Big names for smashing Bank Holiday weekend line-up

Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Music fans are in for a real treat this October Bank Holiday weekend with several acts appearing live at the Royal Theatre.

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Magnificent seven for spooky Halloween ball line-up

Fri, Oct 17, 2014

A Halloween fancy dress ball at Garbo’s, Castlebar, on Saturday October 25, looks set to be a hit with no fewer than seven bands entertaining on the night. Bats, Shardborne, Race The Flux, New Valley Wolves, Fox Jaw, Twisted Wrath, and Hail From Russia are all taking to the stage for the frightfest ball. Garbo’s will be transformed into a Halloween fortress for the night and there is a prize of €500 up for grabs for the best fancy dress. Headline act for the night is Dublin band Bats.

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Castlebar’s Celebration of Music set to rock the town

Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Castlebar is set to come alive with the sound of music when 52 acts perform in 24 venues across the town, for the inaugural Celebration of Music festival, over the October Bank Holiday weekend.

A group of keen publicans, restaurant owners and retailers have got together, supported by Castlebar Chamber’s tourism and events coordinator, Mick Baynes, to rock the town with live music.

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Five for the weekend

Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Talented Castlebar musician Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín plays in Castlebar tomorrow (Saturday) as part of the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann concert.

Trad music, Tour of Champions

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Cream of folk talent lined up for St Joseph’s concert

Fri, Oct 17, 2014

A festival celebrating the finest in folk in the Royal Theatre next Thursday night (October 23) is to be MC’d by hugely respected songwriter, performer, and broadcaster, Charlie McGettigan.

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Biggest fright fest in the west for Ballina this Samhain Abhainn

Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Frightening the living daylights out of everyone who visits Ballina, Samhain Abhainn 2014, the biggest fright fest in the west, will take place from October 25 to November 1.

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High performance Oceans' Seven swimmer and former rugby player to speak at Meet West

Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Steve Redmond

Corkman Stephen Redmond, the first person in the world to complete all seven open-water swims that make up the Ocean’s Seven Challenge has been lined up as the guest speaker for Meet West networking dinner on November 20. Having already swum the Irish Channel, The English Channel, The Strait of Gibraltar, The Cook Strait, The Molokai Channel, and The Catalina Channel, the former rugby player swam the 12.5 mile Tsugaru Strait in Japan in July 2012 to complete a goal he set himself in 2009.

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Mayo’s Carr and Sons Seafood Ltd wins award for Aldi at the Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards

Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Aldi Stores (Ireland) has this week congratulated Carr and Sons Seafood Ltd which won a prestigious title at the 2014 Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards in Dingle, Co Kerry. The Killala-based supplier won a bronze medal for Aldi’s Specially Selected Irish Organic Salmon. Aldi’s Irish suppliers won nine awards this year and now have a total of 75 Blas na hÉireann Awards since 2009. Commenting, Aldi Ireland’s Group Buying Director, Rob Farrell, said: “We are thrilled by the phenomenal performance of our Irish suppliers winning nine awards. These Blas na hÉireann awards are a real testament to the quality products that we source from some of the very best food and drink producers in the country. Irish families know it pays to shop at Aldi each week. These awards are proof that it tastes better too.”

Ireland’s premier food awards, the Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards, celebrate the quality and imagination of the best Irish food producers. With gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded in 90 categories, the awards focus solely on taste, with the winners chosen as a result of blind tastings by a team of Ireland's top food experts.

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Enterprise Ireland potential exporters division aims to get more Irish companies exporting

Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Exporting awareness: James Geraghty, (Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacy & Health Stores, Ballina, Co Mayo), Breda Fox (head, Local Enterprise Office, Galway), Michael Earls (Easyfix, Ballinasloe, Co Galway) and Barry Egan, (director, Enterprise Ireland, West Region) at the Get Ready to Export Event.

Enterprise Ireland’s ‘Get Export Ready’ event was held in the west recently with 30 attendees. The event is designed as a master class for potential new exporters on how to internationalise their business from an Irish base. “Indigenous Irish exports are growing year on year and our priority is to build on this momentum, getting more and more Irish companies into exporting and winning new business,” said Barry Egan, director – West Region at Enterprise Ireland.

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Five Mayo stores scoop awards at the 2014 Londis Retailing Excellence Awards

Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Hanley’s Londis PLUS Station Rd, Castlebar, Co Mayo, was the proud recipient of a Londis Gold Retailing Excellence Award.  Pictured (l-r) Marty Whelan (compere), Stephen O’Riordan (Londis chief executive)  with Stephen Mooney (store manager) at the Londis Sixtieth Anniversary and Retailing Excellence Awards ceremony.

“Local insight, local service, and local community engagement are key ingredients to running a successful local retailing business and persuading customers that shopping locally really is best,” according to Stephen O’Riordan, chief executive of ADM Londis, speaking at the Group’s 60th Anniversary Banquet and Retailing Excellence Awards. More than 200 store owners from all over Ireland gathered in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, for the awards, which celebrated the very best of local community retailing.

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Non-stop laughs in store as Conal Gallen hits Royal Theatre

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

Conal Gallen brings his hilarious comedy show to the Royal Theatre on Saturday October 18.

Conal's main aim is to get as many jokes into the show as possible - so much so that there are times when he is spinning multiple jokes all at once, which is no easy feat.

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RoolaBoola brings top notch childrens theatre to town

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

Magical theatre for young and old: Slingsby’s The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy, is part of the Linenhall’s RoolaBoola Children’s Arts Festival over the October Bank Holiday weekend.

Castlebar’s dedicated childrens arts festival, RoolaBoola, takes place this October bank holiday weekend and there is a jam packed programme of fun events planned to keep all of the family entertained.

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