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This is the sixth year of Mayo County Council Arts Office Annual Youth Arts Programme - Excel. The programme runs throughout the month of November and is aimed at young adults and teenagers. Workshops and masterclasses were provided for groups already in the arts as well as open events for young people who wanted to try something new.
Ernie Caffrey (Ballina AC) won three medals at the masters indoors track and field championships at Nenagh on Sunday. Competing in the V8 (o70) category he won gold in the 60 metres and shot putt, and silver in the 200 metres. Also at Nenagh, Patrick Moran (Border Ramblers AC) won gold in the V4 (o50) combined events pentathlon on Saturday and on Sunday in the masters indoors he won gold in both the 60 and 200 metres, and silver in the long jump.
An interesting week it has been. Kilkenny politics has taken a turn as Biffo waved his recession wand over the Marble City by casting to the back benches one of the only men capable of directing the Government out of the crisis they have gotten us in.
Olive Loughnane is the deserved toast of Loughrea, County Galway, and Ireland this week after becoming only the fourth Irish athlete to stand on the podium at a world athletic championship.