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Mayo Day celebrates our past, present and future

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The multi-purpose Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Castlebar campus staged the energetic opening ceremony of Mayo Day 2017 last Friday evening. The bank holiday weekend events were long billed to be a celebration of Mayo - past, present and future - and with no little amount of imagination and obvious hard graft, the organisers over-performed in achieving their aim. In his Mayo Day promotional video, director Lorcan Hynes beautifully wove an emotional message around the cliffs of Mayo and the skyscrapers of the world. The message invited the Mayo diaspora to return to a future Mayo, where prosperity will once again create opportunity. Our diaspora was to the fore during Mayo Day and for good reason as Peter Hynes, Mayo County Council’s chief executive, informed the opening ceremony that the global dispersion with Mayo heritage stands at 3.5 million people. Their affinity with their home county has led to Mayo associations growing up in the world’s biggest cities. Just as Mayo currently fits into current global themes of emigration and identity, so it did in the past when the international themes were revolution and republicanism. Those earlier themes, and in particular the political relationship they spawned between Ireland and France, were discussed at the fascinating Mayo Day La L’Arbre de la Liberté - Liberty Tree Conference on Friday and Saturday. The two-day conference offered an impressive line-up of historians and authors.

New water legislation must be fair to Rural Ireland - Farrell

Fine Gael councillor, Tom Farrell, has called for the people of rural Ireland currently on Group Water Schemes or private connections to be treated fairly in respect of any new water legislation introduced.

Sporting success – Defence Forces remember – the passing of an icon

Well, last week it was all talk of Enda Kenny and what would he say and what would he do.

Special event to mark takeover of Custume Barracks and Athlone Castle

A military ceremony and heritage event will take place on Tuesday, February 28, to mark the 95th anniversary of the takeover of Custume Barracks and Athlone Castle by Commandant General Séan MacEoin’s troops from British forces.

Automatic disqualification for drink drivers

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Cabinet approves legislation brought forward by Minister Shane Ross to ensure that all drivers detected of drink driving receive a disqualification

Rebelling against the rebellion

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Folklore, song, and verse dedicated to the rebellion of 1798 usually relay the romantic image of an heroic, clandestine, French army joining forces with a willing and equally heroic band of Irish rebels. Bound by a thirst for liberté, égalité and fraternité, the Franco-Irish forces grew in strength as they progressed through the county, bravely securing victories over the might of the British Crown. But one rebel's contemporary account of the Franco-Irish campaign challenges the notion of international solidarity among equals that has dominated the narrative of the events of 1798. 

Online bullies should face full rigours of the law - Moran

Online bullies who target innocent and vulnerable people – directly or indirectly – should face the full rigours of the law, according to Independent Alliance TD for Longford-Westmeath, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran.

Ballyhaunis gears up to remember one of its own next year

The story of Patrick Gallagher is something that is truly heroic and is more likely to be seen on a silver screen, rather than coming from a west of Ireland town.

Last of the Ballina GMA funding assigned

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The General Municipal Allocation (GMA) assigned to each of the four municipal districts in the county has been one of the biggest bones of contention for councillors all across the county since the rejigging of the local government system in 2014, with councillors continuously calling for an increase in the allocations across the county. However the Ballina Municipal District still had €4,000 unallocated from the 2016 fund of €525,000 this week, which had to be approved by a resolution of the district or the funding would be lost to the area.

Waiting time to see your local GP is getting longer, survey shows

The length of time it takes a patient to see a GP in the west is rapidly increasing year on year, according to a survey of Connacht GPs carried out by the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP).

 

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