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Sometimes, it is just the simplest of gestures that makes all the difference in the world. When Claregalway farmer Mattie Cormican’s wife Bridie passed away after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, he made a decision that will honour her memory and make a contribution to the future of the community that will serve generations.
The phrase ‘rising from the ashes’ may be a cliché for some but for Evelyn O’Toole, founder and CEO of trailblazing company Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS) and 2017’s Entrepreneur of the Year, it literally describes her path to business success. CLS is now the largest privately owned contract laboratory in Ireland with two facilities, one in Rosmuc and the other on the outskirt of Galway city, yet Evelyn only founded the company after losing her first job when her employer’s premises was destroyed by fire.
Farmers are under intense pressure due to the harsh winter with a lack of fodder their prime concern at the minute.
Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo, Lisa Chambers, has called on the Government to put farmers first and ensure that outstanding GLAS payments are processed as quickly as possible. Speaking on the matter this week, Deputy Chambers said: "I submitted parliamentary questions to Minister Creed asking how many GLAS applications in Mayo are yet to receive payment, and the figures show that of the 5,537 applications made in Mayo for advance payment in 2017, 1,234 applicants have yet to receive an advance payment. That is over 20 per cent of the applications."
Talk on pension reform for women in Claremorris
A Moate farmer has expressed pride at the legacy of his late father’s generosity after travelling 6,500 miles to be reunited with a cow donated by him to a destitute African family a decade ago.
It was a lucky week for Mayo on the Winning Streak game show, as one lucky woman, Marian Connell from Kilmaine, spun the wheel and won a whopping €61,000 while playing for her mum. During the game the name of another Mayo man - John ‘Murt’ Hunt, from Ballyhaunis was pulled out to appear on the show this Saturday, November 25.
Ultimate Agri Christmas Party hosted by West Women in Farming
Open doors to new markets was the theme for this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED), which was celebrated by local entrepreneurs at an event in the Lodge at Ashford Castle.
Connemara Sea Week which runs from October 22 to 30, is a multi-disciplinary festival, celebrating the wonderful marine heritage of Connemara. The festival will celebrate its 33rd birthday later this month, and has grown to be a wonderful and unique event with something to interest all age groups. Highlights include art exhibitions, concerts, talks, walks, children’s activities, and sports events, combined with lots of great music and buckets of fun for all the family. A special highlight for the last few years has been the wonderful ‘After the Light’ parade, a spectacular night full of myth, magic, madness and mayhem.