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'Radio Éireann was a university of the air for me'

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How did Terry Wogan inaugurate young announcers? Why did the newsreader fall off the chair? What caused Larry Gogan to collapse in giggles? Irish radio is not always as serious as it has sounded.

Twenty Syrian families to arrive in Mayo by the end of the year

Mayo will take in 86 Syrian refugees this year, the members of Mayo County Council were informed this week. Síofra Kilcullen who is the chair of the newly established Mayo Interagency Resettlement Committee told the elected members of the plans. She told the meeting that Mayo is one of eight counties across the country which will be taking part in the resettlement programme.

Get in shape with help from Breaffy Club and Spa

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The Breaffy Club and Spa has something to suit everyone. The Breaffy gym has a wide range of both cardio and strength machines as well as a large selection of free weights.

Give yourself a hand (or two) during interview but don’t look rigid

Q: When I was in school, I was told it was crucial to sit still in job interviews. Hands down by my side, feet planted firmly on the floor. That was then: now, I’m 44 years of age and I am a, shall we say, expressive speaker: I move my hands, I shrug my shoulders, and I incorporate various other movements and gestures when speaking. Whenever I go for a job interview, the advice given to my 17 year-old self continues to ring in my ears and I find myself defaulting to it – your thoughts, please. (DO, email).

Choose The Snug for live music and sport this weekend

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The Snug has an abundance of live music and sport on offer to keep you entertained this coming weekend.

Mayo Associations plan big convention weekend in Belmullet

The Mayo Association World Convention from the April 29 to May 1 taking place in Erris offers something for everyone. Mayo Association Dublin invites people to meet the Canadian Ambassador, His Excellency, Kevin Vickers at the dinner on the Friday evening. Following the dinner, entertainment will be provided by the Sylvan Kelly School of Dancing from Ballina, a supremely talented group of dancers who are the current holders of three world titles and 47 world medals won at the 2016 World Irish Dancing Championships in Glasgow last month.

New agricultural working group set up

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Mayo County Council has set up a new agricultural working group of 13 people to deal with agricultural issues in the county including, to provide a representative voice for farmers in Mayo in relation to national and European agricultural policy, to ensure that farmers are aware of opportunities to diversify in order to ensure viability in the future, and to review products produced by farmers in Mayo to ensure future viability.

Irish Planning Institute annual conference at Sheraton Hotel

The burning issues of housing supply and planning, sustainable retail and town centre development, and the regulation of planning, are among the topics set to be discussed at the Irish Planning Institute’s forthcoming annual conference.

Expert panel investigating defective blocks

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It was announced this week that by the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Paudie Coffey, that an expert panel is being established to investigate the presence of mica and defective blocks in homes and buildings in Mayo.

Children of the Revolution

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REBELS AND patriots, soldiers for king and country, all kinds of political opinions and actions could be found among the students of University College Galway during the turbulent years of 1913-1919.

 

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