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The seemingly innocuous matter of Mayo County Council nominating someone for the Pádraig Pearse Award took a long time to get sorted out over the course of two meetings of the local authority this month. The item initially came up for decision at the March meeting of the council which was held last Monday week, March 7 but was adjourned after both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil had nominated An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Dep Éamon Ó Cuív respectively.
IN APRIL 1916 Ballaghaderreen-born Frank Shouldice lined out for the Dublin football team in the final of the GAA's Croke Cup. Two weeks later he was fighting for Ireland's freedom.
The winners of the annual Munitir Mhaigh Eo Mayo Person of the Year and the Meitheal award were announced last night at The Odeon in Harcourt Street in Dublin. The winner of Virginia Gallagher Mayo Person of the Year is Tommy Griffith, entrepreneur and CEO of PEL, while the recipient of the 2015 Mayo Meitheal Award is the Heroes for Hospice Ballina group who put on the Beyond the Barricades musical tour last year to raise money for hospice.
The Western Hotel, Dalton Street, Claremorris will be buzzing this Christmas with a brilliant line up of entertainment with something to suit everyone's tastes. Next Tuesday, December 22 Lisa Canny will take to the stage. Mayo native Lisa has roots in traditional, folk and soul music, Lisa has been compared to a wide range of artists from Kate Bush and Sinead O’Connor to Ingrid Michaelson and Hozier. A brilliant night is in store.
IRELAND CAN never get enough of Handel's Messiah, not surprising since this classic work was debuted in this country in 1742, and Galway is in for a performance of this masterpiece next week.
History buffs are in for a treat this weekend as there are some interesting history events lined up as part of the Farside Festival.
A special series of talks to celebrate the official opening of the Walter Macken commemorative display will take place in Oughterard Courthouse next week.
The first full-contact medieval tournament in Ireland for more than 400 years will take place at Claregalway Castle on September 19 and 20.