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The Castlebar St Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Sunday March 16 it has been announced. The date of the parade had been in question following Castlebar Mitchels progressing to the All Ireland Senior Club Championship football final, which takes place on St Patrick’s Day in Croke Park.
A voluntary group that helps 250 asylum seekers living in The Old Convent, Ballyhaunis, is to get EU funding of almost €90,000.
There was disagreement over the future of part of the proposed Western Rail Corridor this week, when it was proposed that part of the track the old line follows be used for a greenway project in east Mayo. Cllr Joe Mellett raised the issue at Monday’s special county development plan meeting, where he suggested that a walking and cycling track be developed alongside the track at the planned rail corridor.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring has welcomed the announcement that Minister Phil Hogan has given sanction for South West Mayo Development Company Ltd to approve funding of €207,292 to Newport and District Development Company (NADDCo) for the development of a greenway activity park (GAP) in Newport, under the Basic Services for the Economy and Rural Population measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.
The Great Western Greenway has been awarded first prize in the Exemplary Initiatives category at the sixth European Greenways awards ceremony in Portugal. Organised by the European Greenways Association, the awards promote examples of best practice in greenway development across Europe.
A research team from Civil Engineering at NUI Galway has launched a survey of the Great Western Greenway to aid the design of similar cycling routes nationwide. The greenway, which runs from Westport to Achill Sound, has proven a major success since the full length of track was opened two years ago.
The Gourmet Greenway, Mayo’s only food trail, celebrated its second birthday last Thursday night with a premier screening of Ireland’s first spaghetti western—Once Upon a Time in Mayo.
A fundraising coffee morning in aid of Self Help Africa’s work in Kenya will take place on Friday April 26 in the Westside Resource Centre, Westside, from 10am to 12 noon.
The Mullingar St Patrick’s Day parade takes place this Sunday March 17 at 3pm. The street entertainment this year begins at 2pm throughout the town and will include an arts and crafts exhibition, inflatable funzone, tug-o-war competition, display by local dance school, and much more. This year will also see live music in Market Square from 5.30pm onwards.
One of the upsides of the ‘we are where we are” scenario that has engulfed this country for the last few years is that it is forcing more and more people to look for opportunities in the sea of adversity in which we are all floundering. One of these opportunities has come to Galway in the past 48 hours with the news that a greenway trail for cyclists and pedestrians from Oughterard to Clifden has been approved by An Bord Pleanála.