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In the summer of 1840 two of London’s most prolific writers and journalists, Mr and Mrs S C Hall, set out from London for an ambitious tour of Ireland. They would later publish their journey and observations in Ireland - its Scenery and Character, a best selling three volume snap-shot of Ireland, sumptuously illustrated by engravings created by the best artists of its time*. It is a treasured collector’s item today.
Even though it was in the furthermost parish of Archbishop MacHale’s large Tuam archdiocese, once he realised the permanency and the extent of the Protestant settlement on Achill Island (built and directed by the fervent Rev Edward Nangle in the 1830s),* the archbishop was consumed with fury. He waged a belated but rather terrifying campaign to have it scorned and ignored by the island’s 6,000 residents.
Straide and Foxford United moved to the top of the Elverys Sports Super League on goal difference thanks to a big 5-0 win at home over Ballyheane last Sunday.
St Patrick’s College, Lacken Cross, made up for last season’s bitter disappointment by defeating newcomers Ard Scoil Chiaráin Naofa of Clara in a pulsating tie in the AUL Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
A number of events are planned for Local Enterprise Week to increase awareness of the range of supports and services available to micro-enterprises from local enterprise offices.
Mayo County Council hopes to raise an additional €503,000 from the implementation of parking charges in eight Mayo towns.
A documentary, produced in Mayo, will be broadcast on Castlebar Radio station CRCfm on Monday evening, January 29.
Two Mayo musicians, Paul Clesham and Creena Mulchrone, will be among the finalists competing for the Seán Ó'Riada Gold Medal on Friday, February 2, in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork. A previous winner, Tim McHugh from Newport, will also be performing at a concert in the hotel on Saturday night.
Thirteen angling clubs and organisations in Mayo have received funding for projects from Inland Fisheries Ireland.
Custom House Studios in Westport is hosting an exhibition of a selection of works from the The Irish American Cultural Institute’s O’Malley Collection of 20th Century Art at the University of Limerick. The exhibition was formally opened by Pearce O’Malley, chief of the O’Malley Clan, last night at Custom House Studios Westport.