Let’s get ready to party and a hearty Mayo welcome to you too

Fri, Jul 31, 2009

It would be easy to write an editorial this week about how it is time for Mary Harney to step up to the plate or step down. I’m not usually critical of Minister Harney, I think she’s a brave woman for taking on the health portfolio, but I think new ideas are needed in our health service, with a new leader to boot.

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Bankrupting Irish education

Fri, Jul 24, 2009

Primary schools face bankruptcy if the Government adopts the recommendations published in the An Bord Snip Nua report.

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One snip too many

Fri, Jul 17, 2009

An Bord Snip Nua and its very title has many a man crossing his legs in fear but the real pain is not contained within the body’s name but its contents.

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Early bird train service from Westport

Fri, Jul 17, 2009

Following a proactive Westport Town Council campaign, it has been confirmed that a train service from Westport which will arrive in Dublin’s Heuston Station before 9am will commence, along with extra services on the Mayo line, in September.

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Online spoof blew us away

Fri, Jul 10, 2009

The Mayo Advertiser are offering €1,000 to any reader who can produce a full hard copy of last week’s paper with the headline “Massive blow jobs for Belmullet”. Internet bloggers have been almost hysterical since a spoofed-up copy of our front page started circulating last Monday. There are still many doubting Thomas’ who think it was the headline of the century that slipped through the proofing process, but alas, our original headline was much more sombre.

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The shop local message is hugely important

Fri, Jul 03, 2009

As the jobs carnage in this country is set to surpass half a million by the end of the year, Mayo has felt the full wrath of what it means to belong to the unemployed statistics this week with the announcement of 80 job losses in Belmullet.

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Society’s problems not just the young

Fri, Jun 19, 2009

Anyone who logged on to the discussion board on www.castlebar.ie this week will have seen a lengthy discussion on events in Castlebar last Friday night surrounding a Junior Cert disco, when hundreds of teenagers from across the region converged on Castlebar. Anyone who was around the town that night couldn’t fail to notice the large numbers that were out and about, some of them were very drunk, but plenty more were as sober as the day they were born.

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Cribben to take the chain today

Fri, Jun 19, 2009

Today will be a proud day for the Cllr John Cribben and his family when he takes the chain as Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council for the next 12 months. Cllr Cribben will take over as Cathaoirleach from Cllr Joe Mellett at the Mayo County Council’s AGM. Speaking to the Mayo Advertiser yesterday, Cribben said. “It’ll be a proud day for me, my family, and my supporters who have elected me to the council. I look forward to the year serving the people of Mayo to the best of my abilities locally, nationally and internationally.”

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Sleeping or meditating - what’s the difference?

Fri, Jun 12, 2009

It’s Thursday afternoon, another paper almost published, and the eyes are getting heavy. The office is hot and stuffy, whispered conversations almost soothing. A little snooze would be nice but that’s not an option. At least not before 6pm when the home time bell chimes.

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Students in turmoil through no fault of their own

Fri, Jun 05, 2009

While voters in Mayo take to the polls today to select three MEPs, 31 new county councillors and nine town councillors in each of Westport, Ballina and Castlebar, the candidates themselves will be settling in for a long weekend at the count centres.

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Ryan Commission report a sickening indictment of Ireland’s past sins

Fri, May 22, 2009

Is an apology enough? I don’t know. Only a person who was abused at the hands of the religious nuns, priests and brothers can answer that question. Would prosecutions help in the healing process? Yet another question I have no authority to answer.

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Good manners are not old fashioned

Fri, May 15, 2009

Good manners might seem old fashioned to some but they cost nothing and show you have an air of grace. However, good manners seem to be lost on many of this county’s drivers.

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