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The economics of maintaining the Mayo Gaeltacht

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In 1851, the Mayo Gaeltacht stretched west across the county from a line between Kilasser and Ballindine, excluding the town of Ballina. The official census figures for that year record that 65.8 per cent of the county’s population could speak the Irish language. By 1926, that figure had plummeted to 36.8 per cent and today, 47.2 per cent of the Mayo population claim the ability to speak the language, though to vastly different standards. Statistics for where the language is living and in everyday use are more important and telling. In that regard, the Mayo Gaeltacht is now confined to the Erris region, the eastern half of Achill Island, the Corraun Peninsula and a pocket around Tourmakeady on the western shore of Lough Mask.

World darts champ to take on challengers in special fundraiser for Achill girl

World darts champion Gary Anderson will be in the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport on Tuesday November 1 for a special fundraising darts night.

Harping around in Achill next month

 

Stunning sea views in Blacksod

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This striking property set on an elevated site of approximately 0.55 of an acre located in the scenic area of Blacksod, Belmullet, Co Mayo, enjoys stunning sea views of Blacksod Bay and Achill Island.

Sail from Erris to Achill this summer

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Geraghty Charters has commenced new boat trips in the Erris and Achill regions this week offering a unique way to explore this corner of the Wild Atlantic Way in northwest Mayo. Every Friday from July 8, the Nóirín Bán will depart Blacksod (An Fód Dubh) at 10.30am and arrive in Doogort (Dumha Goirt), Achill Island before 11am. This boat trip allows visitors and locals to explore lovely Achill Island by foot, bike, or even pony and trap. (The road distance from Blacksod to Doogort is almost 100km and can take 1.5 hours to drive.)

Take in some art in Achill this summer

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The Western Light Art Gallery, The Sandybanks, Keel, Achill Island will host an exhibition by Anna St George called A Place Apart that will run until the end of the summer. This collection of oil paintings is described by the artist: "Achill Island is an outlying place, both geographically and mentally. It offers an escape from routine lifestyle and cluttered mind, thus bringing about a rare tranquil clarity. The natural colours and light you can find nowhere else, Achill Island is aesthetically unique to say the least and this is what I hope to capture in this exhibition."

Go wild at the Erris Beo Festival

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Explore the best place to go wild in Ireland during the Erris Beo Festival, which takes place from Thursday, 16 June to Sunday, 19 June. Now in its sixth year, this annual festival celebrates the beauty of this corner of the Wild Atlantic Way through activities and adventures in the great outdoors.

Achill Island public health nurses recognised by ICHN for outstanding care in the community

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At the ICHN ( Institute of Community Health Nursing) AGM, Wednesday May 18, public health nurses were recognised for the exceptional care they provide and their commitment to promoting public health nursing in the community. Nominees for the ICHN Annual Award are highly commended for their professional commitment to nursing in the community and for their work in the promotion and development of best practice and services for identified health needs of varying population groups.

Experience everything Mayo’s newest tourist spot has to offer on the beautiful island of Achill

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Everyone knows the wonderful setting of Achill Island with its stunning beaches and mountainous views, but now there are more reasons to visit Ireland’s largest island. The Achill Experience features Mayo’s first aquarium, including local indigenous species that can be found in the waters off Achill island, like the spotted cat shark. There are two themed salt water tanks and an open touch tank that allows the visitor to fully engage with the local sea life.

East meets West at Wa Cafe

Wa Cafe is bijou and bright, a 15 seat sushi restaurant tucked away down by the docks that was opened by Yoshimi Hayakawa on 8/8/2008. This date is no coincidence, the number eight is considered a very lucky number in Japanese culture. It was indeed lucky for us. At Wa the rice is soft, sticky, and delicious, and the food is authentically Japanese, from sushi rolls, miso soup, and bento boxes to green teas. The menu is short with a rotating choice of specials ensuring there is always something new, with a good choice for vegetarians.

 

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