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Some 500 farmers hijacked the opening of the Athlone to Ballinasloe section of the M6 yesterday (Thursday) in a protest which was organised by the IFA. It aimed to demonstrate farmers’ anger at the Government for the closing off of the REPS 4 (Rural Environment Protection Scheme) and proposed cuts in funding for the development of rural areas in the Midlands and West.
Gnó Mhaigh Eo works with all festivals in Mayo encouraging them to promote the Irish language and use our unique cultural heritage as a worthwhile marketing, advertising, and promotional tool. Festivals benefit greatly when they are different, unique and distinctively Irish. Locals and visitors want to touch, taste, and sample something that is real and genuinely Irish.
Where? Cartrons, Fardrum, Athlone, Co Westmeath
It’s a case of all to play for in most of the groups in the Intermediate championship this weekend. Last year’s beaten finalists Kilmaine look odds on to make it out of section one in top spot. They will face a testing encounter against a Killala side who are currently in second spot in the table on points difference and will be going all guns blazing to keep their own chances alive. The other game in the group promises to be a tough physical battle when Hollymount make the trip to Tourmakeady; neither side will give quarter to the other, but home advantage should be enough to see them make the last eight along with Kilmaine.
Mullingar has been chosen as the fourth location in the Lakelands and Inlands region to host an open day showcasing what is on offer in the area. Organised by Fáilte Ireland, Waterways Ireland, Westmeath County Council and a committee made up of local businesses, the open day will take place on Sunday September 27 from noon to 6pm and will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the tourism assets of the Mullingar region.
Demand for local authority housing rose by over 42 per cent in Westmeath between 2005 and 2008, according to new statistics from the Department of the Environment.
On Thursday September 10 at 7pm Cathaoirleach Cllr John Cribbin will launch Mayo County Council’s Culture Night Brochure. The launch will take place in Mayo County Library and all are welcome to come along. Entertainment on the evening will be provided by Mayo Arts Squad.
A group of Galwegians are taking part in a cycle with a a difference. When the 25 riders arrives in Galway next Thursday they will be well on their way to completing a challenge that involves travelling through 32 towns in 32 counties over three days.
A preferred route for the N84 Ballinrobe bypass has been adopted in principle by the elected members of the Claremorris electoral area committee and will go before the full council for adoption in October.
A route has been identified for the long awaited N60/N83 Ballyhaunis outer bypass, a meeting of the Claremorris electoral area committee was told this week.