Claremorris student wins Texaco Art Competition

MAYO ADVERTISER, April 16, 2014

A 16-years old Claremorris student, Shania McDonagh, has been chosen as the overall top prize winner of this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Her achievement in winning first prize in the senior age category, for students aged 16 to 18 years, brings with it the additional distinction of being the sixtieth young artist to share the honour in what is the 60th year of the competition.

A first prize winner in her various younger age categories on four occasions previously (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), Shania is known for her painstakingly detailed portraits. Her prize-winning entry this year, a pencil study entitled ‘Coleman’, follows the style that has made her work so successful. A close-up facial study in pencil, it portrays her subject in such life-like detail that one can see every facial detail with absolute clarity.

Husband and wife team launch online shopping business

MAYO ADVERTISER, April 15, 2014

An innovative, new website, developed by a husband and wife team from Mayo, is aiming to help local businesses reach the growing number of people who are shopping online.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny performed the official launch of at Castlebar Chamber of Commerce yesterday morning.

Sunk ship idea floated again

MAYO ADVERTISER, April 15, 2014

Killala diving project would be Wild Atlantic Way attraction

Plans to sink a warship in Killala Bay to develop a top-class diving attraction have been floated again.

The Ships 2 Reef project was first mooted almost a decade ago. It involved sinking a warship to create a man-made reef and underwater wreck to attract scuba diving tourism to the region.