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‘A Shaking of the Dry Bones’ - Achill Island in the 1830s

On the eve of the Great Famine there was a terrible scandal in Kinvara, Co Galway. William Burke, who had served as a Catholic priest for 13 years, announced to his congregation that he was leaving the church and becoming Protestant. The people were so angry that about 2,000 pursued his carriage and hurled abuse at him. Two other clergymen and police protection were required to keep him safe.

Achill WW2 Éire Marker Restored

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Following the breakout of World War II in 1939 the Irish Government decided to build a series of look out posts (LOPs) along the coast in order to protect our recently declared neutrality.

Minister Ring proud to turn sod on new Phase 2 of Achill Experience

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The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has said that the launching of Phase 2 of the Achill Experience represents a crucial development in Achill’s tourism offering. The Achill Local Area Development Company has developed a new indoor visitor attraction on Achill by converting 2,300 square feet of its head office into a visitor attraction. Phase 2 of the Achill Deserted Village project, which Minister Ring launched on Saturday, will feature the development of Boley House in the visitor centre to give visitors an insight into how families once lived and a presentation on the history of the deserted village.

Achill Community Futures host community day

Achill Community Futures are holding a community day on Sunday, May 28, in Óstán Oileán Acla starting at 4pm. On this day, the results of the recent surveys will be displayed and the people of the parish of Achill are invited to vote for the projects they feel are most important to them.

John B Keane’s The Field in Castlebar and Ballina next week

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The story of The Bull McCabe and his deadly passion for the land he rents will come to Castlebar and Ballina next week. Dooega Drama Group will bring the iconic The Field by John B Keane to Castlebar’s Linenhall and Ballina Arts Centre.

Lorna Quinn recognised for being disabled friendly

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The Mayo branch of Junior Chamber International was toasting the success of one of its own recently at the 2016 National Friendly Business Awards that took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway. Lorna Quinn from Lorna's Mobile Hairdressing, which is based in Achill, was selected as the winner of Disability Access award at the National Friendly Business Awards ceremony.

Achill Wheelers launch Tour de Achill

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The second annual Achill Wheelers Tour de Achill was launched on Keel beach recently with this September’s cycle to include three routes around the parish.The expanded Tour de Achill will take place on Saturday September 10 and is hosted by Achill Wheelers Cycling Club and follows the success of their inaugural cycle last year.

Planning restrictions will "close down rural Ireland"

Planning restrictions that are being enforced will "close down rural Ireland" it was alleged this week. At the April meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District, the councillors were informed that a planning application for a house in Achill was up for refusal as it did not meet the guidelines laid down in the county development plan. The councillors were told that the house would impinge on the scenic nature of the area.

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.

The pride of the parish

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Last year Achill came within touching distance of bringing the Pete McDonnell Cup back home from the mainland, when Castlebar Mitchels B pipped them at the post in the junior final. Despite that disappointment the island men shook off that heartbreak a few weeks later and went out and represented Mayo in the Connacht championship and went all the way to the Connacht final, where once again they fell just short when the Aran Islands beat them in a game that was dubbed the All Island final. But the men from the island have dusted themselves down and are back again for another shot at claiming the Mayo junior title.


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