Hit a trail near you

Fri, Sep 19, 2008

This September (Sunday 28) will see the first National Trails Day which is taking place across the country with everyone being encouraged to get out and hit a trail near you!

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Kenny welcomes Davitt College sports hall announcement

Fri, Sep 19, 2008

Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny TD has welcomed the announcement that the Department of Education and Science have made a commitment on the long overdue Davitt College Sports Hall. The announcement was made following a meeting between the Education Minister and a delegation involved with the project from the college.

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Closure of Crossmolina Teagasc office another blow to rural community

Fri, Sep 19, 2008

The decision by Teagasc to close its Crossmolina office has been described by Mayo Fine Gael TD John O'Mahony as another blow for rural communities in Mayo.

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German drama provides tourism boost for Westport and Foxford

Fri, Sep 19, 2008

Over eight million Germans will view Westport and Foxford in a TV drama currently being shot in the towns, which will give a great boost to attracting future tourism to both towns.

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More cutbacks at MGH to claw back €2 million overspend

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

There were further job cuts at Mayo General Hospital this week with unconfirmed reports that up to 15 nurses will not have their contracts renewed and hours have been cut. In an effort to cut costs before the end of the year, to prevent an estimated €2 million overspend, some wards will also be reduced to a five-day week. Staff morale is reportedly very low at the hospital and workers say these budgetary decisions have no regard for patient care.

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Harrington hunger strike continues

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

High-profile Shell to Sea campaigner Maura Harrington has vowed to continue her hunger strike until written confirmation is given that the Solitaire is out of Irish territorial waters. At the time of going to print yesterday evening (Thursday) she was in her car at Glengad maintaining her protest.

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Kenny tells Barrett to ‘cop himself on’ over public service statement

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

A war of words has broken out between Leader of Fine Gael Enda Kenny TD and local Labour Party PRO Harry Barrett over the issue of public service inefficiencies.

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Man told garda to summons his rear end

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

An intoxicated Ballina man who told a garda to summons his rear end, and also threatened to headbutt the Garda, pleaded guilty before Ballina District Court this week.

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Ballina pub served drink on a Sunday morning

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

A summons was issued against the licensee of Peacock’s Bar, Ballina to appear in Ballina District Court this week, after a number of customers were found on its premises on a Sunday morning in March.

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Community effort secures Tidy Towns accolade for Westport

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

A jubilant crowd welcomed home the Tidy Towns committee at the Wyatt Hotel, Westport on Tuesday evening after the town notched up an impressive victory at the annual Tidy Towns Awards which were held at a gala dinner on Monday night in Dublin. Not alone did the town scoop a hat-trick this decade (2001, 2006 and 2008) in being credited with being the tidiest town in Ireland, but they also received six other awards—Ireland's Tidiest Large Town, gold medal, regional award for the recycle initiative, the Le Gaeilge award, and a regional and county medal—with the win being even sweeter this year as it is the 50th anniversary of the Tidy Towns competition.

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Good showing by Mayo in tidy towns

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

When Westport first won the Tidy Towns competition just after the turn of the century the win was greeted with huge celebration. Last Monday evening the news that the town had won the overall competition for the third time this decade, and for the second time in three years, was celebrated with as much gusto by all involved.

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Woman who drove while intoxicated thought her friend was too drunk

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Two women who appeared before Judge Patrick Clyne at Ballina District Court on Tuesday were both equally guilty of a drink driving offence after one of them was arrested for being intoxicated while driving.

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