Mayo bartender to compete in Irish cocktail finals

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

Mayo mixologist Owen Hughes has his cocktail shakers at the ready for the Irish final of the Finlandia Vodka Cup in Dublin this November. Owen was awarded first place at the Galway heat of the competition, after an expert panel of judges decided that his cocktail was a cut above the rest. Owen has been wowing costumers in the Knockranny House Hotel in Westport for a while now, so this is his chance to show off his talents on a national scale.

The talented mixologist has won a highly coveted place at the Irish final of the Finlandia Vodka Cup, where he will compete against reigning Finlandia Vodka Cup Cocktail champion, Romain Mellerein. Four additional finalists selected from heats taking place in Dublin and Cork will join Owen in the Irish final. The winner from the Irish final will get to fly the flag for Ireland in the international cocktail competition in the famous snow village of Kittila, located in the Arctic region of Northern Finland, and stay in the magical surrounds of a Lappish ice hotel. Competitors will experience the trip of a lifetime as they get to attend a vodka masterclass and experience some unique Finnish activities including husky dog sledding, ice fishing and sauna sessions.

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Second Town of Tomorrow competition launched

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

Participants in this year’s Town of Tomorrow schools’ competition have an additional area on which to set their imaginations loose – the vast Westport convent site, which was recently acquired by Mayo County Council and Westport Town Council.

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Sewage overflow and open manholes at Castlebar bakery led to hygiene fines

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

Two Polish men, one being the business operator of a bakery in Castlebar, along with his employee, were convicted and fined at Castlebar District Court on Wednesday after the Health Service Executive summonsed them for not keeping the premises in good repair and condition, giving a statement to an environmental food officer which was false and misleading, and for failing to wear appropriate clothing while in the vicinity of food products.

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Bus Éireann extends €10 return offer on Ballina-Dublin service

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

Bus Éireann has announced that it is to extend its special offer of a €10 return fare on the Ballina-Dublin number 22 service until November 30 2008.

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Day of Remembrance at Knock Shrine for road traffic victims

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

Ballinrobe tenor Sean Costello will perform at a special ceremony at 12 midday on Sunday November 16 at Knock Shrine to remember people who have been killed and injured on the nation’s roads. He will be the guest singer at a Mass to coincide with the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims.

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Family dispute led to court appearance

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

Two men who were involved in a dispute with members of their family appeared before Ballinrobe District Court this week where they both pleaded guilty to section four public order offences.

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Over €200 worth of cannabis resin found in Ballinrobe apartment

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

Cannabis resin with an estimated street value of €200 to €240 which was detected in a premises led to the owners receiving a conviction at Ballinrobe District Court this week.

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Bag of dumped rubbish led to fine

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

A man who claimed that he only disposed of one bag of litter in a large litter haul which was discovered illegally dumped near Balla was convicted and fined at Castlebar District Court this week.

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Bouncers assaulted in Ballinrobe after man was refused entry to nightclub

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

Two doormen who work at the Valkenburg nightclub in Ballinrobe were assaulted after an intoxicated man was refused entry to the premises.

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Mayo TDs are labelled ‘a disgrace’ over farming cutbacks

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

Mayo’s two government TDs were labelled a “disgrace” by county councillors at a meeting of the Claremorris electoral area committee this week over the farming cutbacks announced in Budget 2009.

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Man three times over the limit the morning after drinking

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

A 21-year-old Castlebar man who was detected drink driving on the October Bank Holiday Monday was convicted, fined and disqulafied at Castlebar District Court this week.

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Council don’t have funding for grants

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

Mayo County Council revealed that they don’t have the funding to match the applications for grant funding under the new housing grants introduced this year.

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