the car park at 2pm processing through the heart of the town.

Luke and Caroline Flanagan, from Flanagan’s Gastro Pub, Brickens, photographed with Anton Savage, at the Bar of the Year awards on Tuesday.

Business

Special procurement conference for Mayo construction companies

A special conference aimed at helping construction companies based in Mayo and the Midlands to win public works contracts will take place early next month. The Procurement 2015 Conference has been organised by the Construction Industry Federation and will take place on Thursday November 6 in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.


Entertainment

Glamorous Ice Ball returns to Breaffy

There is a night of glitz and glamour in store at Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, as the popular Ice Ball returns on December 6.


Motoring

Thirty-nine contenders for 2015 Continental Irish Car of the Year

A field of 39 candidates for the prestigious Continental Irish Car of the Year 2015 awards was announced by the Irish Motoring Writers Association this week.

Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland with Austin Shinnors, chairman of the IMWA, outside The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square, where the Continental Irish Car of the Year awards event will be held on Friday November 28.

Opinion

Do we want reform or do we just not care?

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.


Property

Budget tax relief change means business at The Connacht Property Auction

The Connacht Property Auction is expecting strong interest at its upcoming November 11 auction due to the Budget announcement regarding the capital gains relief. The capital gains tax relief means buyers who purchase properties in 2014 will not be liable for capital gains for the first seven years of ownership. This relief will come to an end on December 31, and The Connacht Property Auction is expecting strong interest in properties due to this upcoming change. With expected strong interest in the coming months, the auction team is now inviting entries for its ongoing online auctions and upcoming November 11 auction.

Shanvaghera, Knock

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